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dillard_99
Dirt Roller

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posted June 02, 2004 10:27 PM  
just bought first race car(well it will be a race car right now its an eye soar to the neighbors but forget them), and just found this sight. the car is a 77 monte carlo, with a very nice roll cage in it. my first of many questions is, is that year of monte carlo and how big it is, going to cause me a whole lot of problems learning to drive dirt?

Dillard_99

racing33A
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 97
posted June 03, 2004 05:35 AM  
I am not to sure about your car but my first was a 74 or 77 malibu. Big,heavy, well built. If I was starting over I would want a car jst like that. They can take more abuse than a metric, IMO. I race a metric. 80's monte carlo. I like the metric better. It is way easier to find parts for around here. They are lighter, but they bend and break easier. Like they say it is drivers preferance though. The guys that race the big cars(only a few) seem to do pretty good at my track.
racing33A

jay116
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 428
posted June 03, 2004 06:09 AM  
appreciate it fellas, i figured it might be a little easier because of the wheel base, and lord knows i will bang it up the first summer of racing. **** , i think its going to take me the rest of the summer to get it to racing quality, and then most of the winter, but i aint in no hurry, money wise i cant be.

nate 11
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 316
posted June 03, 2004 07:46 PM  
well good luck and have fun. you dont know how fortunate you are for finding this site. there are a bunch of great guys and gals on here that will help you greatly. so welcome and keep us posted on your project.

mrteeshot
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posted June 03, 2004 09:42 PM  
welcome and take your time you will get to know your car intimatly lol
lotsa good people here

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crc1124
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 143
posted June 09, 2004 09:48 PM  
I just recently found this web site and now I have to read it every night. No matter what the problem someone here has faced it too! My first car was a 79 regal with a cage in it. Nothing else. It took me 2 years to get it together. It seems you have them days when nothing goes right or you keep having to go to the parts store to pick up "one more thing". My wife hates it when I say that. These cars are always a work in progress. Good Luck !

supwitchew
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 122
posted June 10, 2004 06:03 AM  
I hear ya. I feel like I live at NAPA sometimes. They even give me an extra discount on top of my racers discount. I thinks that's cool but my wife says it's not necessarily a good thing. Evidently, it means I spend too much money there or something.

dillard_99
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 5
posted June 10, 2004 08:20 PM  
well, this is my first update on my first race car, my boss sold me a carb (holley 750 ) for a 100 bucks, that was pretty cool, and he is throwing in a paint job on the car as soon as i get it running, which means he gets his company on the car (i guess that qualifys as a sponsor). The father in law is giving me a seat and a fuel cell, so the freebies are rockin at this point. i plan on getting the thing atleast trying to run (running period that is, not racing!) this weekend. right now i got a old distributor on it, need a coil, well needs wired up, shouldnt be a problem other than that alot of dang sanding,

besides that, still in bad shape, but the wife is coming around and getting excited as well so that is a plus.

a little closer to going green.
dillard_99

waltonjr1
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posted June 10, 2004 10:31 PM  
Good luck and get ready to stay busy, this sport takes alot of hard work and dedication if you want to be competitive.


crc1124
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 143
posted June 10, 2004 10:57 PM  
It also helps when the wife gets excited about racing. My wife loves dirt track racing as much as I do. Hope you get your car running! Every step makes you that much closer. Have you ever driven in a race ? My first time was the biggest adrenalin rush I've ever had. I spun out twice but still had the time of my life. Good Luck

dillard_99
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 5
posted June 11, 2004 01:55 PM  
no i havent driven in a race, and i will probably spin out a few times myself. racing is in the family blood though. I will be a 3rd generation Dillard to drive. My grandfather raced on the beach at daytona in 1950 and 51. besides daytona he raced all around Indiana.(Speeddrome in Indy mostly) my father(jr) raced from our home state of indiana to south alabama, and iowa to new york. neither one raced dirt though. i couldnt tell ya what series my grand-dad ran in, but father ran ASA's all over. I just want to complete the TRIFECTA so to speak and race cars, asphalt, dirt or otherwise. cause at the age of 30 i aint getting any younger. I live in Bama now so, dirt tracks are everywhere, i will run at green valley
speeedway. greenvalleyspeedway.com


wermm
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 107
posted June 11, 2004 10:18 PM  
Excited, My wife makes me go to the shop on those days when I just want to give it up and go back to being a "fan in the stands". She is so into this racing thing that sometimes it is downright scarry lol

mod70
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posted June 12, 2004 12:39 AM           send a private message to wermm   Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/QuoteBBBBBB
99 - Like my teammate and mentor told me when I was just first learning "If you ain't spinnin' her out, you ain't drivin' hard enough!" He's right, you gotta find the edge a few times before you can learn to dance on it. Just hold your line when the leaders are around you, don't worry about beeing lapped, and the best advice I can give you is to elect to start at the back for your first several few races.
I started my first 3 races at the back and then qualified 16th of 25 for my 3rd feature. I thought "I've run enough laps, I'll just start there." Of course I went into turns 1 & 2 sorounded by 6 mods, and thought I was gonna take 'em all out! By the end of the backstrech I was once again at the back of the pack, thank god. (I got better...finaly!) Good luck, man.

