Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Mechanic Falls, Maine
ive noticed a few comments that were said that i just want to give my input on, i race weekly in a points series, not trying to toot my own horn or say im any better than any of you, but im hoping i can help you all have better luck at the strip-
"im leaving off idle" - i realize some of you running fat tires arent having issues with traction, but to those of you leaving off idle running close to a stock tire- putting a load on the drivetrain helps alot with traction, if the converter is already near its stall its less apt to cause a traction issue. i usually launch my sc at 12-1400 rpm depending on the situation (how badly i need a good reaction time) i find that the higher i launch the car, the better the reaction time. Anything below 1000 rpms is a waste for me because the car spins if theres no load on the converter.
"i cant afford drag radials" - If your track is anything like mine alot of the regular racers replace thier tires every 6 or 8 races, these tires are still good, buy em up for 100 bucks a set! Lack of traction takes the fun out of racing, im glad i bought mine!
r8dxxx- I see you posted somthing about a 2.2 60' time. With the car you have and the e.t.s you're runing you should b low 2.0s in the 60'. My stock auto sc has never run faster than a 9.52 in the 1/8th and my 60' times are usually between a 2.15 and a 2.17 depending on the air quality.
"I just stab the gas when the light goes green"- if you're running a full tree like most tracks, (yellow, yellow yellow, green) then you want to stab the gas on the 3rd yellow, by the time the car reaches the end of the rollout the light will have gone green and you will have acheived that perfect .000 reaction time, or in my case .500 (.500 full tree at my track) that will help you out alot of you ever find yourself racing in a competition.
"that actually kinda hurts I think because with the stock stall and no spin, the car is bogging a bit off of the line" a bog costs you hundreths of a second, a spin can cost tenths, trust me a bog in your case is a good thing, traction is your friend.
"his one was my best by a couple tenths"- if yopu are seeing differences in your timeslips of more than 5 hundreths theres definately somthing that needs some fine tuning, are you sure the car isnt spinning? In the class that i run in, if your time trial slips are off more than 4 or 5 hundreths you might as well pack up and go home. Normally my sc runs within 2 hundreths all nght long, the only time im off more than that is if i have to lift at the big end to avoid breaking out against my competitor on a bad run.
Again, not trying to pick you apart, just making sure that you get the most out of your car and yourself at the track. Most of all have fun, and keep at it, drag racing is dying all around the country and its important to keep the sport alive!!!
Please enjoy my new and improved short signature- Russ