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Old 04-15-2006, 10:02 AM   #1
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My 1st track experience!!!!!

Guess where I was tonight??? That's right, I was at a race track (more like a small town 1/8th mile track). Boy did I have fun!!!! My car club got a bunch of people together including and Evo VIII and an STI, and headed down to the track. I took a few pictures (I would have taken more but no one wanted to join me/be my camera guy).

The cruise to the track was really fun, it was a parade of about 18 Imports and 3 domestic trucks, and 1 ford galaxy. I took a few pics so you guys would get an idea.

Finally at the track I was really nervous. I had never cut a christmas tree, so every run was a slow learning experience. I was able too shave 7 seconds from my time. My problem was that my tire pressure was too high, my reaction time was too slow, and I wasn't launching properly. After a couple of tips from my buddies, I finally got the hang of it. I started out in the 10.6 second range (1/8th mile). Like I said, I was doing everything wrong. Once I finally got the hang of it, I was pulling consistent 10.1 second runs. My last run, which was also my best, was against a 97 GSR with a few mods (intake, headers, suspension). Everything was just about right on that last run and I ended up beating him 9.962 seconds to his 10.178. I know I could shave 4 tenths off this time though.

Man I had lots of fun and I look forward to the next time I go down to the track. Here's some pics of tonight and my best time slip (I'm car number 1 aka winner).
Random pics today...
Random1
Random2
Random3

Some of us met up at a buddy's house...

Buddy's showcar Si
My baby
A club member's STI


gutted interior
Gutted interior2
Gina was put on a very strict diet...


We met up with others later...
How we roll1
Slammed Silverado
Black Evo VIII

How we roll2
How we roll3
Old man's Bimmer (no joke)
My buddy's immaculate JDM inspired RSX type S

Black STI again (she sounds so sexy {3 in turbo exhaust})
Slammed S10 Extreme
Badass turbo Civic Si (310 WHP)
Red Si I ran against several times
Bad pic of me waiting in line

Almost my turn
My very first run (a bad one at that)...I ended up fouling, I launched at 6500 RPM which was the dumbest thing I could have ever done, and tires spun in 2nd gear) (this was vs. an 06 Jetta 2.5

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Old 04-15-2006, 10:02 AM   #2
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Another bad pic of me
Yet again
Burnout B4 the smoke
2nd run
Dam It
Green light


After that second run, I stopped caring about pics. I just wanted to cut my time down (I knew I had to be faster than most of the civic's there).

Best time(I'm car #1, #2 was a GSR)...
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Old 04-15-2006, 10:38 AM   #3
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Sweeeeeeet.


For a second there i thought that time slip was from your civic , i was gona say holy sh*t!
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Old 04-15-2006, 02:31 PM   #4
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Looks like you had a lot of fun...Wait, I thought you did this with the Civic lol
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Old 04-15-2006, 02:38 PM   #5
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Good to see you on a track, any track. Which track was it? At any rate, maybe this thread will be a motivator for some of our lower IQ'd members to stop "street racing" and do it the right way. Now about your RT's and 60's...
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Old 04-15-2006, 08:23 PM   #6
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what advise did your friends give you to help you out?
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Old 04-15-2006, 09:35 PM   #7
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Thank you all!!!
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For a second there i thought that time slip was from your civic , i was gona say holy sh*t!
That time slip was from my civic running at a 1/8th mile long track(what did you think I meant?).
Hobo, the track is a small one located in a smal town (Benton, not too far from Mt. Vernon) out here in Southern Illinois.

Salimander-my buddy's who were racing 4 bangers told me to drop my tire pressure under 30psi, launch at the third yellow at about 4,000RPM. Guess what, it worked.
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Thank you all!!! That time slip was from my civic running at a 1/8th mile long track. Hobo, the track is a small one located in a smal town (Benton, not too far from Mt. Vernon) out here in Southern Illinois.

Salimander-my buddy's racing 4 bangers told me to drop my tire pressure under 30psi, launch at the thrid yellow at about 4,000RPM. Guess what, it worked.
You mean I-57?
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You mean I-57?
yep, right off I-57.
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Thank you all!!!

That time slip was from my civic running at a 1/8th mile long track(what did you think I meant?).
Hobo, the track is a small one located in a smal town (Benton, not too far from Mt. Vernon) out here in Southern Illinois.

Salimander-my buddy's who were racing 4 bangers told me to drop my tire pressure under 30psi, launch at the third yellow at about 4,000RPM. Guess what, it worked.

Oh sorry, yeah i read it properly now.
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Old 04-16-2006, 05:15 AM   #11
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man i wish we had something like that around here. looks like you had a helluva good time.
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Looks like ya had a great time....as hobo said, it's good to see it on the track, rather than on the street!
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Old 04-16-2006, 09:04 AM   #13
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Yes, I had a great time. I also thought it was better to race at the track rather than on the street, but a lot of ignorant dumb muscleheads (not old school muscle, but 4th gen F body muscle) don't want us "ricerz" on the track. It's quite sad really. But whatever, I had fun, I didn't blow my "VTAK"(or an axle), and that's all that matters.
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man i wish we had something like that around here. looks like you had a helluva good time.
You do. About 20 miles from where you live.

http://www.kddragway.com/default.htm

I've never personally been there, but a friend of mine says it's a jammin' little outlaw track and schedule says they run every weekend from March through November. It looks like it's cheap to get in too.
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Old 04-16-2006, 02:08 PM   #15
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Hey Hobo, you used to live here in Pinellas about 20-30 years ago? You remember Sunshine Speedway by any chance, where they did stock car racing and it was an old drag strip?
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