Start your engines and let's go drag racing!
by Martha Kaus
We have about 9 races a year between March and October. They are posted on the club calendar. Anyone of legal driving age is welcome to participate in one or all the races. We hope to have many, many participants both experienced and not experienced.
It’s not who’s the fastest but who can cut the best light and judge how fast their car is. We race everything from trucks to sedans. Some of the main clubs we race against are the “North Texas Mustang Club”, “Cowtown Mopars”, “HOSS”, “Dallas Area Pontiac Assoc”, “Extreme Corvette Club”, and on and on…….
LSCC has won the Muscle Car Club Series several times in the past, we’d like to do it again. Join the Killer Vette Drag Race Team and get in on all the fun!
If you don’t know how to race then continue on and read the intro below. Better yet, copy it, print it, and read it later. We also have a handy little handout that we can give you at the track.
Generally the cost is somewhere $20~$30 to race and $10~$15 for spectators. If you want someone to caravan with, call the drag racing coordinator and they will be more than happy to accommodate you. If you want to meet at the track, you can always find our club. We have several that bring trailers that you can’t miss. We don’t all run vettes but we all have our club letter “H” in chalk on our windshields
Twenty-seven people raced for our club. We had a really good day. Great weather, no breakdowns, good friends (not only with our club, but with other clubs that we hadn't seen since November).
Our team brought home three plaques:
Theresa Nixon - 1st in Powder Puff in a C-4
Tim Wheeler -Semi in the Stock class in a small truck
Cothrum - Semi in the King class in a '69 convertible.
INTRODUCTION TO BRACKET RACING
Bracket Racing, also known as ET racing or Handicap racing, allows
almost anyone to race, on a fairly even playing field. It places
much more emphasis on the driver than the car itself. The cars
are split up into classes, depending on how fast the cars run.
Safety requirement rules vary throughout these divisions. The
track itself, consist of several key parts. Just before the starting
line lays the staging lanes, where racers line up their cars when
they are ready to race. From there, they proceed to the "burnout"
box. This is simply a part that has water supplied to aid a driver's
burnout when racing on slicks. The driver drives through the water
and spins the tires until they get very hot, and thus, very sticky.
The driver then proceeds to the "Christmas tree" to
stage at the start line. The long straight lines of asphalt hide
many photocells that electronically record a car's time as it
makes its run down the track. After the finish line, the track
continues straight to allow the cars to slow down, and then it
turns back toward the pit area. Along the way back to the pit
area or at the tower, each driver can pick up his "time slip," the piece of paper that has all the vital information on it concerning
the times that the car ran.
All right, here's the real basic principles of bracket racing.
At a race, you are given several time trials, which are used just
as practice, and to see what times your car runs. In eliminations,
which are single tournament style elimination's , it's you against
one other racer. You select a time that you think your car will
run. That's called your dial-in. When two cars compete, they subtract
the dial-ins, and the slower car gets that much of a head start.
The theory is that if both drivers get identical reaction times,
and both run what they predicted, they will meet right at the
finish line... a tie. In practicality, this never happens. Reaction
times will differ, and the car may run quicker or slower than
Reaction times are a huge part of winning (or losing!) races.
They are also perhaps the most difficult part of drag racing,
although it seems deceptively simple. In order to get good reaction
times, we must understand the tree. The tree is made up of three
major parts. At the top of the tree, you see two sets of double
yellow bulbs for each side of the tree (each lane). The top set
is call the Pre-Stage bulbs. This is an indicator for the driver
that he is approaching (and near) the starting line. The second
set is called the Stage bulbs. They indicate that the driver is
actually on the starting line, and presumably ready to race. The
next section is the three amber starting signals. These bulbs
will light in sequence, a half-second apart. The last two lights
then, of course, are the green and dreaded red light... a foul
start. The green will come on after the amber bulbs if the driver
has not left the starting line too soon. The reaction timer starts
when the third amber comes on. Since there is a half-second (or
.500 seconds) delay until the green light comes on, a .500 reaction
time is perfect. The reaction timer stops when the car leaves
the starting line. The difference between the dial-in and the
actual run is added to the difference between the reaction time
and a perfect .500. Whoever has the smallest difference without
red lighting or driving faster than their dial-in WINS that race
and continues on. If you lose, as we say, "it's on the trailer!"