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Drifters are from the crazy school of racing that’s into angled skidding. Their tires screech in smoke and fury as they cut hard, let go, and redline around turns. Souped-up Japanese burners fly inches from one another, sideways, to see whose reckless precision will take them closest to a set of fancy cones without knocking them over, or hitting each other. This is U.S. Drift Circuit, hitting Sun Life Stadium (2269 NW 199th St., Miami Gardens) this Sunday, when up to 45 drivers will battle for cash and glory in a scene right out of The Fast and the Furious. Organizer Chris Jackson says, “Some guys go through a new set of tires every four to five runs.” That’s a lot of burnt rubber. Expect a full day of racing, DJ Needlez on the ones and twos, more than 20 rappers on the hip-hop stage, rock band Pegasus on the main stage, a radio-controlled car drifting contest, a graffiti show, and sponsor prizes. Thousands of attendees will party from noon to 8 p.m. as this event flies into its third edition. “People are coming from as far as Gainesville and the Carolinas to see this,” Jackson says. “Some people spend stupid money on souping up their cars. These drivers are usually up all night turning wrenches the night before. It’s gonna be fast.” Tickets cost $20, or $17 with flier. Call 617-TO-DRIFT or visit
Sun., June 30, noon, 2013


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