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posted February 11, 2004 06:57 AM
You need to turn it up. We were running 6.33 at Fonda just to run mid pack. And loosing spots it the hardest thing. 4 guys pass you on a start/restart, and you can only pass so many back. The bigest thing is 2 foot drive, and never lift the sinny pedal, just use your right foot for as little breaking as possible...And if the track gets the high line dont be afriad to get on the top side. and just keep it turned up.. You still need a motor that will stay together. a 2 bbl carb will only spin so high under load. With the cam and heads we had it would shut down at 7200 and just not go any faster, but take the gear away and bring an oar with you to help get going!!! As far as set-up as little stagger and as tight as you can stand it..

posted February 11, 2004 01:43 PM
a momentum track is the place to be if youre underpowered.keep drive line light such as driveshaft,rearend(smallest you can run),wheels,turn hubs down might help some on restarts.

posted February 11, 2004 02:37 PM
That is exactly how I drive and set up my car.It seems to work for me real well.I tried running with some staggger one night and coming out of turn four it was so loose in the rear that I lost it and became a corner wall ornament.

posted February 11, 2004 07:00 PM
one of the old timers at the track is under powered but pulls off a feature win here and there.He always runs high as he can and its on the pipe all the time.If he backs off he has a hard time making it up.

posted February 11, 2004 10:08 PM
i learned alot running my little 307 against a bunch of 400's when i first started like they said keep that sucker wound for sound and drive it as straight as possible act like it's an asphalt car everytime you get a little sideways you scrub speed and thats not good . if nothing else it taught me how to read guys lines and watch for any bobble to take advantage of a guys week spot on the track

posted February 12, 2004 01:44 PM
Lose rotating weight everywhere you can!!! The lighter the wheels, gear, spool, driveshaft, tranny gears, flywheel, flexplate, convertor, clutch, damper. Everything. A 6lb spool and LW 9" gears can be had on Ebay for around $220 for both. $300 for a new spool, gears and bearings that saves 10 lbs of spinning weight in the rear is a pretty good deal. Using a mini spool and stock carrier is really heavy. Lighter wheels in the back can save 5lbs each and only cost about $5-$10 more. I've found the 'heavy' wheels bend just as easy as the light ones.

If you can afford it, the LW engine/clutch pieces would help too. The best thing about the rest of the drivetrain parts is they can be upgraded as money allows. Once the motor's built, you're pretty much stuck.

posted February 12, 2004 08:46 PM
Oh backwoods my friend, you have no idea what its like to be underpowered. Your car is a rocket compared to mine. I have the stock pistons and cam in my 350 that it came with the camaro in 1979, just re-ringed. Like you said, our track is a momentum track. But unfortunately I learned that restarts and straightaways killed me. I plan on running the same motor this year (third straight year now)since a divorce in progress has put the kabosh on my new motor. Se ya in April.....

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posted February 14, 2004 12:43 AM
I agree with what everone eles has said.You might experment with more/less gear.As far as starts/restarts go try shifting.If you can.Just a couple of things that work for me

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