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Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 132
posted July 05, 2004 12:14 PM  
anyone ever stress them self out over racing, you know put so much preasure on your self to do good and what not... if so how did you handle it and what not... me i am in the middle of thinking i am gonna become a car owner and hand the driving over to another guy cause i am drivin myself nuts here.. just want to see if anyone has done somethin similar and well i can;t just park the car cause then i;d have to pay my sponsors back.. and well don't really wanna do that...

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 136
posted July 05, 2004 12:42 PM  
Racing has extreme highs and very very low lows.

Nothing compares, there are so many things that can take you from leading the main to a DNF, that you must learn to not worry about what ifs.

The things I do to try to have a more stress free racing experience are.

1. go to the track totally prepared, for example if you can think of something that will make you faster, than dont go racing until you do it.
2. If you have pit help, people that are your freinds first and foremost, whether they know anything about cars or not are the best.

3. You should do all the critical work until someone shows they really can handle it. Example, setting timeing, front end set ups, scales, installing clutch etc.

4. You should never yell at your pit help, I have had 2 diff guys ruin brand new motors, one left the radiator cap off, the other pulled the lower hose to add a second clamp, and never added water. oh well, thats a small price to pay for someone to help me as much as they do. Both motors just seized exhaust guides.

5. I never take lump sum sponsor money unless its a small amount 50-500, and they realize I may only race 3-4 times that season. I prefer to call all my cash sponsors fuel buyers. When I need a drum of fuel, I stop in BS,get 250 cash. That way they pay as I go racing and were allways even, the more I race the more fuel I need etc.

6. I also never race for points, though Ive won a championship, and finished 2nd 2 times, in seasons I didnt even go to all the races because I went to some specials.

I also have never gone to a awards banquet even as the champion, because its 25$ a head, and that money my crew, and wife think is better spent to race more, and win more.

[This message has been edited by UNVRNO (edited July 05, 2004).]

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 46
posted July 05, 2004 01:15 PM  
Many years ago I went through something like that. I got to winning a few and thought I should win them all. It really took the fun out of it at the time. I parked the car for a couple weeks till I got my head out of my a.. and remembered why I started doing this. It was for the fun, nothing more. When I went back to running the car I actually did better and tore up less stuff. That tought me alot in day to day life too, all I can do is my best, prepare as well as I can, and what happens.... happens and I am lucky to have that chance. I haven't ran for points in years but my friends all do. I let them stress over that, I just race each week and if I can make the next race I do. Funny thing there is I am ahead of all of them in points so far, lol. Remember to keep it fun and you will do sleep better, eat better, and do better without the stress of it all.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 72
posted July 05, 2004 01:52 PM  
UNVRNO and racing2much...great advice, can't add much but from a long time crew member's point of view...attitude is so inportant for everyone involved.i am convinced some can handle it and the rest need to find a new hobby..LOL...93..don't sweat it, i think you will be fine. just the fact that you are thinking about it speaks volumes about your
racing attitude..don't sweat the small "stuff" and go racin'.....good luck

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 147
posted July 05, 2004 07:55 PM  
i know i'm prolly one of the yougest guys on here(23) but i let it push me right out of the sport.i've ran twice in 2 years.after helpin my dad for6 years and driving 2 full my head is on straight i'm gonna start again next year.

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 784
posted July 05, 2004 09:18 PM  
the best advice i ever got.don't sweat the petty stuff,and don't pet the sweaty stuff.

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 879
posted July 06, 2004 02:25 AM  
Racing is a hobby, and hobbies are supposed to be fun. If you race for grocery money, then I'd hate to race against you. When the fun is gone, switch hobbies. Racing IS stressful, financially and physically. But only one other thing can give ya a boner like racin does! VIAGRA! Seriously, if your heart ain't in it, don't be ashamed to let it go. Get another driver or get out. You're the only one who knows YOUR limit. The decision is yours alone. All your buddies and/or relatives can't help you make the decision, they can only influence it. Good luck in whatever you decide to do. Have fun!

