The last thing a racer wants is to roll out on the track only to find that the engine is not up to full song.

There can be a zillion reasons for poor engine performance, and one of those reasons could be as simple as the incorrect timing set. Incorrect timing is not typically a big problem to solve-all it takes is a little attention to detail. A timing check should be a standard of any prerace rundown for every competitor and team.

To help in that effort, Circle Track took a look at the basic steps in a timing check. To some, this will all seem very basic, and it is. But to others, it may be a useful primer in the elementary steps used in the engine-timing process.

In either case, a fundamental review of timing steps can never hurt. So follow along as we cover the primary routine for setting engine timing.