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Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 167
posted May 22, 2002 06:40 PM
I'm gonna be driving in my first race here in a couple of weeks and was wondering if any of ya'll would share some your driving techniques with me for both a dry/slick and a wet/tacky track. Anything besides drive fast, turn left, and don't wreck would be helpful . Thanks in advance fellas.


Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 74
posted May 22, 2002 08:29 PM
As you will find out as I did I thought if i gased it down the straights I would keep up but thats not so you must try to keep up speed around the curves. Run the car in hard to see at first how fast you can enter the curve. Oh and if you have a 4bbl dont tear down the wall when it comes in.Thats about all on a dry track just baby it going in the curve as well as out. Its gonna take a while to get it down

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Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 80
posted May 22, 2002 10:19 PM
my first time out i went out and found the limits of the car and myself. do this during hot laps so hopefully nobody else will be around you. other than that you have to find out when and where you can gas it and when you cant. just pick a spot on the track and try to lift or push it to the floor every time right there. just remember it takes time and sometimes slower is faster. i hope this helps a little

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1565
posted May 23, 2002 01:11 AM UIN: 54865418
most rookies either drive it in to slow or to hard like eavans said pic a spot and use that as a point to lift and set the car and if she holds next lap try it a little deeper until you don't feal comfortable or can't handle it any more. another thing that a rookie will have problems with is keeping the tires from spinning and losing the tail because of it . on a tacky track you can pretty much just mash it and it will work but if it's sloppy or dry slick you have to realy ease into the throttle to keep from spinning the tires

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Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 174
posted May 23, 2002 07:56 AM
My advice would be to go out for the seat time and experience. Finish the race. Pass those guys who are having more problems than you, but don't necessarily go out to win just yet. You can't learn the car's or track's idiosyncrasies in your first hot laps and heat race. A few 20 lap features will help you out more than 7 awesome laps and then collecting the car in the fence, along with someone else. There is no substitute for experience, so start getting some; we've all gone through our first season. There are going to be things that people will describe and you won't have any idea what their saying, then they will begin to click as you gain experience. Don't get too frustrated. Your learning curve should be accellerated just by having hooked up with this site. I wish I knew about it when I first started racing. Good Luck.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 167
posted May 23, 2002 06:05 PM
Thanks for your help guys. This is an awesome sight and I can't even tell you how far behind I'd be on my car w/o it. I thinks everyone should thank jammin (if you haven't done so already)for his hard work because if it wasn't for him we probably wouldn't be on this site right now. THANKS FOR YOUR HARD WORK JAMMIN!


Dirt Administrator

Total posts: 5556
posted May 24, 2002 01:37 AM UIN: 16262997
Thanks Justin, I appreciate it. I feel like it is very worth while when people can have a place to help each other. I know I went thru a lot of hard knocks that I didn't have to go thru when I started racing, now we have a way to narrow the learning curve a bit. All you guys on the board are the best, and I am very happy to be associated with a group like this. It's all about helping each other, giving a little bit back to the sport to make it better.

Keep postin! Keep Learnin'!

Thanks again!


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