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Behind the wheel of the blue and white #25, Dietzsch is an analytical driver and is a student of race car preparation. Dietzsch is a multiple track champion at the West Coast’s Premiere dirt track, Perris Auto Speedway. He has also won Championships at Victorville Auto Raceway Park and competed at numerous tracks in the SouthWest.

Our resident street stock driver looks closely at what it takes to be successful at driving a street stock. Read about all of his driving tips here.

Our resident street stock driver is making the jump to modifieds for the 2012 season. Before his jump to the open wheels we asked him to write one last story about the greatest mistakes he has made and seen made over the course of his 180 street stock events. Have you made these mistakes before?

Every race team, whether they realize it or not, is on a budget. That budget may be eight figures for a NASCAR team, nine figures for teams in F1, or four figures for someone racing in the Bomber class at the local speedway. Forming a budget and sticking to it can help keep you on the track throughout the season.

Whether you are storing your engine for the winter, or preparing a backup for future use, you need to read this story and follow these steps to avoid costly problems from not storing your engine properly.

There are a lot of assumptions made in dirt track racing when it comes to “street” tires. One Saturday night racer set out to answer some of these most common questions by running a few simple tests. Should you grind your tires? Should those old tires in the shop be thrown out? We answer these questions and more.

What makes a racer a “Great Racer”? This question is asked by drivers, fans and track officials alike. Everyone seems to have their own criteria for determining who is great on the track, so we wanted to investigate the parameters that define the best.

Understanding the handling characteristics of a car is kind of like putting together a puzzle. Knowing the location of the roll centers is just one more piece of the puzzle that we need in order to really understand the handling of our racecars on the track. We discuss finding your center in this article.

Every time we drive a car, we are literally floating on a cushion of air. The air trapped in our tires is an integral part of the suspension. It helps absorb bumps and irregularities in the road. The pressures in the tires of our daily driver are adjusted to suit the conditions we drive in.

No matter what type of racing you do, tires play a big role in the overall handling of the car. Tires act as part of the suspension and absorb many of the irregularities that your typical dirt track has to offer. They are the only means to transfer the power from the engine to the track and are relied on to keep the car traveling in the direction it is pointed. We help you pick out the right rubber for your track.

All engines – from the engine in grandma’s grocery-getter to the massive powerplant in a top-fuel dragster – need a constant supply of oil to stay alive. Race teams often invest serious amounts of money in their engine programs, the goal being to produce as much power as possible, and proper lubrication is vital for these potent race engines to have any chance of survival.

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