I've been to NASCAR, Formula 1, Indy/Cart, and a bunch of lesser classes of auto races. Nothing prepared me for what I experienced when I went to the NHRA a few years back. We got to our seats as they were starting the round and sat through street, stocker and a few other of the slower classes. I can remember the first run of the funny cars, I almost pooped my pants. The sound was unbelievable. The funnies and top fuelers were so loud, that the sound went through your body. It's hard to describe if you haven't been there, but the sound took on physical properties, you could amost see it. Geez, those things are amazing. Just like any other event of this sort, you just can't appreciate what's going on by watching it on TV. It's definitely worth the day to witness this awesome amount of power if you ever get the chance.
What's even more amazing is that the starter stands between these monsters, each one about 10 feet away and gets blasted during each burn-out and launch many times during the day. He's only wearing ear plugs...geez. It's gotta take a toll on his hearing Or maybe they just hire a deaf person for this job