How to Build a Drag Racing Track


"You can only have fun helping other people have fun if you're having fun doing it." Drag racing is a sport that many enjoy, both the racers, and the watchers. It is full of energy, risk and adrenaline, and you can have even more fun when you learn how to build a drag racing track.

Things You'll Need

  • Special dirt
  • gravel
  • water
  • paving material
  • Christmas tree
  • If you are really into drag racing, then you will want to find a track to race on. Today there are many professional tracks that you can race on, or if you have the money, you can build a drag racing track. A professional drag racing track can cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, but even a local privately drag racing track can be expensive.The process is very similar to that of building a long 2 lane street. The distance is usually a quarter of a mile. Cars that are racing are not allowed to switch between lanes.

  • Haul in the dirt. You will have to bring in several dump trucks of special dirt that is used in building roads.

  • Level the dirt. Use a grader to level special dirt that is used in building roads. Then the dirt needs to be sprayed with water and compacted. The center of the track needs to be slightly higher than the side so that water can run off when its wet

  • Find a contractor to place 12” layer of gravel and then it is compact it after each level. Layers are added until the track reaches the designed height. Then the track is paved.

  • Install the Christmas tree. A formal race is started electronically with lights that are set vertically. The top two lights are amber that are connected to other light beams that are placed on the track. When the first car goes through the first light beam the light tree changes, and that means the car has pre-staged, The tree again changes color when the first car stages and the light sequence repeats.

Tips & Warnings

  • Building your own drag racing track may seem tempting but can also be very expensive. If you live in an out of the way area and have the acreage to create it, then it is the perfect addition. If creating a drag racing track is a little too much for you, you and your drag racing group may be better off booking some time at a nearby race track.

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