I have always been a (deep stage) footbraker. Never raced in the box class before. This weekend is a race that will merge FB with box in 3rd or 4th round. I have been under the impression that a deep stager would not be allowed under BOX rules. True? or not? So, say (ME) the right lane is dialed 7.00 and my opponent (left lane) is dialed 5.00. I'm deepstaged and ready. The tree starts and BOTH (right and left) top bulbs go on together. Left lane top bulb STAYS on but MY side bulbs will proceed as usual???? My TOP BULB goes out in the normal manner?
If I happen to race someone dialed SLOWER than me, then I need to put the letter "N" on my window to tell the tower I don't want crosstalk?
Cross talk is only used in top bulb class. Not used for bottom bulb like no box. No need to worry nothing different than what a normal bottom bulb race looks like.
You can deep stage. However, the starter is not supposed to hold the tree for you. If the starter holds the auto start the bottom of the ticket will say “staged at starter go”
If you are slower nothing to worry about. If you happen to be faster you need the letter N to signal you don’t want cross talk. I would also communicate with the person at the head is staging to radio the tower that you do not want cross talk if you are the faster car that round
Once the race is combined, just put the N on your window for the rest of the night. At least around here, your dial-in on the scoreboard will have a minus sign (-) in front of it so you’ll know if CrossTalk is disabled.
Around here, lots of racers run Super Pro without a box and use the N with no issue.
Different tracks different things can happen.
If crosstalk is on the top bulb might stay on in both lanes as your tree drops. it's distracting if you're not ready for it when you're the slow car and bottom bulbing. Some tracks don't turn off crosstalk you have to find out before the race starts. You also have to know beforehand how they are going to handle deep and autostart. Be aware of the backing up dragsters that stop in prestage or pre stage quick. Pro cars are not going to like deep staging.
Find out all of this from the tower before you get in the race.
From our local racetrack.
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And st least around here adding the N only works for the faster car since the faster car is the one who would be crossing over.
If they are using Crosstalk and not honoring the "N", just make sure you are dialed slower than your competitor.
I got burned on this a few weeks ago. They weren't honoring the N.... still my fault for missing the light but the pause didn't help.
This issue came up 3rd round of motorcycle eliminations at the D1 bracket finals 2 weeks ago. Guy had an N on the bike but there was no dash on the dial in board. He lost the round and parked his bike in the middle of the return road and ran up into the tower. A few minutes later the division director came down personally and told the winner he had to rerun because the tower missed the N.
It was a bad call. When the rider staged with no dash on the board he owned it, just like if the dial in is wrong.
The outcome of the rerun was the same thankfully. My buddy was in the other lane and went on to win the event. We’re going to Vegas!
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