Yes I am probably full of something that smells bad and is usually brown, ocassionally green. My uncle races at a local dirt track in the pure stock class, its for mostly stock cars with V8's and custom suspension/engine etc. He dominates his class fairly easy just based on his knowing how to setup a chassis to handle in the corners. Most people are using 383's up to 500 cubic inch engines and he just passes them 2 at a time in every corner with his 355 SB lol.
After spending the summer watching him crush the competition it made me want to run in their 4-cylinder class called mini-stock. Their rules pretty much crush any hopes of winning with handling because you have to keep factory springs and struts/shocks on the car. You cant add any power gainers like an intake but you can drop the exhaust as long as it has a muffler. You cant run big tread snow tires, has to be DOT approved rubbers with factory offset rims. I have some ideas that get around some of their rules but I still have some decisions to make. There are a few people on the board here that race berettas or similar cars. After asking around and doing some homework Ive come up with the following:
2.2L 133HP & 140TRQ
2.3L 180HP & 160TRQ
240sx (94-99) RWD
2.4L 140HP & 155TRQ
Those seem like the good choices. I would love to sport a beretta or grand am to show my true GM colors but they are getting tough to find, especially with the HO motor. Ive read a bit and found out about the rear sway bar upgrade and the front strut bar from the Z24. Right now the guy thats dominating the ministocks has a 92 Prelude with a SOHC 160hp motor. Granted the ludes are heavy but it doesnt seem to stop him, he makes up for his bad handling with power down the straights. Clearly an HO would have enough to beat him if its running good. But I know getting the car to keep momentum thru the corners is the trick. I would rather have a 240sx because its RWD but they cost too friggin much to maintain. There's a $1000 claim rule stating another driver could claim your car for a grand if he believs you to be cheating. So I dont want to spend more than maybe 1,500 or so total. Otherwise I could lose all my money. So with what Ive said above what do you guys think? Im just fishing for ideas because I have a while to think this thru. My ideal car would be a GTZ because they look good as well but I cant even find one that has a decent engine with 5-speed for less than $1000, even though most around here are beat up and rusty.
Im open to ideas so any advice would be helpful. Thanks!