I made it to the drags tonight and went to the finals. The tranny held up admirably and the car was running great again. Although I didn't beat my best (a [email protected]
), I did pretty much back it up on my first run which was a [email protected]
with an unrecorded 60'er. The wife made it to the track and filmed this run, but unfortunately she had the camera set in some type of weird fuzzy mode:
Yep, that was Mr. Mopar that I whooped up on as he turned an [email protected]
(which was one of his better qualifying runs without the bottle.) If he was on the bottle, it would have been a photo finish.
Although I didn't quite stick as well at the starting line as during my last outing, every all out run that I made was faster than 11.50 and 122mph. I did have a 1.604 60'er, but backed out right away when Mr. Mopar red lighted during eliminations. All my launches were in the 1.6X range so I was reasonably consistent off the line.
During the night, I perform a dumb rookie mistake twice. Once it worked out in my favor, but in the finals it bite me in the ass. To stay under the radar during eliminations again I dialed an 11.50. It is pretty hard to know how much ET to scruff off when you can run 1/4 second faster than the competition. During my first round of bracket eliminations I raced an 12.52 second car. I was ahead of him 3/4 of a car length in 3rd gear and left off so as not to break out thinking I easily had him. He must have hit another gear and then he had a burst of speed. I nailed the accelerator only to hit the rev limiter almost instantly because I was still at the top of 3rd gear. I then slammed 4th as just as he started to pull ahead and I caught him at the finish line. We were heads up and I am not sure which of us crossed first, but it didn't matter as he broke out with a 12.413 to my 11.860. Perhaps I suckered him into the breakout by letting him catch up near the end of the track.
The second time I made the mistake with scruffing time was during the finals. This time I was ahead by a car length and didn't slow down enough. I broke out with a [email protected]
113.98 on the 11.50 dial.
I even had tree'd that car at the line so the win was in my lap and I just gave it away. GRRRRRRR This was probably the most disappointing night I had at the track (including breakage.) What made it really bad was that I had faced Mr. Mopar earlier during the eliminations when he broke out by .001, which opened me up to a possible win.
At least I came home with another runner-up trophy and a race pass for our next outing, which if the weather holds out will be next week. Only 2 more weeks left in the season. The car is working well so I probably won't need to mess with it much.
The tranny is still "slightly" notchy, but not horrible as I hit every gear throughout the night without issues. I attribute the notchyness to the new clutch disc. It fit somewhat tighter to the new input shaft than my previous combination. Not snug and it does move freely, but it is still tighter. I had noticed the notchyness also when I was street driving the car enjoying the autumn foilage and could not get it out with linkage adjustments. Luckily no grinding occurs so I am not afraid to race it this way. Over the winter I'll probably give the splines a buff job to loosen the disc up more.
Maybe a few more good 5K+ launches that are complemented by upper gear slamming will help.