John Dearmore’s Thoughts on drag racing…….
by John Dearmore
All of the suggestions I’m about to make here I consider important, so I hope you will do the same…….
First of all, whether you’re a weekend warrior or a full-time pro, you have to understand that racing is very hard work. So much so, that it has caused a lot of people over the years to leave the sport for something else. A large part of this hard work is the commitment you have to make to understand every aspect and action of what is going on with your race car, no matter if it is in Top Fuel car, Super Gas, or a Stock class car.
I’ve been racing a long time and have found that for every action there is usually an opposite reaction. If you will listen carefully, the car will tell you exactly what it needs. Many times as summer comes on, heat plays a big part in racing - not only the track’s temperature, but your car’s: the tires, your engine and transmission oil, etc. They all play a major role in making the car run correctly. If you let any one of those factors get away from you or overlook them, the car will not perform consistently. This will leave you scratching your head and wondering what happened to not let the car repeat.
I suggest you pick up a notebook to use as a “racing diary,” in which you can input and keep all the information from every race day. Not only for such items as temperature, humidity, water grains, fuel mixture, and general conditions such as wind and time of day or night, or even run statistics such as elapsed time and speed, but also – and very importantly - as a pre-run checklist. No one can keep all that info in their head! In the heat of racing you might have forgotten to check the tire pressure or a temp gauge on the engine oil or transmission oil.
For the guys who buy their powerplants from a builder who dyno-tests them before they’re delivered, those engines are always brought to the correct temperature before making a pull. Take notice because so should you! It’s imperative to see that your temps are where they need to be before making a run. After warming up the engine, it’s always a good idea as well to check the valve lash and make sure it’s correct - you can bet the guy who built the engine for you did.
I see there are some companies making products that will allow you to plug in and cool your oil or engine water. I would certainly recommend that you take a look at them as they could be an important add-on to the battle for reliability of your engine, not to mention the consistency of your runs!
Nostalgia Drag World - by John Dearmore; photo by Connell Miller
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