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Daddy Dave Got Penalized Over Small Technicality or The Race Went Against Him?!

Updated: Mar 28, 2023

If we’re talking about drag racing, things can find a way to become a little bit tense sometimes (and by sometimes, we mean a lot of the time). This is especially true when there’s money or reputation on the line as a couple of drivers line up to have at it. If we really wanted to multiply this tense situation, we would take things to the street where competition can get a little bit heavier than if it were on a track. It just seems to be the nature of the beast when it comes to street racing that every driver is trying to gain an advantage on the next which can lead to arguments flaring up.

This time, we check in with a little bit of a throwback clip that seems to have stemmed from some sort of debate. With the previous information, though, it can be tough to discriminate between what’s a simple understanding and what is an example of a racer trying to gain an edge in competition.

Photo by Discovery Australia

In this particular situation, we check in with a set of circumstances that had Daddy Dave incredibly unhappy when he raced a small tire Ford Mustang from Chicago. In fact, in his eyes, the race was handed over due to a small technicality.

Photo by Discovery Australia

As Dave was believed to have a faster car, the Mustang he was racing would be given a couple of car lengths of a head start. The Mustang would also be able to leave first which is a common practice for slower cars in street racing as well, so long as the driver can negotiate this stipulation.

When the two lined up to go out it, Dave would end up bagging the victory easily, or so he thought. However, when Dave ended up back in the pits, the race master said that Dave had jumped before his competitor, therefore not playing by the rules. This is where things get sketchy.

Photo by Discovery Australia

When a driver is in Dave’s position is giving another car a head start, typically, they will watch the rear tire of the other car to see when exactly when the car starts going. Things get confusing here as the Mustang continues to move after it’s already locked in. However, depending on where you race, some will consider a car rocking back-and-forth or bumping to be a part of staging. Other times, though, such movement would be seen as a jump.

Below, we check in with the debate over what exactly constitutes leaving the line and what is just included in staging. At the end of the day, Dave didn’t seem to argue too much about it but instead left matters to the race master.

Video by Discovery Australia

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