Drag racing has a long history, because—let’s face it—people love thrills and competition. If you wanted to best someone, you did it in a race. What was once horse versus horse quickly turned to horsepower versus horsepower. The sport has roots in the United States from the late 1930s when engines began getting better. Top speeds began to reach 100 mph, and drivers were getting bolder. Favorite racing locales popped up in the dry lake beds of California.
By the end of World War II, teenagers were desperate for ways to pass the time. Many of them took to drag racing, and with that its popularity began to grow. These races were illegal to begin with, and more often than not took place on rural back roads. Two teenagers would battle it out in two cars of the same model, down a straight quarter mile stretch to show off their superior mechanical skills in front of their friends. If you watched the movie Grease, you know how important it was to be the top dog like Danny, Kenickie, and the T-Bird crew.