Start your engines and rev up for this speedy tournament sport that gives new meaning to burning rubber. Drag racing became popular after World War II in the United States and has now expanded across the globe. The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) oversees most drag events.
Traditionally, two hot rods compete head to head on a one-quarter-mile drag strip in a tournament style event. Each racer that loses is eliminated until a winner beats out his opponents in the bracket. The cars travel anywhere from 80-330 mph side by side along two tracks.
However, according to the New York Times, racing mogul O. Bruton Smith built a new dragstrip able to race four cars at a time. The track, named zMax Dragway, has also been dubbed the “Bellagio of Drag Strips” and will be used in a new event, the N.H.R.A. Four-Wide Nationals.
If you’ve never experienced the squeal and thrill of this NHRA sport, take the quiz to learn more about drag racing.
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Where do drag racers compete?
A Dragstrip. A race course typically means a non-permanent race track, whereas a main drag refers to a popular street in a town or city.
Most of the accelerated speed races have up to six racers on the dragstrip at a time. True or False?
False. Most races except are tournament style competitions where two vehicles compete against each other for the fastest time. And now there’s a new race event that incorporates four racers at a time.
False. Most races are tournament style competitions where two vehicles compete against each other for the fastest time. And now there’s a new race event that incorporates four racers at a time.
What is the name of the light device that signals the start of a race on the dragstrip?
How many LED lights are on a Christmas Tree for drag racing?
There are seven LED lights on a tree, according to the NHRA — two small amber lights at the top of the fixture, followed in descending order by three larger LED lights, a green bulb, and a red bulb.
What is the green light called when lit in the Christmas Tree?
A Pro Tree. A sportsman is when all the lights are lit, which is also called a full tree.
How fast do dragsters race?
Typically, how long is the dragstrip?
Dragstips are typically a 1/4 mile long.
The e.t. stands for what?
An e.t. stands for Elapsed Time.
How long is a speed trap?
A speed trap is 66 feet long. Officials gather the 60-foot time in the speed trap. It is the most accurate predictor of how fast a car is traveling.
During a race, each strip is timed separately. True or False?
True. Start-to-finish clocking times the racer’s speed.
What part of a hot rod helps keep the front end from rising up during high speeds?
A wheelie bar helps prevent the front tires from lifting during driving.
The National Hot Rod Association hosts the official drag racing events. When was this organization founded?
The NHRA was founded in 1951.
Why was the NHRA founded by Wally Parks?
To get drag racers off the streets. Founded in Southern California, this speedy sport was created to get drag racers off the streets and promote safety in this now popular sport with over 80,000 members.
Who is the current president of the NHRA?
Tom Compton. President Tom Compton believes in the original philosophy of the organization — from safety, to ingenuity. Both Karen Stoffer and Tony Schumacher are record-breaking drivers for the NHRA.
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