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"if you saw green.................you waited to long"

Reaction is defined as: the result of an action
Reaction Time can be defined as: the time required for reaction
However this is not the case with Drag Racing.

Drag Racing Reaction-Time refers to the time elapsed from the instant the green light is activated to when the car leaves the starting line. The triggers are taken from the green light and the beam sensors at the edge of the track.

In summary "Drag Racing Reaction Time" is the combined time for the driver to hit the throttle and the response time of the car to move off the line.

In light of this fact, a realization can be concluded is that it is possible to send the command from your brain to your foot/finger to punch the throttle a few thousandths of a second before the green without red-lighting.

A professional Funny Car Driver once explained it as "like an on-board clock in the mind".
A rehearsed 1 2 3 count. Stage, yellow, BAM!

It must be considerably more difficult strapped to a 300+ MPH Funny Car facing the possibility of death, but with Slot Cars it is relatively less stressful.

In conclusion: Drag Racing Reaction Time is more about rhythm than reaction. So if you saw green................................

About Staging:

Snap-on Sensors have an active Staged Zone of about 3/4 to 1 1/4 inch for HO and about 1 3/4 to 2 1/2 inches for 1/32 scale.
This length will vary slightly depending on down-force strength of the traction magnets in any given car.  
(Photo Eye Sensors detect the entire car)

Shallow Staging is pulling up just enough to trip the sensor and has the possible advantage of timing a "rolling" start.

Deep Staging is pulling forward towards the Trailing Edge of the active zone and has the advantage of starting out physically as far forward as possible.

Staging first has the advantage of ample time for positioning but the disadvantage of commitment.

Staging last has the advantage of dictating the start but substantially less time for positioning.
 
NHRA upholds a rule that states: once a car has staged, the opposing car has seven seconds to stage or draw a DQ. Slot Dragon does not impose this law because of the "stall factor" associated with slot cars.
 
Staging strategies play a huge role in Drag Racing and they can also factor in Lap Racing Slot Cars, if the races are kept short. Slot Car Dragon caters to smaller home tracks. Giant Club layouts prosper minimal benefit from a precision start, hence the long, boring, predicable heats that have plagued slot cars from the dawn of their marriage to the checkered flag.

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Early Staged

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Late Staged

Improving Staging Car/Track Performance:

Here are four ways to improve car/track performance with regards to moving up to the line in intervals without the car stalling. Most of these tips will improve over all performance as well.

Make your Staging Area on, or next to the terminal piece. This eliminates any DC line loss due to Track connections.

I cannot stress enough the importance of keeping your track clean. Oxidation can occur in just a few hours. Clean HO track with dry emery cloth. I use contact cleaner appied to a towel for cleaning 1/32. Especialy in the pre-stage and staged areas!

If your car is still "sticking" change the pick-up shoes, even if they do not appear worn. What happens is they bend from crash impacts, thus reducing the contact surface of the shoe with both the track rails and the cars motor brush barrels.

Lastly, it's also a good idea to invest in Silver Plated Pick-up Shoes.





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