He had the fastest car in town
Written after drag racing at Spokane RaceWay in Washington, Labour Day Weekend, 1997. 
Raider is the 1987 Mustang Convertible. I lost a wheel returning to the pits shortly after my 106 mph run.
He had the fastest car in town
Nay, the fastest car around
Some say his foot was made of lead
And sooner or later he’d be dead.
In Spokane for the big show 
At 4 o’clock he had to go  
To the Raceway, to show the Yanks,
Canucks and Stangs can surely rank.
On with the dumps, off with the plates        
Time trials were closing, Raider was late.        
Skinnies up front and slicks in the back,        
Raider was ready, she was on the attack.
With front brakes locked he did the burn        
Raider was next, it was her turn        
Creeping up slowly so he could stage         
He kept his eyes glued to the tachometer gauge.
Popping the clutch at around 4 grand        
He wanted to be fastest in the land        
He didn’t know it but at that time        
He broke a stud right on the line.
In less than a second he had to shift        
Out of first gear, this was real swift.        
Moments later he shifted again        
He was beating the car in the other lane.
One more shift, the end of the quarter        
Then braking hard to make the corner        
The car was weaving and making a sound         
Like the tire was broken, or was out of round.
Making it slowly across the lot        
Raider was ailing, the wheel was shot         
With a crash and a scraping the car was down         
The wheel was rolling in front, on the ground.
Racing was over, at least for the night        
With a 12.94 that sounded all right        
At one-oh-six with the wheel staying on         
He wasn't complaining though he hadn't won
At the awards that were held the next day         
He was pleasantly surprised to hear them say         
He had won Best Time at the strip         
Despite only making that one fateful trip.
Pit-crew Barbie was elated         
For the guy whom she had dated         
Lost his wheel not going fast         
So he’ll be around, he’s going to last.
He had the fastest car in town         
Or maybe the fastest car around?        
Raider is ready, for another turn         
Watch Race City, they will return.
 
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