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Author Topic:   tire changes during the races???
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 170
posted January 16, 2005 12:28 PM  
what are everybody's thoughts on changing tires during the races?

we want the pros and cons!!!

what are your tracks rules???

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 122
posted January 16, 2005 03:39 PM  
Changing tires during a race should be outlawed....unless, of course, it happens to me.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 170
posted January 16, 2005 05:09 PM  
usually it is more trouble than it is worth. most tracks - even if they give you laps to do it will make you go to the back of the pack. 15 to 20 lap features just arent worth the effort.

Dirt Forum Champ
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posted January 16, 2005 06:16 PM  
We always change between the heat and main.
You said between races not the race.
Is that what you mean?

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 170
posted January 16, 2005 10:18 PM  
During a feature of course. Let's say 20 lap feature and on the first lap coming out of turn one the inside pole spins out and causes a pile car over-turns...we have the hottest car but because of a flat during the heat we had to win the B-feature and started inside 11th. Dam_ the luck we got one hel_ of a jump and was moving on up after the flag man...but we set the car in turn one and the outside car ducked in to avoid the crash and wipes out out right rear tire and rim....

now we all know it is a mess and everyone should get there spot back but the over-turned car will burn a few minutes...should i be able to change my tire and proceed to win the $1000.00 main event.?

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 175
posted January 16, 2005 10:25 PM  
under a red or yellow if you touch a tire you should have to go to the back.

leddy #33
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 32
posted January 16, 2005 10:25 PM  
No you cannot win it, But if you are racing for points, Can you atleast make up a few positions? If it looks reasonable, then i'll be changing the tire. If not, ill just go home.

[This message has been edited by leddy #33 (edited January 17, 2005).]

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 170
posted January 16, 2005 10:30 PM  
thanks...i would love to start in the back of a 20 lap $1000.00 feature with 20 laps to go.

Thanks to a good tire changing rule!

Dirt Full Roller

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posted January 16, 2005 11:26 PM  
ya with 1 spot better the flaming one is out

Dirt Freak

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posted January 17, 2005 07:11 AM  
We ran a 50 lapper a couple of years ago and ended up getting 2 left side flats at the same time.Anyways we were able to get them changed but ended up a lap down,but come out right behind the leader.Car was hooked up pretty good and ended up passing the leader then a yellow come out.Now we are back on the lead lap,ended up finishing 2nd.So my take on it is go for it it may help you in the big picture!

Dirt Roller

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posted January 17, 2005 08:24 AM  
I think that the pits should be closed because of two reasons. One, it would make the pits safer. The guy who is coming in with a flat tire is always driving out of control with a flat tire. Once he gets the flat fixed, he drives even faster to get back to the race. There is enough activity in the pits without these fools. Second, it would make the races go by quicker. How many times have we seen somebody "break down" on the track to cause a yellow, and then race off the track when the yellow flag flies. Or how many times has the flagger had to wait another lap to re-start the race because a car was coming back to the track and messing up the start.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 148
posted January 17, 2005 10:57 AM  
If you want to i believe you should be able to change a tire, or perform any other work on your car during a yellow. But you go to the rear of the field.
I can even go along with a guy getting his spot back if it was an obviously blatant act on part of another car. But now we're circling under yellow for 5 minutes while the scoring gets straightened out.
Saw a guy this year cut a tire down on lap 3, pit, start last, and come back to win an IMCA modified feature 22 laps later.

Some People Race For A Living; I Live To Race

Dirt Forum Champ
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posted January 17, 2005 04:22 PM  
At our track if they have not compleated a full lap you can go to the pits and come back out. Anything after that you are done for the night,also if you bring out two cautions you go to the pits.They did this because too many people were speeding in the pits trying to get in and back out before the green flag. For the big money races you could have two people in the infield to work on the car.We have a new promoter this year so it may change.

[This message has been edited by Racer X (edited January 17, 2005).]

doubletrouble racing
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 88
posted January 17, 2005 07:05 PM  
We found ourselves in this spot before,most tracks have a 'hot pit' for this purpose but we do not.Its along run from where you can watch the race and were you pit.The night in mention I overheard announcer saying our car had a right front flat which gave us time to get to pit and change tire.Thank goddness it was a wreck prone race was able to work up for a 3rd place finish.

The opinions,thoughts,and comments of double trouble are that of the car owner and are not affiliated with the driver "Dirt Track Girl" , the track Hill Country Raceway ,or any other outside person or institution

Dirt Freak

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posted January 17, 2005 07:40 PM  
we work hard on our cars and pay good money to put on a show for the fans, I think its fair to change a tire or minor repair and go back out to the rear of the pack. There are also a lot of folks who came and paid to watch your car race, they deserve it too. Its also a thrill to get back thru some of that pack even if you don't win, even more of a thrill if you do.

Dirt Full Roller

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posted January 17, 2005 09:05 PM  
I strongly agree Bob!

Dirt Freak

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posted January 18, 2005 09:27 AM  
Our track has a work area for changing tires. It keeps things safer that way. If the track has room for a work area then I'm all for it. If not I agree saftey first.


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