I stumbled upon this video by Joe Lusk. It has some pretty good tips and tricks on how to drive a dirt car on iRacing. Joe says the video applies to real life and the knowledge he’s gained in his real life dirt racing career, but it is made within the scope of iRacing. This is an excellent video for new racers and even experts can probably gain something from it.
More specifically, the video covers the absolute basics of dirt track racing. The three main points covered are
- how to set the car for a corner (aka the Scandinavian Flick),
- how to control the throttle through the corner after you get the car set and
- what the different surfaces or track states mean.
One thing that Joe says in the video around 6:15 is a little dated: “If you’re in a stock car or a Late Model, and you’re at anywhere that isn’t Eldora, you’re going to aim for the very inside of the track.” Along with Eldora, you can add Limaland and The Dirt Track at Charlotte to that list. These tracks were added after Joe made this video.
Having said that, there are times when you can run just as fast on the inside at Limaland and The Dirt Track at Charlotte, but it’s pretty rare. It really depends on the car and the condition of the track. I think the 305 Sprint is faster on the inside at Limaland. Sometimes the Pro Late Model will run pretty well on the inside at The Dirt Track at Charlotte with a slightly shorter gear in your setup, particularly after the outside line becomes dry and slick.
So now, on with the video.