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Old 10-11-2009, 10:23 AM   #46
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yes the track will be inside a building as well.

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Old 10-15-2009, 12:33 PM   #47
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Good luck man, show them how Amoeba does it!
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Old 10-15-2009, 01:24 PM   #49
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Don't rush, if you're about to go and have a burger or coke, check your car and equipment before you do. Any free time you have, should first go over the entire car with your hexes and nut drivers, even during practice. Then watching...

Nothing sucks more than having a unchecked screw pop out on the first lap of a qualifier. Keep an eye on your tires, and keep them glued up. Tires take a bit more time than anything else. So always check those first, and touch them up before cleaning or wrenching so they can be drying while you're doing something else.

DON'T RUSH. If anything has bitten me where it hurts most, it is rushing. Remember slow is fast And don't lean over the drivers rail to talk to your pit guy, that is grounds for a smacking with an FM antenna.


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Old 10-15-2009, 01:47 PM   #50
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I would take everything you can possibly think of and fit in your vehicle. It really sucks to be at the track before you realize you dont have this or that.

Its a pain in the ass but take all your gear into your hotel room at night. Ive heard too many stories of stuff being stolen out of vehicles at hotels and restaraunts.

But the most important thing may be to sleep. Too many times Ive seen really good racers show up exhausted because they drove or partied all night long and drive like crap ruining their weekend. I usually try and set myself a midnight lights out rule so I can get at least 6 hours of sleep.
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I would take everything you can possibly think of and fit in your vehicle. It really sucks to be at the track before you realize you dont have this or that.

Its a pain in the ass but take all your gear into your hotel room at night. Ive heard too many stories of stuff being stolen out of vehicles at hotels and restaraunts.

But the most important thing may be to sleep. Too many times Ive seen really good racers show up exhausted because they drove or partied all night long and drive like crap ruining their weekend. I usually try and set myself a midnight lights out rule so I can get at least 6 hours of sleep.

I found out at this years PNB, I glue tires best around 2:30 in the morning But yeah sleep is good too
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Old 10-15-2009, 02:43 PM   #52
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A pink tutu is the preferred garb for singing show tunes... or maybe a black evening gown.

Ok, some serious suggestions:

DO NOT leave your gear in a locked car. (or an unlocked one.) Bring EVERYTHING into your hotel room at night. It is a hassle, but better than losing your gear. (It has happened before, to several folks we know.)

If you have it, and it is rc related or a tool that you might possibly need, bring it.

Bring lots of cash. (you'll use more than you think) food, drinks, snacks at the track, event shirts, "0h, I gotta have one of those! tools"

You might want to consider joining Team Terribles... notice how many of us there are on this thread? (Mostly the crazy ones posting silly stuff... but still...) It helps to have a "teammate" when you show up at a big race, someone to show you around, help you with pitting, etc. With 250+ members, mostly in the US but some overseas as well, chances are good there will be another member (or 2, or a dozen) at any larger event.
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Make sure you carry a gun... I always intimidate myself at gunpoint just before I race. The locals love helping strangers tune... let as many people as possible tune your car, you will have the best AVERAGE race tune attainable.Ask some of the locals for directions (even if you know your way around) , it makes them feel important.Ask where the sewer treatment plant is they almost always allow travelers to camp overnight for free.Write "Just Married "on your car and blow your horn and wave at every one. Take your meds with you, if you forget them just take some from a complete stranger, they are all the same anyway.
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Simplify you pit bags. Every single thing I need to build my car from scratch and some spare parts, radio, fuel bottle, etc, fit into one large carboard box that I slide into an old Ofna purple bag.

Then as long as I have my car(s) a jug of Byrons 25 and that purple bag I've got everything I need.

Even at home the grape flavored carry bag never gets taken apart, tool comes out of bag, tool goes back in, not on bench, not in ear.




Allways pit for a least one person on race day. Thats a great way to ensure you'll have a little help when you need it. But take it seriously, pit guys that wonder off suck.

There is allways one racer that deosn't have anyone to refill his car at the start of his qualifier, or someone to hold his car at the start of the main, or a pitguy.

DON'T LET THAT HAPPEN, ITS KILLING NITRO!
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Simplify you pit bags. Every single thing I need to build my car from scratch and some spare parts, radio, fuel bottle, etc, fit into one large carboard box that I slide into an old Ofna purple bag.

Then as long as I have my car(s) a jug of Byrons 25 and that purple bag I've got everything I need.

Even at home the grape flavored carry bag never gets taken apart, tool comes out of bag, tool goes back in, not on bench, not in ear.




Allways pit for a least one person on race day. Thats a great way to ensure you'll have a little help when you need it. But take it seriously, pit guys that wonder off suck.

There is allways one racer that deosn't have anyone to refill his car at the start of his qualifier, or someone to hold his car at the start of the main, or a pitguy.

DON'T LET THAT HAPPEN, ITS KILLING NITRO!
Just wanted to say THANKS to Brad this guy has a back with titanium rods. he has had a broken back and major problems with the repairs the doctors have attempted, but this guy has pitted for me so many times and for others,and he is the best I have ever seen and yes he can run fast.People in Tallahassee know him and if you come to Tallahassee you need to meet him.
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Bring a folding table to pit on, don't count on there being benches to pit on.
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I know it may seem somewhat unrelated, but the first time the World of Outlaws sprint cars came to Ohsweken Speedway in Ontario, Canada, I noticed something that I have not forgotten to this day.

They have a very similar system to how RC racing is organized, with Heats and Mains. I noticed in qualifying that after their own heat, most of the really, REALLY fast guys would hop on their moped and ride up to the side of the track and watch all the other heats. Because it was a track they'd never been to, perhaps, they didn't want to miss any of the heats in case one guy figured out the line before they did. That way, as soon as they saw the line the top qualifier took, they'd hop back in their car for their next heat and take the same line. Guys like Kinser, Lasoski, etc. Every round they were either racing or watching. No surprise when they A-Main every race.


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A case of motor oil for the car, or maybe 2, if it is a long ways away. i usually carry 3 qts. for every 60 miles as my Burick still has a lot of life left in it. Sams club has Rotella T for $14 and some change. I hav also fixed the dead battery thing by cutting a hole in the grill and putting a pair of jumper cables through the hole.the other end of the jumper cables stay hooked to the battery. If you are going more than 100 miles away carry some spare tires, i put mine on the roof of the car so I still have room in the back seat for my gas grill.You never no when you might get stranded.I also carry a banner that says WIDELOAD. many times i have been able to pick up some extra$$$$ hanging out at mobile home sales centers waiting to be an escort, I've made some friends for life doing this not to mention some big money.

This is the funniest thing I've seen in a long time. Thanks for the laugh.
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