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Pearson looks right at home in NHRA

Updated: September 18, 2009, 5:54 PM ET
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

CONCORD, N.C. -- The NHRA's Nitro Alley is the motorsports version of the midway. Unlike the hard card-only worlds of the more high-profile racing garages, anyone with a ticket is welcome to come in and stand alongside teams as they rebuild engines and burn eyeballs with clouds of nitrous.

You never know who you might see, from kids to grandmas to an alarmingly large number of dudes that look like pirates. On Friday afternoon at Charlotte's zMax Dragway, the most eagle-eyed race fan ...

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