I love watching automotive racing. Whether it's F1 racing at Monaco or mud bog racing in the middle of nowhere, I can't get enough of it. My wife makes fun of me sometime because I watch a rather broad spectrum of motorsports. Hey, I even love to watch monster truck racing. My motto is, if it has wheels I'll watch it.

Last week I went to Vegas for the NHRA/D1GP Exhibition event and I have to say it was by far one of the most entertaining events I've attended in a long time. While checking out the pit area I got into a discussion with a friend about drifting. He felt that drifting was not racing because it was up to the judges to decide who makes it to the next round.

While judges do make the final call, in my opinion you can't deny that there's an element of racing when drifters are running (dare I say racing?) in tandem down the track against each other. Yes style counts, but really it comes down to whether the following car keeps up and, better yet, passes the lead car. If the lead car is passed while drifting, his opponent wins hands down. To me that's racing.

Bottom line: Who cares if drifting is racing or not? It's all about entertainment. And, I must say I'd rather watch professional drifters battle it out than watch most forms of open wheel racing. The next time a drift event comes to your neck of the woods, go check it out. I am positive you too will be entertained by tire shredding, sideways sliding, rubber annihilating, heart-pounding action. I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

So readers, write in and weigh in on this debate. Do you consider drifting a form of racing, or just another type of motorsports?

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