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Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 107
posted October 04, 2004 06:31 PM  
ok, many different drivers started in many different ways. What way did you start dirt racing? How did you take over a team all by yourself? How did you manage your money? If you have any tips please post them too! Thanks alot guys

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 237
posted October 04, 2004 06:36 PM  
my great grandpa raced,my grandpa raced,my dad raced,i far as managing money,the only thing i've managed to do is spend all my money!good luck.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 287
posted October 04, 2004 07:05 PM  
I built a cruiser & raced it for the last 5 races of a season. Then a good friend of mine that had a SS died in a car crash. I got the whole package deal from his dad. He really enjoys seeing it race. The only thing I have to tell you is start out in something you can afford. Those guys win in the top classes for a reason, experience & CUBIC MONEY!!!!!

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 753
posted October 04, 2004 07:27 PM  
When I was 13 my dad and I starting building a drag car. I began racing it at 14. I ran it up until I was 19. My dad had a good friend that raced dirt when I was young and we went to the track alot. Then when moved and didn't go to the dirt tracks. My dad worked on a guys car that raced dirt and he was always trying to get us to quit drag racing and run dirt. I always enjoyed Nascar but never really thought about racing dirt. My best friends dad ran Late models so I was surrounded by dirt racers. Finally when I was 19 I got tired of drag racing against a clock (bracket racing) So I bought a dirt car. I was still living with my parents and working as an auto technician at a local dealership so I had a decent amount of money.(no bills!!!) We done great in that old stock car. In my first race I finished 2nd in the heat and 3rd in the feature! The next race I won the heat and feature. We ran really good from then on winning every now and then and never finishing out of the top 3 or 5 unless I broke something. Then half way through the season I bought an open wheel mod (like an idiot, I should have got more experience first) We done okay with it and I'm still running openwheel and getting better every year, finally starting to figure out how to set one up LOL!!!!! But just like most everyone you ask about money.......I pretty much live paycheck to paycheck now. Now I'm married and have a daughter (and no I don't live with my parents anymore!! LOL!!!) so my priorities have changed a little. But the best thing you can do when you go to buying a car or parts or anything for that matter is check around find the best price and the best product. I personally will never buy another race car unless its factory built, as far as stock cars go I'll build my own. Remember SOMETIMES just because its cheaper doesn't make it the BEST deal!!!! Another thing that will speed up your learning curve and help you out, is invest in the proper setup equipment. I don't mean go out and buy a $5000 shock dyno!!! I mean get a set of scales(digital or whatever your preference) get the tools to set your frontend angles, always be willing to learn something else, read anything you can get your hands on about racing setups, and never be afraid to ask questions. Also when talking to other racers and reading material try what they suggest but don't tie yourself down to that (meaning don't take it all to heart) The guys on this forum are a great tool. None of them will steer you wrong intentionally. Sometimes fellow racers MAY because of fear that your better. And always be as safe as possible, I can't stress that enough, .2 of a second is not worth risking your life for. As far as money goes, if you don't have much I feel your pain but don't let it get you down. There is always some form of racing you can do no matter how poor you are, its all about having fun anyways, right? Hope this helps.

redneck racing
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 860
posted October 04, 2004 08:30 PM  
My Dad and uncle raced back on the east coast with the likes of Geoff Bodine, Ronnie Bouchard, Ollie Silva, Bently Warren and Wild Bill Slater just to name a few. Started racing Asphalt around 91 or so on and off. How I got to dirt was that the local track promoter(track is 10 min from my house) chapped my rear, He is a jerk of all jerks I was in the process of selling the car when some people told me about a couple of dirt tracks down south and viola ive done better on dirt than I ever did on asphalt and have no intensions of going back. Eddie

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 5390
posted October 04, 2004 09:29 PM  
I spent 20 years drinking and drugging. When I got sober at age 35, I had a lot of free time. A buddy said I should help him at the track on Sat. nights. At the end of the year, he let me drive it. I was hooked on the driving same way I was hooked on the substances. Been addicted to it ever since. Ran asphalt off and on for 6 or 7 years and dirt 2 or 3. I'm still sober and still waiting for that first feature win.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 136
posted October 05, 2004 09:40 AM  
My Dad dirt tracked in the late 60's...I don't have any memories of it.

But several cousins raced and still race.

I started racing moto-cross in my early teens through my late teens, until a bad crash crushed my leg and was in a cast for 10 weeks.

Pretty much only did a little drag racing with my street car for several years after the moto-cross racing, until I got out of college.

Once college was paid for and family was situated, I began doing road racing with my street car and even a little instructing. Still do road course driving events now.

But I was at the dirt track almost weekly for several years, before I bought a used I-stock from my cousin last year.

The first year dirt track racing has been quite a learning experience. Tons of problems early in the season and lots of little things nagged our success all year. Out of 23 races we missed 3 due to family committments, but didn't finish about 10 of the other 20.

I was lucky enough to win 3 heats, but only manged 1 top 4 finish all year and finished 12th in points. Not nearly as good as we expected, but we did learn a lot for next year.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 474
posted October 05, 2004 08:12 PM  
hey racer 038, your story sounds like mine.
bein a friend of BillW. has allowed me to get involved in racin instead of gettin drug out of races we raced 5 or 6 yrs with poor results until I figured out again that my way was the wrong way. I went to a winning team and asked for their help, I went home and studied racin books, I set my mind to become a good driver&we are a dominant team today.

Light it up, Baby!

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 81
posted October 05, 2004 09:28 PM  
I'm racing because I can't skate!

I was born and raised in Canada, and of course hockey is king. I had a choice when I was 4 that I could play hockey or race. I liked both but of course hockey was my first choice. Well after a few months of learning I couldn't, and never would, be a good skater, we got a microd. After over 20 championships, local and national, in microds, Karts, and micro sprints, we tried our hand at DIRT modifieds. Quickly went broke, although with some really good runs.

Took a break for a few years, started shooting video for a local company that shot the races, Got big into RC cars (expensive too) and finally had a buddy talk me into buying his street stock. 3 years later, here I am regretting I never learned how to skate! lol

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Dirt Freak

Total posts: 226
posted October 06, 2004 03:52 AM  
I grew up in a fmily of racers. my grandpa drag raced with his brothers. I then grew up around racing since I was a little kid. My Dad and uncles Raced SCCA rally racing and then moved to the local track that I race at now.
my uncle and my mom had cars in the mini stock class and my dad raced in the super stock class which I race in now.
dad quit racing a little while ago but he pics up the empty seat when I am at my monthly millitary drills.
I am currently deployed in the middle east and missed this entire season so my dad was glad to race the car for me. ( got to race the championship night on my R&R)
I am hoping to get a full season in next year just kind of hard with millitary.


Flo Bee
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 15
posted October 14, 2004 06:36 PM  
Well, I'm making my start this coming season if it all goes as planned.

I'm nearly 21 now. I've been drag racing modular powered Mustangs since I was 17 and got the car. Over the past three years I've managed to swap motors, transmissions, and pretty much everything else on what started out as an un-molested 1998 GT.

Now I'm to the point where I enjoy drag racing, but I want to do something a little different, too. Driving straight is fun, but I don't feel like I'm using much skill to do it.

I live in South Jersey, but my family has a vacation home in Ontario, Canada. Recently I started going to a dirt track up there near the house, and I want to give it a whirl.

Knowing myself like I do, and how I do everything "overkill," this is probably going to be the start of a whole new ugly thing.

-Matt Hill

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