TODD SMITH, CO-CREW CHIEF, U.S. SMOKELESS TOP FUEL DRAGSTER We try to develop scenarios on how we approach a run depending on the track conditions. Since there are a lot of factors that effect the quality of the racing surface, we can't just do X at a given track temperature.
Out of the Groove Detours from the straight and narrow If you have been to an NHRA national event, you have likely seen a mass of crew chiefs swarm the track before each qualifying and eliminations round. Ever wondered what, exactly, they’re looking for? Here is an inside look, straight from a few of the track walkers themselves. Dan Hood, track specialist, Castrol GTX Ford Mustang “We have had the torque meter for about two years; before that, we used our good, old tennis shoes. The torque meter gives us a reading on the race surface, and we check it at different intervals down the track. It gives us a reading in inch/pounds to let us know how much available traction is on the surface. [We also take] a reading for track temperature. We track Ron Douglas, co- all the readings and can tell how crew chief, Castrol good the track is, and I’ll relay GTX Ford Mustang the information to the crew “Track temperature is part of chiefs over the radio so that they the equation we use to determine can make any necessary how we can run on a certain track. As the ad
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