: A Weekend of Drag Racing (LONG Post)

09-21-10, 12:21 PM
NOTE: The Video links need to be RIGHT CLICK, SAVE AS. They won't play properly if streamed.

I spent basically this whole past weekend at the drag strip. I was running Saturday with a local Mustang club (where I have alot of friends). They let me run the Caddy with them since the Cobra is still apart. cbloveday (Curtis) and mpouls1 (Mike) from this forum were also there on Saturday and I got to see and help Curtis on his first ever trips down the 1320.

Sunday I was involved in a match race competition that our local track asked me to compete in. The match race was to include myself, a GT500 (also a friend from my local SVT forum who's been 10.8 with his car), a 10 second 2010 Camaro (with an LSA transplant from a CTS-V) http://www.lsxtv.com/forum/robin-lawrence-breaks-into-10s-lsa-2576.html , and an 11 second, 124+ mph diesel truck.

Since I hadn't been faster than 11.53 before this weekend, I got scheduled for a little time at W4M for some fine tuning of my car. I also lucked out and found a set of C6 Z06 front rims locally and got a pair of DR's mounted on Friday. (BTW, the C6 Z06 front rims fit like a glove and bolted right on).

Saturday was spent racing in the grudge match races against my Mustang buddies trying to get used to my car and what it liked on my slightly modded setup (W4M tweaks and DRs) as well as helping/filming Curtis trying to get his beast down the track. The day was a success as Curtis made progress throughout the day, came home in one piece, and got somewhat close to what I think the car is ultimately capable of running (he'll bring home 10 second timeslips next trip with me guaranteed as that car is a beast). I also managed to win a trophy for most grudge match races against the Stangs. My times were inconsistent, but I got a new best (11.27) and I learned a few more things about what my car liked that would ultimately help me with consistency and times on Sunday. Hangin' with Mike and Curtis was cool also as they're both great guys.

Sunday's weather was the same as Saturday (evening/AM rain that pushed the start until the afternoon). The weather was a bit cooler though and the track prep was good (as Byron almost always is). Unfortunately, the LSA motored Camaro was a no-show. The 3 of us that were there first got a test pass (scoreboard off). Right out of the box, with the motor completely cooled, I made what would prove to be my best run (11.005 @ 125+).
http://home.comcast.net/~gnxs2/gnxs11005.wmv (http://home.comcast.net/%7Egnxs2/gnxs11005.wmv)

The GT500 had run 10.8 on his test pass and the diesel truck went 11.4.

In the pits I iced the intercooler, but with the weather scaring some of the cars away, it wasn't too long before we were called back to the lanes. The car had cooled quite a bit, but wasn't cold. First round was me and the truck and the GT500 got a bye. The truck was competing in a National Diesel event the following weekend and was tweaking and experimenting with his combo and I knew it would be quick. I also didn't know if my 11.005 was a fluke. Now came the only bad part of my weekend. My V did not let me down, but my reaction time did. I had discovered Saturday that the car really liked to have the converter flashed (leave from near idle), not tq. boosted, but I hadn't quite adjusted my launch to compensate for the split second longer it took using that technique. I lost to the truck with my faster time not enough to overcome my crappy reaction time (my 11.07 to his 11.13):
http://home.comcast.net/~gnxs3/gnxsvsdiesel.wmv (http://home.comcast.net/%7Egnxs3/gnxsvsdiesel.wmv)

Nothing bothers me more than losing like that. :nono: My friend's GT500 turned a 10.74 on his bye run. :worship: Then we were back to the lanes to cool down.

The next round was the GT500 and the truck, with me getting the bye. The truck changed his nitrous jetting on the kit he used to spool his big turbo (knowing the GT500 was nearly 1/2 second quicker I suspect) and wound up having issues. Later we learned he holed a piston. :mad: Check out their run. You can see my buddy driving the wheels off his GT500 and can hear the truck sputtering as it burns a piston:
http://home.comcast.net/~gnxs3/bjvsdiesel.wmv (http://home.comcast.net/%7Egnxs3/bjvsdiesel.wmv)

I had the bye and ran my 3rd consecutive 11.0 :woohoo: :
http://home.comcast.net/~gnxs3/gnxsctsvsolopass.wmv (http://home.comcast.net/%7Egnxs3/gnxsctsvsolopass.wmv)

Since the diesel was now out, the only remaining race was me and my buddy. We both agreed to not go back for our race until our cars had really cooled down. I wanted a 10 second timeslip, he wanted to beat his 10.74. I made sure to get to the staging lanes first so I could get the right lane (the GT500 was having traction issues in the left and I knew it was my only shot at him). :shhh: I managed to tree him slightly and he did indeed have some traction issues in the left lane. I got to the stripe first, his 11.02 (his only run not in the 10's all day) losing to my slightly slower 11.04. :cool:

The cool down and slight tailwind didn't net me a 10 second timeslip, but I did manage my highest trap speed, nearly 128 MPH. :bonkers: Unfortunately, my friend filming these races didn't notice us go back to race and missed filming the race. :thepan: I didn't feel so bad about the diesel race after stealing one with a hoeshot of my own. :yup:

The final tally was 1-1 for all three competitors and new bests for me and my friend in the GT500. The car couldn't have been more consistent:


Sorry for the long post, but it was a very fun weekend for me and there are a few tidbits of info in this post that might help others get down the 1/4 mile a bit quicker. Thanks for reading.

09-21-10, 12:36 PM
Congrats Larry on the new best. Your really know how to drive!
Also, great writeup. I felt like I was there (Sunday).

09-21-10, 12:58 PM
Great write up and congrats on the runs. What kind of power does your car make? 1.5x 60's are fantastic for a car this heavy.

09-21-10, 01:14 PM
Now that sounds like a great weekend! Nice 60's and traps. Congratulations on your awesome times... you are just scratching 10's any day now!
Thanks for taking the time and sharing with us.

09-21-10, 01:20 PM
Sounds like an awesome time! The car appears to run really consistent numbers as well. 10's are so close, need more mods now...

09-21-10, 02:26 PM
Good times. :) Im not sure why it just likes to leave off idle, it just does...

Now for some heads and your in the 10s.. ;)

09-21-10, 06:50 PM
Absolutely outstanding and oh so close to the 10's, but you've got to be pleased!


09-21-10, 08:40 PM
Awesome. That car has come a long way from the 11.4's I saw in the past. I'm pretty confident you know how to handle the V. Maybe it's good the cobra is still apart. I like the right lane too :shhh: I agree with the leave off idle that is how I got my personal best. Great write-up. Good to see you had a good time with the GT500. I wonder what his write-up was like on the mustang forum ;)

09-21-10, 10:12 PM
Sounds like a blast! Congrats on the runs. Any other motor plans, maybe get that GT500? :)

Any chance you can compress those vids? Take awhile to load.

09-23-10, 04:16 PM
Congrats Larry heard you were kickin ass and takin names.

09-23-10, 04:33 PM
Were your 'tweaks" for race gas?

09-23-10, 04:44 PM

09-23-10, 04:46 PM
Congrats Larry heard you were kickin ass and takin names.
Thanks Angel.

On DR's the Caddy might even give your blown GT a run for its money. Sucks you couldn't be there Saturday.

Were your 'tweaks" for race gas?
No, I don't have a race gas tune.......at the moment.

Maybe next time I'm at Jesse's he can :stirpot: one up for me. Might be good for a tenth or so.

09-23-10, 05:32 PM
Then that is even more impressive. Fine driving my man fine indeed