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how a drag race is won....

Discussion in 'Racing and Driving Techniques' started by PLA5151, Feb 15, 2005.

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  1. PLA5151

    PLA5151 New Member

    recently I ran my car at the track and i ran a 14.6 against a 5.0 mustang's 15.1 but when i looked at the bottom of the time slip, it says i won by .388 ---- I looked at the reaction times and the mustang had a .225 while i had a .337 ----- so i assume that is the difference between my 1/4 mile time and the winning margin----my question is: since he was off the line first, why is the difference in reaction time taken off from the .5 difference in the 1/4 mile times instead of added?? if this is not because of the reaction time then can someone pls explain??
  2. projectxspeed

    projectxspeed Senior Member

    You have it correct, the difference of your reaction times is subtracted from the difference in 1/4 mile times; this give you who "won" the race. The 14.6 sec represents the amount of time it took to get from the start line to the finish line in the 1/4 mile.
  3. PLA5151

    PLA5151 New Member

    ok, but the thing i still don't understand is he got off the line first, therefore, why wouldn't my margin of win be like .612 as if we had got off the line at the same time instead of it being .388
  4. projectxspeed

    projectxspeed Senior Member

    First Auron is cool, second look at what you said HE got off the line first (aka FASTER) so he was already .112 ahead of you before you stopped pickin your @$$ he decided to go. If you two got off the line at the EXACT SAME time the gap would have .500
  5. PLA5151

    PLA5151 New Member

    LoL....okay now that that makes sense to me I can see how i just SPACED on that one...thanx for the explanation <_<
  6. projectxspeed

    projectxspeed Senior Member

    No problem and welcome aboard
  7. Lshatch916

    Lshatch916 Senior Member

    dood i always seem to be in a coma getting off the line...i could prolly never be a drag strip racer...but street is something else i dunno why tho...i hate those dam lights
  8. projectxspeed

    projectxspeed Senior Member

  9. Dual-500

    Dual-500 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, so quit pickin' your ass and get that car launched on time!!!! JK dude. :cool:
  10. 99sidude

    99sidude Moderator Moderator

    Quit picking YOUR ass and check the date on the thread before you post:)
  11. phunky.buddha

    phunky.buddha Admin with a big stick Admin

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