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  1. Publication

    Does anyone know of any publications about how to set up and tune a FWD car's chassis ? There's a ton of info fro RWD but I have not seen any tunning guides for Compacts. Steve Smith makes mini stock manuals but again its RWD. Seems like an untapped market. Thanks.
  2. Another NASCAR discussion

    NASCAR has lost touch with todays car enthusiasts as they still use dinosaur technology Push rod engines are obsolete. Cookie cutter cars are boring. RWD doesn't exist much anymore. Racing in general is still selling the same show for 50 years. The "fast and the furious" crowd are todays hot-rodder.. What oval track has cars that interest them ? They are at the drag strip. All we do is preach to the choir. Now with this in mind and seeing what's going on around the Country, I think a new series is badly needed. It would be a 6 cyl, front wheel drive car like we drive today. The cars would be set up to race oval, suspension and tires. Soup up the engines and make them race cars. Then more people might be interested because they can relate, just like the old days. Modern cars with modern parts including fuel injection, overhead cam, multi valve and VTEC. They would be very fast, cheaper and have more variety. No modern cars race today except for Sport Compacts.. This new series could be the new "street stocks" or something like that. New challenges for builders, mechanics and drivers. Unpredictable performances. "NEW" is what's missing.
  3. General Rules Question

    I don't see a problem with any car running with a higher class if it conforms with the rules. Sometimes you need the car count to make a show. Making a show is what sells tickets. Sometimes a written rule needs to deal with intent. If a rule is unfavorable, petition the track for a change just like I have been doing to try to get our 2017 Sport Compact Champion permission to race compacts again, seeing he has a ready car and we need more cars. I don't agree racing a pure stock is "moving up" from a winning compact, a fact that was proven at STS when some compacts actually raced with them. To me it would be like a Frontrunner running with the Sport Compacts and placing high up. If its fits, go for it. Every class can use more cars, there's never too many. JMO. Now the STS/ compact deal was not fair because of the weight requirement so that's different.
  4. I still like NASCAR. Not a fan of using such outdated equipment like push rod engines but at least Cup had moved to the 21st century with fuel injection. Its hard for a new fan to relate to outdated technology when there's so much new stuff going on in the car building today. Only Sport Compacts are really like the cars of yesterday by racing what dealers sell today. Its catching on in the East Coast. Nascar finally realized they and all of us missed the boat by not promoting the biggest car rivalry in history and that's the Mustang v/s Camaro. Next year an attempt but still nothing like todays Mustangs and Camaros. Might as well watch Indy cars, they all look the same. I like the World Rally cars myself. And watching what the NASCAR drivers do in a race.
  5. TOMS at I-37 Speedway, June 16!

    Latest weather shows clear for Sat night. Thumper is loaded and ready for battle. Good money for Sport Mods and Pure Stocks too.
  6. Why did NASCAR buy ARCA if there dumping it ? Does not make sense. Has the fad worn out ?.
  7. I-37 results, 4/7/2018

    And 21 of them are Sport Compacts.
  8. 2018 ?

    I am working on a car I bought in Dallas that used to race at HOT, Kennedale and other Dallas tracks. It is a full on mini stock and hopefully can keep up with you guys if we do get a race at L87. My Sport Compact just isn't fast enough but this one is. If I can the bugs out.
  9. Thank you

    Track owner wants to race mini stocks/compacts as well as dwarfs and mod lights. Just waiting on responses by showing up.
  10. Thank you

    Thank you Larry for the ride. Those cars are amazing. What us mini stocks found out we were not quite ready after all. Also what's amazing to me is how well those Pro Sedan slicks stuck. Lawrence said many cars have tested here with slicks and were vary fast. He recommended do not groove them. Any you Pro Sedans want to see how fast your car is, bring it. No harm no foul. Just speed. The CC Speedway set up works here.
  11. Next race Feb 3rd

    Its confirmed, Feb 10th is big car test and tune. (means not karts) All mini stocks without a track are encouraged to attend and get the cobwebs cleared out. Including any Pro Sedan interested. A CC Speedway set up will work. Some of us are trying to get mini stocks added to the kart program as a support class. Even Sport Compacts from other tracks are invited to test their cars too, a I37 set up also works here. Also a good time to get track experience for anybody in any class especially new or inexperienced drivers. Get a head start on your season. See what your team needs. At $20.00 a head its cheaper than renting a track.
  12. Next race Feb 3rd

    Just to be clear the next regular kart race event is Feb 3rd and the next test and tune day for big cars is Feb 10th. Is that correct ? I understand Feb 4th is some kind of football thing.
  13. Practice went great. Weather was perfect and track was very drivable. For $20.00 I got to run laps until I was tired. Cheapest afternoon of entertainment a person could have. my car, after all, was built to driven not collect dust. Cant wait for the next one in 2 weeks. If I had a kart I would be racing it right now. There is talk (mostly by me) about maybe adding mini stocks to the kart program as a support class. Who is interested ?
  14. Test and Tune

    You haven't seen HiTeck drive ?
  15. Test and Tune

    Lawrence just confirmed its on. HiTec, looks like I get to test my Sport Compact against your Pro Sedan ?
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