If you are racing mostly for fun, get a lot of pratice. People who are good on the tree didn't get that way overnight. Several years, racing every week, some with 2 cars and I am talking about footbrakers not stick racers. It is even harder for stick racers. The kind of drivers I am talking about will race their footbrake cars in the Top ET/ Super Pro classes and do well. But when they first started, they took their lumps, which is what you are doing now. If you want to race for mostly money, get a Power Glide with transbrake and a good delay box. You will take your lumps with those too, for a while It is hard to beat experienced drivers, so get experienced. That is how to cut a good light.