What Is a Hole Shot Win?


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In drag racing, a "holeshot win" occurs when a driver wins a race because, despite having a longer elapsed time, the driver had a shorter reaction time at the start of the race. The driver with the fastest reaction time is said to have "gotten the holeshot."

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Reaction time is the time it takes for a driver to accelerate from a standing start to racing speed. Elapsed time is the time from the vehicle leaving the starting line to crossing the finish line. If a driver's reaction time is short enough to offset a long elapsed time, they may cross the finish line first and achieve a holeshot win.

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