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posted June 10, 2004 10:53 PM  
ok guys, feel free to flame me on this one i need it. im a newbie looking into buying an IMCA modified and racing it at the local track. any tips, pointers, info sites, or anything else on getting started in the sport would be greatly appreciated.

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posted June 11, 2004 12:06 AM           send a private message to CJ-7   Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/QuoteBBBBBB
Trust me 7, you've already found the best source of info anywhere. This is the best place I've ever found to get help on anything from setup pointers to engine tips to, well, just about anything racing. Feel free to ask any question here, no matter how simple it may seem. The guys (and babes) on this site all understand what it means to be new to racing. Good luck in your venture, and welcome to the fold!


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posted June 11, 2004 05:51 AM  
I'm not sure what your background is, but these racecars will take all your time and all the money you can throw at it. Make sure you have a significant other that is supportive of it and is some what independent. Or no significant other ain't so bad either!

You might consider buying a 2-3 year old used car that was competitive and hopefully the guy you buy it from will be willing to help you along the way. Maybe pit beside him at your local track.

Don't worry about spending a bunch of money on a big motor. Build a reliable 355 Chevy longblock for under $2500 and it should keep up on most IMCA tracks. Less motor will shorten up the learning curve and be easier on the pocket book.

Rear suspensions on mods get pretty complex for the average joe. Whether it is a zlink, 4link, 4/z, 2-3link or whatever, get a suspension configuration that you are comfortable with learning.

I see you are from Arkansas, there is probably a lot of used GRT and Shaw cars in your area. I bought a used GRT from Tom Campbell #31C a few years back. He usually races at Little Rock last I knew.

This website is the best there is and if you have any questions don't be afraid to ask.

[This message has been edited by NJantz (edited June 11, 2004).]

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posted June 11, 2004 07:10 AM  
I am in the same boat as you, I will give you a heads up if you are buying a used chassis that someone is selling as a roller, ask a lot of questions and determine at what stage of completion the car is sitting. I struck a deal to buy a roller and expected it to be complete other that engine, tranny and gear and it was a bare chassis that had the interior, no decking and the rear end was not under the car. Also ask lots of questions about the chassis (i.e. ever been bent, re-stubbed?)I would recomend going with a brand name chassis because of the information you can get out of the builder for help with set ups. I agree with the other post that it takes a lot of time and a lot of money, especially if you get a chassis that is almost bare. This website is the best place to get information that it around, every one on here has been extremely helpful.

Good Luck,


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posted June 11, 2004 09:36 AM  
Been in your shoes, got one (on 3rd one now) and haven't regretted it. One suggestion that would have helped me if you not in a huge rush, and that would be to find a competitive team that would let you help pit to learn about setups and how the fast drivers get around the track. When you do buy a car, make sure you don't just get a good "deal". Get a GOOD, FAST car. If it helps, buy one you've seen win features at the local track. They're more likely to help. The suggestion above about pitting next to them is excellent! Actually I agree with everything above. I didn't have much help to start with and bought a pile of junk that cost me more than a year and a few $'s. When you start racing, you'll also get a ton of respect from the veteran drivers if you HOLD YOUR LINE around the track even if your not real fast starting out. Being predictable to other drivers is important and it will save a lot of sheet aluminum and other parts! Good luck and see ya at the track!

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posted June 11, 2004 06:51 PM  
Great point dogwalker.

CJ if you do not have alot of racing experience in racing mods I would look to buy a 3-link name brand car. Look for a Harris, Dirtworks or something very similar. When looking at the car check the welds on the cage, check the front horns. And like some have said ask alot of questions. If your are buying a roller dont try to talk them down on price instead maybe get extra parts (upper and lower a-arms, shocks, steering box, spindles, stuff like that). Depending on your price range you should be able to get a very competitive 3 year old mod for around $3500 with alot of spares.
Dont forget racing Modifieds is a VERY EXPENSIVE class expecially if you want to run up front!!!

Drive straight, finish as many races as you can, respect other drivers and other cars, Most of all have fun!!!!

Mike Pruitt
No Limit Racing

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posted June 11, 2004 07:36 PM  

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posted June 11, 2004 07:37 PM  

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posted June 18, 2004 09:34 PM  
I don't want to rain on your parade either, but modifieds is not really an entry level class. If you don't have experience in some form of hobby/street stock you would be wise to get one of those for awhile. Modifieds are tricky to drive and fairly complex to understand. I have seen way to many guys jump into modifieds to soon and struggle badly. It's not only themselves they crash but they take a lot of other guys with them. If you do get a mod, the other post was correct that you can earn a lot of respect by holding your line on the track. Also, you should ask to start at the rear of the pack until you can run reasonably competitive speeds. Don't kid yourself about the costs either. If you stick a mod in the wall, you can be out a thousand bucks even in a mild wreck. All that said, I love running mods. It's a great class with a lot of quality guys in it. They will probably offer you what help they can, but the learning curve is steep. Good luck on whatever you choose.

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posted June 19, 2004 08:54 AM  
Learning curve is steep. I've seen alot of good late model drivers that flat got embarassed in a hard donut overpowered modified!!!

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