The mortal enemy of drag racing automatic transmissions is heat and one knows that better than the guys running today’s crop of ultra-high horsepower turbocharged/automatic combos. Those racers competing against the turbo guys have a couple of options at their disposal but the one that some guys have really perfected is how to stage against them to basically guarantee that the transmission in the turbo car is about ready to melt into a puddle before it leaves the starting line. Pro Mod legend Ricky Smith has aided and abetted in the deaths of LOTS of competitors transmissions. Why?
Well when these guys get the cars into the fully staged position and have the thing on the brake with their foot mashed to the floor building boost they are also generating heat in spades. There has been talk of 300-degree per second temp spikes inside the units and the longer you hold them there, the hotter they get. During a traditional drag race you can essentially bluff the other guy into staging first and getting up on the revs early so his junk gets hot while you stage but during a grudge race things are different, right? May not that much looking at this video.
The two cars here are the well known Birdman Camaro and the Your Mom Nova. Yes, it is the greatest named race car ever. This video from Urban Hillbilly was taken at the Armageddon no prep race which was run on the strip at Thunder Valley Dragway in Oklahoma. Rather than a tree we have the dude with a flashlight and here’s where the fun begins.
Starter guy calls Birman ahead first and puts him into place at which point the Camaro goes to the deck and starts spooling up, throwing fire out the pipes while looking like it is about to rampage. On the other side? Your Mom (we love that) gets the call to pull into position and the car does begin moving…about a millimeter a second while Birman is getting hotter and hotter. It is a painfully long process before the two “get the light” and leave.
So now you get to be the ref here. Was Birdman too eager to get in and get on the pedal? Was Your Mom slow to stage on purpose? Shenanigans or savvy racing? A screw job or a veteran move? Press play and you tell us below! Burndown or self inflicted wound?