Ok, here is what's goin on... One of my friends just got a 99 Ford Ranger 4X4 4.0 V6 Auto and he wants to race against my 00 3.9 5-speed sport. Ive never raced anybody in a real drag race so Im not real up to speed on how to do some of this stuff. Im pretty sure he would beat me off the line because I cant keep mine from spinning so much... any suggestions??? What I was doing was just putting it in first and hold down the clutch with the gas goin and then pop the clutch so it takes off faster but still spins too much. Is that the wrong way to take off on a drag race or should I not give it any gas till the race starts??? Im sure I can take him once I get to about 2nd gear but its the starting off I have trouble with. I know some of you are prob ROFL at me but I gotta learn some time. Besides this race is just for fun, but I dont want to loose and I know my dak could take him. His is stock at about 160HP with mine a little modified with about 190HP. Also where is a good RPM too shift at because I was thinking at about 5000 it red lines at 5500 or is that 2 high? Anyway some info on this would help and it is on the street not a real track but more than long enough for a 1/4 mile and little to no traffic. Feel free to make fun of my newbie drag racing experience cause if I dont hear it here im sure ill here it if I loose on the street. This isnt gonna be right away cause we have to set up a good time to do it with no bad weather and safe conditions.