rained out again
2 weeks in a row - rained out.
Hopefully, 2 nights of racing at the Grove this weekend. Friday night with the 410 Sprints + normal Saturday night racing. Both points races.
6/20 rained out
Thanks to Jim Bowen Racing Engines for getting my engine repaired in time for Saturday's race, but will have to wait until next Saturday to give it a run. Dropped the broken engine off last Sunday and picked it up Friday morning. Couldn't work on the car til after 6pm on Fri. night, but bolted everything back on the engine + dropped it in, had it running by 9:30. Had to work Saturday from 7-2 and was getting ready to load up the car, when I got the text message that racing was cancelled due to weather forecast.
Best finish of the year at Williams Grove, so far, has been a 10th place finish. Let's see if I can improve on that next week.
Twin 15 lap Features
Dodged a major "bullet" earlier in the week. Found a valve in the engine that was about ready to break and had the potential of destroying the engine. Added more work to an already busy schedule.
30 Street Stocks in the pits tonight. Two Features. Finished 3rd or 4th in heat race and qualified for 24 car field. Started 3rd in Feature #1. Was running good, leader of the race blew an engine and I spun in his oil, running 3rd. Had to go to the rear. Big crash in Turn 1. I stood on the brakes and steered the car, while skidding to a stop and missed any contact. Red flag, lot of tore up cars. Finished 11th.
Started Feature #2 from 11th spot. Was running good until engine broke. Believe it to be timing chain concern.
Some fans started a collection and gave the money to the track announcer as Hard Luck award for me. I got $45.00 from the fans. That's Great! Really appreciate that.
Seems like every week,, I'm not sure if I can complete the repairs by next week's race, but some how get it done. I really don't know about this week's repairs. I'll have the engine out tomorrow and delivered to Jim Bowen Racing Engines. Will have to wait + see what happens.
finally finished a race
The last 2 weeks I've been involved in accidents, that produced a fair amount of damage and a lot of hours to repair that damage. I have to THANK, Tim Murphy's Collision Center, 3099 East Madison St, Baltimore, MD 21205, 410-327-3088 for repairing the bent frame I got last week.
My goal for tonight was to finish the race and without damage. Well, I did finish , but not without damage. First lap of my heat race and the car in front of me spins out in Turn 1, right after we took the green flag. I jumped on the brakes but hit him in his left front, square, with my front end. Caved the nose piece in, buckled both front fenders a little and bent, front bumper #3. I believe I can save the bumper. Spun out myself, trying to get under a car in turn 3 a little later in the race. I should have stayed stopped after I spun and caused a caution, which would have allowed me to catch up to the field, but I kept the car running and never actually came to a complete stop. I couldn't even see the pack of cars ahead of me. With 1 lap to go, another caution came out and I was allowed to catch the field, but with only 1 lap, couldn't really advance my position, finished 6th.
Started the feature in 18th. 26 cars tonight started the feature. On our 2nd attempt to start the race, a major spin out in turn 1, collecting quite a few cars and many getting damage. I got spun trying to get stopped. When the officials lined us up for the restart, I'm not sure where I started but I was way back. Started the race single file and there where a lot of cars in front of me, had quite a few behind me also. Might have been about 18th, not sure. Finished 14th on a really slick racetrack. No new damage in the feature.
Got some minor repairs this week, compared to last 2 weeks. Got to get a couple new tires. Twin 15's this week for the Street Stocks. We will have 2 - 15 lap features in the same night. Could be a good points night or a bad points night.
very disappointing night
After last Saturday's wreck, I wasn't sure if I could make all the repairs in time for this Saturday's race. Well, I about killed myself, but I got the car fixed + race able. Worked all day today. Found the damage was worse than I thought. Left the house late, after finishing up repairs + loading the car up.
Got my 1st good starting spot of the year for my heat race. Started on the pole (1st). Finished 4th. Tonight was the 1st night of handicapping the feature. Since I qualified in the top 4 of my heat race, using my points for the year I was given the outside pole, 2nd starting position. I had not had any experience racing with the #21 car this year, he was starting 1st. I was hoping to get a good start and beat him into turn 1. At the flag stand I had him by 1/2 car. I drove into turn 1 in the middle of the track and left plenty of room for the car to my inside. He drove in too hard and washed up into my rear quarter panel, spinning me out. I tried to gain control of the car, was making good headway, but got rearended and turned up the race track, where I then was hit by a car trying to get thru at the top, since the middle was blocked. The race was red flagged. The 21 and another car were towed off the track, I needed a push off the track. I restarted the car after it stalled from being bounced around like a ping pong ball. Started good with good oil pressure but was making a sound like the fan was hitting the radiator shroud. I climbed out of the car and looked the car over for damage. All 4 tires were good and plenty of room around the tires. If the fan would not have been hitting, I could have continued with the race. I would have had to start in the rear, but that's ok. So I got a push back to my pits.
Damage is not as bad as last week, but some of the same parts I had to fix from last week, I have to fix again. The driver did come up to my pits after the race and apologize and take full responsibility for the crash, but that doesn't fix my car, although it was nice that he did so.
Right front damage and left rear 1/4 panel damage. Found a bent spindle from last week's race I still have to fix and figure out what to do with radiator, shroud + fan concern. I don't know, we will have to wait + see if I'm racing next Saturday.