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 87
posted July 06, 2004 06:08 AM  
I agree,make sure you go to the track prepared,don't leave work undone that you going to do when you get there.I know things happen at the track that you have to fix but don't add to it.Maybe you will have to go to a less stressful class,we did that and now we have time to visit,we barbaque each week with most of the class sitting at our trailer telling each other how fast we are,it,s suppose to be fun,if not change hobbies

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 429
posted July 06, 2004 07:19 AM  
I have been threw 2 cars in 4 years and cant even count the money I have spent. I love to drive the car and drive it pretty good I think. I have never won any race heat or feature. I have finished second many times. Most of the time it is me and my father that works on the car by ourselfs.It really gets hard sometimes. I was at the races this last weekend and got sick at the track.(Man its hot in Ga.) I decided to let a man drive my car that has plenty of experince and races a higher class than me but is out of a car right now waiting on engine to be finished. I must tell ya that it was one of the hardest thing I had to do was to get out of the race seat but to stand on that trailer and watch this man drive the wheels of my car and do things that I did not really imagine my car was capable of doing was awsome. I had just has much fun watching my hard earned car run in the front. Now here is my plan, I am going to let him drive my car for a while. I am going to set back watch and learn. Of coarse I will drive it soometimes. ( I cant stay out forever) but I just enjoyed having a driver. Lets face it some of us are drivers, some are mechanics, some are just car owners. At this point I dont know what I am, lol but I do know for sure that I am a dirt track racer of some sort and will have a car there at the track as long as I am able and someone will be driving it rather it be me or someoone else. But I will be having fun. When it quits being fun, I will give it up but I dont see that happening. Good luck

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 184
posted July 06, 2004 11:32 AM  
I have been around racing from day one of my birth . I love it and have let it stress me out . I have built cars for many people and have owned winning cars . But i don't drive have tried it and i sucked . But I get the greatest enjoyment out of helping other people get faster and when they are fast enough to beat my car i think that is great. Just remeber this is just a game and points
are for people who gauge their succsess by their average . Not by their ability to have fun and help others. IT"S JUST A GAME SO HAVE FUN !!!!

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 174
posted July 06, 2004 03:16 PM  
Don't worry about winning and don't worry about points.If you can't pass some one clean then don't.Just try and run a good clean race, do the best you can with what you got and load it on the trailer in one piece.If you can do that the rest will take care it self.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 431
posted July 06, 2004 04:03 PM  
Great topic going here. As everone has said have FUN. I am basicly a one man team. I build the car from scratch, race it, I repair all the damage with no sponcerors. I pay the gate fee, gas to get there and fuel to race. I been doing it for about ten years now. I spent the week vacation preparing my car and then help another race install his rebuilt motor. I never ask for a dime from anyone. I bring a grill and cooler for me and the racers. I love doing it. A car the pits next to me, put me in the wall big time, tore the to peices. When he came in the pits he thought I was going to kill him. But what I did was hand him a can of pop and tell him, it's no big deal see ya next week. Since then he has been so relaxed and having the time of his life. This year should have the championship wrapped up. I hope I had something to do with that.



Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 80
posted July 07, 2004 08:13 AM  
We stared this year with big expectations. In the fisrt three weeks of the season we blew two engines. We were walking around with our heads hung low and ready to call it. We changed our outlook for the season, threw in our old stand-by farm motor and decided to have fun going in circles and heck with points. We haven't won anything, finished in a top ten and were happy with that. It did give us time to figure out set-ups so there is a positive to it all. Bottom line is, we are just having fun....the way it should be.

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 16
posted July 07, 2004 02:23 PM  
I agree with 77k if you can put it on the trailer at the end of the night in one piece and under it's own power it's been a heck of a night the closer to the front you finished the better, then take the wife and kids out for breakfast afterwards you'll have more fun and wonder what you were stressing about. some of the best weeks my sponsors have had at their businesses came after we put on a good solid show for the fans.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 194
posted July 08, 2004 01:03 PM  
Being disgusted, pi$$ed and distrought is part of it. Most of us are family guys and foot the bill with a 9-5 job. Those feelings happen when it's your money and not your fault (tore-up). BUT, then there's that other side---- Sucess, striving to be the MAN, beating the MAN, being that car that can start in the 22nd spot and be leading the race at the end. Being able to look at your homeboy after the race and a "wink" says it all. You know that feeling of pulling into the pits after the race and your hands are shakin from coming down off that rush.

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 516
posted July 08, 2004 03:26 PM  
I think every racer goes through it. Its nice to know that it happens to everyone sometimes. There has been many times when I had a bad night and I told my self i'm getting out for awhile or taking a break but the next morning i'm out there getting the car race ready again. This sport take alot of dedication and PATIENCE. I've been racing for 12 years now, started in karts when I was 10 and its really part of my life more than a hobby, I don't think I could ever get out of racing unless finances force me to, its just amazing how crossing that checkered flag could make all the hard work and money worth it but it does. Its always a big help when your other half loves racing as much as you b/c not to many women would put up with it.


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