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More foul starts expected

Updated: February 14, 2003, 10:51 AM ET
By Bill Stephens | ESPN.com

In the mid-1960s, when the NHRA switched from a human starter, waving a green flag to signal the go-ahead for each pair of cars competing at their sanctioned events, to the electronic "Christmas Tree," drivers were faced with the challenge of adjusting to a new procedure for launching their machines.

Over the years, the art of the reaction time -- the amount of time a driver takes to respond to the "Tree" -- has become a sophisticated science which the best racers in the country constantly ...

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