Just got back from my first day at the track. It was a total blast and the truck performed great. To be honest I was a little fearful of drag-racing at first. After all, these trucks are not cheap and mine is out of warranty. Moreover, the thought of slamming it into a wall, or worse yet, looking like a fool by screwing up the lights is enough to give anyone the jitters.
My brother-in-law routinely races his 2004 Ford Mustang Cobra SVT at Silver Dollar Raceway in Reynolds, GA (Silver Dollar Raceway - Home
). We drove down from Atlanta to visit him and the trip just happened to coincide with a Saturday test & tune day so we took the entire family to Silver Dollar to watch him race.
We arrived early and the weather was a little chilly (about 50F) so there were very few cars running. However, there were three diesels including a lifted Ford, a Dodge, and a Chevy.
After watching them run twice I built up the courage to run my Ford. Silver Dollar allowed me to upgrade my spectator band to a pit-pass for another $10 and I was ready to race.
Fortunately for me, the first time I pulled up to the light there was no one to race against. Here was my plan:
1.Turn off a/c or heat
2.Turn off Traction control
3.Pull around the water
4.after straight, put the Truck in 4WD (ensure you have enough runway for a full tire rotation to ensure the 4WD is engaged.)
5. Roll forward until the first yellow light turns on.
6. Mash the brake and rev the engine to 2K
7. Slowly let off the brake and allow the truck to inch forward until the second yellow light turns on
8.Watch the tree lights and when the last yellow is lit simultaneously floor it and release the brake.
Let me tell you, breaking and revving at the same time is tricky. I looked like someone trying to drive stick for the first time. I jumped the line and red-lighted, then I just took off because I was too mortified to put it in reverse. When I exited the track and passed by the person handing out time slips, she apologized and said the machine had malfunctioned. I had a pretty good idea of what actually went wrong, it was me.
When I re-entered the pit area there were quite a few cars lined up and I was feeling butterflies. I was next to a highly modified red GTO. I could hear his burnout and my adrenaline started pumping. By the time I pulled to the light I was jittery and had tunnel vision. In spite of my previous performance, this time things went much better. On the last yellow light I slammed the accelerator, the truck connected, and I was thrown back in my seat. It was so smooth and felt like I image it would be like to launch a fighter off an aircraft carrier. My tunnel vision vanished and much to my surprise I was ahead of the GTO. Then I hear my Mini-Maxx beeping.
I LOVE my Mini-Maxx but it SHOULD log the last defuel event or leave the defuel event on the screen for 60 seconds. I just don’t have time to look down at the screen while I’m running down a racetrack. IF YOU WORK FOR H&S PLEASE FIX THIS. THIS WOULD MAKE YOUR PRODUCT EVEN BETTER THAN IT ALREADY IS.
Ultimately, the GTO inched past me but I ran a 13.227 on my first race. I'm #33:
Checkout the Video on YouTube: Ford F-350 vs GTO - First Drag Race - 2008 6.4L SRW - Silver Dollar Raceway in Reynolds, GA - YouTube