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staylor3
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 1
posted May 01, 2003 02:53 PM
I'm looking at getting into racing. There is a dirt track just down the street from me. I figured the best class to get started in is Pony Stock.

I wanted to know what kind of suggestions you guys have for when I start looking to buy a Pinto and getting into racing. I know there is a lot of experience here, so I wanted to here your suggestions, based on experience. Thanks,

staylor3

b4racing
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 180
posted May 01, 2003 04:10 PM
first check the cage for any damage. Cracked welds anything. make sure it has good belts and seat and fuel cell. On the motor I would ask how much it has been bored and find out as much about it as possible. anything over 40 over bore I would pass on. Ask who built the car. Also ask for extra parts and lastly make sure it is leagal at the track you plan to run. Later BObby

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KSGerry
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 125
posted May 01, 2003 04:36 PM
Unless you have your heart set on racing a mini, I suggest you purchase and race some sort of a full size car. Minis or pony stocks can be more expensive to buy and maintain as there is a shortage of aftermarket components.

Are you working for a team now and want to race yourself? If not, spend a year or so to get familiar with the cars and teams then you will know the better cars from the junk. Many teams will sell off their cars at the end of the season, mid-year if they aren't having fun or run out of money. Almost all of them are looking for track and garage help. Pick one of the top runners to learn the right way to race and see if they need help. Don't forget the open-wheel teams too.

Just my humble opinion.
Good luck and safe racing.
Have fun too!

Regards,
Gerry Dedonis
Kansas Racing Products Inc.

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shadoza
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 92
posted May 01, 2003 08:29 PM
When I bought my pinto, i didnt know anything about racing. Just what I learned from playstation and nintendo. The guy at the track announced he had a ministock for sale 900 dollars. I sold my wife and kids, went down and picked up that pinto. Everything seemed alright, figured it would be a cheap class to race. Well not really, if you think about it, i bought my car for 900 dollars, and I am racing against guys that have 7,000 dollars sunk into their engines alone. I dont know about your track, but at my track, the rules are pretty much stock, but the rules dont matter much when nobody enforces them. If you are looking into getting into racing for the first time, I would consider a pure stock that you can later turn into a street stock. Pure stock (Cruizers)are really cheap to get ahold of and put on the track. Like 500 bucks around here. Heck, there is even one for sale right now for 75 dollars, but I dont I have ever seen that particular car finish a race, HA. But if you have your heart set on a 4cylinder car, I wouldnt get a pinto, try out the 80's era mustangs. Parts are much easier to come by. GOOD LUCK

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Hopalong
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 9
posted May 01, 2003 08:35 PM
WE HAVE WHAT THEY CALL A INDURO 4CYL CLASS HERE IN NY. ALL THEY NEED IS ROLL BARS RACING SEAT BELTS AND RACING SEAT.THEY ARE EASILY TRANSFERED TO A NEW CAR WHENEVER YOU NEED ONE. JUST GET A CHEEP 4CYL CAR AND RUN,NOTHING FANCY TO START WITH WOULD BE MY ADVICE.HOPE YOU HAVE A SIMULAR CLASS THERE.

HOP

trey_#23
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 141
posted May 01, 2003 09:46 PM UIN: 348044304
The only thing I can tell you is i just learned a big lesson in buying a used car I bought it mid last year and every since I have had nothing but problems if it wasnt one thing is was another. I think today is the day I finally make myself quit racing for a while. When you go look at a car take someone with you who knows what they are doing. I just hate to see someone make the same mistake as me. And as for KSJERRY said that is the 100% truth you will sink so much money in one of these little things it is cheaper to get a hobby stock or something close to that. Just my two cents good luck and be careful.

dtr21
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 50
posted May 04, 2003 12:54 AM
Trey and KSgerry are right on the money. This is not a cheap class to be competitive in. And often what happens is alot of people are realizing this and either starting in a larger division or moving up to a larger division. Then promoters start to look at dropping the mini stock class. The thing to do is start in factory or street stock. Start scratch for awhile until you are comfortable driving. Then charge on to the front. What ever car you decide to buy make **** sure all the safety gear is in good order: cage, seat, and fuel cell.
later
Dtr21

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