Since I am not too experienced in oval racing and all of those are coming from nascar2003 offline, please help me.
Are there any unwritten rules/gentlemen agreements I should be aware of?
With this track, you should be able to go around the track with the throttle floored, all the way around. You shouldn't have to lift if the setup is right.
That means you're going to be in heavy traffic. Don't be afraid to lift in order to keep from running over the guy in front of you. Patience is going to be key to surviving this race.
On restarts, DON'T pass on the inside BEFORE the start/finish line or you'll get a penalty. You can pass on the high side, though...so if your car is damaged/slow you can move low to let people by.
I've been starting in 2nd gear on restarts...you don't have a lot of revs in 1st before you have to shift anyway, and it's safer than starting in 1st and spinning the tires.
PRACTICE PIT STOPS. You can either "play it safe" and pull low on the backstretch, slowing down enough to take the apron all the way through 3 & 4...or you can do it the "fast" way and slow down in the middle of 3 & 4, pulling off the track only after bleeding off enough speed.
If you do that, BE SURE to hop on teamspeak and CALL YOUR STOP before you get to turn three. Let everyone know you're pitting this lap, and to pass you on the high side. Try to do it on teamspeak rather than using the text chat because not everyone has time to read that.
As always, if you are battling with someone and for any reason you move up out of the bottom groove, HOLD YOUR LINE. Do NOT attempt to swerve back down and slam the door...always assume that if you've moved up high, the car behind you is now underneath you and any attempt to move back down will result in tears and flying parts.