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Do We Race Cars, or Just Engines???

I was just reading a thread on Auction Block and it got me thinking? Do we put too much emphasis on HP numbers vs. what the car actually does at the track?

I know that I am guilty of this and drove Lem and Lawes crazy when they built our motor. That is the first time I heard Lem say "we don't race dynos around here"

Drag Racing is a safe car, good motor, tuned suspension, etc, right? 1,000 hp doesn't mean bumbcus if your tires spin all the way down the track

What do you guys think? I'll get off my soap box now.

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First one to the end win's! You got it B.
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Thats right if your making 500hp and racing 1000hp if you make it to the end first you win

'he never hit the brakes and he was shifting gears'

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Bruce your exactly right last year i put you on the trailer with my 500hp motor to your 1000 hp motor



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Bruce your exactly right last year i put you on the trailer with my 500hp motor to your 1000 hp motor
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Bruce your exactly right last year i put you on the trailer with my 500hp motor to your 1000 hp motor
Nick,

We are headed up to Owensboro this morning.

I hope we get an opportunity to line up on Friday
Looking forward to Saturday

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I agree. I have a friend that had a Cobra R, it put ~780 to the ground off the engine, and 850 with a little shot of nitrous. His car only ran a best of 11.80 in the quarter because it had stock suspension and tires. Pointless.
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I agree too... As long as it runs as good or better than I think it will, that's all I care about...





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1,000 hp doesn't mean bumbcus if your tires spin all the way down the track.
That's right. It don't mean crap if you can't put it to the ground.

Like that other saying, when the green light drops, the BS stops.
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Bruce your exactly right last year i put you on the trailer with my 500hp motor to your 1000 hp motor

Hey dip****, Now you'll see how we felt last year with a busted tranny!! You might not get turd off the trailer but if you do, its on like donkey kong biotch!!!

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Hey dip****, Now you'll see how we felt last year with a busted tranny!! You might not get turd off the trailer but if you do, its on like donkey kong biotch!!!

Keith
Damn sounds like this is going to be one hellova match

'he never hit the brakes and he was shifting gears'

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I was just reading a thread on Auction Block and it got me thinking? Do we put too much emphasis on HP numbers vs. what the car actually does at the track?
I think I know which thread you are talking about...
I think sometimes people put a little too much faith into those et/mph/hp/weight calculators. Way too much faith actually. They are good for a ballpark figure but, should not be taken to heart. Sometimes they are spot on, sometimes not so close. Someone posts that they have 1000 hp and since their et/mph doesn't match what someone's "Fantasy Wheel" says, they are automatically either lying about their hp or, the dyno it was on was way off or, their car doesn't weigh what they think...blah, blah, blah.
Those formulas say my car should run better than it does...I'm not too concerned with all that. As long as it is fast, reliable, consistant and, easy to dial, I'm happy.
So, I gues I race a car not an engine...those dragster guys race engines (on a stick.)

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Damn sounds like this is going to be one hellova match

not really ---it will be like taking candy from a Boo Boo



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Knowing how much hp your motor makes better helps tune your car. If you make some big horsepower but only run a small number then you know either chassis is not working properly or the converter is not right or ect. The more info you know the better to help get everything working right.

Or like me as a bracket racer you build a motor put it in and it runs what is runs and just make in consistent

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