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I finally have a Friday off and test+tune is still on for Good Friday. I have been waiting to race at this little 1/8th mile track but I realize I have NEVER been racing before. I don't know when it will be my go, or anything about what to do when I get there.:eek:


Can someone walk this stupid chicken through what to do when I get there?:eek::eek: And Besides having something for the coolant drain tube to drain into is there other things I need to do to get the car ready?:eek:
 

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Coolant overflow, battery hold down, seat belt, and all lug nuts.

I would suggest watching a few cars go down and see what they do. And I mean street cars, not full on drag cars.

When it's your time to run, go around the water box, and straighten up facing down the track. I would suggest no burnout your first time, because as I recall, you're car really isn't that pumped up and has street tires. But if you do a burnout, back up, but don't use water with street tires. Do a quick spin to get the tires warm and the rocks out.

After you're done, start rolling forward, watch the tree, when the top two sets of bulbs come on, stop. When the lights on the tree begin to drop, leave on the third yellow.

On that third yellow, floor it. And go all the way down the track until the finish line and let off.


That's basically it. There are different thing you can do as well.

You can stall the motor up at the starting line. When you're holding the brake with your left foot, give it some gas.

If you lose traction, don't ride it out, just feather the throttle until you hook up.

Manually shifting is good, but unless you have a ratcheting shifter, I wouldn't do it. I personally used to manually shift my column shifter, but I would put in into neutral so many times, that I stopped doing it.


Again, I would watch a few rounds and see what the other people do. I'm sure you won't be the only first-timer out there. If you have any questions, the track staff should be nice enough to give out tips.
 

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There are tons of rules depending on how fast you go. I know for our Local track you need a helmet if you run 13.99 or faster. Some other things I need for running are:

neutral saftey switch
Remote battery shut off
battery must be restrained. (Cant use bungee cord)
coolant over flow tank
drive shaft loop
scatter shield on tranny
fire extingusher
fire suit if your going to run Nitrous
I'm sure others will let you know what else is needed. They're usually not too strict for T&T. At least at our track they're not. Just dont tell them your going to run a 13.50 and go out there and lay down an 11. They kind of frown on that
 

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I don't think superchickenovanator will be going faster than 13.99!!!:devil:

My advice is to not worry about it too much. Once you have made your first run, you will realize just how much fun it is, and wonder why you had cold feet. There are all kinds of little tricks you can try to learn, but I wouldn't worry about doing that. As David said, either don't do a burnout or just do a small burnout to clean the tires. If street tires get to hot, they actually get kind of greasy, which is the opposite of what you need. If you can control your excitement, I would say manually shift. You can use more of the engine's powerband that way. If you can't control the excitement and just bump the shifter to the next gear, then put it in D and go.

Most importantly, HAVE FUN!!!!:D
 

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Coolant overflow, battery hold down, seat belt, and all lug nuts.

Manually shifting is good, but unless you have a ratcheting shifter, I wouldn't do it. I personally used to manually shift my column shifter, but I would put in into neutral so many times, that I stopped doing it.
Well I may be the only newb out there but we can see.:D I assume the factory clamp isnt good enough. I do have the seat belt and all my lugnuts though. I can rig something up for the coolant.

Actually since I have a powerglide I shift manually all the time. :)

There are tons of rules depending on how fast you go. I know for our Local track you need a helmet if you run 13.99 or faster.
Cool well hopefully I don't go too fast. I don't need to start an addiction that I can't fund:D Plus half that equipment I don't know how to install.

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I don't think superchickenovanator will be going faster than 13.99!!!
Bet I will. Then again you didn't say anything about what distance I would go.:D
 

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I would just suggest telling the starters(guys who get the cars into staging) that this is your first time. Usually, they prefer to know and they will help you be in the right place and what they want you to do until you get a few passes under your belt. Every track is different and has their own way of doing things.
Have fun!!
 

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You guys think I could get away with routing some hose from my radiator all the way to the washer fluid tank? It's empty and my washer pump doesn't work anyway.
 

