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Old 05-12-2006, 06:15 AM   #1
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The talk in the XXX CR thread had me wondering what other people thought.

WHat surface would you rather race on? Loam or Clay?

I like racing on loam myself, I like that tires last a season, roosting your buddy adds to the fun, and changing the track isn't a big deal.

So what do you like?
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I would prefer loam but here in the Midwest even hard pack is easy on tires. It's the foam that wears out fast. I understand what caused hard packed tracks to catch on though. Loamy tracks are hard to maintain and prevent from washing away.

It's fun racing electric on slicks and pulling wheelies. Super fast racing.
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I seem to have started much of this ruckus, so I'll comment that if given the choice, I will always race the track that is a looser surface than a hard-pack sticky clay. That goes for dirt oval racing, as well. To me, a lot is evened out when the track is an obstacle. Truth is, the best drivers will be fast and win on any kind of track, regardless. The motors and batteries of today are also much less of an issue that they used to be, as well.

Fun factor, there is no comparison for me. A real dirt surface that doesn't give you 100% bite is WAY more entertaining in a race. Fun fodder for debate, either way.


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We used to race a track in NJ that was made out of a refined sandy dirt for baseball diamonds. We'd run hard Schumacher Cat spikes and bolt in as much motor as we could handle (15turn was about it). The surface would develop ripples (smooth bumps) just like a motocross track. I think it was the best surface I've ever raced on.
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I like any off-road track..... as long as it's not flat......
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LOAM, LOAM, LOAM! Nasty, rough, rutted. The type of track where the cars create berms by the end of the race day. Setup still matters, but not nearly as much as on a hardpacked track. Line choice and tires with BIG LUGS make the most difference.

I usually race 4mod and 2mod at 2 day events with dirt like this, and it's SO much fun, because the fast line changes from heat to heat, round to round, day to day as straights and jumps blow out and corners develop berms. I also race MT at those races, and nothing's quite as much fun as hammering that thing around that kind of track.
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Go to http://www.dirtheaven.com/videos/Dir...mo_(small).wmv
and check out the track. This is the kind of dirt I like the best.
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Here in pa out local track is a combo of topsoil and stone dust.
tire choice is key and depends on driving style.
Tires range from ifmar pind, bow ties to step pins.

the track is ok for trucks but the 1/8 scales rut it up so bad that it litterly will flip a poor 1/10 buggy over.

but wen the track holds up its a blast power slidin a 19 turn buggy down the front stretch and slidin it aroung a 180.

With a soft dirt the landings are verry forgiving to.

Iv naver race on a hard track but thats sometin id like to try. I just wish u had one close.
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i like a mix of loam and hard pack. it makes it more fun and challenging. i prefer loam at the landings of jumps to make the poor take-offs more forgiving when you land. but i like the hard pack on the infield allowing you to drift around the corners (that's just my driving style). sometimes i like a hard packed dirt with about 1 1/2 inches of loam on top. makes for some great bite.
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Either or. But I'd rather race on loam.
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LOAM, LOAM, LOAM! Nasty, rough, rutted. The type of track where the cars create berms by the end of the race day. Setup still matters, but not nearly as much as on a hardpacked track. Line choice and tires with BIG LUGS make the most difference.

I usually race 4mod and 2mod at 2 day events with dirt like this, and it's SO much fun, because the fast line changes from heat to heat, round to round, day to day as straights and jumps blow out and corners develop berms. I also race MT at those races, and nothing's quite as much fun as hammering that thing around that kind of track.
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I like em both. For electric I prefer hardpack, gas truck I almost prefer hardpack but they are very fun in loam also. 1/8 scale is just a ball on a big blown out track where you can dig for traction. I like how the track changes and so do the lines.
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I like a mix of both more loam than hard pack, but just enough water to keep the dust down
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i like a damp hardpack best as long as it doesn't burn off tires
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