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Fuel system running rich

This car is a dirt track car. I bought it at the end of last season and when started, was fine but when revved would have a pop, like a small backfire but ran smooth. When unloading for first practice of the year, caught the body on the trailer and cut both fuel lines. Fixed that and seemed ok. However, when starting, it was rich but idled. After revving and feathering would smooth out. If you shut it off for a couple minutes and started it would do same thing. Saturday night, started it up and revved and it would try to stall and had to let off. Idled fine. Still able to feather it and eventually rev it up and get it to smooth out. However, after a couple laps, it stalled out. Fired it back up and after feathering the throttle, it finally picked up power. It did this every time and would cut out after running very well. Any ideas at all? Not sure the broken lines are related but wanted to give as much detail as possible. It seems to have gotten progressively worse and took a top 5 car to the pits after 2 laps of feature. First year racing and need help!

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