The re-runs should be followed in the same pre-determined lane by using the same car. If the drivers don't follow this basic rule, they are disqualified.,
A driver is disqualified if they start the racing too early from the given starting lines, i.e. the red light or if he/she leaves the designated lane marking anytime between the race.
The sport is considered to emerge in the California desert's dry lake beds. With the advancement of the motor engines, the speeds would reach up to 100 mph. The popularity of speed racing began along with drag racing as an underground sporting event. The first-ever event organized for the drag racing dates in 1949, held at California's Goleta Air Base. With the popularization of drag racing, the National Hot Rod Association (N.H.R.A.) was established in 1951 by Wally Parks. In a decade, two successful competitions of different classes were conducted. This includes the 'Unmodified Stock' and the 'Top Eliminator' classes.
By the 1960s, more technical changes took place where electric lights were replaced in place of the earlier flagmen who used to stand between the participating cars and directs the signal to start.
In 1957 the N.H.R.A. banned the usage of nitro-methane, but by 1963 the ban was removed by the efforts of C.J. Hart. In the same era, many big brands such as the Fords, Chrysler etc. started to battle to design new versions of drag racing cars. At the same time, Funny Cars were introduced which were built by a single fibreglass piece and were required to lift so that the drivers can get inside them. Since 1970, the sport has evolved as a modern, thrilling adventurous one, for which major companies started sponsoring along with N.H.R.A. sponsorship and huge money prizes.
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