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Track beginner: different preps, DA, and getting the power down!

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New to drag racing and had a tough day yesterday. It was first time at a new track and only my 4th time ever. I'm used to challenges at the start, but I felt like I was driving through 3" of marshmallow cream until I hit the end of the track. This was the first time I felt unsafe at the track or any road/street for that matter.

So my question, being new to this, is what can I do to improve? Have more experienced drivers had any experiences where you just say "the track prep is bad, don't run today?" Or do you change pressures, tunes, other things and keep after it?

Some additional background: 2017 HC, intake and cat back exhaust only mods. Running 305 R20 Toyo 888 at 32 psi, dropped to 20 psi. Tried burnout to heat up the tires, tried bypassing the burnbox, tried 500 hp...spun bad each time at the beginning and down track. Was at a different track just a few days prior and had NONE of these issues.

Seeking wisdom from the community! 😀
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You need to at a minimum get onto an 18” M/T ET Street R drag radial at below 20 psi imo. I’ve been doing it since 2016 but with 930/9xx hp/tq to the ground on 17” 315 Drag Radials. Some softer racing springs up front were a big help for me early on. It can be frustrating but when these beasts hook it’s a great feeling.
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