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 Post subject: 1000' racing
 Post Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:31 am 
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Well we had our meeting for this years events and one of them was we will be racing to 1000' for super on Saturday race day only..All other days it will be 1/4 mile...
They are thinking it will bring more cars that don't come cause of the short shut down area...
Guess we will see #-o

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 Post subject: Re: 1000' racing
 Post Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:50 am 
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What's your home track Barry? Aren't you close to Atco? 1000 feet!!!! O:) mmm, looks like it started :-

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 Post subject: Re: 1000' racing
 Post Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:39 am 
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AFAIK there's only one 1/4 mile track still active in Virginia and that's Dinwiddie, aka, Virginia Motorsports Park in Dinwiddie County, Va. FYI, that's just south of Petersburg, Va. Bristol is 1/4 mile but the track itself is actually in Tennessee, not Virgina and I don't know if they run an 1/8 mile weekly program or not. I do know that Dinwiddie's weekly bracket races are 1/8 mile and have been for quite a while.

The local "airport/dragstrip" went to 1000 ft back in the late 1980s then a year or so later they went to eight mile. That 1000 foot deal just might be the beginning of the end of quarter mile bracket racing.

While I'd like to make a quarter mile pass or two with this dragster, I really don't have a problem with eight mile racing as it's much easer on equipment and is a bunch safer as well. Going from 140 mph to 175 doesn't sound like much of a jump but I can tell you that going from 126 in the Camaro to 140 in this dragster was a BIG difference to me. Not sure my old heart could stand 175 now. O:)

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 Post subject: Re: 1000' racing
 Post Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:14 pm 
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KCIR (the track that closed this year) had been racing 1/8 in S/P for a while now but still raced 1/4 for the slower classes. The cars speeds have increased a bunch over the years and the tracks were all built around a lot slower cars. There really isn't adequate shutdown for the faster cars in the 1/4 at most tracks unless they are newer National Event type tracks ... Heartland Park Topeka for example. It has a really long shutdown and would be no problem, although even they have had races reduced to 1/8 mile due to cross wind.

I'm sure insurance costs tracks more for 1/4 mile too.

The speed isn't really the reason I race, the acceleration is what counts to me and even more important the competition. You get both of those in 1/8 mile racing so I'm good with it.

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 Post subject: Re: 1000' racing
 Post Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 1:29 pm 
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The UMTR South considers Edgewater it's home track and last year they went to 1/8 mile for their bracket program. We still run 1/4 there and when I asked our director how much longer he thought we would be doing that he said until we start getting a bunch of 7 second cars. This year the rules were revised to put a 7.50 ET limit on the QS cars. I have been told the 1/8 mile stuff is an insurance thing. Some of the tracks we race at with marginal shutdown will have our SS class racing 1/4 and the QS cars racing 1/8 and I can remember one race that we had one round of 1/4 mile time runs before it was reduced to 1/8 because if crosswinds. I like 1/4 mile racing better but I'm all for taking my stuff home ion one piece.

We sold the last Jr Dragster we had to a guy that was near the eastern part of KY. I don't remember the track he was talking about but he said they raced either 300' or 330'. When he started talking about racing the big end of the track I had to laugh.

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 Post subject: Re: 1000' racing
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There is a track in Western part of WV that is 330 and steep up hill for the shut down before you hit the guard rails of the road on top of the hill O:)

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 Post subject: Re: 1000' racing
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That's probably the one Steve.

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When Ron told me that was like WTH? I bet some cars can cross the finish line on the rear wheels. LOL \:D/ \:D/ \:D/

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 Post subject: Re: 1000' racing
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The shorter the track the closer the race...we race 300' in loose sand, and it's unbelievable how close the finish line margins are!

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 Post subject: Re: 1000' racing
 Post Posted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 6:31 am 
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Acto is almost a 3hr drive John and have not been there for a few years because of the gas cost..Englishtown is closer but they race on Sunday but also a gas cost issue and Sunday
is rough to do..
All the tracks that race the Summit ET series are 1/4 mile tracks and have plenty of shut
down.......Im not totally against the 1000' but not going to like the 1/8 mile racing at all.
But on the other hand it will look good putting 6.70's on for a dial =;

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