Track/Side: Behind the Scenes of the 2018 NHRA Fall Nationals

These 30 photos show the surprising artistry behind one of the most brutal motorsports on asphalt.

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On-track NHRA action is an impressive spectacle, but there's much more to it than the few seconds of thunder it takes to blast through a quarter-mile. The Drive spent some extra time trackside at the series' recent Fall Nationals event, in the paddock and staging lanes, capturing the lesser seen sights and details of a race weekend with the traveling drag racer circus. Here's a look into the hard work and elbow grease it takes to prepare and maintain those 10,000-horsepower machines, along with a few others—just for fun.

2018 NHRA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex

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Two looks at the forces on the wheels of a Top Alcohol dragster. First, spinning and fully extended during a burnout...

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...and wrinkling at the launch of a pass.

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Kelly Clontz preps for her burnout as a crew member readies the starter for her bike.

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Jason Line in his Summit Camaro doing a burnout during Pro Stock qualifying.

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Brittany Force again, focusing before a qualifying pass.

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Jack Beckman's crew readies his Infinite Hero Funny Car.

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Jeff Diehl's crew works on his Gas Monkey Funny Car.

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Car prep between qualifying heats.

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Steve Torrence's crew works on his Top Fuel dragster.

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Engines are rebuilt after every pass.

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A sportsman driver waits in the staging area.

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A crew member attaches Robert Hight's HANS device in prep for an elimination pass.