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Old 06-10-2004, 01:08 PM
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1/4 track prep

I am in desperate need of any info that anyone has on prepping a starting line. Anyone ever seen anything online ? My local track is horrible.

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I worked at a dragstrip in highschool and what we would do is every Tuesday morning we would take a large blowtorch and heat the rubber on the track and scrape it off with a shingle or roof scraper. We would do this from the burnout box, all the way to about 80 feet out. After this there was wednesday night test and tune, which would lay down a decently thin layer of rubber. About midway through that night we would spray the track with vht traction compound using a lawn sprayer pulled behind a go-cart. This would have to set for like 15-20 minutes, then the first few cars down would not get very good traction, but about the 5th car they would start to hook! This would do a pretty good job, and we would respray about once an hour or so... then before the friday night test and tune again... and then all though saturday night racing we would spray... Then it was ready for the points racing on sunday where we had a few cars running into the high 6s without traction problems! Anymore questions just ask...
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Damn, that sounds like work!!

All I though you needed to do was sweep away the stones that came off the tires?? So, there is this spray stuff you use to help prepare the track surface? Why no leave to old rubber on the track and let the tires bite to that?


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Old 06-13-2004, 04:34 PM
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The old rubber actually causes you to loose traction because it becomes so thick it peels off! The spray is called VHT traction compound, it is basically an extremely long lasting glue.... I once lost my shoe because it stuck to the track! There is alot of work that goes into a good track!
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Old 06-13-2004, 06:30 PM
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That's why all the best times are set on NHRA tracks.............the NHRA Safety Safari are the best at prepping a track.
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