When fans sit in the seat of a sprint car, the first question they ask is: “Can I take it for a spin?” Then they look for the key so they can get it started. Most open wheel dirt track fans realize that starting a sprint car isn’t as simple as turning a key. In fact, traditional sprint cars have never been equipped with electric starters. These beasts have always been started by a push truck. The starting procedure is enough to confuse most other motorsports drivers.
Sprint cars don’t have transmissions. They have a gearbox and the car is either in gear, or out of gear. There’s no clutch either, so you can’t put the car back in gear once you have pulled it out of gear. It is these little idiosyncrasies that make sprint car fans love these cars even more. There is a maintenance side to these cars that necessitates the need to start the cars without a push truck. Simply warming up an engine to set valves, setting the valves, or breaking in a new part should be done without having to call in a push truck.
Enter the Bert Sprint Car starter offered by Speedway Motors. In the video above, Jason Martin, from Speedway Motors and Eagle Motorsports, demonstrates how to install and run the Bert Sprint Car Starter. This is an affordable, but compact starter, that comes with a quick connect cable for the battery supply. It also has a remote starter cable, which really helps if you need to bump the engine over, or just start the engine from outside the cockpit.
To install the Bert starter, line the black knob up with the lower shaft. Then put the two-quick change cover nuts on and tighten them. To use the starter, engage the black knob with the rear end in gear. It’s just that simple. This starter is great to use when you need to run your valves or do other maintenance.
For more information on this or any of the other products offered by Speedway Motors, visit them online at www.speedwaymotors.com.