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If you follow motorsports at all, the World Drag Racing Alliance (WDRA) is a well-known drag racing organization. You have probably heard of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) or the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA), if not this one. After a recent performance by JD Da Boss at Darlington Dragway in South Carolina, the WDRA has terminated its agreement with the dragstrip. Watch the wild stunt below that has caused quite a stir in the car racing world, whether you think it was dangerous or not. You know what they say: play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

The WDRA terminated the Darlington Dragway sanction after a stunt

According to a post by the WDRA, the Darlington Dragway sanction was terminated after safety and insurance violations last weekend. Jonathan Day, aka JD Da Boss, decided to have someone ride in the back of his truck during a run. Randy wasn’t even really in the back of the old Ford truck but sitting on top of where the truck bed might go. The video above is from the Turbo John YouTube channel.

Day’s rider was wearing a helmet while on the back of the truck. That might have been the only safety regulation followed. Neither individual is a stranger to drag racing and motorsports in general, which means Day should better understand how dangerous this stunt is.

On top of that, motorsports have had a challenging year across the country. Many tracks need significant repairs and have closed down. Others have been pushed out due to construction and the racing landscape. If you have ever been to an event at a drag strip, you know how scary it can be. In my experience, things can go wrong even with the best intentions. If the people running the car racing event don’t care about the safety of others, it might not be worth attending.

JD Da Boss took someone for a dangerous joyride

JJ Da Boss drag racing at the Darlington Dragway
‘JJ Da Boss’ at the Darlington Dragway | Turbo John via YouTube

Drag strips like the Darlington Dragway have an agreement with the World Drag Racing Alliance that helps both parties. The group helps dragstrips with well-managed tracks, successful programs, and proper safety protocols.

Jeff Miles of Darlington Dragway was actually part of the original Track Advisory Council and played a “key role in the creation of the WDRA.” On the website for the group, the statement reads, “It is the WDRA’s intent to bring all bracket racers together and create an evolving community that will survive the current threat to our industry.” Knowing how seriously the group takes racing, the shenanigans with JD Da Boss at Darlington seem more damaging.

The track has not formally commented on the issue but continues to hold events. In April of this year, Darlington Dragway said it would be sanctioned under the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) again. No matter who the dragstrip has partnered with, the dangerous situation stands.

Drag racing is dangerous but has a lot of safety precautions for a reason


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The WDRA, IHRA, and any other drag racing group have particular and comprehensive rules to keep everyone safe. Most drivers need a license of some kind and other steps to be taken for driving eligibility. On WDRA tracks, a Summit Sportsman Drag Racing Series (SSDRS) registration is required to race.

Most races only allow for the driver in the vehicle for car racing unless explicitly noted otherwise. There are many regulations about seat belts and other essential safety features to keep the driver safe. If someone else can ride along in the vehicle, the passenger must wear a helmet, driver’s suit, and more.

Those involved avoided injury this time, but there won’t be any drag strips around to goof off at if these stunts continue. Respect your local track and all of the hard-working individuals who help keep it running!