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These Bracket Racers are Good (+ Pics)

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This year I am trying to compete in the United Manual Transmission Racers (UMTR) North series. It goes from track to track in north east Ohio. My equipment is legal for Street Stick, and that is a 2-step and clutch tamer for launch.

I’m also racing locally at Quaker City Motorsports Park which is an IHRA track. I would be most competitive in the Sportsman class, but IHRA doesn’t allow a 2-step in Sportsman. That means I have to run in Modified. Tough for me to compete with these guys.

I’ve been doing a lot of test and tune, trying to get better at driving and get the car dialed in.

Yesterday in round 2 at Quaker I ran my best race of the year and it still wasn’t good enough.
.021 light
7.583 on 7.57 dial
Lost by .0026 (to a Camero)

But on the bright side Buckeye Stock / Super Stock was in town and man do they have some nice cars. I took a few pics. I always say the best car show is the pits/staging lanes at the drags.


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This year I am trying to compete in the United Manual Transmission Racers (UMTR) North series. It goes from track to track in north east Ohio. My equipment is legal for Street Stick, and that is a 2-step and clutch tamer for launch.

I’m also racing locally at Quaker City Motorsports Park which is an IHRA track. I would be most competitive in the Sportsman class, but IHRA doesn’t allow a 2-step in Sportsman. That means I have to run in Modified. Tough for me to compete with these guys.

I’ve been doing a lot of test and tune, trying to get better at driving and get the car dialed in.

Yesterday in round 2 at Quaker I ran my best race of the year and it still wasn’t good enough.
.021 light
7.583 on 7.57 dial
Lost by .0026 (to a Camero)

But on the bright side Buckeye Stock / Super Stock was in town and man do they have some nice cars. I took a few pics. I always say the best car show is the pits/staging lanes at the drags.


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man its always a bummer to lose that close , but you know it was a good run . Nice looking bunch of cars .

Tex
 
Hell of a good job with the 4 speed. Probably not up against many other mopars? Also very strong 1/8 mph.. 115/116 on a long track?
 
A couple of slips fom today until I blew it. Both on the brakes
Doug

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I feel sorry for the guy in the other lane. Run the number with an 8, and lose by that same.008. Ouch.
 
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That is my old Dodge Mirada 3I8 N/SA in the picture.

It won the first only all female Division Final in Stock when owned
originally by the Harroll family in the 1980s. It still wins Class Eliminations
when it had 40 years use on engine/trans/81/4 rear end.
 
That is my old Dodge Mirada 3I8 N/SA in the picture.

It won the first only all female Division Final in Stock when owned
originally by the Harroll family in the 1980s. It still wins Class Eliminations
when it had 40 years use on engine/trans/81/4 rear end.
It’s still a great looking car.
 
Quaker is 1/8mile now? Got to meet up with DOUG(dmw) about 6 or so years ago. Great family && car.
 
Quaker is 1/8mile now? Got to meet up with DOUG(dmw) about 6 or so years ago. Great family && car.
It depends.
Their normal brackets are 1/8.
Test n tune is 1/4, which is nice.
UMTR runs 1/4, and I think the Buckeye guys were 1/4.
 
That is my old Dodge Mirada 3I8 N/SA in the picture.

It won the first only all female Division Final in Stock when owned
originally by the Harroll family in the 1980s. It still wins Class Eliminations
when it had 40 years use on engine/trans/81/4 rear end.
Bob Shieff owns the car now, very nice guy! Good racer too, he's in a 3 way tie for 10th in points with the Buckeye S/SS group.
 
This year I am trying to compete in the United Manual Transmission Racers (UMTR) North series. It goes from track to track in north east Ohio. My equipment is legal for Street Stick, and that is a 2-step and clutch tamer for launch.

I’m also racing locally at Quaker City Motorsports Park which is an IHRA track. I would be most competitive in the Sportsman class, but IHRA doesn’t allow a 2-step in Sportsman. That means I have to run in Modified. Tough for me to compete with these guys.

I’ve been doing a lot of test and tune, trying to get better at driving and get the car dialed in.

Yesterday in round 2 at Quaker I ran my best race of the year and it still wasn’t good enough.
.021 light
7.583 on 7.57 dial
Lost by .0026 (to a Camero)

But on the bright side Buckeye Stock / Super Stock was in town and man do they have some nice cars. I took a few pics. I always say the best car show is the pits/staging lanes at the drags.


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Great group of people in this class racing series, been racing with them for 4 years now. They are in their 15th season this year.
 
I should have mentioned before. .035 pac (.021+.014 off the dial) will win a lot of races. I know I hear all the time "At my track you need a .00x light and a .01x pac." I race a lot of tracks. Keep track of a lot a races. Do those runs happen? For sure. But unless its someone that makes 300+ passes a year they don't do it every pass on average. Racers that are that level aren't racing for $1000. Sometimes you have a weekend that everything is really tight, sometimes not. I watched the 1,000,000 dollar winner run 2 entries a month or so ago at our track. He didn't make it to the 1/4 finals. I also wached a flat black Monza street car make a .000/7.901 on a 7.90 dial. Consitency is what wins. I'll be the first to tell you that I'm not as good on the tree as some. But I can put the car on the number and drive the stripe pretty well. Control everything that you possibly can. The rest is what it is. Practice, practice practice.
Doug
 
000/7.90, with a 1! Wow.
My guess is that a .035 package will win 95% of rounds, at my home track. (There are virtually NO dragsters, and very few box racers at Irwindale).
 
I should have mentioned before. .035 pac (.021+.014 off the dial) will win a lot of races. I know I hear all the time "At my track you need a .00x light and a .01x pac." I race a lot of tracks. Keep track of a lot a races. Do those runs happen? For sure. But unless its someone that makes 300+ passes a year they don't do it every pass on average. Racers that are that level aren't racing for $1000. Sometimes you have a weekend that everything is really tight, sometimes not. I watched the 1,000,000 dollar winner run 2 entries a month or so ago at our track. He didn't make it to the 1/4 finals. I also wached a flat black Monza street car make a .000/7.901 on a 7.90 dial. Consitency is what wins. I'll be the first to tell you that I'm not as good on the tree as some. But I can put the car on the number and drive the stripe pretty well. Control everything that you possibly can. The rest is what it is. Practice, practice practice.
Doug
That’s why I felt good about that race even though I lost. I feel like it’s coming together. I hope I can make passes like that on a somewhat regular basis.
 
I once was paid a $10.00 bonus at Fremont Raceway back in the 1970's for running two consecutive E.T's exactly the same time to the hundreth of a second one Sunday afternoon (placed second overall in my bracket which was $35.00). I was power shifting my street legal A-833 '65 Valiant bracket racer at the time.

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