trouble free night
For the first time in a long while, racing took place without any issues. Engine ran good, no accidents and only some very minor body damage, that I did by myself. Ran Hagerstown tonight. My 358 engine is a little light on power compared to the 408s they can run at Hagerstown, but car ran well. Got a little rear bumper damage when I contacted the guardrail, after spinning the car out to avoid hitting another car that had spun + came to a stop in my path. I believe there were 18 Pure Stocks/Street Stocks, started 13th and finished 10th. So glad the ignition problem I've been chasing for the last few races did not show it's face tonight. Felt pretty good that the problem was fixed last week, but got rained out before I could test it.
Next week, back at Williams Grove. 4 more Saturday night races and 1 Friday night race and season is over at Williams Grove for Saturday Night Series.
kids night - success, racing - not
The annual Kid's Night at Williams Grove Saturday Night Series is a festival of activities for adults + children that other race tracks can only dream about. Every year seems to be better than the year before. Great turnout by fans + race teams. However, not long after the conclusion of Prerace activities, the rain started and soaked everything. The track was lost and the racing cancelled for the night.
Had a lot of questions to be answered in tonight's race. Needed to know if the intermittent power lose problem was solved or not. I felt real good about it. To make matters worse I was starting on the pole, position #1 for Heat race #2. When we go back to race on Aug. 1, we will redraw for starting positions. A good starting spot in the heat and an engine that keeps running without any issues, could have had good possibilities, but we will have to wait.
World of Outlaw Sprints at the Grove next week, no SNS racing. Might go to Hagerstown and run and test the repairs on car.
Last Updated ( Saturday, 18 July 2015 21:40 )
bitter sweet night
I believe we found the issue with the engine running bad + losing power. Never got to test car from last week's attempt to fix running issue. Hagerstown cancelled their practice. Went out for hot laps and car ran good. I still wasn't convinced. Started 7th in my heat race, 6 to qualify. Engine acted up again + I had to pull over and get passed by cars behind me. Must have finished 9th or 10th. Went to work on the car to find issue. Fuel pressure seemed to be the problem. Had to eliminate the fuel pressure regulator and the car ran great! Started 8th in the Consi and finished 3rd. Car felt good and engine felt Great. Started 21st in feature. Car ran good for 9 laps. Had moved to 15th and started running bad again. Backed up to 20th or something. Engine would come + go, sometimes had plenty of power and sometimes, not. Finished 16th.
Got a major fuel issue to repair. Got water in the fuel, dirt + rust. Need to clean everything up and replace fuel filter + fuel pump. Got to get carburetor rebuilt and need to clean fuel cell + lines.
July 4th - rained out
Got the headers replaced from last night, Switched carburators back. Found a damaged left rear wheel, brake rotor, lug nuts + wheel studs. Wheel came loose a damaged everything else. Got repairs made, replaced the spark plug wires in an effort to fix engine running problem and got a text from WG, racing cancelled due to rain.
Hope to test at Hagerstown this Wednesday night. Need to know cause of engine running bad intermittently. Don't need any more bad finishes this year. Dropped from 9th to 12th in points.
Last Updated ( Monday, 06 July 2015 17:18 )
bad start to weekend of racing
Tonight, Friday was Race #1 for 2 nights of racing for the Street Stocks at Williams Grove. 30 cars again, in the pits to fill the 24 starting spots. Started 8th in Heat 1 of 3 qualifying heat races. Pulled off the track after the car lost rpm for the second time. Engine is running good, plenty of power and then, just like someone threw a switch, the car will not run over 3000 rpms, then a lap later, it runs fine again. Changed carburetors, for what I thought was the cause of this issue and noticed I broke a header. Now the broken header, has nothing to do with the losing power, that is a completely different problem. I figured I was done for the night. I wasn't going to try and qualify in the consi race. Then the track announced that there were only 26 cars left and all 26 would start the feature. So I figured I'd start the race, run a lap and pull off. That way I could get paid + collect points. I decided to run the car but try to stay out of trouble. Well the carb. did not fix my rpm problem because it returned and after spinning my car out, to avoid hitting another car that spun and then the engine acting up, I decided at lap 9 to pull off the track. Got scored 22nd. Replacing the broken header tomorrow is no big deal, but trying to figure out this power problem will be a challenge. This problem occurred a few weeks ago and the distributor with cap + coil was replaced and still have same problem. Oh well, try again Saturday night at WG.