What is Drag Racing?

What is Drag Racing?

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Drag Racing 300x177 What is Drag Racing?

The drag racing proper consists of two cars which are lined up next to each other on a starting line and which are waiting for a signal to start accelerating. The cars are expected to accelerate as fast as possible for a distance of either ¼ or 1/8 of a mile. The fast car to go past the line is considered the winner.  The race relies on speed but care must be taken so that the car does not leave the starting line before the signal is given. If this happens, it is considered a foul and the car looses out.  If two cars do this type of a thing which is off course illegal, the game ceases from being drag racing and becomes street racing.

How Long Should Drag Racing Last?

The drag racing game is not expected to last for long since cars are normally divided into classes which are based on the weight of the car, the engine modification and the chassis. Cars which fall in the same class are allowed to race each other in a robin fashion style until when it is possible to get a single winner. Those who win events in similar classes move to the eliminator bracket where a handicap system is used to give all the cars an equal chance of finishing at the top. The earlier version of drag racing used to start cars at different points but this system was abolished with the introduction of electronic starting devices which made it easier for the use of handicaps where the lapse of time was used to determine the ultimate winner. Class racing is currently done at national and divisional level.

Drag Racing And Money

The 1960s saw the introduction of money in the whole event. The money factor became important and played a significant role in making drag racing competitive. This is basically what made drag racing to get out of hand for those who did not have the means and the resources. Drivers had a chance of picking a slower car which gave them a big chance of making more money or faster car which also gave them a chance of finishing top and hence making money as well. There was also a chance of the biggest liar to win a prize. This was done by lying on how long fast a car could take to negotiate a strip. The break out rule was introduced later. The rule stipulated that if a car moved faster than the prediction it automatically lost. If two cars broke out, the one that broke out least would win. Most of the cars were grouped out large brackets which were on average based on the time that elapsed.

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