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  • Elimination Rounds
  • Types of Cars 
  • Top Fuel Engines 
  • Most drag racing events are a series of elimination rounds. The winner of each round advances to the next. The final race is between the two cars with the best times
  • Parts of a top fuel dragster 
  • Early Drag races included all types of cars. The engine was what mattered. As drag racing grew, new rules created classes. Each class included cars of similar size, type, and weight. The NHRA approves more than 200 classes of cars.
  • Dry Clutches 
  • From the book, "Dragsters" Wendy Hinote Lanier says, "This became standard after Don Garlifts transmission exploded  in a front motored dragster in 1970. The explosion split the car in half causing Garlits to lose part of his right foot. Garlits survived and soon designed a car with the engine in the back. In 2 years his desgin was the new thing for top fuel."
  • Fun Facts 
  • Airfoil                     drivers seat        engine          wheels 
  • Wendy Hinote Lanier says, "Dry clutches send power to the wheels. A five disc dry clutch transfers power directly from the the engine to the drive wheels.  " Dry clutches are a big part of dragsters.
  • Did you know people who drive Dragsters spin their tires before every race. The lights that start a drag race is called a christmas tree.  Also Pro stock cars are also called doorslammers because they have doors that  work.
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