ALL-AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP WHEELS TESTED!

Derby Tech - December, 1987


Earlier in this issue of DERBY TECH you had a chance to read about what the readers think about the All-American calibrating the wheels. Many claimed that the wheel sets were grossly unequal. Recent tests done on the wheels used in the 1987 All-American Championship Race tend to substantiate these accusations. These tests showed that having a good set of wheels is probably the most important factor in determining race winners. The notable expectation is Brian Drinkwater. His wheels appear to be only about average, but the wheels were all about the same with no total duds. Brian was fortunate enough to have a superior car and overpower the opposition with only a mediocre set of wheels. If he had a set of wheels like #163, I think that I would be safe to say that he would not have won the All-American!

RESULTS:

  Set #35 (1st place sr.) Set #173 (1st place jr.) Set #135 (2nd place jr.)
  4.2 4.2 4.3
  3.9 5.2 4.7
  4.7 4.7 4.3
  4.1 4.6 4.2
Total 16.9 18.7 17.5
De 4.205 4.648 4.367
  Set #39 (2nd place sr.) Set #40 (Liz Steward Wild-Card, sr. lost 2nd round) Set #38 (Dannae Rowe Wild-Card, jr. lost bad 1st round)
  4.0 4.45 3.25
  4.7 3.4 4.9
  5.2 4.75 3.25
  4.35 4.35 3.35
Total 18.25 16.95 14.75
De 4.520 4.170 3.578
Set #163 (Jodi Pratt, Akron local sr. champ, humiliated in 1st round)
3.3
4.35
4.4
3.5
15.55
3.824

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