Here the combatants wait for their strip brawl. At the weigh-in, the 15x7 cop wheel with the 28x9 slick was the heaviest at 42 pounds. The 15x8 1/2 Weld with the 30x9 radial registered 40 pounds, while the 15x7 Centerline with the 28x9 slick was the lightest at 34 pounds. The 30x9 radials are normally worth a tenth over the same size bias-ply slick, but they would have to run against the 28s in this fight. We baseline tested the R/T with the new leaf springs and the old cop wheels and worn-down 28-inch slicks. The new springs were good for additional bite, along with consistent and reduced 60-foot e.t.'s. The Centerlines with fresh 28-inch slicks were up next, and were equal in performance of the shredded slicks with identical 1.61 60-foot times-proof that the Hoosier tires work to the last race. We suspected the old air shocks were not firm enough to help plant the lighter wheel/tire combination (less unsprung weight) to the track.