After a horrific crash at Englishtown NJ raceway took the life of Scott Kalitta in 2008, NHRA Drag Racing has shortened the Top Fuel and Funny Car distance to 1000 feet, 320 feet short of the traditional Quarter mile of Drag Racing. They stated at the time in July of 2008 it might be a temporary condition but for these two classes 1000 feet of track remains their finish line as of the 2013 season.
The new rule was made for good reasons with safety as the number one priority as it should be with the Top Fuel and Funny Cars of today reaching and surpassing 300mph.
Nostalgia Drag Racing is still a Quarter mile finish line since these are vintage 1950s- 1980s Top fuel and Funny cars. They are, in my opinion, the best kind of drag racing to watch. When attending a Nostalgia Drag event Fans and Racers alike are transported to a time of racing that did not have huge franchises, 3-5 car “teams” in the same class and there drivers who still wrenched on their own cars after driving to the track in their pick-up hauling their trailered race car.
You can find lots of Nostalgia drag footage (and all kinds of cool drag racing and car show news) here: http://bangshift.com/
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