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Author Topic:   How much is to much
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 5
posted July 26, 2005 04:05 PM  
Im getting ready to start putting together my motor for my modified next year. I was wondering about how much Hp is to much. I was just concerned about being able to get as much hp to the track without burning my tires of the car.
track is 1/4 mile high banked
gets dry slick most nights

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 180
posted July 26, 2005 05:51 PM  
I have yet to get enough, much less too much. Some will disagree, but it is always easier to kill some horses later on than to try and get them. If you've got the $ don't build a little motor because everyone says they are too hard to hook up and then kick yourself halfway through the year when your doors are being blown off down the straights. I've seen some monster motors on IMCA tires, and, in UMP, its just rediculuous how much motor some of these guys have.

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 874
posted July 26, 2005 10:29 PM  
I'd build a good solid 383 with World or Dart heads. Spend a good bit on the bottom end in American parts, callies cranks are not expensive and worth the money... Go with a set of Dyers or Oliver rods, and hang a set of Wiseco or SRP Pistons on them. If your going to do it yourself, $5250 should get you close to 600 HP, maybe more. The key is camshaft and heads...

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 259
posted July 27, 2005 07:14 PM  
Whats the sanction UMP IMCA ?

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 5
posted July 28, 2005 11:04 PM  
Originally posted by Racer111:
Whats the sanction UMP IMCA ?


Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 192
posted July 29, 2005 09:54 AM  
TO MUCH HP?? I never seem to have enough, borrowed a really good 350 CI screamer last year for an open show, I never realized how fast my modified would go do a straitaway.

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 13
posted July 31, 2005 07:21 AM  
Dirt Newbie... First off, get wise and make aquaintance with a front runner at the track (not the heavy winner). Your Motto is, "He who cheats best wins most".

As individuals, we first want to do it all by ourselves and hog the glory of it, but it don't work out that way. In other words, try to team up with a Mentor and cut the learning curve as short as possible because the season will come and go quickly.

1. The more cui. the more heating problems.

2. To be a contender you must have enough power so that some of the driving control in the turns is done with the gas pedal.

3. Learn all the tire pressure/chassis tuning tricks.

4. Learn how to read a track and get all the driving tips you can.

5. Think to be running with the front six for openers, then work your way up in place as the season progresses.

6. The closer you run to the front the more precise your driving manners must be. Never push out a front running car and get a bad name that way. If your car can't move up in spot during a race then set it where it belongs and be satisfied for that race.

7. Wann'abees and wild asses run in the pack while
gentlemen and foxes lead the way (your mind set).

8. If you want to be a Feature winner have your mom' pack you a nice lunch... it'll be a while (because of the learning curve).

9. Be tough but friendly and kind and never let what other guys do or say creep into your mind so as to destroy your enjoyment of the game.

Ya... make all the meetings you can and always have a cigar at the ready... Ha Ha!

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 968
posted July 31, 2005 05:42 PM  
Hey Spitit--I like that advice! Last weeks second place driver and I had a talk last night. I hadn't been to the race, but was told that a last lap pass had cost Todd the win. He told me, "I drove the other man's race." Randall, the eventual winner, had nosed under Todd for the last seven or eight laps of the feature, but without the momentum of running the high line, hadn't been able to make the pass. The two cae off four for the checkers and Todd "over protected" his line by moving down a half a line...then noticed the nose of Randall's car was up to the passenger side door.
Too many races are lost by guys who refuse to admit that they were the ones at fault. "Foxes and gentlemen run up front," and in this case Randall was the fox and Todd was the gentleman.
It's a wonderful feeling to know that you are racing with sportsmen!

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