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Lightning Racer
Image-Lightning Racer at Hersheypark station.jpg
Location Hersheypark
Type Wood - Racing - Dueling
Status Open
Opened May 13, 2000
Manufacturer Great Coasters International
Model Twin
Height 90 ft (27 m)
Length 3,400 ft (1,000 m)
Max speed 51 mph (82 km/h)
Duration 1:20
Max G force 3.6
Lightning Racer at RCDB
Pictures of Lightning Racer at RCDB

Lighting Racer is a wooden roller coaster located at Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA. Built by Great Coasters International in 2000, it is the first wooden racing and duelling roller coaster. The ride makes use of Millennium Flyer articulated trains for a smooth and comfortable ride. During the ride's first two years in operation, the park played recordings for the winning train, which sometimes included local celebrity voices. Bruce Bond had talked about his recordings publicly on his afternoon radio show.

While fans of the ride may have a particular side (Thunder/Green, or Lightning/Red) they enjoy more, both sides travel through the same elements, although at different times. However, the Lightning (red) train consistently wins most of the 'races'. Keep in mind that speed is affected not only by weight on the train, but by weather conditions (rain, temperature) and maintenance. If one track gets greased before the other, it will run faster. In this case, this probably means Lightning (red) gets greased before Thunder (Green)

Also, the lifts' speeds can be slightly different, which makes a huge difference.

Awards

Lightning Racer is a consistently voted a top 25 wooden roller coaster by Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Awards.

Golden Ticket Awards: Top Wooden Roller Coasters[1][2]
Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Ranking
13
11
7
10
9
10
10
9
12

Location in Park

Lightning Racer is in the Midway America section of the park.It is the most popular attraction in that section. Roller coasters that are in the same section are Wildcat and Wild Mouse. You can see the whole Board Walk (water park at Hershey Park) at the top of the lightning racer, which includes the famous Rollersoaker. You usually wait in line for about 45 minutes at the most. The Ferris Wheel also offers a tremendous view of the roller coaster if you want to see the whole track layout of the Thunder and Lightning sides.

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