For the past year, the outlaw track I have been running at has seen less and less traction available for whatever reason. 526 fuel headed hemi 14 HH 38# 8500 rpm 44 amp mag w/8973 11-1 compression with 3 disk clutch and 3 spd Lenco CS-1 4.88 rear gear, 1.98 low gear on alcohol in a dragster on a VERY marginal track. With these AJ2 fuel heads I had previously been running 32 degrees and always have some traction issues. Usually blew the tires off 20 to 100 feet from launch or somewhere downtrack. Yes, I KNOW the rear gearing needs to be numerically lower. Last time out I started pulling timing out. LOTS of timing out to try to stick the tires. Ended up with 20 degreess out and that isn't quite enough out. Running a fat, rich and safe tune-up with no or next to no heat showing on the plugs. I plan on taking at least 5 more out this weekend if the track is still that marginal. So, 32 static minus 20 = 12 degrees minus an additional 5 degrees leaves the engine running on 7 degrees timing. I may reduce the blower OD from 42% to a lot less, also. My question is: does anyone see an issue with pulling this much timing out from an engine durability stand point? Any suggestions about mag phasing to allow this much (this little) timing? Maybe I should just take out the hemi and put the chevy back in it. NAWWW.