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whats the distance

i want to practice getting on the line at the track, whats the distnce from the pre-stage and the stage lights?

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According to the NHRA:

"When the front tires of a vehicle break the first light beam, called the prestage 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, the front tires are positioned exactly on the starting line and the stage bulb is lit on the Tree, which indicates that the vehicle is ready to race."


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when do they determine when to hit the go button, if you aren't spooled yet?

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Well.. just so happens that a guy close to me went to the track just this past weekend.. and was telling us on Mon about how things went.

If you wanted to spool before you took off.. you would light the pre-stage bulb, spool the turbo while holding the brakes, and then ease off the brakes to ease the truck into the stage light. If you have good brakes.. you can then stop again.. and wait for the tree.

A lot of times the tree is actually controlled by a starter.. who has a button that will set the tree off if both vehicles are staged. I have heard of diesel drags where the starter doesn't hit the button until both drivers have flashed their lights.. indicating that they are spooled and ready.

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You should start spooling when you pre-stage. Once you are spooled, bump your truck into the stage lights. This will take a lot of practice to get it right and then keep it consistant. I always had the same ritual from the time i roll into the water box until the lights come down. I found this link that may explain it a little better than I can guys Bracket racing tips check it out and see what you think.

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Well.. just so happens that a guy close to me went to the track just this past weekend.. and was telling us on Mon about how things went.

If you wanted to spool before you took off.. you would light the pre-stage bulb, spool the turbo while holding the brakes, and then ease off the brakes to ease the truck into the stage light. If you have good brakes.. you can then stop again.. and wait for the tree.

A lot of times the tree is actually controlled by a starter.. who has a button that will set the tree off if both vehicles are staged. I have heard of diesel drags where the starter doesn't hit the button until both drivers have flashed their lights.. indicating that they are spooled and ready.
That is waht I thought honestly... how long is it safe to hold said spool???

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You should start spooling when you pre-stage. Once you are spooled, bump your truck into the stage lights. This will take a lot of practice to get it right and then keep it consistant. I always had the same ritual from the time i roll into the water box until the lights come down. I found this link that may explain it a little better than I can guys Bracket racing tips check it out and see what you think.
there is alot of info there, thanks!!!

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That is waht I thought honestly... how long is it safe to hold said spool???
I don't know.. but I don't think I would want to hold it for too long.. would be hard on TC.

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When I get up there I try to get to the line ASAP and slam the brakes. Then IMMEDIATELY start spooling. If you hit the 2nd light and start spooling you have at least 3 seconds to build boost which should be plenty.

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