4b316
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 87
posted June 12, 2004 04:36 AM  
Glad to see you join the ranks of the addicted racer!I know how it is to build your first car,I guess my word of advice is,don't hurry!Make sure you spend time(and money)on quality saftly equipment and you will be happier in the end.First time out is a major rush,thought I was going to puke in my helmet on pit road lineup...

Eric Pattridge
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 48
posted June 12, 2004 02:46 PM  
You aint kidding on the being nervous 4b. I finally got the car where it'll run and try to race. In my second year at this. First year I went out maybe 4 times and actually raced twice. Mechanical problems, and work kept me out mostly. This year I still get the butterflies while linning up since I am still new (ran 2 times so far). But after hot laps I'm ready to go. The wife gets excited too. The adrenaline rush is on!!! It stays on till we get home. Dont know about ya'll but when the rush winds down, I go out like a light. I dont drink a lot, but a nice ice cold adult beverage taste very good after a night of racing. Especially when the car is in one piece, no matter where I finish.
It is a good idea to elect to start in the back. I still do for now, but only on heat races. I try to show the veterans some respect. It is also good to talk with your fellow competitors during the event. The conversations can be pretty fun after the feature. Get to know people and if you accidentaly get into someone, go apologize. I've been run into and accepted apology. Just a racin' deal. Above all else, have fun at it. I get to jabbering like crazy during a race. I'm having fun. Good thing we dont have radios and do have full face helmets. My mouth is going faster than the car..LOL Enough blabbering from me, time to get ready and go racin'!!!!!

dillard_99
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 5
posted June 12, 2004 03:05 PM  
i watched a couple fellas the other night who were new and started from the back, it makes alot of sense to do that, better than working on a car for a year of so just to go tear it up the first race or two. I fully intend to just run hot laps the first 2 or 3 times out just to get a good feel for the car. i dont have the fundage to be wrecking a whole bunch.

just a side note, something strange happened last night while the wife and i were sharing several cold adult beverages on the deck (while looking at my green ugly monster of a car) she expressed she might want a pony car. i about fell out of my chair. Good thing she is a nurse, cause i cant afford to build two dang cars....lol.

dillard99


24s52
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 122
posted June 13, 2004 07:55 AM  
Where do you guys find these women?? My wife will support me by purchasing safety equipment for me but RARELY will attend the races. She says she doesn't want to WATCH me die. She has gone about 4 or 5 times in the years I've done this. I keep telling her she's lucky that **** Toyota even gets to share the garage(wink wink).

crc1124
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 143
posted June 14, 2004 09:36 PM  
I just got lucky with my wife. When she was a kid she used to go to the dragstrip with her dad and uncle. That's good advice to get to know your competitors. I've become good friends with alot of guys I race against. If you need a hand or part someone is usually there to help out. I extend the same gratitude. It's more fun the more cars that are out there racing. Besides it gives you bragging rites when you beat them. But I can't figure out how everytime you ask someone what they're running they all say " a stock 355".LOL!!!

crc1124
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 143
posted June 14, 2004 09:36 PM  
I just got lucky with my wife. When she was a kid she used to go to the dragstrip with her dad and uncle. That's good advice to get to know your competitors. I've become good friends with alot of guys I race against. If you need a hand or part someone is usually there to help out. I extend the same gratitude. It's more fun the more cars that are out there racing. Besides it gives you bragging rites when you beat them. But I can't figure out how everytime you ask someone what they're running they all say " a stock 355".LOL!!!

19J
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 370
posted June 15, 2004 06:20 PM  
My first race i spun out three times. And the car was slow!!!!! It was fun though. I was kinda disappointed but what do you expect for a person that didnt even a permit and was only 14. Now i know a bunch of the guys at the track and they have offered to come check my car out to see what all i need to do to make it safer and some tricks of the trade. So its cool to get to know them. One guy told me tire pressures to run ive ran close to them ever since car was awesome. I spun out almost every race for the first year so dont get frustrated. When i ran upfront one night everyone goes ok how long before he messes up? Well one night i didnt and got 2nd. So dont give up. Ive only got 2 top 5s but im man im still learning and having a blast!!!!!! Good luck with your car and man you found an awesome woman. Mine ya right she goes but isnt real happy about just goes cuz i want her too.

racerguy500
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 168
posted June 16, 2004 09:41 AM  
I'm with you on the wife thing. I learned a long time ago to keep her and the family involved in it as much as I can. From paint colors and design, car choice, even roll cage design and anything else that I can come up with. Her and the kids all have a say in what we run. Otherwise it becomes Dad's hobby and a pain to them by taking Dad away from them. When you go out and run hard and they have a part in it, everyone feels what you feel. You'd be surprised how much that can help your racing effort too. Now if I can get my circle track magazine from her so I can read it too all will be good, lol. If possible, get your wife to go in the pits with you and be a part of the team there too. This is a great family sport! Good luck to you.

