The Early Days of Nascar

As far as I can tell, Baltimore is the center of a Roller Derby resurgence. Maybe not– I mean, there’s defintely a resurgence. And it’s happening in Baltimore and New York and Boston and Philly and San Francisco.

It seems a lot like the early days of stock car racing: hard-drinkin’ rough-and-tumble folks with slapped-together equipment and sponsors like “the nice guy from the coffee shop” and “Ray from the gas station” build a small competition into a national sport. They discover drafting and supercharging and find ways to overcome a restrictor plate, a bad bearing, a hangover.

This is awesome. I want TV coverage.