Five Tips for Dragstrip Etiquette

Five Tips for Dragstrip Etiquette

We all come to the drag strip to have fun, spend time with friends and family, and maybe take home some of the purse. And while it's often a challenge because of heat or the stress of the competition, we should always consider those around us to make it a good weekend for everyone.

1. Noise

Even in possibly the noisest of all pasttimes, race tracks need quiet time, too. Don't fire up and test your rev limiter at 11 PM, and make sure your generators are properly muffled—someone or their family is probably trying to sleep! Also, be respectful of pre-race religious ceremonies on Sundays and avoid cranking up before they are finished. 

2. Excessive finishline braking

In bracket racing, finish line driving is a careful ballet of judging your speed versus your opponent's, and manipulating the position of your car as you race to the end. Braking is part of that strategy, but excessive braking isn't safe. Don't slide or smoke your tires to finish line drive. It's not safe for you or the car in the other lane.

3. Driving in the pits

Keep the speed on the track. Drag strips are generally full of people walking, riding bikes or scooters, or kids playing. Speeding around the pits before or after a pass isn't safe and makes everyone uncomfortable.  

4. Ripping the throttle

Congratulations, you just won a round! Don't flaunt it to the racer in the other lane by ripping the throttle repeatedly after the finish line. 

5.  Respect facility and its staff

Keep the track clean, put your trash in the right places, be careful with spills, and most importantly: be cool to the staff. They make the races happen so we can all enjoy our passion. If you've made a mistake or lost the last round, don't take your frustration out at the ticket booth by peeling out. In the end, it's just a race!

 

 

Posted by Brandon Barrentine at 9:26 AM