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I have michelin pilots on the back of a Z28. Worthless as a drag tire, a 275hp 350 obliterates them. Drag radials for the win, 100%.
Edit: there are softening treatments for drag tires. I have never personally tried any of them, however.
I was going to put the drag radials on different wheels just for the track. Didnt want new for aging reason. They will sit on the shelf all but one or two weekends a year. A waste. But, maybe I can run some Nitto NT 555 RII, or M/T ET Street S/S on the rear all the time. How do they do on the track?
Tires are your only contact with the track whether you are accelerating or braking. Your horsepower and brakes rely totally on your tires.
The most under-rated part of a car and the most important. Nothing matters if the tires don't grab the road.
I remember years ago one of my buddies Dad had a tubbed out Chevy II bracket car going 10:20's. When he put it away. He didn't race it for over 11 years sitting on 4 flat tires. He said you guys help me getting running again and we will take it. We changed all the fluids, primed the engine, air up the tires and got it running. He said we will run it as is. (Not recommended on 11 year old tires/slicks). He made 7 consecutive 10:20-10:40 passes still and put it back away again. I was surprised that it still hooked on old slicks.