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Old 06-17-2009, 05:53 PM
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Bracket Racing FWD Regal

I been bracket racing my 01 Regal GS recently and wondering if anybody had some pointers. I have been bracket racing street cars off and on since 1992, so I'm not a complete newb to the track but this is my first fwd. I would prefer another S10/V8 combo but for now it's gonna be the regal. Modifications to the car are simply a gutted airbox and u bend/resonator delete.

May 16 09
I was running on street tires this day and the 60' times really show it.
DA's ran from 500' to -200' later on.
Was running on 95 octane E30.
Drive around the water box, clean the tires, deep stage and leave on last yellow. I was loading the car to 1100 rpm +/- and fighting with my R/T's though I did cut a perfect light the first round of test. It seemed to help if I didn't preload it much, less likely to red light.
It was so windy that they decided to run the eliminations 1/8 mile so the fast cars wouldn't have any problems at the big end.
I got down to six cars and they tell me if I win that round I will have the bye run next round. Sounded good to me so I mess it up by finding some traction and breaking out. It may be time to try some stickier tires.

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May 23rd
I picked up some G60-15 american racers (aka McCreary) and wheels from a LeSabre to use at the track. DA was over 3000' and the wind was gusting from various directions.
I was mainly focused on R/T's but my car wasn't very consistent that night - I'm thinking I heat soaked the motor on a couple runs.
Ended up breaking out first round, I was late getting on the brakes and it was hard to tell if my opponent was going to catch me or not (56 mph difference in trap speeds). At least the tires worked nice even if the 60's are slow.

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12 June 09
I was a bit on the tired side as my crappy R/T's show but I think I finally got a lid on the car being inconsistent. DA was approx. 1800'. I lost first round by sleeping at the tree.
Notice my third pass, timers said I picked up .4 from the 60' to the 1000' but ran the same ET&mph as all the other runs. Had to be a timer problem because I would've felt if the car launched that much harder. Looks like the car in the other lane had the same funky looking numbers.

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I don't like deep staging you don't know where you are in the beams and that messes up your 60' times and so on.

Every time I have BR a rental I flicker the bottom stage bulb just like in my dragster and then leave off of the middle bulb either when it comes on or when it is going out one or the other depending on the car. Try it and see if it works for you. Also if the top bulb is messing with you put a blinder in the car so all you see is the center bulb. This makes it like racing on a pro tree you see a flash and you react instead of anticipating the bottom bulb comming on after you see the top two.
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I hear you about not liking to deep stage. I have tried the leaving on the second bulb before and did a lot of redlighting, though I haven't tried it with this car yet.
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