Download PDF version (179.3k) Log In or Register to view the full article as a PDF document.
If there's any justice in the world, belt-sander racing will someday be as popular as NASCAR or IROC racing. This is a sport that has everything: enthusiastic fans, serious horsepower, blazing speed, and corporate sponsors. But above all, there's competition, and not just among the speeding sanders themselves. Like stock-car racing, the belt-sander circuit is divided between two alphabetically named governing bodies. The International Belt Sander Drag Racing Association, or IBDA, is the older and more established of the two. "We've been racing since 1989," says Lorne Nielson, association founder and owner of Nielson Lumber in Point Roberts, Wash. In 1996, the group began recruiting members elsewhere, and now sanctions events at lumberyards and home centers in 18 states and the Canadian