But is the recent emergence of street racing more because of wanting to get around the rule books or because all the race tracks that are closing nationwide. Here in NJ we are down to 1 strip And that 1 is teetering on the edge too...
We haven't had a drag strip in my home state since 1985. I have to travel out of state 3 hours south, or 3 hours north just to race. There is one track in a neighboring state to the west that is 2 hours away, and that's the closest, although the prep there is hit or miss. So I know all about not having a track anywhere around to race at. But you cannot use the lack or tracks as an excuse
since street racing has always existed even when there were more tracks around. So I don't think it's about the lack of tracks nor about breaking any rules.
I've been in plenty of street races, but not in lots of traffic, and it was always a random thing without a crowd of spectators hanging around, instead of being an organized street race, where there are lots of young dumb and drunk spectators standing way too close to the cars, along with a flag man standing in front of the cars, and in between them at the start. Too much alcohol, and too much stupidity going on at those events. Often times the two cars running are also much too close together as well.
As far as the "Outlaw" reality show, I don't even know if that can be taken seriously since it is an organized TV show, and I don't think that most "reality" shows are reality at all. But if the outlaw shows are real, then many of those guys have BIG dollars to throw around since many of those cars cost six figures to build and maintain so I cannot sympathize with guys spending that much money to street race cars that are far above any power level that can even be fully used and wrung out on the street. Like most other reality shows, it's pointless at best.
Most of those cars have so much money put into them specifically for racing, that they have to be trailered to the location of the street race since they cannot even be used for any commute. So you have trailered drag cars being trailered out of state to a street race. How stupid and unrealistic is that?