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With your lights do you guys add in the reaction time?
Five or six years ago we got a new set from portatree, I believe the name is.
These are wonderful lights, very little trouble like the previous version that we had. At least until I ran over the sensors at the finish line last year at the last race. Then they made a trophey out of the pieces for me at the banquet.
We add the reaction time, it adds something for the driver. Not to mention the pressure to cut a good light. We also give 25 bucks to who ever cuts the best light of the day. This way even if a guy can't win his class, he still has a chance at some prize money. This money comes from sponsers the assocation gets so no money is taken from the 100% payback. I have never claimed that honor but have seen a few red eyes in my life. And that stays at the back of your mind for next time. <font color=purple>
We don't add the reaction time to the run here, nor do we do anything for cutting a good light. We only run one lane in the G.U.M.B.O. events & last season the lights we used had no tree. Since I don't own a set of lights, I never know if I'll have a tree available. I can pretty much always get a timing set, but the homemade tree we use just goes from red to green with green indicating both "staged" and "go". I think that's a RaceAmerica set & they're probably as reliable as the club's Portatree set that we got new in '99 (the ones G.U.M.B.O. will get to use this year). That one does have a good tree, but even when they do go side by side, they don't go through the "pre-stage, stage, go" like most. They get both vehicles in "stage" then check to see if both are ready before going "yellow's, green". Kind of throws off the rythm if you're used to how they do it at the drag races. Wouldn't be much trouble to come up with $25, though. Our sensors are almost bulletproof & are also encased in some real heavy metal boxes one dude built. They got clobbered a couple of times with no problems last season.
Ran my Toy side by side at a club event last year & was kind of intimidated by the thought of trading paint with the other dude. My truck's nothing special, but my running mate had a new paint job & I didn't want to be the one to clobber it. I thought the lanes were too close for a super shallow 150 foot track. So, since there was no R/T involved, I thought I'd let the other guy cross the finish line before I went. The truck was trying to creep on me, so I nailed it when he was at 1/2 track. But, at about 100 feet I could tell I was going to beat him to the finish - but not by a lot. So, I backed off & coasted at least the final 40 feet. Did kind of the same thing in the other lane - the bad one. Took 6th out of 43 because of my 1st pass (they only pay 4 though). It was really a goof on my part though. With such a long, narrow truck on skinny tires, I was going straight as an arrow when I let off of it. I guess I shouldn't have been watching when all those CJ's ran & ended up sideways[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/blush.gif[/img] - including my normal #1 competition.
Oh well, that's racin' [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img]</font color=purple>
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