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Burnouts at the dragstrip are typically a method of cleaning off the rear tires to ensure they’re ready to stick to the racing surface and provide the best launch possible. As such, roasting the tires and sending plumes of smoke skyward isn’t exactly “necessary,” but it definitely looks cool. A caveat to this is when you’re making the first pass on brand-new drag radials. Our friend Big Carl Robinson of Mickey Thompson recommends “hitting the DRs pretty hard on the first hit.” With a line-lock (see Other Hidden Pleasures sidebar) ensuring the Pony would sit stone still, following that rule was easy.