5/19/06: Went to the local dragstrip recently in Commerce, Ga. It's the Atlanta Dragway. Had a blast w/ some buddies, enjoy the pic's. Car ran good for the few performance mods have done to it. All I know is that it takes a heck of alot more to run 14's than most people think. I won't believe anybody unless they show me some slips. Most the guys at the track that were running mid 14's or faster had drag slicks. I ran full street tires and all. Here are some of me and my buddies car. His Stang is much faster than mine. That night he ran a best 12.12 @109 .
Getting ready to go against a Ricer, left him at the light.
Well I did learn some things, a close ratio 4sp is probably not the trans to have for dragging. It has 2.32 1st gear ratio compared to the T-5 I have in the garage w/ a 3.35 1st. The launch was for sure the hardest part. I found that about 2500 rpm off the line worked the best for me and easying out the clutch. I had bad wheelhop my first run when the tires broke loose. My r/t's were good, out of five races only one guy beat me off the tree. He cut a cray -.014 light, my best for the night was a .140 w/ a high of .356. My engine did good for what it is, which is mostly stock. Has stock crank, rods and heads. That's right no porting , no bigger valves. It has factory size 1.78 int and 1.45 exhaust. Also the cam is a unknown factor. Engine was built in 1993 in high school and don't even remember what kind it is or spec's. It's pretty mild though. I shifted at right at 5k and she was all out of steam at that point. Dropped shifted points down to 4700 on one run and lost et.
My timeslip to prove it all car L2067 My best time was 15.45 @91.7 mph. I'm happy w/ that for now as it was better than my last time to the track by 4/10's. Got to get me some better heads and some slicks. My 60' foot times were awful. I could only manage a 2.606. That's not good. Rule of thumb for every 1/10 off your 60' you gain 2/10 at the 1320. I saw this for real on my last run as I did just that for the best of the night.