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post #1 of 10 Old 04-26-2011, 07:15 AM Thread Starter
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First time drag strip

Right so I'm headed to the dragstrip for the first time tomorrow night and had a few questions. I have a 2011 automatic v6 with flowmaster exhaust and no other mods. The car has about 2500 miles on it and first and foremost I wanted to ask is there anyway this can hurt my car? Obviously running into the wall is a bad idea, but I mean anything mechanical....should I wait till I have more miles or will I be ok?

Second, I will be running against a 2011 mustang v6, 2 2008 mustang gt's, and a 2004 mustang mach one....yeah....fun stuff thanks to my bastard buddy at work posting up on the local mustang forum. Obviously I will not win all of the races but I would like to make it somewhat respectable. Any tips would be great for a first timer. Should I really launch on the third yellow? Rev it up to around 1000rpm and then get on the gas? I have street tires...no burnout then? Traction control off I'm guessing. I have raced on the street before back when I was a dumb kid who didnt have a clue, so I'm not totally lost.....I think. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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You should drive around the water box if they let you, (drive between them) and then get as straight as you can (you should not need a burnout) and creep up until you light the top yellow stage bulb. Make sure you are in "D" and not overdrive, bring the RPM's up to app 1000 as you hold the brake down hard. Wait for your opponent to light his, then barely creep up until the 2nd stage bulb is lit. After both cars are fully staged watch as the tree comes down. As soon as the 3rd bulb lights (try and count to anticipate it) hit the gas to the floor while releasing your foot from the brake and keep it floored until you pass through the traps. If you spin, then you may try a burnout.

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Then just try to get that grin off your face.... betcha can't! well... until you stage again.
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Whatever you do, don't hit the wall! Let us know how many wins you get against those cars!

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I took my 2010 6M to the drag strip. Stock with street tires. Only cars with slicks use the water trough. I read that street tires retain the water in the treads and make it worse than when dry. Launching at 2000 RPM still gave me wheel hop. I have BRM trailing arms and toe rods coming and will go again after I install them. Best time was 12.5 seconds at 110.85 MPH.

You can turn off Traction Control but NOT TRACTION MANAGEMENT. I did and had a good look at the wall for 1/2 second shifting into 3rd at 80 MPH. Thankfully my reactions were automatic - let off gas, steer out of it and look down the track to where I wanted to go. They shut down the track to make sure there was no oil where I went sideways.

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Right so I'm headed to the dragstrip for the first time tomorrow night and had a few questions. I have a 2011 automatic v6 with flowmaster exhaust and no other mods. The car has about 2500 miles on it and first and foremost I wanted to ask is there anyway this can hurt my car? Obviously running into the wall is a bad idea, but I mean anything mechanical....should I wait till I have more miles or will I be ok?

Second, I will be running against a 2011 mustang v6, 2 2008 mustang gt's, and a 2004 mustang mach one....yeah....fun stuff thanks to my bastard buddy at work posting up on the local mustang forum. Obviously I will not win all of the races but I would like to make it somewhat respectable. Any tips would be great for a first timer. Should I really launch on the third yellow? Rev it up to around 1000rpm and then get on the gas? I have street tires...no burnout then? Traction control off I'm guessing. I have raced on the street before back when I was a dumb kid who didnt have a clue, so I'm not totally lost.....I think. Any help would be greatly appreciated!


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I took my 2010 6M to the drag strip. Stock with street tires. Best time was 12.5 seconds at 110.85 MPH.
You should document this since it's the best stock time recorded.


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Can we some video or a time slip? That is an awesome time!

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So, how did you do against the Ford stampede??
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I took my 2010 6M to the drag strip. Stock with street tires. Only cars with slicks use the water trough. I read that street tires retain the water in the treads and make it worse than when dry. Launching at 2000 RPM still gave me wheel hop. I have BRM trailing arms and toe rods coming and will go again after I install them. Best time was 12.5 seconds at 110.85 MPH.

You can turn off Traction Control but NOT TRACTION MANAGEMENT. I did and had a good look at the wall for 1/2 second shifting into 3rd at 80 MPH. Thankfully my reactions were automatic - let off gas, steer out of it and look down the track to where I wanted to go. They shut down the track to make sure there was no oil where I went sideways.
Biggest mistake most make first time that happens is they hit the brakes & over correct. You did good.
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I took my 2010 6M to the drag strip. Stock with street tires. Only cars with slicks use the water trough. I read that street tires retain the water in the treads and make it worse than when dry. Launching at 2000 RPM still gave me wheel hop. I have BRM trailing arms and toe rods coming and will go again after I install them. Best time was 12.5 seconds at 110.85 MPH.

You can turn off Traction Control but NOT TRACTION MANAGEMENT. I did and had a good look at the wall for 1/2 second shifting into 3rd at 80 MPH. Thankfully my reactions were automatic - let off gas, steer out of it and look down the track to where I wanted to go. They shut down the track to make sure there was no oil where I went sideways.

Time slip or

Not saying it can't be done, just saying we need to see it to believe it.
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