The Real Difference Between
Drag Racing and Street Racing
By Phyllis Harter
[Among the dozens of responses I received to my email
note about the 'street racing as drag racing' broadcast on NBC this week, Phyllis Hartman's was the most touching. Phyllis reminds us of the REAL difference between racing at an approved, sanctioned drag strip and racing on the street.
I know first hand how safe drag racing is.
My husband crashed at Gateway four years ago. If he had not been wearing all the safety equipment that NHRA makes them wear, he would have lost his life. He rolled our '23 T-Bucket altered several times after the eighth mile. He was going over 120 mph. He was air lifted to a local hospital, where we stayed for 12 days. Then we were transferred to Springfield, Illinois, for another 12 days. He is fine now and back to racing a rear engine dragster.
Had he crashed on the street, I know he would have lost his life. Thanks to NHRA and their strict rules and to the Drag Racing Association of Women (DRAW) for all their support. I can't give them enough thanks. Susan Epler and Darrell Gwynn's mother called me several times and offered their support.
Please donate to DRAW -- you might be the next one to need it. I never thought we would ever need it but it works. I am not the best at writing, but this comes from the heart. Anyone who sees us asks if we are the ones who had the bad crash at Gateway. I guess it left people with a lot of memories. I tell everyone who brings it up to please donate to DRAW. The support of DRAW members might be the only thing that keeps you focused when you are going through this terrible time.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.
Phyllis and David Harter
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