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As long as the coolant couldn't leak out, they would probably allow that. One time that I went to the track, they required me to use a very high tech catch can, the hose ran into a soda can hung by wire from the radiator neck. :)

And I am sure that if you go faster than 13.99 in the 1/8th, you'll poop your pants!!!!:devil::rotfl:
 

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You guys think I could get away with routing some hose from my radiator all the way to the washer fluid tank? It's empty and my washer pump doesn't work anyway.
That's exactly what I use for an overflow bottle. They also do not like for you to be using antifreeze. They will ask in the tech line. They will look at the battery hold down {stock is fine} and check the neutral safety switch. Most tracks will let you know what needs to be changed before the next time you come back and will let you run that day unless it is a major safety item.

They will put your number on the window with shoe polish if you ask them unless you bring your own.
They might let you go down the track by yourself the first time if you ask. The only other thing to remember is be courteous to the driver next to you. Oh and don't turn in front of another car when turning off the track onto the return road.
 

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a FEW MORE things to consider , line up in the groove by following the two tire tracks . TRY not to bother looking into the audience ,and pay attention to the track starter ! Roll up your windows before the track starter makes you look stupid (yah its happened to me ) .. and finally at the end of the track DONT slam the brakes on trying to stop at the first turn out !!!! you can always turn around at the end ! depending on tracks .

Good Luck , and prepare to spend a ton of money going faster ,and faster !
 

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When you get to the entrance of the track and pay your money, tell them it's your first time and they should give you a quick rundown of what to fill out and where tech inspection is. Once you get checked out by tech, ask them what's next and they should be able to tell you what to listen for on the PA system, when to stage, what lanes etc.

Most track operators are very helpful all you have to do is ask the questions. if the track has a web site, it may have the basic safety items you need to pass tech and run.

Good luck, have FUN!!!
 

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"don't turn in front of another car when turning off the track onto the return road".

That is a very important one and I should know. Thankfully the guy I race a couple weeks ago was slower when I lost my brakes and went into the net. If he was faster and did not wait and turned in front of me I would have tee bone him and my "our" crash would have been alot worse.

Also like someone else said tell them its your 1st time out and see if they will let you run a single that way you will not have to worry about what the guy in the other lane is doing.

and most of all have fun

Oh and start saving it can get expensive the more fun you want to have LOL
 

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I don't need to start an addiction that I can't fund Plus half that equipment I don't know how to install.
HAHA After Friday it will be all over. You'll want to go just a little faster....Thousands of $'s and hundreds of hours later. It still won't be fast enough.:turn::devil:

Have fune and be safe. Keep us posted.:yes:
 

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HAHA After Friday it will be all over. You'll want to go just a little faster....Thousands of $'s and hundreds of hours later. It still won't be fast enough.:turn::devil:

Have fune and be safe. Keep us posted.:yes:
uuuh we'll see. I have my sights on saving for the Hotchkis suspension kit for $1150 but maybe I will want to buy some split monoleafs and caltracs instead.:D
 

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I would definitely listen to these guys. Take the safety seriously, follow what the guys tell you to do in the lanes, and don't make any enemies. But one important thing to remember, have fun. If you cant have fun there is no point in going.

Yup, after tomorrow you will want to go just a little faster, then a little more, and in 10 years it might be fast enough to scare you half to death every time but still not fast enough.

-Dan
 

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I finally have a Friday off and test+tune is still on for Good Friday. I have been waiting to race at this little 1/8th mile track but I realize I have NEVER been racing before. I don't know when it will be my go, or anything about what to do when I get there.:eek:


Can someone walk this stupid chicken through what to do when I get there?:eek::eek: And Besides having something for the coolant drain tube to drain into is there other things I need to do to get the car ready?:eek:
You're gonna be just fine before you know it you'll be having fun and looking back at this post and laughing. Just be smart and be safe. If it gets lose just let off dont try to drive like John Force yet. Wear a helmet too. All of us have been in your shoes at one time or another. I remember the first time I drove a real dragster and I was like wow this is nothing like my old Jr dragster. It was intimidating, scary, and fun all at once.
 
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