Michael Johnson
Technical Editor
January 23, 2017

Mother Nature can be pretty cruel sometimes. When the weather gets nasty, we’re at the mercy of whatever she throws at us. We can take precautions, and prepare the best we can, but at the end of the day, there’s not much we can do against heavy thunderstorms, lightning, and especially tornadoes.

Reconcile the above photo with this one we took at Steeda’s Pony Wars back in October. We know it’s hard to look past Edgar Negron’s 1986 GT doing a burnout, but prior to this weekend’s tornadoes, the VIP suites provided a cool (or warm) place from which to catch all the action.

Unfortunately, over the weekend a run of destructive weather hit much of the south, causing major damage, and most saddening, loss of life. At this writing, 15 people in Georgia alone lost their lives in the Valdosta, Georgia area.

On a more trivial note, South Georgia Motorsports Park (SGMP) was also in the path of one of the tornadoes that struck the area. The track’s VIP suites were wiped out, along with sections of chain link fence. However, the cleanup/reconstruction is already underway at SGMP to be ready for Lights Out 8 – Cash is King.

SGMP’s Ozzy Moya, Lights Out 8 promoter Donald Long, Billy “Ticket Taker” Driscoll (Who shot a couple of these photos for us), and many others were at SGMP to help with the cleanup efforts to help make sure the track is back up and running in short order.

As of today, what is largely known of as the largest small-tire race in the nation is just 22 days away, and the region has a lot of healing to do before February 16th. The largest small-tire drag race won’t bring back those who lost their lives, but maybe it can be a source of inspiration in a time of need.