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Author Topic:   where should i draw the line?????
techmaster35
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 259
posted June 23, 2002 02:21 AM
i want to know where i should draw the line between bein tech inspector and bein friends with the racers. i have been called bias and a few other choice words this weekend and i was wonderin where i should draw the line.

Scoot
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 330
posted June 23, 2002 09:25 AM
Tech, do you also race at this track?

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Scoot
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sideways
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 273
posted June 23, 2002 10:01 AM
That is part of being a tech. man specially if you are fair.Are your freinds cars legal?Do you treat them with more leeway?If yes to the first and no to the second then you got some angry caught cheatin' racers sounds like to me.I like the idea of tech.when I get out run I want to be able to say "I need to go to work on the car"if I get beat by a cheat then what else can I do ya know.? just my two cents.You know what they say about opinoins they are like tech. men,no wait that aint right lol Shrug it off do you best.

TRAP
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 34
posted June 24, 2002 05:46 PM
doing your job shouldnt get in the way with being friends with someone. I am a highway inspector and often make unpopular decision that affect folks I consider friends. If they are truly friends and you catch them wrong they will understand that you are doing your job.

TRAP

dirttracker98
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 139
posted July 13, 2002 05:20 PM
It is a ruff row to hoe being a TECH man & a racer.you always get accused of showing favoriteisim to your friends.You must be fair to all envolved even if you don't like them.if your freind gets torked off at you for bustin' him for cheating,I guess he ain't a friend after all.I would'nt be a tech man because I would probably find something wrong with the Pope's car if he decided to try racing and tried to cheat,and get all them folks mad at me!!

ryan
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 430
posted July 24, 2002 12:47 AM
There shouldn't be any lines they are two seperate issues. As long as you are doing your job the way its supposed to be done have fun and freinds while you tech. If it interferes do your teching then save the good times for later. If their cars are illegal dq them like you would anybody else. Don't be any different than you would be to any other joe blow off the street.

cajunracer88
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 106
posted July 24, 2002 09:41 AM
i agree with ryan if there illegal then dq them.

awkwardjeff
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 458
posted July 24, 2002 10:04 PM
techmaster35, I will say a few things.....first you MAY have brought this on yourself....did you know your (friends) were building illegal stuff in the garage??? Did you know before they got to the track?? If the answer is Yes then YOU created the problem. If you FIND something at the track that is illegal you most deal with it there......ANYTIME you find ANYTHING illegal you should tell that driver then and there.. weather it's at the track or at the shop. And these friends NEED to be treated the EXACT same as any other racer at that track.

If your friends showed up with something illegal and you told them to change it then they gave you a hard time about that they are NOT your friends..........they pretended to be your friends so they could cheat...a friend wouldn't put you in the situation you seem to have found yourself in now.

Every track has these problems, from flag men to corner workers making calls to help thier friends........it only serves to divide the racers into little groups that seem to hate eachother at the track.....AND THAT TAKES THE FUN OUT IN A HURRY.

I would sit down with the (friends) away from the track and have a talk with them to let them know how you will handle things in the future. If you only see these people at the track they ARE NOT your friends. whatever you use for a line in the sand now with everyone else is the same line you use all the time with everyone and anyone. If it's a visual they should get a week to fix the problem........such as bumper mounting, if it's a safety issue, such as poor welds, kinked tubes in cage, tore welds, ect. ......SORRY I DON'T WANT TO SEE YOU GET HURT OR KILLED TONIGHT. If you are cheating for speed, such as a big motor lightened tranny..ect. then you are out for 30 days plus fines.....or whatever the rulebook states is fair punishment.....

I will say in the past i've built things the tech person could have cryed foul.....but I would bring other parts that I could bolt on to meet the letter of the rule.....if I have a doubt about what will happen with a rule interpation I call the head tech guy at home and ask him my questions. That's for things I couldn't change at the track. Things like steering box location, STOCK SUSPENSION(but they allow 3 links, 4 links, pull bars) so how stock is any of that??? so if I do something far out there off the beaten path I call first.

In fact I will be calling our tech guy soon, I got a idea of building a wish-bone rear suspension........again the rules state "STOCK TYPE SUSPENSION ONLY".....but again allow 3 links with pull bars....so as a builder I need to ask first.......I can't afford for a customer to come back and say "YOUR CAR IS ILLEGAL AND IT COST ME A $1000 FINE AND A 30 DAY SUSPENSION"....
will the tech guy approve my idea of rear suspension???? I think so, ONLY because I gave him the respect of calling first. If I showed up with a car like this at the track another deiver would complain and then the tech guy is put between a rock and a hard place because of me........so now he is mad, and will more then likely not let me race that car ........wasting my time of building the car and my money to re-build the car to meet the rules.

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