Bit of an off night at the Hill. For everyone it seems, not just me. Rick didnt show up till an hour after the lanes are usually opened and the track is running so we did alot of standing around early on. It was hot hot hot when we finally got going. Off the bat, I was having issues with the line lock so I went back to foot braking the burnout which was no biggie.
First run was against a C7 Stingray on a tire. Tried my usual 5K launch and BLEW the tires clean off and had to pedal quite a bit. I kept with it and outran him pretty handily despite the lack of grip.
Next run I switched to the right lane and he went to the left. I abandoned the line lock all together just to speed things up and then tried another 5k launch. Spin city again, pedaled a bit but he was nowhere to be found at the end of the run. Apparently the left lane was slicker than the right and he had some issues.
Third run I line up against a GTR with exhaust and a tune. Launch was a tad better, 1.74 60ft and I was out on him by a BUNCH. Which was good...cause I missed 3rd. Only slightly, I was ahead and he was charging pretty quick and I wanted to stay there so I found 3rd and hammered down and he started going backwards again and I kept him behind me.
Fourth run was against a 392 Charger. I went to footbrake the burnout and she bogged hard and I had to bail. He was already staging so I did my best to spin em to the line and called it good enough. I launched real easy, 1.9 60ft and once again...missed 3rd...badly. Like it felt like DECADES before I found it again and pretty much coasted to my slowest run of the night...and I was still out almost half a second on the Charger.
I realized that my hands were sweaty and so was the shift knob so I wiped both religiously before my last run of the evening (against a dodge dakota on a tire thats always out there) to see if maybe it would help and I got my whits about me. Just for snicks I went back to the line lock and got a rowdy burnout in. Said hell with it, loaded it to 5500rpm and dumped the clutch. BOOM, she hooked and I was off. I was so excited about finally hooking up (so damned much fun) that I short shifted the 1-2 shift at 7K but nailed the 2-3 shift no problem. Best run of the night time wise, tho no personal best. 7.65 at 92.04mph with a 1.64 60ft. Ill take it considering the slick track, 90* and 2934 DA.
If it were just time slips I was after it would be a bit of a bummer of a night BUT to knock off a Stingray, GTR and the 392 Charger felt good. There was a 6th gen SS auto out there with longtubes and a tire that I wanted to run but we never could make it happen. There was also a GT350 but he was spinning his way to low 9's but sounded amazing doing so. There was also a super quick C5 Z06 rowing the gears to 7.0's!
@goattdogg was aiming to crack into the 8's with his new mods and ran an 8.5 on his first pass with a 1.8 60 on street tires!!! He ran a bunch of 9.1's after that but apparently he used up all the grip early LOL. Fun night even if it was hot and slick! Im hoping the track prep was subpar because Rick wasnt there and this isnt a sign of how things will be from here on out.