Chants fill the night air and the crowd is energized as they await Flat Rock Speedway’s Night of Destruction, where school buses take a whip around the race track.
The annual event, also known as the school bus figure-eight race, features big, colorful buses literally crashing into each other, flipping over and giving the audience one heck of a show. It’s adrenaline-pumping and exciting. Dangerous? Well, that depends on whom you ask.
“Most people would think it’s dangerous,” says Jack Franzel, a regular racer at Flat Rock. “But if you’ve been doing this your whole life, compared to what we used to do, this is like slow motion to us.”
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Shiraz Ahmed is Digital and Audience Engagement Editor for 101.9 WDET, overseeing all content posted on wdet.com. His favorite salsa is Marco’s Mexican salsa, a now-defunct chain that produced the salsa of his childhood.