Professional racing transitioned to stock cars after too many injuries resulted from standing on the backs of grocery carts. Witness laps around the asphalt aisle with this GrouponLive deal to see the 2012 Spring Meltdown at I-80 Speedway. For $20, you get two tickets for general-admission seating to the race on Friday, April 6, at 7 p.m. (up to a $40 value). Children 5 and younger receive free admission, and tickets for kids aged 6–12 are $5.
As part of the ASCS Sprint Car Series, the Spring Meltdown opens the Midwest Region's season with a night of high-flying, dirt-slinging contests. During Friday's contest, drivers zoom around the 0.4-mile clay track vying for more than $5,000 in total prizes. Along with standard ASCS vehicles, participants take the wheel of Super Late Model cars and A-Mods—specialty chariots whose engines boast more horsepower than a pony elected to its fourth term in Congress.