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Author Topic:   advice for rookie driver on 1/2 mile?
Kent
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 24
posted February 21, 2003 09:59 PM
Does anyone have some good advice on driving techniques on a 1/2 mile semi banked dirt track. This is going to be my first year of Factory Stock competition. Cars weigh 3400# minimum. I bought a book on Short track driving techniques from Steve Smith publications but it really didn't have alot of dirt track information in it. I appreciate any advice I can get!
Thanks, Kent

outlawstock17
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 620
posted February 21, 2003 10:17 PM
start slow and work your way up to speed. i've seen a lot of guys get out there and try to set the world on fire. they get discouraged and quit because they spend most of their time fixing a wrecked car. you need seat time and there's no substitute for it. you can't get seat time when you're constantly being pulled off the track on the hook. be patient and have fun. good luck and welcome aboard.

Flatlander
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 310
posted February 22, 2003 04:00 PM
Agree with outlaw start at the back even if you draw high fall back for a while andfind a sucessful driver and follow him as much as you can watch him when you're not racing seattime is the key

Greggie
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 204
posted February 28, 2003 08:29 PM
You also need to remember that smooth is fast, especially on the big half miles. Also remember that the faster you go the natural human reaction is to have your vision become more "tunnelized" (is that a word?). You have to be watching a corner or 2 ahead of where you are on the track, almost like you are putting what is directly in front of you in your secondary focus and then primarily concentrating on what seems like an eternity ahead of you. I've seen too many drivers out there that had a field of vision that stopped at about their hood ornament. That's a really good way to get yourself into trouble. You really do have to feel like you are one with your car so you know right where everything is (tires, fenders, bumpers) so that when you get in close and personal with another racer, that you aren't rubbing when you shouldn't be or that you are not rubbing the guy in the other car any more than you had planned to be.

Greggie

racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1565
posted March 14, 2003 10:57 PM UIN: 54865418
get yourself alot of spare tires and body parts more than likely you will need them lol i know i did. greg brought up a good point about looking ahead alot of guys drive looking at there hood lifting handle or the guy right ahead of thems trunk lid and thats not good also rember to use and look for hand signals i've seen alot of guys not pay attention and rear end somebody that had a problem and is slowing down . biggest thing i can suggest is try to keep the fenders on her and have fun thats what it's all about and keep in mind to finish first ,first you must finish. i've been around racing my whole life and it took me almost 3 years to get my first heat win so don't get discuraged and if you have any questions don't be afraid to post them

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