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The Starting Line

The Starting Line

The Starting Line is a column for our Sportsman drag racers brought to you by Schnitz Racing. We feature a frequently asked question and have it answered by a panel of experienced sportsman racers, led by Ben Knight. Having questions answered by multiple racers will give our new racers several perspectives on the information they want.

What is the best advice for someone going down the track for the very first time?

How do I decide what class to enter?

What is the difference between a bracket class and an index class?

What is the difference between a pro tree and sportsman tree?

What is rollout and how does it affect my ET?

Does a practice tree really help with your reaction time and do you have any tips to how to use it?

What is courtesy staging?

What does "The race was won on the starting line" mean?

How are bye runs determined? If I get a bye run, should I make the pass?

What is the best technique for a burn out?

What is cross over / cross talk?

Some racers do a quick launch after the burnout, why is that?

Do you have any advice on methods for consistency?

Do you recommend changing visors for daytime and night racing?

What's the difference between deep staging and shallow staging and the advantages of each?

Some people log all of their runs and are always looking at old timeslips. How does this help them?

What do all the blocks on the track represent and how should I use them when racing?

What does sandbagging mean?

What is meant by top bulb racing vs. bottom bulb racing?

What is the best way to do a burnout? Straight up or side to side?

How much tire pressure should I run in my rear tire?

What is a break out and how can I use it to my advantage?

If I have a bye run and red light, do I loose? Should I use a bye run to make a pass or just "break the beam"?

Should I warm my bike up before making a pass?

How do some racers make it down the track when they look like they are looking at their tank the whole way down?

The launch - Dump or ride the clutch?

Sprockets - How do you determine what size you need?

How is a bracket determined?

How does reaction time affect a run's ET?

Why do I see the top bulb go out?

Any suggestions on choosing a target or maintaining focus on the starting line?

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