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Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 2
posted July 10, 2004 07:23 PM  
I'm curious as to how much it usually costs to race a street stock at a dirt track. My husband grew up around the local asphalt track and has always wanted to race. Money was always an issue so he never got into it and someone said that it's cheaper to race on dirt. Could someone give me some ideas?

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 20
posted July 10, 2004 08:36 PM  
Get as many sponsors as you can to take some of the brunt off you. Alot depends on GOOD luck racing ANYTHING. Kyuss71

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 46
posted July 10, 2004 08:58 PM  
Depends alot on the local rules and what you need to run to be competitive and safe. We have about $10,000 in one car and less than $1000 in another and about $120 or so each night to run each one. Depending on what we make back, but we usually break even (or close ot it) at the end of the year. Again, depends on division and rules and what everybody else has.

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 5390
posted July 10, 2004 09:39 PM  
It's cheaper to race dirt because a good set of tires will last you all season (so I'm told). On asphalt you will be buying $400 worth of tires every week if you want to be competitive.

It's hard to get sponsors if you've never raced, but it's hard to race without sponsors.

So, run something you can fund out of your own pocket, or with minimal sponsors, for the first year or so.

That's my plan anyway. Hope this helps!

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 170
posted July 12, 2004 02:56 PM  
ive run the same car on both so heres my 2 cents-
dirt seems to be cheaper for the experienced driver. why you ask - tires for set will last alot longer than asphalt as long as you pay attention to the compound. secondly you wont tear up the car as much.

if you are new to racing and are in the lower classes, then asphalt is usually cheaper because you arent tearing the car up every week. even with the tires it was cheaper cause all it takes is one little bump to bend a wheel and cut the tire on dirt. we didnt see a lot of wrecking on asphalt like we do dirt. hope this makes sense.

neil rucker
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 799
posted July 12, 2004 05:44 PM  
they balance out pretty even really. with exception of course. im in atlanta, georgia and most of the tracks within 2 hours drive of the metro area (there are several) are clay tracks. below atlanta and east of atlanta, down in to north and central florida, the tracks are sandy dirt. this eats tires like a disc grinder. the cost of racing could be kept in check if the promoters had good rules. i know your thinking that theres always someone willing to spend 100 grand to win 100 bucks, but IF the promoters would actually make people abide by the rules, we could all benifit from it.neil

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 72
posted July 12, 2004 08:13 PM  
good point,neil...i've been saying that for years!!!some tracks do better than others but most that i've been to dirt and asphalt fall way short in the rule making and enforcing area..and i feel like it is their responsibilty to help us keep cost down.. what do ya'll think???

neil rucker
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 799
posted July 12, 2004 08:33 PM  
i see more and more top level drivers running big enduros and hobby races. some people might say its not fair, but i havent seen any of em dominating anywhere. what i have seen is big smiles on there faces, and they tell me its the first time they have had any fun racing in many years. K.I.S.S. (keep it simple stupid) put the fun back in it with simplicity and low cost. im sure everyone is tired of hearing this, but its true.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 56
posted July 14, 2004 11:46 AM  
I raced on dirt and strated on asphalt. Racing is not cheap period especially when you first start out. I've been doing it off and on for about a dozen years. I almost always ran out of my own pocket and what little sponsorship I did get didn't cover much of the expenses.

I'm pretty much done for now and trying to sell off most of my stuff. My biggest pet peeve about this part of it is being contacted by all the people who want to race and don't have the money to buy what they are calling about.

My advice to someone just starting off is race within your means. If you don't have the money don't do it.

Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 2
posted July 15, 2004 08:25 PM  
Thanks for everyone's input. I appreciate it.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 374
posted July 20, 2004 12:48 PM  
I race near Rochester, come on out to Genesee Speedway in batavia on Saturday nights and get involved with a team. I race the #8 street stock yellow and orange

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 28
posted July 29, 2004 09:51 PM  
Your best bet might be to get on with someone that already has a car. Go to a driving school as well. There is a local boy that went to a driving school and was so good he got picked up by a sponsor. Now he runs super late models @ age 21 all over the south east with about an 80' enclosed trailer that looks like something out of NASCAR. Anyway, try to get some seat time with the guy that has a car to learn and possibly get a sponsor that way?


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