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post #1 of 5 Old 07-25-2013, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
 
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Heading out to Sonoma, CA. tomorrow about noon for NHRA qualifying. Got seats as close as you can get to the track... Sec. 6, row #1... tire smoke, nitro fumes and a loud like you wouldn't believe. Almost sea level and the cool of the evening should produce some quick runs. Taking my camera and will try to post some pics Saturday or Sunday.

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Yesterday was great... some very quick runs. For those who don't know, they use a formula to determine how good the air is for tuning the cars... simply put, they use actual altitude + humidity + air temp + barometric pressure and punch that all into the formula to get a "corrected altitude" for tuning... Hard the make good HP in bad/thin air... for example, last week in Denver, the track is at 5,800' but with the other factors, it had a corrected altitude of over 9,200'. In Sonoma last night the corrected altitude was less than 200' which made for high HP and great runs... Funny Cars were in the very low 4s and 3-4 of them got into the 3s! Forgot to lock my truck, but it was OK no one bothered it. Pics to come as soon as I finish editing them.

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I have always wanted to experience a NHRA event. Don't have anything in Arkansas and last I heard they shut down the track in Memphis... I am jealous. Can't want to see some pics!!

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Tv does not do the Nhra justice you must see it in person to hear the top fuel cars and feel the grand stands shake when they go down the track and to be able to stand 5 feet from the car when they tear it down between runs
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Tv does not do the Nhra justice you must see it in person to hear the top fuel cars and feel the grand stands shake when they go down the track and to be able to stand 5 feet from the car when they tear it down between runs
Yup, ESPN2 only shows the 4 Pro classes and then it's consolidated down to a 2hr show. There were actually 440 cars in 12 classes making runs Friday. We were in the front row on the close side of the track so it was a sound you feel in your body. I posted 3 pics from the race in the pics section.

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