Cash Days is a term that’s been thrust into the mainstream thanks to its use on Discovery Channel’s popular Street Outlaw reality program, dating back to season three when a then-unknown Kye Kelley won the 405’s first televised Cash Days episode. Since that time, Cash Days has been filmed on two other occasions, making it not only synonymous with the show, but now widely coined throughout drag racing.
But Cash Days is by no means a product of the Discovery Channel. Long before there was a Street Outlaws, Cash Days events were being held in various locales, but perhaps none more more significant in scope, money, or prestige than Dallas Cash Days. And despite growing attention on illegal street racing and a crackdown on such by Dallas and Fort Worth law enforcement officers, the event rages on, and the best of the best consider it a can’t-miss affair.
Held the first weekend in May, Dallas Cash Days 2017 was a who’s-who of television and no prep stars on big tires. You name them, they were there … 31 entrants in all, hailing from OKC, Mississippi, New Orleans, Texas, and beyond. Held over the course of two nights and reportedly at at least two different locations following run-in’s with the law, the race came down to a 405 versus New Orleans battle in the finale for $16,000. As those who read Dragzine frequently will recall, that eventful matchup was the one in which Street Outlaws: New Orleans star Jerry Bird was arrested and his Ford Probe impounded at the end of what became a controversial race between himself and the Blackbird Vega.
In the end, the pot was split between the two finalists and Jerry, after a day in a Fort Worth jail and a few fines from the DOT that was less-than impressed with his Probe, got his car back and all was well. Of course, plenty went down between during the course of the two evenings, including one wild off-road excursion, and you can see it all in 1320Video’s exclusive video coverage, which runs a full hour and 15 minutes … commercial free, of course.