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Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 32
posted June 23, 2003 01:00 AM  
hey im running a chevy 350 in my car, what setups/tips/tricks/help do you guys have for me before entering my first race! i have drove 2 driver cars, but this will be my first time in a pure stock

john sallstrom
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 16
posted June 23, 2003 04:49 PM  
I'm not sure what a "driver car" is, but if this is your 1st experience in a race car, congradulations !!! Welcome to the most addicting, most fun, most frustrating sport I know. I suggest you start in the back of the pack and don't race with the other cars for the 1st race or so. Just get to know the car and how it handles . Think safety 1st. Don't skimp on this stuff, it will save your bacon sooner or later. Read the rule book and listen to the flagman @ the driver's meeting. Know what those flags mean when he waves them at you. And most of all , have FUN. John

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 32
posted June 23, 2003 05:52 PM  
well i have raced "road hogs" for about a year, they are just old 4 doors with two drivers, one on the gas and steering the other with the not sure what you guys call them...i was looking for more tech. info on setting up the car, where can i find a book on dirt track racing, from car prep and tech to driving tech. i need more knowledge on my mechanical side!

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 149
posted June 23, 2003 06:24 PM  
The biggest part of racing is safety.....the correct fitting helment,proper positioned racing harness,suit and gloves. Having fun is important,but be safe is the #1 goal.

Race your own race,your brain will tell you that your just as good as everyone else,and you maybe,but is your equipment as good as everyone elses.

Pay attention to the little things,they are most likely the biggest factor of not finishing the race...besides a wreck.

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 81
posted June 24, 2003 10:46 AM  
I just started this year as well -- having a blast. Get the feel of the car. Give yourself plenty of time to get strapped in & to the chute. Make sure your tear-offs fit, your visor doesn't fog and that you can see well. The mud comes flyin' and makes it hard to see in a hurry.

I'm still trying to get used how hard you can hit the turns on different track conditions (looped it good this weekend, got caught in the mud and did a nice mud-bogger impersonation, good for laughs).

I read on here once where someone suggested to get by yourself in hot laps and just bury it into the turn with the intent of spinning it (so long as the track isn't rutty, you might do a whole lot more than spin if that's the case). I didn't try it, but I kinda see the idea behind it. Just to get it out of the way, I s'pose ....

DON'T FORGET TO CHECK THE GAUGES -- especially if the car is new as well. Have a warning light for oil pressure, hawk the water gauge until you're sure it won't get hot regularly (you can get warning lights for that as well).

I am still trying to get disciplined on checking gauges at least once every lap. It's easier said than done when business picks up. We had an overheating problem for a few weeks and it woulda killed us had I not been able to get off the track when it was at 230+.

Try to look as far ahead of you as you can, don't tromp on it too hard on the starts (I went from the pole to 6th in half a lap because I stood on it and fish-tailed halfway down the frontstretch).

Like 'teamstertom' said, run your own race. My old man repeatedly tells me, "Try to run like you're the only car on the track." Easier said than done but I see his point. If you start concentrating on the bumper in front of you, it makes it harder to find your own groove and it also makes it harder to see a spin two or three cars up.

If you inadvertently get into folks, talk to them. Nine out of 10 will be more than friendly and will be aware that you're new. If folks get into you, let it go. It's too early in the game to be pointing fingers and taking names. I've been the spinnee a few times, and I'm sure I'll accidentally be the spinner a few times as well. No reason to burn bridges now -- might burn you back when you get things figured out and you're leading your first heat race ....

Be sure to take at least one good flashlight, tarps, water jugs, etc. Make a list of stuff when you say "I wish we'd brought (fill in the blank)." We're still doing that.

Sorry for being long-winded -- I am having an absolute blast wearing the "Dunce Cap" out there, and wish you the best of luck.

[This message has been edited by Deak-Jr (edited June 24, 2003).]

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 81
posted June 24, 2003 12:07 PM  
... and Steve Smith has the best racing, building & tech books, IMO.

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 570
posted June 24, 2003 04:29 PM  
Like I said about my new modified this year, spend the first few races "making friends with the car" LOL

nate 11
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 316
posted June 24, 2003 09:55 PM  
go to top left corner of page click on green menu' go to forum search/ it's full of info.
hope this help..... good luck and have fun

Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 4
posted June 25, 2003 05:24 PM  
on a dry slick track, drive like there is an egg under the gas pedal, stay low and off of the brake. Make you left rear as wide as possible and pull your right rear in with a 3or 4 off, I also run the same size tires on the rear. Won my last two races on dry slick track with this set up with a metric car.

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