You can expect lots of noise, dust, and burning rubber!
Drag racing is the ultimate test of vehicle tuning and performance. Perhaps the first thing you will notice when you arrive at the drag strip is the combination of burn out smoke, burning nitro and the incredible noise.
Uniquely with drag racing, all visitors to the strip are able to walk around the pits, have a good look at the bikes and cars and talk to the racers and their crew.
In most professional forms of drag racing, the first one to the finish line wins. Windsor Weekends Quick 8 is a perfect example of this. It features some of Windsor and Essex Counties Fastest Street Cars. These cars start at the same time and try to outrace each other to the finish line.
Bracket racing, however, is a form of drag racing whereby vehicles of different performance levels can compete on a potentially even basis. Drivers anticipate how long it will take their car to run the ¼ mile. This time is called their “dial-in”. You’ll see it written on the windows of the bracket competitors cars during eliminations. The slower car receives a headstart equal to the difference of the two. The person who runs the closest to their dial-in without going faster, wins the race. If you go faster than your dial-in, you “break out” and automatically lose the race. With this system, virtually any two vehicles can be paired in a competitive drag race. In fact it’s not uncommon to see mom bracket racing the family mini van against a 10 second mustang.
Drag races are conducted on a dragstrip according to a set of safety and performance based rules. The dragstrip is designed and constructed to allow racing to be done under the safest possible environment for both the drivers as well as spectators. The track surface, safety walls, fences, staging lanes and return road are arranged according to strict standards. Race procedures must conform to long established industry standards. Insurance carrier and sanctioning body guidelines must also be closely followed to ensure a safe, fair and fun racing experience for all that attend or participate.
Check out our Drag Racing 101 page to learn more about the sport.