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I-57 Drag Racing

Take a trip down Interstate 57 to the I-57 Dragstrip in Benton, Illinois where cars such as the Chevy Nova driven by SIUC's Automotive Technology Organization (ATO) are in their 20th year of making turns on the Wild Cat Race Track. Students who are members of the ATO compete in weekly drag races on the track – and they get quite a thrill from the experience. “…going down the track is amazing,” says ATO member Kristen Stinnett. “The first couple of times (around the track) is just breathtaking.” There's not much use for a speedometer as the cars can clock 0 to 60 MPH in seconds and can reach a top average speed of 110 MPH. Drivers have been known to race in anything from door cars to roadsters. InFocus learns that what truly sets this dragstrip apart from others is the caliber of the people involved and their spirit of cooperation.

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