The Beams (Drag Racing)
As it applies to drag racing, the beams refers to a light beam projected across a lane of a drag strip. A race car's front tires breaks this beam when it crosses it for a timing event. On a 1/4 miles drag strip, there will be a beam for:
- Lighting the prestaging lights
- Lighting the staging lights
- The start of the race
- The 60' mark
- The 330' mark
- The 1/8 mph calculation start
- The 1/8 mile mark
- The 1000' mark
- The 1/4 mile mph start
- The 1/4 mile finish line
This is used to record timing on the racer's Time Slip.
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