Dirt Track Preparation

Bob Evans

Grumpy Old Admin
Staff member
I don't expect to get a lot of posts or threads in this forum. Prepping a track, from my past experience, is usually a close guarded secret among individuals.
However, I believe it could become an area that contains some valuable information, if anyone participates.
 
Dirt oval first it's a must to be smooth, then it's all about learning what your working with you always need a lot of moisture usually Double what one would think, then it's all about learning the timing of running it in and what you run it in with, MOST use old pickups & SUV's in most cases the wider and smoother the tires the better, re-misting it after vehicle run in and finishing it off with Karts gives best end results, then once you start with practice keep moving the classes up and back down establishing a wide enough racing groove, there is plenty of more info hopefully this is some GENERAL INFO to get the ball rolling and start some questions. Then for DAY racing there is the whole calcium application which I'll go over later.
 
While i don't know anything about current procedures or techniques i'm glad we no longer soak tracks with used motor oil and waste products like was common in the past.
 
I've been working "mid-west" basement dirt for about 10 years now. My normal prep goes like this: 800 gallons of water, turn the track over about 3" deep, more water, more turning over. When I can scrape the track with my shoe and it has moisture as far down as I can dig I start wheel packing and dragging the track with a baseball drag. Water, wheel pack and drag until you have a smooth, hard packed surface. Add more water as needed.

I will add 1/2 gallon of cheap laundry soap per 400 gallons of water, helps the water penetrate better on real hot days.
 

nobozos

Member
1fasttiller when did Marion County go back to dirt. Was dirt in the 80's,went to asphalt around 93-94 I moved 98 and it was asphalt then. Chuck.
 

1fasttiller

Member
1fasttiller when did Marion County go back to dirt. Was dirt in the 80's,went to asphalt around 93-94 I moved 98 and it was asphalt then. Chuck.
Not sure, I know the track has a lot of history. I moved here in 2017 and it was dirt, about all I can tell ya. It is an incredible track and facility just lacking the proper track prep and maintenance to make it top level IMO...

Owners and promoters love it wet and slick, afraid it will get too fast if they sealed it or let it get a groove.
 

Dirtdaynamics1

New member
I always liked running in track with karts. I know not a popular idea, but my son learned how to hold a loose kart that way. When Volusia started prepping the track with sealer it gpt instantly fast, so fast the promoter stopped everthing called a meeting to decide what to do! it was alearning curve for a while.
 

jaymancds

Premium User
I always liked running in track with karts. I know not a popular idea, but my son learned how to hold a loose kart that way. When Volusia started prepping the track with sealer it gpt instantly fast, so fast the promoter stopped everthing called a meeting to decide what to do! it was alearning curve for a while.
I'm not a fan of running it in with karts. Ive also heard that it is hard on clutches.
 

Ted Hamilton

Design Drafter / Racer
I don't understand why nobody fabs up a packer of a solid axle with UNkeyed hubs and 7-8 rears all filled with water lined up next to each other, freewheeling so there's no skidding of the whole assembly....tow with a 4 wheeler that has flattrack tires on it. More effective than karts, cheaper than a packer car, light enough it doesn't get too far down into the track... If you use an old straightened axle that was bent and some garbage hubs donated from racers, it would almost be free...
 
I'm not a fan of running it in with karts. Ive also heard that it is hard on clutches.

Agreed. Drivers get impatient, motors start loading up and clutches get hot. When the crew starts letting people pick up the pace the track is almost never ready for full speed and the karts rip the track to pieces with the worst ruts you can imagine. THEN the track seals up and you’re stuck with it for the whole night.
 

Dirtdaynamics1

New member
as was said if you are rutting up the track with kart it it to wet to get on, you are finishing it off if done right. they also drug gang of truck tires that was good also at the right time as the water was drying.
 
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