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The hammer throw is a class track and field event in which participants throw a metal ball attached to a thin wire. The men's hammer weighs 16 pounds, according to Hammerthrow.org. The women's hammer weighs 8.8 pounds.

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      Q: Where did drag racing originate?

      A: The world's first drag races took place in California's Mojave Desert, where dried-out lake beds provided the perfect locale for uninterrupted racing. According to the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), drag racing's official governing body, an American man named Wally Parks is largely responsible for the development of organized drag racing. After serving in World War II, Parks helped to found the first organized drag racing body, the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA), which held its first official event in California's Bonneville Salt Flats in 1949.
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    • What is the fastest drag racing strip in the world?

      Q: What is the fastest drag racing strip in the world?

      A: Different tracks, such as the Brainerd International Raceway in Minnesota and the Santa Pod Raceway in Bedfordshire, England, have claimed to be in some way or another the "fastest drag racing strip in the world." Brainerd International Raceway's claim is based on the fact that a world record speed of 337.58 miles per hour was set there in 2005.
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    • Why do cars in NASCAR races always turn left?

      Q: Why do cars in NASCAR races always turn left?

      A: NASCAR races run counter-clockwise because left turns are safer on oval tracks since the drivers sit on the left side of the vehicle, and the right-hand side would hit the wall in an accident. Left-hand turns are also easier for the driver to make while sitting on the left side.
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    • How dangerous is drag racing?

      Q: How dangerous is drag racing?

      A: There is a risk involved with professional, organized drag racing that takes place on a track, but given how many people have participated in these events over the years and how rare serious injury or death is, it can be considered a reasonably safe, though risky, activity. Drag racing is overseen by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), a professional organization which has implemented many safety standards for professional drag racers. The NHRA is particularly quick to respond with the implementation of new safety regulations after a fatal accident.
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    • What is a hare scramble?

      Q: What is a hare scramble?

      A: A hare scramble is a type of off-road, outdoor motorcycle race. These are at least semi-official races that are performed on a designated course that is typically more than 2 miles long. In addition to variations in distance, hare scramble races can also vary in average race time.
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    • What are funny cars?

      Q: What are funny cars?

      A: Funny cars are so named because they have some quirky features, such as the fact that the entire body of the car has to move in order to let a driver get in or out. These drag racing cars typically have a standard metal chassis over which a carbon fiber or fiberglass body shell is fitted.
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