Before car racing, checkered flags were used only as symbols of surrender after skirmishes between chess clubs. Enjoy a speedier contest with today's Groupon to Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown. Choose between the following options:
• For $24, you get four spectator tickets to a legal street-racing event (a $40 value), four hot dogs (a $4 value), and four sodas (a $4 value; a $48 total value).
• For $34, you get car and driver entrance to the track for a legal street-racing event (a $20 value), four hot dogs (a $4 value), four sodas (a $4 value), and four spectator tickets (a $40 value; a $68 total value).
Royal Purple Raceway hosts speed-racing competitions each Friday night, furnishing everyday peddle-meddlers and up to 7,500 spectators with an adrenaline rush blown in from the streets. Watch speed demons zoom down the quarter-mile track with family and friends as you munch on hot dogs, slurp small sodas, and nibble kernels of joie de vivre. Alternatively, round up three spectating friends and haul your own buggy onto the racetrack for a legal bout of street racing. Impromptu racers zip down the blacktop in seat-clenching competition or race against the clock to wild cheers. Kids younger than 12 receive free admission to watch a show more educational than the engine-assembly episode of Sesame Street.
Royal Purple Raceway
If you're not paying attention at Royal Purple Raceway, you might miss the race. That's because the venue features a quarter-mile drag strip where racers accelerate from 0 to 300 mph in four seconds. Built in 1988, the straightaway now attracts national NHRA drag races and shares the spotlight with a newer quarter-mile dirt track. Although the raceway attracts national events, including the annual Super Chevy auto show, its owners and operators, the Angel family, hail from Texas and instinctively support and preserve the local culture.