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  1. Yep. Or a different car. Here's a link to the rules: https://www.texasshorttrackracingseries.com/rules/ I made it to my first race for about $2700. Including a seat, belts, etc. I already had all my safety gear.
  2. The 2020 schedule is out. I'm down for another season in the Eco Stock class. Rain outs, transmission problems, and real life conspired to only allow me to make it into two feature races last year. But I finished 3rd and 2nd in my mighty 2001 Saturn SL2. It would have been 3 features, but in the final race of the season, I let the season points leader race my car in the feature. We got tangled up in the heat race, and he went into the wall. His car was not racing again without major repairs; front and rear right side tires were pointing different directions. I felt bad about it, since he was only 1 point ahead of 2nd place in the points. So I let him use my car in the feature, and he won the damn race. So on the season, my car made it to three features, and finished 3rd, 2nd, and 1st. I have no excuses this year... If anyone wants to try it out, there might be a car or two available. Or you might be able to talk me into letting you run some laps in practice before a race. No license or experience needed. Its like going to the dragstrip. Buy a pit pass, get in the car, and race. You do need safety gear, of course. HANS not mandatory; a neck roll is still allowed. And I've seen at least one driver using a dirt bike helmet. Let's just say you need to take responsibility for your own safety. I made it to the practice day last weekend. Car ran great. First race is in April; I'll post updates as the season progresses.
  3. Tractor Supply sells nuts and bolts and washers by the pound, by the way. I can't remember if they have grade 5; I stocked up on various grade 8 sizes a while back.
  4. Tobey

    Go Kart

    Your kid is obviously cheating.
  5. I've used them several times also. Turnaround was usually a couple of days. And the price was competitive to other places the last time I used them.
  6. This. ^ When I used to string my car, I built 4 wooden stands for the wheels, about a foot high. Made getting to the suspension super easy. And I had plastic pieces to serve as turn plates. Once I got the system down, I could align the car in an hour or so, including all the setup and putting it on/off the stands.
  7. Bastard! I got my gloves, but they refunded my money for the socks.
  8. It told me one item was out of stock when I went to checkout. So you may be in luck...
  9. Ha! I know Andrew. We should sneak that dyno chart into his WRL file.
  10. When we raced there many years ago with Chumpcar, they pushed us down down onto the apron before we got into T1. With no banking, that seemed to keep the speeds in check. Our top speed was definitely much lower than at Daytona. I've also raced just that infield section. It was more fun than I expected. It actually flows really well.
  11. Correct and mostly correct. It's rear steer, but I THINK the rack mounts to the subframe, not the firewall. The Ecostock rules allow basically no non-stock parts or pieces. It's closed to be a cheap, entry level class.
  12. It took a shot in the heat race too. Maybe the first hit bent it a little, and the second one compounded it. I did have more steering angle on the second hit, so the back of the tire probably took a bigger blow.
  13. Quick update: made my second race last weekend. My starts still suck. Otherwise, the car is pretty good. I finished 4th, but both 2nd and 3rd got DQ'd, so I went home with the 2nd place trophy. Woohoo! It pays $200. I've got some damage to repair, though. Ended up with what looks to be a couple inches of toe out after some contact on the 3rd lap. And I just replaced both outer tie rods... Can I say again how much fun it is? I'd always choose WRL over this, but cheap circle track racing is a good mistress.
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