Welcome to the home of the Prescott Raceway bracket series! This is the finest bracket racing series anywhere, where the best of the best go at it every weekend the gate is open in the finest drag racing facility you will find anywhere. Make no mistake, the racers at Prescott Raceway are some of the best you will ever see, with near perfect lights and dead on dials almost every pass. The show and excitement will be intense! If you have a race car or even a street car, come down and get in on the action and fun. You will go head to head with the best, and by doing that, you will learn and get better each time you do. There is a class for every car out there, just make sure it is safe and come on down - you will be glad you did. For the race fan, the diversity in the cars you will see is incredible. You will see anything from dragsters, roadsters, doorslammers, and even perhaps the car sitting beside you the next time you are at a stop light. Come join the Prescott Raceway racing family and get in on the fun and excitement!
For those new to the sport of bracket racing a brief explanation is below to help you better understand what it is all about:
ET racers have a very wide range of opportunities in building their cars as there are few regulations regarding engine specs, etc. Most of the rules are safety related. The cars are split up into classes - most of the tracks here in Arkansas have them split something like this: Super Pro (generally has the fastest class and also allows electronics such as 2-steps, 3-steps, trans brakes, delay boxes etc.), Pro-No/E ( no electronics as previously mentioned allowed in this class), Street (generally street legal cars), Jr. Dragster (for younger racers, depending on the track this could consist of Jr. Dragster go-karts and generally 1/2 scale dragsters powered by 5 horsepower Briggs & Stratton motors for kids up to 15 years old).
All right, here are the real basic principles of bracket racing. At a race, you are given several time trials, which are used just as practice and to see what times your car runs. In eliminations, which are single elimination tournament style, it's you against one other racer. You select a time that you think your car will run. That's called your dial-in. When two cars compete, they subtract the dial-ins, and the slower car gets that much of a head start. The theory is that if both drivers get identical reaction times, and both run what they predicted, they will meet right at the finish line... a tie. In reality this never happens. Reaction times will differ, and the car may run quicker or slower than predicted.
Reaction times are a huge part of winning (or losing!) races. They are also perhaps the most difficult part of drag racing, although it seems deceptively simple.
Now you say, "Why don't I just dial-in at 18 seconds, and I'll get a big head start and win?" There's the trick. If you run quicker than your dial, you lose! This is called a breakout. Basically, this means that you want to guess exactly what the car will run. If you guess far quicker than what the car can run, you won't be able to run fast enough, and your opponent can easily beat you to the finish. If you guess far slower, a practice called sandbagging, it is very likely that you will break out and lose.
There are many complex situations that arise from these handicapping rules. What happens if both cars break out? In this case, the car that runs out the least wins. How can someone win if they didn't cross the finish line first? If the other car breaks out more than you do, or he runs out and you don't, you win, no matter how much he beat you to the line by. Because of the possibility of breaking out, there are actually many instances where you will hit the brakes to win!