View 125: Burnout!

Burnout!  A Chevy Camero spins its tires in an effort to warm them up for better traction.

Burnout! A Chevy Camero spins its tires in an effort to warm them up for better traction.

When approaching the staging area at ESTA Safety Park Dragstrip near Cicero, New York, most drag racers will perform a burnout − that is, apply water to the driven tires either by backing into a small puddle (the “bleach box” or “water box”) or having it sprayed on. The car then exits the water and does a burnout to heat the tires, making them even stickier.  The stickier the better for the all important launch down the 1/4 mile track.  The better the start, the better the time of the race and the better the chances of winning the race against the other competitor.  See, burnouts make everything better at the track.  Doing it on a public road will bring attention from your local law enforcement. 🙂

1968 Dodge Coronet R/T doing a long, smokey burnout heating up the rear tires to make them even stickier for the important start in the race.

1968 Dodge Coronet R/T doing a long, smokey burnout heating up the rear tires to make them even stickier for the important start in the race.

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10 Responses to View 125: Burnout!

  1. milkayphoto says:

    SUPER cool! LOVE the smoke, Scott!

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  2. Oh to have a muscle car… and an unlimited supply of rubber too… Nice shots…

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  3. Yes, very cool! Glad I wasn’t there to smell that, though 😉

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  4. Cindy says:

    Great action pictures Scott. Good description of a burnout. I like the last line of your paragraph also.

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  5. Nye says:

    The smoke gives it a nice background. Very cool shot, especially the second photo.

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