Anyone bothered by the way the starting line and tree are lighted at night? It seems there is a lot of variance between tracks on the amount of light directed toward the tree.
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Yes it bothers me a lot. It changes my reaction times as much as .030 slower. which is ok if u know this ahead of time I have lost more than once at a new to me track because of this and each one effects me differently.Most tracks have good light on the tree .
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I have trouble at night too. I don't know about anyone else, but I have a lot of trouble with the glare at night.
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My biggest issue with night racing at a track that doesn't illuminate the tree is:
1. The stage bulbs are so bright, when lit that they cover up the top bulb.
2. The LED's are also very bright, that also contributes to having slower reaction times.
3. I'm old.
I solved that day/night/glare problem with the correct glasses.
One thing that did get me was a track that faces West by Southwest, final time shot, sun is behind the tree, 12 minutes later when I stage for 1st round, they have erected a 4x8 sheet of black plywood behind the tree. THAT screwed me up, if not optically, it sure messed with my head.
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Back lighting is a huge challenge. Fortunately, my home track is well lit, mostly races during the day, and I can focus on the bottom as the tree comes down. At tracks where I lose the bulb I can be as much as .040+ late. It's very frustrating to deal with. I think it's worse for bottom bulb racing because the other bulbs are so bright vs. the incandescent stage bulbs.
I've seen tracks install a spotlight shining on the tree and this would be very helpful!
The first and most important thing to do is research and understand how your eyes and brain perceive light and light differences. Turn a disadvantage into your advantage.
^^^^ Bingo and the affect your beverage of choice and food has on it too....
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Norwalk has the best that I've seen, with a floodlight on each side of the tree, set up about halfway to the tree.
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Being a bottom bulb racer I have lost because I was looking at the wrong bulb because it was so dark you could not tell---this happens more often than you think if you travel a lot. My cure---I have 2 halogen lights mounted in my grill so I can light up ANY tree.....
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