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Deadly crash stirs off-road racing debate

Aug 15, 2010 11:43:00 PM - latimes.com
After eight spectators are killed at the California 200, both avid off-roaders and opponents of the sport criticize the lack of safety precautions.

Fans of desert racing say nothing beats the danger, dust and noise of watching 3,500-pound trucks roaring past — close enough almost to touch — and then rocketing into the air over treacherous jumps with nicknames like "the rock pile."