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posted March 25, 2004 08:36 AM
3/8 dirt med to high bank/ Most cars run with the back swung out, would it be faster to run straighter through the corners??

posted March 25, 2004 09:23 AM
I try to keep the rear end under the car as much as possible.It makes me feel more in control of the car and my lap times are more consistent.I drove a car for a buddy of mine for 3 weeks with the **s hanging out and ran top 10.He wouldn't fix the problem so I built my own and out handled him every week finished in top 3 mostly.

posted March 25, 2004 01:14 PM
When it's slung way out, you're not using all the tires equally. Generally the right rear is getting murdered and the left rear is just tagging along for the ride. 4 tires will ALWAYS be faster than 3, or 2 in really bad cases.

A car flung way out on a bigger (3/8+) track is poorly setup. The fastest guys at my track in all divisions (.588) are usually flat and smooth. No 3 wheeling or abrupt transfers. Just smooth lift as they get on the gas and return when they let off.

posted March 25, 2004 03:45 PM
I think we are discussing to different things here. I'am talking about totally driving thru the corners with no slide or just hang a little?? I will be starting street stocks for the first time this year. I've been running minis for quite a few year. The car last season was like a bullet with no slide. I just thing that the street stocks in general can't run this way because the weight. Minumum 3100lbs

posted March 25, 2004 07:50 PM
alot depends on the track it's always best to keep the car as straight as you can to keep your momentum up but on a tight hibank sometimes it's better to scrub your speed by winging it in and letting that slow you down as apposed to brakeing earlier. on a dryslick track i always try to drive as if i was on asphalt but if it;'s wet and there is a cushion i'll run it in wide open and pitch her out and ride that groove

posted March 25, 2004 09:14 PM
OK I guess the answer is run as straight as possible, as long as the track surface allows.
Thanks for all the replies.

posted March 26, 2004 02:48 AM
A study of wedge setup and stagger will help out alot. I got hooked up with someone who has been racing for a long time and he has taught me about suspension and how it works and how to set up wedge and stagger. One of the comments he told me was that if you do not know in depth how suspension works it is almost impossible to be able to drive the car to its maximum potential. I read alot of books and asked him alot of questions and my performance at the track drastically improved - point being, do your homework and ask questions to those who really know how to set up a car! Good Luck!

posted March 26, 2004 08:37 PM
Driving style also has a lot to do with it I like a loose car and on a high bank track will run as hard as I can slide and try to diamond the turn to get under the car in front of me if flat then I will set up before the turn lightly aply the brake with my left foot and mat it with my right as soon as I enter the turn what works for some doesn't always work for others

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