Robert Niles

Published: March 27, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Thanks for the report, Russell!
James Rao

Published: March 27, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Good stuff, Russell. Where do you rank this coaster among your favorites? It sounds like it may be your new #1...?

Published: March 27, 2010 at 1:03 PM

I will be hitting this up on my way to Williamsburg! Looks like another great BM hyper.
Russell Meyer

Published: March 27, 2010 at 2:17 PM

It would probably be somewhere between 5 and 10. As far as B&M hypers go, I still prefer Apollo's Chariot. I'd also put Nitro just a smidge above this one because of the more intense turns. Perhaps I thought the turns on Intimidator would be better and the fact that they were a bit underwhelming affected my overall impression of the ride. As far as #1, I really like inversions, so it would take a pretty impressive coaster to crack that list.
James Rao

Published: March 27, 2010 at 4:07 PM

I'm a sucker for inversions as well... Kraken, baby!
Rhys Evans

Published: March 27, 2010 at 8:20 PM

Where did they fit this into the park? I thought it oddly fun that several of the coasters here cross the state line between North and South Carolina; is this another one?
M. Ryan Traylor

Published: March 27, 2010 at 9:00 PM

How can Carowinds call this the "largest, fastest" etc in the Southeast, when Kings Dominion is opening one that is bigger. Or do they just get the title until 305 opens?
Russell Meyer

Published: March 27, 2010 at 9:06 PM

The coaster is completely within South Carolina, and was built on the western portion of the main parking lot.

This is considered the tallest and fastest in the southeast, because Virginia is considered the Mid-Atlantic. Southeast would include North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama.

Published: March 28, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Didn't we get into this debate before? Virginia is technically in the south, but to me it seems too central to be actually classified as southeast, but my opinion probably doesn't count for much. After all, I don't really consider Florida to be part of the south either as it mainly serves as the northeast's retirement home.
Robert Niles

Published: March 28, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Hey, even if VA is the southeast, the KD coaster doesn't own for a week. Until then, the title is Carowinds'! :-)
Joshua Counsil

Published: March 29, 2010 at 8:39 AM

Great report. To make the experience truly immersive, though, every rider should be given a twelve-pack of Bud Light.
Robert Niles

Published: March 29, 2010 at 10:05 AM

...Or the on-ride photo could just superimpose a mustache on every rider.

Actually, that would be a funny option. Bet they'd sell more that way, too.

Published: March 30, 2010 at 10:08 PM

This coaster looks identical to the layout and car design as "Behemoth" at Canada's Wonderland near Toronto, Ontario. Only the theming looks different...the NASCAR vibe and tribute to Dale Sr. is very cool though!!