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Friday, December 17, 2004 - 08:18:24 AM PST

by Guy Caputo, contributor,

Eliminator 2000 Practice Tree from Pingel

Practice, Practice, Practice.

It seems that all we ever hear from the Pro's is "if you want to get better, you've got to practice, practice and then practice some more." Well I'm here to tell you that's exactly what I intend to do. There are some big $$$ races coming up, and I want to be in the best shape I can be to beat the best. If you want to improve your total time, you better get your reaction time down, down, down. For me here in Toledo, there's snow, snow, snow and I can't get to a track to practice. So I do what most of the Pro's do, and that's to practice my reaction time with an Eliminator 2000 practice tree from Pingel. I use the Practice tree with the optional motorcycle handlebars to get that realistic feeling of really being on the line. It's also a great way to have some fun with the guys down at the shop (and it keeps them from being so arrogant especially when you tell them it's a buck a pass.) If you don't keep your skills up during the off months, you will have a tough go of it when you roll up to the line for the first time. We have settled many an argument of who is the best by settling the quarrel on the practice tree. 

The Eliminator 2000 tabletop practice tree is made by Porta Tree Timing Systems and surpasses the features of all other practice trees, maintaining a high quality low cost unit. You can practice against a competitor or against the computer.

Standard Features:

  • 4 tenths or 5 tenths tree speed setting on full or pro tree
  • Handicaps both the full & pro tree
  • Automatic at random handicap in single or dual user modes
  • Compete against the computer - A preset reaction time number that you can set
  • Separate rollout for pro tree and full tree is adjustable by user
  • Separate delay box for left and right lane
  • Delay box and dial-in can be adjusted quickly on main practice screen
  • Automatic at random start with adjustable fixed delay
  • Display mode - Displays flashing tree sequences full, pro & handicaps
  • Metal stand for hanging on wall or standing on desk or table top
  • Powers up from: 9-volt batteries, wall transformer or cigarette lighter adapter
  • Shift light feature - 3 adjustable shift points to measure the accuracy & consistency of your shifts

New Features:

  • Crossover - Leave on your competitor's top bulb
  • Statistics - Average R.T., Best R.T., Lowest R.T., # of red lights, # of wins/losses, Review last 10 runs & more
  • User Log-on - Up to 8 users by name. Set your rollout, delay box, Dial in, & more
  • Snap-In Weather - available Spring of 2001 --- E.T. Prediction & more

This box has additional RJ-11 jacks for hooking up a full size tree and has an RS-232 to boot. You can add on Pre-Stage and Stage photo sensors, a 60 ft. and a 660 ft. sensors for setting up your own test track. This thing has it all.

Launching off the tree is what makes or breaks a lot of racers who otherwise would have won or lost if it hadn't been for the reaction time of themselves or their opponent. I can't tell you how many races I have won and lost because of reaction time and I know most of you have a story that you could share on the same subject. So why get rusty just sitting there all winter when you could be at your best by using a practice tree. I recommend the Pingel's Eliminator 2000 by Porta Tree in conjunction with the optional motorcycle handlebar setup. It is the most realistic I have used and is adjustable for your style of grip and handle setup. If you have ever been to an AMA/Prostar event and had the opportunity to see the Pingel Trailer and use the Pingel Practice tree complete with Handlebars and seat, then you know exactly what I'm saying. You looked at it and said; someday I'm going to get one of those. Well the price is low, the results are fantastic and you will thank me for it later. Go on get one, you know you want it. Give the folks at Pingel a call at 608-339-7999 and tell them you want to order a practice tree, and don't forget to tell them Guy sent you. You can also go online at
Until next time, safe racing to all.


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