I found out I may be the guy who positions all the cars for every heat in our Derby. I understand they historically picked one guy so that they were all done the same way consistently. So my question is, what's the best way to set them on the track? Should I just center the car on the pin or rail both front and back and let 'em rip? Is there anything else I should know?
All I know about the track is that it's aluminum and they have someone run a computer timing system. I assume (and hope) there's a spring loaded release for the gate, because if I have to flip the gate by hand I'm bound to screw it up. :-[
Hmmmm..... That is kind of a loaded question but I will give it a try. If you have a track and have a sweet spot that your car will have fast times, put an arrow where the starting pin should go. Make the arrow really standout so the stager will see the arrow.
Make sure that the stager pulls the rear wheels out and ensures that the car is staged straight which is parallel with the track.
Our Pro Cars have all sorts of different staging set-ups. If I was smart, I would send in staging instructions when my proxy cars are sent in.
Some of my car's dominant wheels are staged right against the center rail. Some of my cars need about 1/8" off of the center rail.
Spacing also depends on what side of the track you are on and who is next to you. If you get sandwiched between two very fast cars, you best pull your dominant wheel close to the rail if you do not know the other cars.
The guys that stage my cars really know my builds and know how to get speed out of my cars. They are also my closest competitors. It shows that I have trust in these guys. Right Ca$h and EVO? Hope this information helps! Murph
What if I am the stager and no one provides instructions? This is just for a cub scout derby. I've got about 30 seconds in between heats to get all the cars on the track ready for the next heat. They don't want the kids running around staging their own cars to avoid some of the chaos.
Would pulling the wheels out for every car be appropriate? If so, I could probably do that.