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Old 01-07-2015, 11:12 PM   #1
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A couple of 1/8 mile tracks in my area are running what I call index racing, at least once a month. They have several classes like 8.0, 7.0, 6.5, 6.0, and 5.5. Is this still considered bracket racing ?

Do they run races like this all over the country, or is this a local deal ?
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Old 01-08-2015, 01:20 AM   #2
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Come on, your giving way too much credit to these two track owners.
Their Idea? I don't think so. You know they have to pipe sunshine in to us here where we live.. LOL.
How about this one: You might be a Redneck if your race car trailer is bigger than the one you live in..... LOL I saw that on a post here and it hit my funny bone. I just had to pass that one around, esp in my family.
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Old 01-08-2015, 11:47 AM   #3
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A couple of 1/8 mile tracks in my area are running what I call index racing, at least once a month. They have several classes like 8.0, 7.0, 6.5, 6.0, and 5.5. Is this still considered bracket racing ?

Do they run races like this all over the country, or is this a local deal ?


They have been doing this for 10 years in my area..I ran 7.0 with my mustang and a few 6.0 with my superstocker. It has died off the last 2 years.. High entry and not much payout..
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Old 01-08-2015, 01:40 PM   #4
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For whatever reason that seems to be a popular trend in racing now. IHRA has put an 11.50 index class in to draw cars and is even letting folks run it this year at the selected events to plan to contest it without having an IHRA membership. I consider it bracket racing; everyone in a respective class just has the same dial. No different that Super Gas, etc. I'm not exactly sure what the draw it but it seems to be popular among racers.

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Old 01-08-2015, 10:47 PM   #5
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In Alabama we run it alot at different tracks just about every week. One track has it almost every week and it pays $500 win $300 ru $100 semis $15 entry and that includes gate fee! 6.0 7.0 one week 6.50 7.50 next plus it's only 25 minutes for me! No throttle stops .400 tree for all classes. Some tracks have a .500 tree for slower classes for the guys to lazy to make there car work on a .400 tree. Now before some one says my 3000 lb. car cant go .400 yes you can it just takes work we did it for years and had good luck!

It's alot of fun try it if you have a race in your area.
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Old 01-10-2015, 08:10 AM   #6
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A couple of 1/8 mile tracks in my area are running what I call index racing, at least once a month. They have several classes like 8.0, 7.0, 6.5, 6.0, and 5.5. Is this still considered bracket racing ?

Do they run races like this all over the country, or is this a local deal ?
It's bracket racing, but your dial in is set at the index. I don't know where you are but it's popular and growing. Why? you ask. Simple reason is it's more like heads up and spectators can grasp it better with both cars leaving at the same time. They don't allow throttle stops so it looks like a real heads up race. Some classes use transbrakes and most are on a pro tree, some .400 and some.500 rules vary.
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Old 01-10-2015, 08:27 AM   #7
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Division 2 has been running 10.0, 11.0 and 12.0 classes at most Divisional Events for at least three years. Car counts have been increasing for the most part and they get several crossovers from Stock and Super Street primarily. They cater to the lower budget racers in many cases and you can generally show up Saturday mornings and get 2 qualifying runs. Details on the D2 website...
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Old 03-22-2015, 10:25 PM   #8
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Wish they would run it more everywhere! It's a blast to run... Make slight adjustments to your car based on weather changes run to run; Pro tree, Heads up on the index, work the finish like a bracket race. Fun City!
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Old 03-23-2015, 08:18 PM   #9
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Division 2 has been running 10.0, 11.0 and 12.0 classes at most Divisional Events for at least three years. Car counts have been increasing for the most part and they get several crossovers from Stock and Super Street primarily. They cater to the lower budget racers in many cases and you can generally show up Saturday mornings and get 2 qualifying runs. Details on the D2 website...
This year they are only running the 11.0 class in div 2. Never had very good car counts in the index class. But then all of the classes are down in numbers. IHRA actually has a better payout than NHRA at a points race.
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Old 03-24-2015, 12:07 PM   #10
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It does have one big advantage over bracket racing and that is worst Red light looses. So no faster car advantage on redlights.

Usually here in the PA NJ area, no dragsters or altereds, must have doors and be left hand drive and most no sponsors on sheet metal, windows only.

Top racers in this area tend to use some type of throttle stop, changing nitrous timers, shift points, adding weight or some allow under carb mechanically adjustable plates that restrict flow.
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