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HBO has been running a new documentary called Dirty Driving, and it details the trials and tribulations of the town of Anderson, Indiana. The small Midwest town has lost thousands of jobs due to the loss of General Motors and Firestone plants, and what few new jobs exist are of the minimum-wage variety. The town is fanatical about its racing, though, and every Friday night, the residents of Anderson show up at the speedway to watch neighbors like Sammy Hawkins on the short oval. Thundercars is part NASCAR and part demolition derby, with a healthy dose of fist fights down in the pits.

Anderson Speedway used to be known as the world's steepest banked quarter mile track, but now it's known as the location of an HBO documentary. We haven't seen Dirty Driving, but we have it on good authority that it's worth watching. Hit the jump to view a preview of the series, and check out the interview with Director Jon Alpert by clicking here.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I am detecting large quantities of win.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Why is Carl from The Simpsons available as one of the picture options for Facebook?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I live in Anderson and we're not all a bunch of toothless cretins, nor is the town some sort of post-economic-apocalyptic wasteland.

      The 100 mpg cargo van which was unveiled in Washington yesterday will be produced in Anderson.

      http://www.autoblog.com/2009/04/21/bright-idea-comes-to-washington-dc-as-a-100-mpg-plug-in-hybrid/
        • 6 Years Ago
        Great comment Black Cat!
        I'm from Anderson too, and it is a great small city. Bright Automotive is HQ'd there, Altair Batteries makes world class state of the art high tech batteries there, used in electric vehicles, hybrids, and Army high tech items. Indiana is a center for high tech ventures and Anderson is in the thick of the mix.
        • 6 Years Ago
        True to that. I live in Sheridan, which is not too far from Anderson. Anderson is a very prosperous town with a history deep in future technology, such as the vehicle you mentioned above and direct energy weapons.

        Also where Cowpokes Western Store is. lol. Go there all the time, as well as the horse and auto racing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I had to do a double take. This movie has been out for a long while. I watched it awhile back and thought it was hilarious. Even if you don't like oval racing you should be able to find a few laughs in the whole redneckedness of all the participants.
      • 6 Years Ago
      call it what you will, this is real racing. Not the commercial racing we are use too. Its about risking everything to finish first. Not about fancy equipment, or big names. These people are no different, they have just fallen on hard times and looking for a way to enjoy what life has given them.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Neil, these races are not televised, so where does the ratings come in?

        Anderson Speedway hosts races for several different kinds of cars. Modifieds, midgets, sprint cars, late models, super stocks, Thundercars, super trucks, front wheel drives.

        I am not into oval racing, but this track provides good, CHEAP fun. I enjoy taking the family down the street to Anderson Speedway on occasion.

        Like I said, I'm not a big fan of oval racing, I prefer left AND right turns, but, there is no denying that this is REAL racing, and entertaining to watch, and the admission is very cheap.

        I wish people would drop this elitist attitude towards oval racing, it is racing, and it is entertaining (unless it's NASCAR). You're not better than someone just because you prefer SCCA, you're just a prick.
        • 6 Years Ago
        This is real racing? That's pathetic that you think so. This is commercial racing at its finest - making cars hit each other to get attention and ratings.

        Check out your local SCCA region to find real racing, by real people, with real cars and real budgets. They turn left and right, the try _not_ to hit each other, they compete in lots of different classes in lots of different venues in lots of different cars.
        -N
      • 6 Years Ago
      As much as I've enjoyed watching races up there I still prefer Kittly (sp?) Speedrom close to Indianapolis. I always loved the figure 8 races there.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wish I could say something good about this... and truth be told, there is alot of good.

      Like going out on sunday to work on monday.

      Or spending time with the family...

      But I still find oval racing (with american made 80's sports coupes) to be a little too redneck for me.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Please, dont kill me in hatred comments lol. You'll have to excuse me if redneck was the wrong word used.
        • 6 Years Ago
        nah dont worry about that you're just admitting you worry more about your image than the fun you could be having. Same as the people who call miata's chick cars
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it. If I had HBO, I'd watch this.

      I definitely understand the sentiment of the talker... to paraphrase: "We don't build cars here anymore, but we can sure race 'em."

      I agree with jsr: this is "real racing" (in my opinion). Nothing fancy, just folks driving cars as fast as they can, trading paint, throwing in the occasional PIT maneuver... good stuff.

      More power to 'em, I say.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I race at Beechridge motor speedway here in Maine. During what's called it's Friday Night Car wars, full contact racing with obstacles on the track. Doesn't get much funner than that.

      /Went through 3 cars last season.
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