DQ'd at susquehanna
First of all, I said, a couple years ago that I'd never race at Susky again. Well, the track got sold and I thought it would be in the best interest of the Street Stock division, if they had a good car count at the 12th Annual Miller Classic, since Williams Grove will not be racing us next year. Track conditions were exactly as I expected, terrible. New owners will fix things up over the winter, I'm sure.
34 Street Stocks in the pits, good turnout. Finished 1st in my heat race. Big thanks to Kory Sites, Dan Hibner, Shaun Jones, Mark Hutchinson, Pat McNeal + Glenn Pobletts for their help tonight, as well as throughout the year! Started the 50 lap feature from the pole. Ran a really good race. 50 laps is a long race and I had a blast. Car was great. Finished 5th. Top 5 cars got "tech'd". My carburetor failed. This is not my "big" Williams Grove legal 2 bbl. carb., this was, what I thought, was a stock Holley 500 cfm carb. with the choke housing still in place. The bore size passed, but the venturi size failed. I have ran this carb. at Hagerstown + Potomac Speedways for years and passed tech every time. Never heard of a venturi inspection, but it failed. Very disappointed, didn't earn a 5th place finish because of venture size. Do have the satisfaction of driving an excellent car tonight. If I would have finished outside top 5, no inspection. Found out that 3rd place finisher, who is a Susquehanna regular, got disqualified as well, but don't know the reason. So I went from 5th to zero.
2015 Season is now over. Look forward to 2016!
last race for hagerstown 2015
Got to race at Hagerstown Speedway tonight. Ran OK. Always tough against the 400 engines with my 358, but not bad. 14 cars. Started 14th in the Feature and finished 13th. We lucked out with missing the rain. Radar showed it all around us. We got a few drops during Late Model Sportsman race and they had to run around under yellow for a while, but then right back to racing. 5 Features all completed.
Next week will be my last race of the year. 50 lapper at Susky for the Miller Classic.
great weekend at potomac speedway
What a great weekend at Potomac Speedway! Drove down Friday afternoon, qualified Friday night, spent the night and raced on Saturday night. Went out on the track Friday night for warm ups and car was terrible. Potomac is a very different kind of track. The high banked turns and the dirt has some sand in it, makes for a very different type of race track. My car was super tight, in other words, it didn't want to turn. I adjusted my driving style and went out for time trials. I was pleased with the 2 laps and scored 15th fastest. Started 5th in my heat race and after swapping the 5th + 6th place with another car, several times in the 10 laps, I finished 5th. Wasn't very happy with the way the car handled in the heat race. With some really good advise from other drivers + crews, I made some changes to the car and my driving. Went out for warm ups on Saturday and didn't feel very confident, that the changes worked. Hard to tell with only 2 laps. Went out for the feature, only after a few minutes after warm ups. Started 15th and finished 11th. Car felt good and the changes really worked. Need to make notes for next year's visit to Potomac. Had a really fun time!
no winchester for me tonight
Drove 100 miles toward Winchester Speedway tonight, but turned around and came home. Not sure if they cancelled tonight but I'm sure they got rain. Didn't want to ride in "slop" and didn't want to race into tomorrow morning. Disappointed, did a lot of work on the car the last few days and was hoping adjustments + changes, worked. Never made a lap at Winchester and doesn't look like it will happen this year.
Swap meet at Wall Speedway in NJ tomorrow morning + awards banquet in Carlisle, PA for Glenn Pobletts + Penn Mar Vintage class tomorrow night.
close, but not close enough
Made some major changes to the car today. Thanks to Moe Defino + Skip Findley for their recommendations and help. I wasn't sure where I finished last night in my heat race, other than it wasn't in the top 3 spots, but I finished 6th. I started the 1st of 2 B Mains, tonight from the 6th position. 12 cars in both B Mains and top 7 in each, advance to the A Main. I finished 8th, 1 spot out. Car was different, still needs to be improved. Engine ran good. Thanks to Jim Bowan Racing Engines for getting my engine finished in time for this weekend's races.
Congratulations to Kory Sites who started 21st and finished 8th. Great run against the big motors with his 358.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 20 September 2015 02:09 )