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posted August 23, 2003 01:21 AM
I am just starting out. I have never done any racing like this. I dont even have a car yet. I am planning on racing at the Devils Bowl in Mesquite, TX ( I have begun planning to race in the street stock level. Please go to the website and view the rules. Please give any advise you have concerning car selection (build or buy allready setup). Any suggestions at all!


posted August 23, 2003 10:45 AM
Have cash in hand and look at cars for sale, its way way easier and cheaper.

Maybe go to the pits a few weeks in a row and ask around most every car out there is for sale for a price.

posted August 23, 2003 10:54 AM
Thank you! That is kind of what I figured!


posted August 23, 2003 12:40 PM
i would suggest go and help somebody on there crew before you just deside you want ot race a guy with little knowledge ends up with little money and having little fun because they don't know how or what to spend it on so they get alot of stuff that will not work or is just plain not needed to make a car work. if you look at rookies that do real well 99% of them have a strong back ground or conection that sets the car up for them so then all they have to do is drive which is the ez part figureing out how to make the car work is the hard stuff . but like 66 said buy something used will be alot cheaper in the long run just make sure it's safe good stuff not just something you can get a good deal on i have seen guys buy stuff because it was cheap and end up building a new car because the more they dug into it over the winter the more they found wrong with they end up paying 1500 about 500 worth of good parts

posted August 23, 2003 01:33 PM
Your absolutely right. I plan to go out and try to become a memeber of a team while I work towards a car of my own over the next year or 2.

posted August 24, 2003 09:49 PM
Well, I did it backwards. I made my car from scratch. I have lots of experience helping out guys at the race track, and my "real" job is a mechanic, and I work in a full body shop with a frame rack and paint booth and all that. So I had the resources to do it all "in-house". I wanted the experience of building a car from scratch to prove to myself that I could do it. I started in October of 2001, and finally got it on the track a few weeks back. I spent every weekend I could in the pits while I was building it, watching who was running up front, asking lots of questions and offering to pitch in and help whoever looked like they needed it. Racers will always take free help. Keep a little notebook in your pocket and write down anything you feel is relevant, or any words of wisdom you pry out of those front-runners. You'll thank yourself later.

Now having said all that...don't EVER build your own car from scratch. You'll pay twice as much in the long run. A used race car has had all the bugs worked out. I'm still working on those bugs. So far, three nights out, and three DNF's. But that's what I wanted, a learning experience.

You've already found the best resource right here. The people in this forum will always point you in the right direction. Good luck!

posted August 25, 2003 11:17 AM
I cant thank all of those whom repled enough! The power of many minds is unbeatable!! Thank You!

Mud Boy
posted August 26, 2003 09:43 AM
Hey FastEddy, its good to see someone else who plans on racing at the Devils Bowl Speedway! I've never raced before so I'm not going to pretend like I know what I'm talking about. But I did learn a few things from my dad. He was a race car from about '85 - '99 at I-30 speedway in Arkansas and he gave me a few pointers on what i should do as far as how to get started.

1. Like racer17j, and Mud Boy said, go out to the track as much as possible and find some one who needs help. Ask as many ?'s as possible and learn all you can from them.

2. Three things you must have before you even think about buying a race car...
1. Something to tow it with (a truck)
2. Something to tow it on (a trailer)
3. A place to put it and work on it
My dad did it backwards by getting the car first and then everything else, and found himself having a terrible time.

3. If you're not going to have anybody working on the car for you, you need to have your on own tools to work with.

4. Read magazines and books such as...
1. Circle Track Mag
2. Stock Car Racing Mag
Both have important info in them for you to know about when it comes to chassis set-up, and what to do in certain racing situations.

5. $$$

6. Racing the car is only 10% of owning one.

7. Like Mud Boy said, it's best to buy a used race car first and work from there.

8. It's always good on your side if you know a little something about how to take and put a car back to together. I will be attending ATI in Dallas, as an auto mechanic to that I will have the knowledge that I need when it comes to cars.

Well I hope that this helps a little, and I hope that I will have to pleasure of racing against you one day at the Devils Bowl Speedway.


posted August 27, 2003 11:16 PM
James (BoxRacer),

Shoot me an email to I would like to call you and quiz your brain a little more.
By the way I have been working on cars for more than 20 years and have about 5 years of experience working on aircraft.


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