Would you race your street car for a shot at a $3,000 purse? - Chevelle Tech
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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old Aug 21st, 19, 9:56 PM Thread Starter
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Would you race your street car for a shot at a $3,000 purse?

My local track runs a jackpot class only for street cars about 4-5 times a year on Wednesday nights. They get some companies to throw in a couple of hundred dollars each, the entry fee is $20 on top of the tech card, which is $25. The only rules are, the car must have DOT tires, is footbraked (trans brakes not allowed) and must be a full bodied. The one they are running tonight reached a little over $3,200 total purse with 58 entrees. I just got done watching most of first round on YouTube after I got home from work, there were some pretty close races, the later rounds should be interesting. Also, if someone loses first round they can run one of the other regular Wednesday night classes without any additional cost. Would anyone on this site run something like this if their local track offered up a race like this?

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post #2 of 38 (permalink) Old Aug 21st, 19, 10:49 PM
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sure. the local track, there was a guy with in think a early 70s delta 88 or some other.land yacht, stock as a rock and the guy wins pretty regularly hitting the quarter at 19 seconds. but he was consistant, all the time. jim

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post #4 of 38 (permalink) Old Aug 21st, 19, 11:25 PM
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Re: Would you race your street car for a shot at a $3,000 purse?

I always go to Sacramento with my Camaro but I've wanted to run at Sonoma. It's a great track. I haven't run my car at Sac for the Wednesday night street car deal in 20 years. I think it's time to try Sonoma.

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I always go to Sacramento with my Camaro but I've wanted to run at Sonoma. It's a great track. I haven't run my car at Sac for the Wednesday night street car deal in 20 years. I think it's time to try Sonoma.
You should give it a try. If you can, go on a Wednesday, get there at 3:00pm, thatís when tech opens. Time runs usually start around 4:00pm, eliminations begin at 7:00pm. If you get lucky with car count, itís not unheard of people getting 5-6 time runs before eliminations start. I wouldnít run the weekends, there are so many cars they start eliminations after 2 time runs.

Sacramento will have one of these races before the end of the season, it might be worth a shot.

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Re: Would you race your street car for a shot at a $3,000 purse?

I would love to, but the 2hr drive to the track means I just don't go more than once or twice a year.

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I'd race my street car for a shot at a time slip!


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Re: Would you race your street car for a shot at a $3,000 purse?

I did it once years ago. I had a very consistant but pretty mild 1972 Malibu street car. All you have to be is consistant and cut a good light. First round of eliminations I got paired up with a Pro class Dodge Dart that ran the quarter in the 10's. Needless to say I got the handicap start and was half way down the track when he got his green light. I was feet from the finish line when he went by me in a blur. I lost but it was fun and still makes me and my buddies laugh till this day.
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Re: Would you race your street car for a shot at a $3,000 purse?

Did it all the time at Englishtown in the 70's. Too bad they shut that track down, many memories.
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Re: Would you race your street car for a shot at a $3,000 purse?

Perhaps Iím in the minority but I donít see any downside to it. I put my car at more risk driving it daily than a few quarter mile passes at the strip. Or is this a question of spending $45 for the chance at winning $3,200 after going 8 rounds or so?
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Re: Would you race your street car for a shot at a $3,000 purse?

Funny you should ask....If there was a chance in **** that anything like that would ever be offered within 10-25 miles of where I live, I would be all over it. But I know that is never going to happen anywhere near Los Angeles.

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The pot was $3,650 when all said and done. There were three cars in the semi-finals, they decided to split the pot as follows, the winner took home $1,650 cash, runner up and the guy that lost in the semiís each took home $1,000.

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Re: Would you race your street car for a shot at a $3,000 purse?

So this is not heads up racing, but dial in ET racing.

Anything that is consistent combined with a capable driver can win.
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So this is not heads up racing, but dial in ET racing.

Anything that is consistent combined with a capable driver can win.
There is practically no ďheads upĒ racing in the area. One track does a lot of grudge nights and T&Tís, but they arenít elimination format, they are just time runs going by another name.

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Re: Would you race your street car for a shot at a $3,000 purse?

I wouldn't do it for the money as I know I don't have a chance at winning. Those racers that have logged years of experience are just too darned good. That's what kind of turned me off on drag racing, it costs at least $50 even on a cheap day and I may get 4 trips down the track. It's an expensive sport. I'll toss my money in the hat by just showing up and grabbing a beer.
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