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Losing my Virginity next Saturday

Gonna drag race for the first time next Saturday at Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas. Free drag racing for Mustangs. Any guesses to what my best time will be for the 1/4? Keep in mind I'm old and don't have drag radials, running 295 BFG TA's.

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looks like a good time
I'll guess a 13.5


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Who cares about the time. Ignore the guy in the other lane, focus on getting down the track shiny side up, and working on your technique. The ETs will come.
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Right on! Have fun.
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Just be aware that it can be addictive. I was hooked after my very first run. One of the guys told me its the best fun you can have with your clothes on, LOL. The next stage of the addiction is in search of more power, speed and lower et's. That is addictive too and can also be a bit expensive.


You will have to find your hook. The track hooks up better than the street but even with the tires you have after reading what all you have you will probably have to ease it out of the hole just a bit.



Last thing, don't forget to bring all the tools and whatever else you think you might need like an air tank, for example. I used to let my air down to run and then air the tires back up to drive home.
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If it's the car in your signature, I'm going with a 13.4 @ 108.

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Well thatís fun. Iím tempted to drag my junk out there. Not sure if I can make that but itíd sure be cool.
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If it's the car in your signature, I'm going with a 13.4 @ 108.
I'm betting on driver age and inexperience (self admitted, & not a crime) plus the notorious BFG Radial T/A tires to add 0.6 to 1.2 seconds to the time that drivetrain is capable of. Just a guess of course.

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I think the most important thing to remember for your first time is;

wait for it....

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wait for it....

use protection...

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Gonna drag race for the first time next Saturday at Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas. Free drag racing for Mustangs. Any guesses to what my best time will be for the 1/4? Keep in mind I'm old and don't have drag radials, running 295 BFG TA's.

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Who cares about the time. Ignore the guy in the other lane, focus on getting down the track shiny side up, and working on your technique. The ETs will come.
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Right on! Have fun.
these guys are right, for teh first time, just go out and have some fun on the track, and refine your driving technique. you also want to learn the track as well, since as macstang noted it can be addictive;

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Just be aware that it can be addictive. I was hooked after my very first run. One of the guys told me its the best fun you can have with your clothes on, LOL. The next stage of the addiction is in search of more power, speed and lower et's. That is addictive too and can also be a bit expensive.
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You will have to find your hook. The track hooks up better than the street but even with the tires you have after reading what all you have you will probably have to ease it out of the hole just a bit.
also true. my advice is to get out to the track early, perhaps as much as two hours early, so you can walk the track, see where the groove is for each lane. also take the time to watch the track workers prepare the track for racing. i used to do this when i went out to the local dirt track here when i helped teams that ran on dirt. that way i could let the driver know where the groove was, and likely where it was going to end up late in the evening as the track dried out and got some laps down on it.

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Last thing, don't forget to bring all the tools and whatever else you think you might need like an air tank, for example. I used to let my air down to run and then air the tires back up to drive home.
this is probably the best advice. also bring a fair amount of spare parts, fresh oil, a couple of oil filters, and some coolant. also scare up a coolant overflow bottle if you dont have one already, some tracks require you have it installed before you race.

one more thing, unless you plan on trailering your car to the track, make sure your AAA membership is paid up and your cell phone is fully charged up. that way you can get home after teh raec should anything untoward happen during the race.
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Something else the track operation will generally let you do if you tell them you've never drag raced before they will generally let you stage by yourself for a test run(it helps you just concentrate on your own situation) and they will spend a bit more time and walk you though the burn out and staging in the lights. They did that for me anyways.


The only last thing I can think of is that if you spin out of the hole and start to go sideways get out of the gas. I have seen lots of people that didn't do this and kept trying to correct and corrected themselves into the wall. Generally, if you back out of the throttle and put a little correction into the steering it will straighten right back out.


I would need to know what gears and traction bars or lack of to try and guess an ET.
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