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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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2nd Annual Reaction Time Nationals
Location: Friendship Hall
Start Time: 3pm to 5pm

OK boys & girls, Time for the 2nd Annual NCL Reaction Time Nationals! Those that have frequented a drag strip (or attended last year)probably know what a reaction time is. Those who haven't, here is a brief description. In a drag race of two competitors, the elapsed time in each lane starts when the front tire trips a timing beam (not when the green light comes on). It is therefore possible for a slower car to beat a faster car if he has a better reaction to the green light (leave before the green and get eliminated with a red light).


We are going to simulate this competition with a desktop device (christmas tree) that measures your reaction time and determines the quicker of two matched competitors. You will be paired initially by a draw, and the winner of the round advances to the next round. After round two (more about this later), a ladder will be made that determines the pairings until a winner & runner-up are determined.


We will be using the 'Pro Tree' this year. Here, three yellow lights come on together with the green light lighting .400 second later. You will release the thumb held timing button as soon as you see the green light. Rollout would be set at .240 seconds, typical of a pro car. This start system will make red lighting very hard.


But wait, there is money involved. Entry will cost $1.00. First round losers can buy back in for $1.00 (reason for drawing second round pairings. After you lose, you are done). The winner will get 60% of the pot, runner up will get 40%.


Racing will start 4:00 pm. I will have the Porta-Tree set up in Friendship Hall at 3:00 pm if you want to come up to practice. I will be managing the competition and will not be competing (maybe race the winner for fun).


I hear 2018 champion Ray Sherwood will be present to defend his title!




Created By: Al Wilson