The bottom line here is that something has to change or we will continue to see our racing population decline. Now is the time to do something about it and this plan has obvious merit. Our youth are much more into the computer way of thinking than we might realize. The leaders of the groups that need to lead this evolution are older and maybe somewhat stuck in their ways, but through education and understanding of what interest our youth, we can overcome this deficiency.
The major sanctions here in the U.S. must immediately begin to restructure their programs to include FI as an induction method and come to realize that FI is exactly what interests our young racers today. Being allowed to tune and work on race cars, be it chassis or engine, is what caused the success of short track racing back in the day. We've gotten away from that over the years.
We must turn this thing around and that effort must start today. If you agree and would like to voice your opinion on this subject, you can email me or better yet, talk directly to your track officials or sanctioning body representatives and let them know your thoughts. Oval track racing must evolve or we will certainly lose it as a sport.
If you have comments or questions about this or anything racing related, send them to my email address: Bob.Bolles@sorc.com, or mail can be sent to Circle Track, Senior Tech Editor, 9036 Brittany Way, Tampa, FL 33619.
Moment Center Location Explanation
I'm building a new car for next year and have been researching moment center. My question is when showing the pictures and in the text, is left always the driver side and right the passenger side?
Something kind of funny: Yesterday I found an article covering moment center in a 2005 issue, today I received my December issue and it has the same article.
That's right, we repeat certain articles from the past due to the fact we have new readers, new participants to the sport, and those who either forget or lose previous articles.
In all of my illustrations, left is the driver side so that you don't get confused. I like to keep things simple and speaking of left and right must equate with left and right of the car.
Early CT and Old-School Setup
I was a subscriber and reader of CT since the 1960s. You're the reason I still take the magazine. I quit CT when Smokey Yunick died, but re-subscribed this year. You're way too technical for any young man who just got out of high school and wants to run a Street Stock or any kind of circle track car.
The old days (I'm 84) you dropped the front end and gave the left rear more stagger if it was "pushing" or "hunting the fence." You never mention "rake" or shortening the left side and toe-out the left front to give it poor man's Ackermann effect. I owned and drove my own Midget for 12 years in AAA-SLRA-URA-USAC.
In your Jan. '12 issue you state "braking" into the turn makes you "go faster." What we called it was "diamonding the corner" you went in on the high groove (dirt), lifted off the throttle, "set" the car on the cushion, and then drove from the apex of the turn in the high groove straight for the starters flag. We never touched the brake!
Jim Hurtibise, Van Johnson, Troy Ruttman, Bettenhausen, and Vuky would have finished way back your way. It's called "feel," the drivers who have it don't use the brake, very often. In 1951, I spent six weeks in Clay Smith's shop while he rebuilt two V-8 60s for the Midget owner I was driving for (Joe Lucy).
You also never mention "loading" the right front (static weight to you) gives 50 percent of the load back to the left rear in a Midget.