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Practice Tree Contest – October 2017


  1. To give you opportunities and motivation to hit the practice tree.
  2. To get new racers involved in the competitive practice tree community.


  1. Must be a member of Register here.
  2. Must have a member profile completely filled out. Update here.
  3. Must hit the tree and get a reaction time.
  4. One entry per registered account per day. You may hit the tree more than once per day, but we only count one entry per day toward the random drawing


One person will be awarded a $50 Summit Racing Gift Card. We will send it to the winner based on the address they have in their profile. If it is not a valid shipping address, a new contest winner will be chosen. Many will enter but only 1 winner will be chosen. Maximum of 18 entries per Member.


The contest winner will be randomly chosen on November 1st, 2017.

Rules subject to added to or changed. Last updated October 13, 2017.

Practice Tree Event – Lessons Learned

Since the Practice Tree Event we put together a few weeks ago was the first of its kind, thought it would be good to share some lessons learned. And then give you an opportunity to tell us what you liked and didn’t like.


We need to have a form or page where people can sign up. Or maybe we setup an Eventbrite page or something. In any case – we need to have a more clear sign up process. I believe this is true because we got people who were signed up to complete who didn’t play any of the games. That is okay except it wastes the opponent’s time because they go through and compete and don’t get the round resolved.

Game Start

Every game was setup to be such that the first player gets lane choice. I thought this would be cool but with almost 100 games to play, it just got annoying. Next time I’ll just let it do its usual randomly picking lanes or lane choice.


We got some complaints about this. Some drivers have a very specific rollout they prefer to use. We need to allow, when they sign up, for them to choose their rollout so there is no hard feelings.

# of Games

With 100 some players, and everyone going in the random pool 100 times, this made for a lot of games. Too many games, in fact. So next time – I think we’ll limit it to 20 or 10 or something more manageable. If we have a more honed sign up process, it will probably mean fewer players over all, but I still want to limit it more.


I think the game has a lot of potential to be fun. But we need more players who are really interested in participating. So that is where we will market to people who would want to play and having the sign up form eliminates the risk that they don’t care at all. So everyone will play their rounds.

Your Thoughts?

So what did you think of it? Let us know in the comments below. Love to hear your thoughts and get your feedback on it all.

Bye Bye Forum

We made a dramatic change to the structure of the website today.

We removed the “Forums”. They are technically still there. But no one was using them. So we removed them from the menu. If anyone is upset about this let us know. Otherwise – we’ve reduced some clutter. And that is probably a good thing.

Race safe.

Practice Tree Event – August 27th

dtchal-480v2A few days ago I got the idea of doing a crazy blitz of practice trees so that I can stay sharp. While it is fun to do them on your own, it is more fun to compete against other real drivers.

We are setting up a Practice Tree Event!

Here are the details. If you want to participate, simply login to your account and use the practice tree.

That’s all you have to do. You have to be logged in, though, so that we have it in our records.

On August 27th, 2015 – we will take everyone who has played and add them to the game engine. You will automatically get paired up with another driver! And you’ll have 4 weeks to complete your match races.

Everyone who is in the event will compete on a Pro Tree, and only have to race for 1 round.

There is no obligation, as usual, you just have to be a member of our free site to play. Games left unplayed will automatically be marked as declined and archived after 4 weeks.

Questions? Contact us.

Pit Manners

Have you broken any of these rules?

Depending on how your local racetrack is laid out – there are different unspoken rules about how to park in the pits, which pit roads are “one way”, etc. There are a few things you can do to be sure you are being respectful to everyone at the track. Here is a short list.

  1. Throw away bottle tops into the trash can (they can slice slicks)
  2. Don’t litter (it can blow into your engine and distract drivers on the track)
  3. Don’t park in front of someone else’s trailer.
  4. If you are driving a hot rod, don’t drink alcohol
  5. If walking through the pits, get to the side! Racers coming back from a run need to get to their pit to cool their engines. Give hot rods and drag bikes the right-of-way.

Do you have any suggestions for additional pit manners? Let us know! Email us

For more pit manners – check out our podcast/radio show on iTunes or Stitcher!

Lemon Pledge – Keeps the rubber off.

Seriously. This week we have a special tip for you. Want to keep your rear quarter panels clean and free from rubber after your burnouts? Try Lemon Pledge. Not. Kidding.

We always keep a bottle of Lemon Pledge in our tow rig to spray on the car behind the slicks to make it easier to wipe of those little pieces of rubber after a day of burnouts and racing.

Another household item we take to the track is a bottle of Windex®. Our hot rod doesn’t have wipers. And hitting a bug at 130MPH makes for quite a mess on our windshield. So a bottle of Windex and a rag can be really useful.

Hopefully these tips help you win more rounds at the track (or at least keep your hot rod running clean!).

Username Policy

Just a quick notice to let you know that reserves the right to change the username on any account at our sole discretion. We also reserve the right to delete or remove accounts that are not being used in the manner in which the system was designed.

Thank you!

Practice Tree Tips!

Some tips about how to use your time wisely when hitting the practice tree. This is based on a conversation with Erica Enders-Stevens (@erica_enders) at the NHRA Southern Nationals in 2014.

999 Views and Counting!

I’m sure there are some of our audience that have more video views on a single video but we are pretty pumped that our videos are getting out there! 999. It was cool that we caught this number before it ticked over.


Thanks to everyone who is enjoying the ride with us!