Drag Racing

Drag Racing is a type of Motorsports. Usually, there are two individuals competing at a time to cross the finish line first.

The races are usually held at a dragstrip at a distance. Most commonly, it is 1,320 feet. However, there are 1,000 feet distances, as it is common for Top Fuel Dragsters and Funny Cars to compete at this distance following the death of Scott Kalitta.

Drag Racing
Drag Racing (Photo by Pixabay)

Since 1940, drag racing has been common around the world. In the early days of the sport, drag racing events were held at decommissioned aircraft bases.

Wally Parks formed the NHRA in 1951. Since then, racing on drag strips has become popular.

On a dragstrip, cars normally do a burnout before lining up to compete. Then, they wait on the Christmas tree to drop before the race starts. “Big Daddy” Don Garlits is credited with the first person to do a burnout across the starting line before a pass.

After staging, the Christmas tree goes down to green before the drivers race down the track. If this is a race, the winning driver advances while the losing driver is eliminated.

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