Hamsters will run between four and eight miles a day in the wild, which is why in captivity the little furballs will attack their exercise wheel with such boundless energy.

These are the sort of facts you learn from watching "hamster drag racing," the new sport that is sure to replace auto racing as we know it.

People have long dreamed of ways to harness the power of hamsters, and the video below depicting hamster drag racing is the best (sort of) practical application of hamster power we've seen.

Check out the popular pets facing off against each other in specially-made hot rods, and learn some interesting hamster facts, below.

[via The Laughing Squid]