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Teens hit the scene in NHRA

Updated: May 1, 2003, 2:06 PM ET
Associated Press

FAIRMONT, W.Va. -- Josh Starcher stares down the chassis of a 6,000-horsepower top fuel dragster, gives the thumbs up, and prepares for another quarter-mile ride at speeds over 300 mph.

There's no time to think about anything else -- such as missing the prom.

As his East Fairmont High School classmates prepared for their dance, Starcher was at Bristol, Tenn., in his second National Hot Rod Association Top Fuel event.

"I'd miss a prom every weekend to go racing,'' the 18-year-old said.

Especially ...

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