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Either the tires are wet from driving through the waterbox. Or the track had zero prep or both. Even if he did a small burnout it's not going to help with the front tires still dripping water on the track. I wish drag strips would have two ways of getting onto the track. One through the burnout box and the other around the burnout box so you can backup into the water.
I talked to the owner at an autocross a couple of months ago. If I recall correctly he said that he wanted to go around the burnout box but there wasn't enough room and he didn't do a burnout. The track had little to no prep as well.