D rag racing is one of the truest forms of racing. Instead, a quarter-mile is all it takes and the rush is real. Not too long ago, I did my first drag race on a real strip, and I was hooked. Overwhelmed by the lights, an announcer talking about how my car should win this race, and a car next to me bouncing on a two-step limiter over and over. In a flash of green, I bogged so hard the wheels hopped to a sound similar to hitting my engine with a baseball bat.
NHRA - National Hot Rod Association
MSHS Staging Etiquette | Modern Street HEMI Shootout
After your burnout, roll up to the line, light one bulb on the tree. Do not light the second bulb until the car in the other lane has at least lit one bulb. They can roll in and light both bulbs if you already have one lit but nobody should light both bulbs until the other car has one lit. What happens is if you light both bulbs, the other car only has a certain amount of time to get staged. I think its 10 seconds but whatever it is, its not a lot of time especially if you dont notice the other car is already up there.
Christmas tree (drag racing)
A drag race is an acceleration contest from a standing start between two vehicles over a measured distance. A drag racing event is a series of such two-vehicle, tournament-style eliminations. The losing racer in each contest is eliminated, and the winning racers continue until one remains. Each race is started by an electronic device commonly called a Christmas Tree. On each side of the Tree are six lights: a circle of small blue lights at the top — the top half for pre-staging and the bottom half for staging — three larger amber bulbs, a green bulb, and a red bulb.
Modern drag races are started electronically by a system known as a Christmas tree. A common Christmas tree consists of a column of seven lights for each driver or lane, as well as a set of light beams across the track itself. Each side of the column of lights is the same; from the top down, there are a blue LED light set, then three amber bulbs, then a green bulb and a red bulb. When drivers are preparing to race, they first cross the beams 7 inches behind the starting line.