Drag Racing: It’s A Gas!

While some sit glue to the tele for the World Cup, drag racing is more my line up.  For those of you who are new to the sport or know nothing about it at all, let me give you some fast track info to bring you up to speed.

First of all, let me clarify, that drag racing is, indeed, a sport.  Not only is it a sport, it is the loudest and fastest sport of all.  And might add that it is an addicting sport as well.

In a drag race, two vehicles compete to see who can get to the finish line first.  The vehicles can be cars, trucks, motorcycles and so on.  There are different styles too like funny car races and monster truck races.  I tend to like them all but stock car drag races are probably my favourite.

Drag races date back to the invention of automobiles.  It is something that is just built in to most men and some females as well.  We like to race.  Whose car is the biggest, baddest, fastest one around?  Rev your engines and find out!

For myself, my drag racing days began when I was just a lad.  My older brother used to race his car against his friends.  Unbeknownst to our parents, he would meet up with them on obscure country roads on the week-ends and race for money.  He won often and gave me a portion of the profit in return for not telling on him.  I loved the races and the profits too.

The races I watch now are more professional and are generally on the tele except for when I am fortunate enough to attend in person.  I still get an adrenaline rush as I hear them rev up then peel off down the track and am usually up out of my seat cheering my car on by the time it gets to the finish line.

For those of you who think drag racing is a shallow sport that consists of nothing but two cars racing down a little strip of pavement, think again.  There’s actually quite a lot that goes into a race.

Before the line-up, each of the drivers are given an opportunity to burn rubber which means spinning their tires to heat them up and get them ready to take off fast.  Once each driver has done so, they line up.  Then, they await the lighting of the Christmas tree which is a column of a six light progression that ultimately ends with the green light to “go”.  There are error and fouls which can occur and the lighting is actually pretty complicated and involved which is something most people do not realize.

Then, during the actual racing, there are three measurements.  The first is the reaction time which is the time it takes a vehicle to leave the starting line once the green light appears.  Then, there is elapsed time which is the time it takes from the starting line to the finish line and speed is what is determined through a device called a speed trap that sits in the final 66 feet of the stretch.  The standard race strip is a quarter mile.

There are different strategies to races.  In some, the looser is removed from the race and the winner is as well.  The winner will going the winners circle race and the looser, well, he is simply out of the game.  There are also races where qualifying and elimination rounds are determined that set the stage for the main or final race.

The more you learn about racing and the racers, the more you are most likely going to love drag racing.  If you have never experienced it, why not give it a round.  You might just find that it’s a gas!