I read an article last night on Dirt on Dirt about the direction dirt late models are going with the newest safety agenda trying to be rolled out nationwide. There seems to be a little push back in smaller regional series as far as implementation being pushed through too fast. I can understand the racing community doesn’t want to see people hurt or killed in the sport, but I think some of this is just a knee jerk reaction to a couple of incidents which took place last year. First, let me say I’m in full support of the...Read More
Well, another interesting week in the world of dirt racing. This nation dirt racing committee, or what-ever they are calling themselves, has passed down more legislation clamping down further on innovation. But, let the real issues just get swept under the rug. Soon all sanctioning bodies will have a rule book the size of ‘War and Peace’ regarding suspension design and a small loose-leaf piece of paper restricting motors; the real cost of racing. Now, they have mandated so much, I don’t even know if a low budget car would be legal. If a low budget guy scrounged around...Read More
This week has been an interesting week in our local racing scene. It seems our local club picked up on my article about the tungsten axle tubes and amended its rule to outlaw all tungsten parts on the car. It’s a good thing. We really don’t need to delve into the world of tungsten. Too much added expense just to more separate the haves from the have-nots. Now, we just need to come to our senses and eliminate creativity in suspension designs. Unless our goal is to recreate NASCAR or IROC on dirt. But, lets ignore the rising costs...Read More
In my last article I talked a lot about the left rear axel weight which is the hot thing now in dirt racing. I had a bunch of questions about the difference between that and just bolting lead on the chassis. So, I think I should talk a little bit more about that and try to clear up some of the misconceptions. When I first became aware of it around the middle to the end of last year, my first reaction was ‘increase unsprung weight? You’ve got to be kidding me!” Then I sat back and started to break...Read More
It’s been quite a while since I’ve written anything about racing. Actually, that’s not entirely true. I’ve been hard at work on a new book which just got published yesterday. I’ll tell you more about it in a little bit. But, right now, I’d like to take a little time to comment on some of the things going on in the late model world. Some of these things have been in the news, some might have gone unnoticed. First, is the growing popularity of putting massive amounts of weight on the left rear axle tube. I’ve heard of people bolting lead...Read More
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