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Old 04-15-2012, 04:21 PM   #1
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Smile First time at the drags! Did a lot better than I thought I would (w/ Vids)

Went to the strip last night. It was my first time ever going there and racing during an official event. Up till that point, I never thought I'd do as well as I did. I figured I'd be somewhere in the 17s, but I was pleasantly surprised to find my car exceeded my expectations. Not to mention I was the only Focus there, so I felt good representing our brand! The only mods currently on my car are the ones listed in my sig, plus a gutted trunk.


My first official drag race ever. I went into this race thinking I was going to get killed (and apparently so did the woman sitting behind my friend & GF who were recording. She kept talking shit about my car and how it was an embarrassment to even be there. Her reaction once the light hit green was priceless though!)
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This was a bit later in the night. I finally got matched up with someone more in my league. The cool thing about this vid is that it actually captures the sound of my car perfectly. I also broke trantion three times, which I was pretty proud of considering my car is only an ATX 2.0 with only a few bolt on mods.
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This was my final race of the night. I managed to run into one of my co-workers there. She was racing her big Dodge RAM with a few bolt ons herself. It was fun!
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Overall though, it was a cool night. I can't wait to do it again next time. Only then, hopefully I'll have my header and tune installed. But overall, my car was averaging 16.4s all night. That's a LOT better than I predicted it was going to do.

One other thing I noticed... off the line, my car seemed to pull nicely, but once it shifted into about 3rd, it started to pull less and less and that's when the races I lost (such as the first vid) the guys next to me started pulling away. So hopefully my header & tune will fix this and I'll be able to pull hard all the way through the RPM range and not lose power when it shifts into the higher gears.


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