Eric Pattridge
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 48
posted June 16, 2004 10:08 PM  
It's good to see other people out there that get the family involved. My wife will ask questions about the mechanical parts and such. Sat night, cut a tire down in heat race and she started to get the new tire down off the tire rack. I finished getting it down and changed it though. Tire rack is a little tall..LOL But she tries. She even thinks we need to repaint the car. Cool, it needs a new paint job. We are also trying to get together on paint designs and colors. I got caught up in wreck that someone else started sat night and it wasnt his first (i.e. the cut tire). I was steaming and was going to have a "conversation" with the guy. But she calmed me down, said she was going to the bathroom. I played with our 20 month old son (who loves cars and going to the track, even wears his ear muffs),and showed him all the work daddy has to do..LOL. Well turns out she went down there and had a conversation with the driver. She told me later that I looked a little too mad to be talking to anyone and it is cheaper to fix the car than bail me out of jail...LOL Guess a cooler head prevails. Emotions do run high but they cool off, that adrenaline thing. I do find it relaxing when we as a family can be at the track. In about 14 years we will be fixing two cars..LOL

24s52
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 122
posted June 17, 2004 08:04 AM  
You know guys, I've tried to get my wife involved...she just really doesn't want anything to do with it. My 4 yr old wants everything to do with it...When he is 5 he can race go karts. He's real excited. Me too, but I don't have room for two in the garage! He wants to do everything. I let him help. From wrench to race to clean up. I think it is great. We have a good time and we are both learning something(patience for me). Everyone is proud when I win. And every car I build is ugly. Mean and ugly. I was told a long time ago that pretty doesn't win. Fast does.

Flanndad
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 255
posted June 17, 2004 09:20 AM  
The other problem for me is the pit pass fee's.
With a family of four it's hard to break even in a night. That's $100 pit pass bill along.
And this is on a street stock winnning's.

What do you guy's do?
Wife and kids pit passes? or general admin?
How do you leave kids home, and pay for a sitter?

Just wondering what everyone else does?

carolinafast
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 72
posted June 17, 2004 04:30 PM  
i love racing period..but the family thing is what really does it...most of our peeps go to the stands except the main crew..it still tuff on the pockets..LOL!

DirtFreak08
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 77
posted June 17, 2004 08:07 PM  
My wife loves the races too, she was used to it before we met tho, her uncle races late models. She hates it if she can't go to the track. when they are there, she and the kids stay in the stands tho. They are only 5 and 3. I don't really want them in the pits yet. Too many idiots back there. lol. But they cheer daddy on with their checkered flags in the stands. My wife records my races for me, so she also gets the thrill of watching them all week too. LOL.

dutchgrove
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 6
posted August 14, 2004 09:53 PM  
all of these replies are getting me excited to race. I just bought my first car too. hope to have it on the track next season. keep the good advice coming.

chevelle
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 71
posted August 14, 2004 10:32 PM  
As far as the big car vs metric car debate. Definitely go with the big car. I am in my first year of racing. I race a 73 Chevelle. A couple of weeks ago, comming out of turn two (at full speed) here was 2 cars(metrics)stopped sideways, I couldn't stop in time and t-boned bothe of them. I backed up and was able to finish the race. I did have to replace the steering shaft(had a big bow in it)and it tweaked the frame, but it still handles good, didn't even affect my toe out, it pushed the radiator back about an inch, but didn't harm the radiator. The radiator is another advantage of the big cars, just find a four core pickup radiator.

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Eljojo
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Total posts: 968
posted August 15, 2004 07:29 PM  
Ok Guys, this will tick y'all off good, but women and children haven't any place in the pits. Kids play. There is too much activity, too much dirt flying around, and too much noise for children to be safe in the pits.
If you and me get together on the track and you have your "little woman" come down to have a "chat" with me...wonder what kind of a MAN I think you are. And furthermore, I have never been in any kind of racing incident that was improved by getting in another man's pits the night it happened. Cool your heels till next week and then talk it over.
Take a little advice from an old timer. Put the family in the grandstands (and ear protection on ALL OF THEM) Get your team in the pits and have FUN!
Oh yeah, I ran at Crossville earlier this year and the early Monte is the car of choice there. Those guys really gut their cars! The motor set back is awesome and the front geometry is quite good. Leave only as much original sheet metal as your rules will allow (those cars were open on the rear and looked like a mod with a body on it)
seeya!
JoJo

littlesister
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 48
posted August 15, 2004 10:06 PM  
Hey Eljojo, I'm a girl, and I'm ON the team. I think I have a place in the pits. haha

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