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Whether you hold a little or hold a lot I think it is a trap to do same thing every time. Two reasons , 1. The others will soon learn how you race. 2. Changing things up a little keeps you on your toes on on top of your game.


I'm not against having other methods. But only the two have worked for me. Most know I hold. Most of the winners around here hold. If you get a competitive light, and are on your toes at the finish line, it's hard to get inside regardless if they know what you are doing. Yes some sharp ones are going to push you to the finish line and cut you loose. And you watch for it. You know you have some to get rid of. Go with em. If they don't cut you loose, feed the stripe to him. The race is yours to win or lose.


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When I first began bracket racing 18 years ago, a very knowledgeable guy taught me to always hold 2 numbers...he is a nationally known hitter, by the way...10 years later I learned from one of the best in the business how to bracket race and why holding increased your chances of winning any round...once you learn from guys like these you realize holding is the only way to go...

That said, they also told me if you race someone who kills the tree and runs the number there is nothing much you can do with them other than say good race...with most folks, however, you will have a distinct advantage holding numbers...when an expert explains why it makes so much sense...
 
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My strategy is to show up as often as possible. It seems to help me. Smile Take care. Tom Worthington


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Always change it up and keep them guessing.

Now heads up is simple.Make the fastest pass you can down your lane and hope you have clear view when you get to finish line.




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I set up 20 and dial down .02 and make time runs.

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How many of you have and use an "oh s#%!" button?
 
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Heads up, hammer the tree and hope you have enough. That's real drag racing in my opinion.


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Now heads up is simple.Make the fastest pass you can down your lane and hope you have clear view when you get to finish line.


We have a different approach to the heads-up racing. Our drag racing quads are very unique & we use them for bracket, index & heads-up/grudge racing. Sometimes during a weekend event we run all 3 styles of racing. So, you have to be selective on what ET you show or not show.

I'll use one example: We had run brackets & Index all weekend. We had ran a 6.30 Index & chose to dial in the mid 6.30x range. Then we went to heads-up grudge racing afterwards. After beating two quads, we couldn't get any more races. One guy said, "we thought you only had a 6.30 quad".


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How many of you have and use an "oh s#%!" button?


I don't have it, but have considered getting/using it.

I've had it used against me at one of the races at the 1st Spring Fling Million. If I remember right my opponent was dialed 6.40 & I was dialed a mid to high 6.40. I was holding around 7 numbers. I was getting rid of ET with slightly less than full throttle around 300' mark. My opponent had caught me around that area & was wheel racing me. It was during this period when he used his nitrous. I took his bait hook, line & sinker!; it was so embarrassing. I immediately went to full throttle & he saw/heard my move. We were both close on reaction, both close to our dial, but he controlled the finish line by a very small margin & of course won.

I ended up getting him back in another race during the same event. It was my turn to pull from my bag of tricks. I had seen how he raced my wheel & not my stripe taker. So, I decided to use the stripe taker to trip the finish line. Yes, I had it set-up to give me the option to use the stripe taker or front tire to break the finish line. Anyway, I dialed a high 6.30 & he kept his dial. I caught him around mid track, but couldn't get a wheel on him. I said to myself, this is going to work. Right before the stripe, I nailed the brakes. The nose dropped with the stripe taker taking the finish line for the win.

I talked with the racer at the next Million & he calls using his nitrous as; keeping his opponent honest.


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It's amazing to me how so many people can drive the finish line to .00X at 110 mph, but can't find the starting line with their opponent already pre-staged.
 
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LMAO at Phil! There’s a guy I raced last year who I swear was waiting for the cows to come home before he would even pre-stage. Next time I race him he is in for a surprise! Big Grin


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I've been told by several D1 racers who have raced at the Strip/Vegas, don't stage first!
 
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Do they not have a time out function on the tree?


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I'm sure that do but as Vern stated here, no one there is in any hurry to to prestage, stage, race!
 
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Bucky,

This guy is well known for this crap. I guarantee he will pre-stage first against me next time.

That’s all I’m gonna say about that.


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In my past I was the worlds sloppiest at staging & almost 1st to stage every time. I've had a few literally race me to the beams, LOL! It never fared to well for them. I had one competitor tell me his wife was furious about my staging. He finally told her, Bryan does the same thing every run & no games are being played. I now choose how, when & why in my staging; within the rules.

IMO, I take into account how my opponent stages, but generally don't try to beat them at their routine. We have one of those guys in our class, that just plain takes his time. I slow my routine down for it, but that's about it.

Now, if the opponent is truly taking that long. Then the issue falls within the Starter, doing or not doing his job.


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Honestly I find it allot easier race 1/4 mile, you have way more time to think about it but then having the extra time to think can bite you in the ass sometimes


I hear that all the time. If your opponent has the same extra time to think, how then is winning any easier?

Also, since you're typically nearing the finish line by the time the race is playing itself out, speeds and closing rates are higher in the 1/4.


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Honestly I find it allot easier race 1/4 mile, you have way more time to think about it but then having the extra time to think can bite you in the ass sometimes


I hear that all the time. If your opponent has the same extra time to think, how then is winning any easier?

Also, since you're typically nearing the finish line by the time the race is playing itself out, speeds and closing rates are higher in the 1/4.


With a high closing speed, it IS harder to judge the other car at the stripe. But in my experience, it is much harder when you are being chased. You have to take your eyes off the line, look over your shoulder, determine how they are coming, look back at the stripe and of course make sure your car is on course, then rinse and repeat as many times as it takes. When you are chasing, your head barely moves. You can see their wheel and the stripe all in the same frame. Now if it is getting sketchy for your car at the finish line, all bets are off. Ya gotta make sure you are in control of your car. I have had rounds like that and all you can do it spot drop and hope for the best or bail completely and gather things up. I'm hoping the wing cleans that up for me.


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Honestly I find it allot easier race 1/4 mile, you have way more time to think about it but then having the extra time to think can bite you in the ass sometimes


I hear that all the time. If your opponent has the same extra time to think, how then is winning any easier?

Also, since you're typically nearing the finish line by the time the race is playing itself out, speeds and closing rates are higher in the 1/4.


Never said winning was easier, just easier to make a decision right or wrong because you have more time. Perfect example, when racing 1/8th mile I am dialed in the 3.8-90 range, that race is over in a heartbeat, not allot of time to think. Racing 1/4 mile I am dialed in the 6.10-15 range, that's another 2.1 or so secs,all in the back half which seems like an eternity. I value the aluminum rods in my blower motor way to much to rip the throttle so I will normally spot drop or drag the brake or both if needed. They say each rip of the throttle counts as a run on your rods lol
 
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With a high closing speed, it IS harder to judge the other car at the stripe. But in my experience, it is much harder when you are being chased. You have to take your eyes off the line, look over your shoulder, determine how they are coming, look back at the stripe and of course make sure your car is on course, then rinse and repeat as many times as it takes.


I agree with your first 2 sentences, but you can make it easier. There are a good many slow racers that don't look back when being chased, they carry ET & use other strategies/tactics. No rinse & repeat. Wink


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With a high closing speed, it IS harder to judge the other car at the stripe. But in my experience, it is much harder when you are being chased. You have to take your eyes off the line, look over your shoulder, determine how they are coming, look back at the stripe and of course make sure your car is on course, then rinse and repeat as many times as it takes.


I agree with your first 2 sentences, but you can make it easier. There are a good many slow racers that don't look back when being chased, they carry ET & use other strategies/tactics. No rinse & repeat. Wink


Man I don't know....any good slow racer I know might be carrying and using other methods but they're still all looking back to some extent....
 
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