Racing down the Drag

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Drag racing is popular in the United States. Drag racing is a sport in which cars race down a track with a set distance as fast as possible. Drag racing is a form of automobile racing where any two vehicles (most often two cars or motorcycles) attempt to complete a fairly short, straight and level course in the shortest amount of time, starting from a dead stop, this is also referred to as sprints. This sport isn’t illegal unless it’s done on public streets.

Drag racing has a certain mystique that appeals not only to professionals, but also to adolescents coming of age. Drag racing events are thrilling to attend, with speeds matched only by the unbelievable roar of the engines. Drag racing got its name from the slang word for street or road, as in”the main drag”; hence”drag racing” is synonymous with road racing. Drag racing vehicles are special in that they’re altered to be lighter and more powerful than in their normal form.

Cars can run superchargers or nitric oxide. Automobiles have improved rapidly though and may now even run 7 second quarter miles. Cars in street courses (which must be street legal) are the only exception to this pre-race ritual, as the grooved tires tend to keep some of the water. Cars built for drag racing might be turbo charged, supercharged, or fitted with nitric oxide systems. Automobiles on the low end include the $20,000 Dodge Neon SRT-4, using a 230 horsepower turbocharged engine that can do 0-60 MPH in 5.

Power increases vary depending on the extent of the modifications to the engine. An automobile can actually blow an engine part way down the strip and shore to the end of the track at a (relatively) lower top speed than the competitor, and win with a lower elapsed time. There are literally hundreds of different classes in drag racing, each with different requirements and restrictions on things such as weight, engine size, body design, alterations, and lots of others. The quicker categories of drag racing are an impressive spectacle, with engines of more than 5 MW (6700 horsepower) and sound cancelling to match (measured at 3. Normally, power will increase as the engine RPMs (revolutions per minute) increase, but only up to some point before power begins to taper off.

When the front tires of a vehicle break the first light beam, known as the pre-stage beam, the pre-stage light on the Christmas Tree indicates that the racer is approximately seven inches from the starting line. When the racer rolls forward into the stage beam, front tires are positioned just on the starting line and the point bulb is lit on the Tree, which suggests that the vehicle is ready to race. When the two vehicles are fully staged, the starter will activate the Tree, and each driver will focus on the three large amber lights on his or her side of the Tree. A racer also may be disqualified for leaving the starting line too soon, leaving the lane boundary (either by crossing the centerline, touching the guard wall or guardrail, or striking a track fixture like the photocells), neglecting to stage, or failing a post-run inspection (in NHRA class racing, vehicles usually are weighed and their fuel checked after each run, and a complete engine teardown is done after an event victory).

Drag racing is definitely hard on your vehicle, but to become consistent on your driving, you will need to sacrifice some hard-earned money for tires, repairs and modifications. Drag Racing is a uniquely American game and is an all-American activity that Americans love. Drag racing is a business decision or leisure activity which makes sense to anyone.


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