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    I always liked racing 1/4 mile for my heavy slow junk.An 1/8 is better than no racing at all.Old adage of make it hook and then build a motor rings true still.

    That being said I haven't been on a track in 11 years.Maybe I will go back maybe I won't.
     
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    havent seen any difference in competitiveness racing one from the other. The tree is exactly the same racing either distance.
    You have less time to make decisions at the stripe in the 1/8, so actually people trust the car more than in 1/4 mile racing. So if anything, less driver input in the 1/8.
     
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    It depends on your equipment.
     
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    That guy is a character to watch. Did you see the video when he recently took his little honey for a trip down the track? That was funny and she’s kinda cute. I committed that he really should have offered her his fire jacket.
     
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    i footbrake. No equipment, and enjoy beating up on airshifters, transbrakes and adjustable buttons.
    Makes it more satisfying to get a win light.
    Regards equipment, the stores sell it to anybody who wants to buy it.
     
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      I personally think 1/8 mile tracks were built with regards to economics. From my experiance most 1/4 mile tracks are built in areas where there is a lot of level land, and no population. That makes the cost of land less, and it cost a lot less to have a level track. Most of the 1/8 mile tracks I have run, are in very hilly areas.
       
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      Most 1/8 mile tracks in Pa and Oh are 1/4 mile tracks running 1/8 mile programs.
       
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        But most of our test n tunes are 1/4 mile for the street cars and guys trying for 1/4 mile new bests.
         
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        its become the same here. My home track now runs stuff on the 1/8( US131) and the shutdown is long enough for a fuel car to coast out on...lol
         
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          get all suited up, buckled in on a hot day, sit in the staging lanes, finally on to the track, do a 10 second burnout, 5.38 gears and 5500 stall all for a 5 second race - Slam the gas, make a shift and shut 'er off LOL.
           
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          Here in Maine we only have 1/8th mile tracks, New Oxford Dragway and Winterport Dragway. I enjoy running at both. New Oxford is about 40 minutes from my house and Winterport is about a 90 minute drive. I've run a best of 6.44 @ 106 which occurred at Winterport 2 weeks ago.
          Prior to my 24 year break from drag racing I ran 99% of the time on 1/4 mile tracks. The only 1/8th mile racing I did back then was at the dearly departed Jax Raceway in Jacksonville, FL. Back then I didn't care for 1/8th mile racing but now I find I enjoy it. I still do some 1/4 mile runs occasionally at New England Dragway and Lebanon Valley Dragway. I ran my fastest 1/4 mile ET ever at Lebanon Valley 3 weeks ago during their Mopar day. Had a great time.
          I guess the point of all of this is I don't care if it's 1/8 or 1/4, I have a great time doing both.
           
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            Even most street racing is 1/8 mile. Even the mild cars.
             
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            Not in the 1970’s and 80’s when I street raced. We were blessed to have a solid concrete divided four lane county road that had a “missing link”. They started the road from two different directions and there was a 2-3 mile missing section for years. Most people got off and didn’t get back on so we almost had it to ourselves with the cops blessings. Better there then up in town at the red lights. Three horn beeps and go like hell.
             
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              We had a rich friend that had an air strip on his property.
              He let everyone race when his parents were out of town, which was most weekends. lol
              Mostly I liked the late night in town stop light races, usually way after midnight. lol
              It was the last set of lights in town, a few times we had to elude the cops. just a few. lol
               
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                Agree, I've yet to be in a town where they had the "1/8" mile marked off outside of town. Always, ALWAYS the 1/4 mile is where you settled the difference :) And yes, ours is STILL in play :D :D
                 
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                I race at the valley. I always liked 1/8th mile because there is more action, and less room for error. It's also easier on your engine.
                 
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                  I think they should have just a 60 ft race. Classes by tenths. Example, 1.40 dial index, and if you run 1.399 you break out or red light your out. You'd need a perfect light and as close to 1.40 to win. Have classes up to 2.5 60 ft. Track has an exit at 330 ft marker. :D
                   
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                    Can you imagine that race with a 9 sec 4 banger.........(front wheel drive)
                    LAUNCH...........HIT THE BRAKES!!!!!..............roll on to Roof :steering::(:lol:
                     
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                      I heard a radio ad a few weeks ago for 500' Hot Rod drags at the Spencer, IA airport.

                      Before I swore to my wife I was done with promoting race tracks and hot rod shows I was working on a Hot Rod Drag deal with a tiny airport. They have a vintage airplane show every year and I thought dragging vintage cars against the backdrop of old planes would be a hit.

                      But I got too old too fast....
                       
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                      One of the oval track promoters here in WI does straightaway drags on his 1/2 mile track and also on the Milwaukee Mile...calls ' em Street Drags... very successful.
                       
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                      Not 1/8 mile, but for you people that run on circle track straights.
                      I raced at Pocono International Speedway, in Pa, at their fist race. Drags on the front straight. That was all that was paved. The rest of the oval was just graded, and the road course was just marked with stakes.
                       
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                      I bought my Dart from Scott Beecher, who's a regular at LVD. He runs a blue Duster now. His Brother in Law Jim Gagnon had a hand in the engine in my car. Lou Jasmin in Colebrook, CT did the transmission/transbrake and the small engine combo is a setup he ran back in the 80s & 90s.
                       
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