2 Step Staging

Discussion in 'NHRA' started by DixonFan, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. DixonFan

    Staff Member

    While watching espn3 this weekend we had a match between Bartone and Dejoria in round # 2 in TAFC. They both lit the top bulb and then we hear Bartone's car rev up. Then all of a sudden Dejoria gets timed out and Bartone leaves. During Bartone's top end interview he said that they told dejoria that they used a 2 step staging procedure. I was like a 2 step staging procedure???.....Whats that? So I ask my good friend Will Hanna to explain what a 2 step staging procedure is:

    Hope this helps explain what a 2 Step is. Because I was lost before Will explained it to me.

    Thanks Will for the write up.
  2. twostep

    Nitro Member

    I understand the 2-step, but what does that have to do with DeJoria timing out? She's got 7 seconds to final-stage after Bartone final-stages....if he hasn't, she can eat a sandwich while she's waiting for Rick Stewart to get tired of the staging duel...:confused:

    What happened should be apparent when ESPN2 shows the Sportsman coverage on 3/13.
  3. Rat

    Nitro Member

    I agree. Thank you for the great learning on 2 step as it really gives a good definition but carl makes a good point. I am very interested in seeing exactly what happened. It does not seem consistant of DeJoria to be timed out so there had to be some malfunction. She had a shot beat Bartone in the semis as she was showing promise of running low 50's with i think her 54 being her quickest, and Bartone was still running within the best. She could of won the whole race if not for that timeout cause Bartone's r/u was within her range.. As far as what Bartone ran in the final nobody was gonna touch that e.t, if manzo was there it would of been a real low et final and who knows if manzo could of ran a 44
  4. Silly Savage

    Nitro Member

    Maybe if her 2 step wasn't working she didn't stage, couldn't stage, etc. Inless you're in the drivers seat, you won't understand it.
  5. clwill

    Staff Member Nitro Member

    FWIW, our MSD box has three rev limiters, one overall, one launch, and one burnout. The latter two are operated by buttons on the wheel. The launch one is the same one that operates the transbrake and the delay box.
  6. Greg

    Nitro Member

    I can only imagine how much easier it is to drive these cars with this setup. When we ran a blown motor, I remember having to watch the tach closely, so that I could leave right at 6200 or so.
  7. DixonFan

    Staff Member

    Carl...remembering back I think after they both lit the first staging bulb Bartone lit the second bulb with out bringing his rpm's up. Usually when staging these car you hear them rev up the rpm's before going in and turning on the second staging bulb. Which I think through DeJoria off her game. I am sure she won't make that mistake again.

  8. twostep

    Nitro Member

    Ah - OK, I understand what you're saying. So instead of watching the stage lights, she was listening for Bartone's climbing revs, which never came...7 seconds went by...makes sense. Force suffered a somewhat similar DQ once when the guy in the other lane left before the tree. The sound of the other car launching caused him to do the same, and Graham Light ruled a double DQ. Force was not pleased, if you remember.

    I'll bet the Sportsman program will show exactly what you're saying, Shannon, assuming they replay DeJoria's run in the first place.
  9. Rat

    Nitro Member

    oh they will play it, it's semi final race and thats probably exactly what happened. The Force situation you are referring to i believe was '01 vegas-2 where bode left early and force left right after. I always thought force should of won that cause he was not the first to foul but then again he did not have the clarity and displine to stay put so i see there arguement tho as a drive in that situation it has to be awfully difficult to stay focused.
  10. Pinocchio

    Nitro Member

    Hasn't the "First or Worst" rule been in effect forever?
  11. .

    Nitro Member

    Has it really been 10 years since the Force/Bode deal?

    Yep, 10 years! Seems like 4 or 5 to me. I found this article...

    Las Vegas Motor Speedway | Strip | News | John Force trying to protect NHRA Funny Car points lead in Las Vegas

    I though the bold part was interesting.

    #11 ., Mar 6, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2011
  12. Butch

    Nitro Member

    I agree. It's getting to the point a blind one armed monkey could drive one of these cars. LOL
    I say takeout all the electronics's and put the driver talent back into the race.
  13. Tumbleweed

    Nitro Member

    I see it as the same as when Enders bumped in on Greg Anderson, Anderson, although he didn't like it, openly ADMITTED It was HIS Fault and he should have been paying attention.

    I didn't see the coverage, however, they had a 2 step on the green patron car for well over a year a couple of years ago.

    For that matter, there has been and are SEVERAL Alcohol Cars and dragsters with Lenco Drives (same type of staging procedure) and 2 steps on them.
    #13 Tumbleweed, Mar 6, 2011
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  14. twostep

    Nitro Member

    I don't think it is, Nancy. :) Bartone explained, DeJoria isn't carping and we're just chatting about it in an easy, friendly way. She apparently made a mistake that cost her the round, something every drag racer alive has done at one time or another. She's a fine driver and many victories lie ahead of her.

    I've seen the 2 step devices in action; a few of the blown alcohol TS cars around here use them.
  15. Tumbleweed

    Nitro Member

    You're right Carl, there is another site that is controversial about the subject, so I reworded my post. :)
    #15 Tumbleweed, Mar 6, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2011
  16. Silly Savage

    Nitro Member

    I agree. I have had to eye my tach while pulling into the beams. As it would be easier to just hit a button and have the RPMs held for me without worry, but putting that on the driver also makes that driver have to concentrate harder and hopefully help make that driver better at their job.

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