Pro Stock Final

Pete

Nitro Member
#2
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View attachment 4097 After last weeks issues with the PSB final, let's look at this weeks winning run in PS...
Now, here's the paused finishline shot from TV...if you look at Ericas rear wheel and rear window line, it is clearly behind Skillmans. I believe the call was correct, so NHRA needs figure out what's causing this distortion and explain it to the fans, especially after it happening 2 weeks in a row
 
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ironpony

Nitro Member
#3
I believe the electronics are no where near as accurate as NHRA wants you to believe. The setting of the blocks and photo beams leaves a lot to be desired if you ever watch them closely. I was at Norwalk when TW took out the block right in front of where we where sitting, no "precision" in the placing of the replacement. An inch of at the finish line, well, also where the beams are located it can be tripped by the front of the car instead of the wheel. could explain some of the big differences in times at the same event

remember Steve Johnsons win at Indy? obviously was ahead by a wheel and the light came on in the other lane
 

Pete

Nitro Member
#4
I believe the electronics are no where near as accurate as NHRA wants you to believe. The setting of the blocks and photo beams leaves a lot to be desired if you ever watch them closely. I was at Norwalk when TW took out the block right in front of where we where sitting, no "precision" in the placing of the replacement. An inch of at the finish line, well, also where the beams are located it can be tripped by the front of the car instead of the wheel. could explain some of the big differences in times at the same event

remember Steve Johnsons win at Indy? obviously was ahead by a wheel and the light came on in the other lane
Most all pro classes trip the finishline beams with the nose/body of the car anyhow☺️
 

Dave

Nitro Member
#5
It was a MOV of 2 inches, do you really think the camera is going to show that? ESPN at least used high speed ultra-mo cameras that could slow the frames down without distorting the crap out of the picture. But even then, go to the Mike Edwards/AJ .0000 MOV race at Bristol. finish1.jpg
This is the ACTUAL finish line.. as they pass the reflector on the block.

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This is what ESPN paused the video at to show the MOV... the other end of the big yellow stripe.

Their camera is better quality than the one FOX uses because the cars at least arent enlongated and distorted. The first picture above shows a few frames before the actual finish line, the 2nd picture above is just one blur beating another blur.

I would suggest to either get better cameras or quit showing the shots to get the fans confused. Two objects traveling in excess of 200mph and 2 inches apart is best left to the electronics to decide. The Steve Johnson incident mentioned had him a clear wheel ahead. These have been too close to call.
 

mikebcurve

Nitro Member
#6
I believe the electronics more than I believe those finish line shots. They should be ashamed of them, but apparently are not. There is no excuse for it. What other "big time" sport would even air something that low quality?
 

Just Paul

Nitro Member
#9
Will all the graphics being added in, the near lane was getting a high level of distortion all weekend. The front wings on the top fuel dragsters were coming through with a wicked angle on them.