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Author Topic:   packing the track going backwards ????
damon_4_29
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 96
posted August 27, 2001 08:52 PM  
why is it that most of the tracks iv been to they role the track in the oposet way thay race ????

RaceDoctor
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 55
posted August 27, 2001 11:08 PM  
I've heard all kind of reasons the past 13 years..like it makes the dirt lay down better....but the best reason I know of is to keep you from hot lapping during mud packing ...the cars don't turn right real well...LOL

jammin
Dirt Administrator

Total posts: 6243
posted September 16, 2001 07:58 PM  
I do agree with you Jammin,one thing I hate is the racers or the helpers they let in the car for mud packing want to idle around the track. All that does is bottle-neck the cars behind them.You are supposed to roll the clay down , not spin the tires,also hold a straight line ,not move down when you pass a track official , then move back up after you pass him....I was a track official for 5 yrs
and it was my job to see to it that the track got rolled in properly before the races began. By the way my real job at the track was Tech Inspector..the second most hated person at the track after the Flagman...LOL

dirtracer17
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 88
posted October 31, 2001 08:58 AM  
We have a new track that we race at and we pack backwards. It is so funny to watch because we are turning about 4 grand and running 3 wide!

dirttracker98
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 284
posted November 12, 2001 07:53 PM  
Think how much fun you would have racing on an unpacked track,a track where I used to race did that one time to get the point across,the track was a slop hole,it was next to impossible to go fast let alone try to pass someone,after the heats they wanted to know if anybody wanted to wheelpack,even the late models helped work it in,by the way all the heats were won by people who started in the front row!!

RazorzEdge
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 44
posted December 12, 2001 07:22 PM  
Hey dirt racer 17,Tell your guys to slow down and pack slower,That will make your track a lot faster and smoother.I bet they have a problem with ruts at your track.This is the reason why.

dirtracer17
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 88
posted December 14, 2001 08:37 AM  
Actually they almost have to go fast. the track is banked so much you will be in the sippie hole in the infield if you don't. It does rut some but it is on the bottom of the track mainly out of the groove.BTW, the straights are banked about 30 degrees, and the turns a little more.I ran a couple of hot laps wide open all the way around just to see if I could!

techmaster35
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 265
posted December 25, 2001 10:07 PM  
I THINK IT HELPS THE TRACK BY LAYING THE CLAY BETTER AND IT KEEPS THE GUYS FROM RACING AROUNG THE TRACK. WE MOSTLY USE FOURWHEELERS AND TWO FOURWHEEL DRIVE FORD TRUCKS WITH WIDE TIRES THAT ARE AIRED DOWN AND TO KEEP THE TRACK FROM RUTTING BY MAKING THE 4 CYL AND DWARF GUYS USE 7.5 INCH TIRES THAT ARE MANDATORY. WE ALSO HAVE A SPIKE ROLLER (OR SHEEPS FOOT) TO PACK THE TRACK. WE USUALLY PUT 2500 GALLONS ON THE TRACK. OUR TRACK IS A 1/5 MILE. WE FOUND AWAY TO KEEP THE TRACK TOGETHER BETTER IS TO LAY MANURE FROM COWS AND HOGS ON IT AND THEN RUN IT IN 2-3 DAYS BEFORE THE RACE NIGHT THEN ON RACE NIGHT WET IT DOWN AND RUN IT IN

Gene
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 396
posted December 26, 2001 05:49 AM  
It has always been a pet-peeve of mine to have track owners feel as though it was our burden to prepare his track, at our expense. I'm not talking about some moisture to run out in a few laps, but the lumps and ruts. At times I've thought the grader or sheepsfoot should have had a 2 hour head start prior to cars running the track in. But they send the cars out to do the heavy machinery work anyhow.

techmaster35
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 265
posted December 27, 2001 11:27 AM  
we start working the track 3-4 hours before race time.

Stonewall
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 44
posted January 25, 2002 08:02 AM  
At McKean County Raceway(PA), we race on Saturday nights. You know when they start to prepare the track? SUNDAY MORNING, and they work it all week, disking it up, watering it, rolling it in, disking it up again, watering it again, rolling it in again.

racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 5390
posted January 26, 2002 11:14 PM  
It's very rare that you ever see a rut on the track.

Machinah
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 79
posted February 05, 2002 06:11 PM  
We don't run-in our track unless we have had too much rain and it needs extra drying that the machinery can't get out, then we just do some fast laps and the trucks tack care of the packing. Heck we've even seen the blade come out in the middle of the night if a couple of drivers complain of too much rut in an area.

 

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