Useful terms

Updated: July 16, 2003, 3:08 PM ET

They'll be many terms tossed about in the ESPN NHRA Information Dragway this weekend. Here's what you need to know:

Christmas Tree An electronic starting device incorporating calibrated lights displaying a visual countdown for each driver, activated by a designated NHRA official.

Pre-staged When a driver is approximately seven inches behind the starting line, illuminating the small yellow light atop his or her side of the Christmas Tree.

Staged A driver is staged when the front ...

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