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Gaining Speed: Leveraging the Smaller Tire Weight Deduction in No Prep Kings Season 7!

In the ever-evolving landscape of street outlaw racing, even the smallest adjustments can make a significant impact on performance. Last year, we witnessed a pivotal change as the tire size was capped at 345, down from the previous 36-inch limit. Accompanying this adjustment was a weight break incentive for those opting for a 335 tire size, allowing a 100-pound reduction in minimum weight.

This rule modification, carrying over into the current season, has sparked intrigue among racers, with some daring to venture into the realm of smaller tires. Notable among them is Jim Howe, enticed by the prospect of shedding a substantial 100 pounds off the minimum weight for his setup. In a sport where every ounce matters, such a weight reduction could spell the difference between victory and defeat.

"Got them skinny tires on. Let's go". Photo by Jim Howe

However, the transition from a 345 to a 335 tire is not without its challenges. The tire roll-out dynamics differ between the two sizes, potentially posing hurdles for certain vehicle configurations. Particularly, screw blown cars, renowned for their power output and boost capabilities, may find it more demanding to harness that power with the smaller 335 tire.

Brandon James's experimentation with the 335 tire last season exemplifies this dilemma. While his car exhibited impressive speed down the track, it struggled to match the 60-foot times of competitors sporting the larger 345 tire. Similarly, rumors suggest that Lizzy Musi leveraged the weight advantage offered by the 335 tire to field a sub-2400-pound car, proving formidable on the street outlaw circuit.

Photo by Lizzy Musi

The significance of a mere 100-pound reduction cannot be understated, especially in a sport where every fraction of a second counts. In theory, this reduction could translate to a notable improvement in performance, potentially shaving off several digits in the eighth-mile run. Yet, the real-world application remains to be seen, with Jim Howe currently spearheading the testing phase.

The allure of reduced weight coupled with the promise of enhanced performance presents an enticing proposition for street outlaw racers. However, the transition to smaller tires necessitates a delicate balance between weight reduction and tire dynamics, particularly on less forgiving tracks.

As the season unfolds, all eyes will be on the racers daring enough to embrace the smaller tire size. Will they unlock a newfound advantage, or will the inherent challenges prove too formidable? Only time will tell, but one thing is certain – the street outlaw racing scene is in for an exhilarating ride as competitors explore the potential of smaller tires.

Video by Kye Kelley Racing

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