How To Compete In The NMCA LSX Shootout - Checks & Balances

Every Driver Can Be A Self-Tuning Genius

3. Approaching the third and final time trial run to qualify, Edgar opened up his tuning device (iPhone) and used simple math. By plugging in his times from the first and second passes, Edgar sat in the staging lanes and predetermined what time he would need to run in order to qualify; Edgar's third run would have to be 10.885, which would allow him to stay in the 11.0 index. Already banking on the fact that a deep or shallow stage resulted in a faster or slower e.t., his third run would be a shallow stage. Once he passed the 1,000-foot marker, he tapped the brakes to scrub off speed on the big end. His efforts netted him with an 11.016 average for the three runs, keeping him in the field. When the smoke cleared, Edgar got the win and took home the True Street 11.0 Index trophy.

Extreme Street
Who says you can't get 1,500 hp to hook? In this class, a lot of the tune comes by finessing the suspension. The Extreme Street class tends to run in the bottom 8s and requires the finicky 10.5 slick to handle everything you can throw at it. For Jamie Stanton's first of his three qualifying passes, he and tuner Jake Holdrege relied mostly on managing the power on a slick track. Their second run was actually a wash because the tune was too aggressive and ended up shaking the tires. In the end though, Stanton's team created a number of flawless bumper-standing passes. If you haven't already noticed, we've got the full disclosure on their fourth-gen on page 70. But first, here's how they did it.

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Tuning Tips
1. Making their first pass a solid one with a relatively conservative tune. "The track had some cloud coverage but was still 80 degrees and looked good," said Stanton. He went on to say they "decided to tighten the front a bit." During the next hit, Stanton launched the Camaro at 4,200 rpm, resulting in the car leaving on the bumper, running 8.26 at 173.84 mph. Stanton stated: "We didn't have enough wheel speed and need more timing on the launch-I had to pedal it." Back to the pits.

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2. Up again, the Stanton team attempted to step up the power to induce more wheel speed. They tightened up the front end again with suspension limiters. For the rear, the shocks were tightened as well. Again, they launched the Camaro at 4,200 rpm; however, the tires shook badly causing him to abort the run.

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