Burnout Wars with Animal Jim
By Animal Jim Feurer
Years ago, before Mountain Motors, in
Pro Stock we all did dry hops over the line. The basic procedure was this:
Pull in the water box, set line lock, put
Lenco in 3rd. (Some liked pulling last two levers back instead of first two). Anyway
you’re in 3rd. Bring RPMs up to wherever your car smokes the tires best and let
out the clutch. Smoke them in 3rd for a few seconds, then pull last lever for
4th. (May need a little more throttle at that time.) After a couple of seconds,
you will feel the car go up on the tires and want to pull away. Let go of the Line
Lock and let car burn to about 2 car lengths before the stage beams.
Then do a small dry spin/hop and move
forward to simulate staging.
(Do not light both bulbs!!!!) Some guys
did not do one hard shot across the line routine. You needed to agree on what
routine each other was going to do. Then your opponent may lie and say,
"I'm doing "One ACROSS." Then if you pull up and happen to light
both beams he will do the same simultaneously and the starter will assume you
both are staged to run and hit the tree!!!
Your opponent will be ready for that, but not
you. (Later I will tell you how I defended that action.)
Then make your practice launch. Maybe
even pull second gear.
Then back up about a car and a half
behind the staging beams. Then pour your VHT or REMEMBER MR. GASKET GRIP
JUICE!!!??? STILL SOME ON LOWER QUARTERS OF MY BIG ANIMAL.
Carefully pull onto the VHT/Grip Juice
puddles and just ZING the rear tires carefully -- only a couple of revolutions.
(THIS TOOK PRACTICE -- IT WAS AN ART FORM).
Then pull up and stage and you were
ready to go.
I learned the hard way about not
lighting two bulbs before a dry hop over the line. Once, my opponent lied and
had no intention of doing a dry one. He may have been in cahoots with the
starter. I carelessly lit two bulbs and he was right there and starter hit the
tree and caught me flat.
The next race I ran him at was an AHRA
National. In AHRA, you were allowed one shot over the line. This time we agreed
not to do one over the line. We went to stage. He lit one and I lit one. He lit
the second bulb. Then I revved up and did a huge launch and even pulled second.
I then backed up at a normal pace. All this while my opponent is sitting at the
starting line with two bulbs lit. I then did my VHT routine and quickly staged with
the throttle on the wood (No rev control then). I holed him by 2 cars.
He never messed with me again.
Tulsa 1982, even though I was still running a
small block, I started doing Funny Car Style burnouts across the line. They
were a lot more effective and more fun. In 84, I went Mountain Motor.
Animal Jim Feurer