smoke hound racing is back in business
SHR is back in business in more ways then one. 1st of all, the website is working again. It has been "down" since November. 2nd of all, and probably more important, I got a new car for 2014. It's not a new car and I have driven it before, the old 00 car of Pat McNeal will have the #16 on it. Made a deal in mid January and brought it home in Feb.. Got my engine being freshened up and maybe, just maybe, be at open practice at Lincoln Speedway next Sat., May 15th.
First race, April 19 at Lincoln, for a 1 race deal for Street Stocks. Then, on April 26, season opener at Williams Grove. Sixteen Sat. night races scheduled for the Grove, with June 7th, twin 15 lappers. Also, 1 Friday night show with the 410 sprints on Aug 29th at the Grove.
A new designed website is in the works. Check back soon for updates.
what a mess susky was
Friday night the track personnel put way too much water on the track and Saturday, Mother Nature did the same thing. Both nights were a muddy mess. Low car count compared to years past, 25 Street Stocks. Track officials asked us to help "work the track in". So had to drive around in the mud for countless laps. Even when we finally went racing, the track was too wet. Got to race in the 1st race of the night, 1st of 3 heat races. Finished 3rd.
Came back on Saturday after an extensive cleaning of the car and some repairs to the front bumper cover. Track was much better at the beginning of the night. Started 6th in 50 lap feature. Was running 7th on lap 16 when the rain started. The track sent us to the pits, I climbed in the truck and it rained hard for about 30 - 45 minutes. The track was a mess again. Again the track needed us to drive around and work the track in. When the race restarted I was running in 7th, but after only a few laps I got a little out of the groove and got into the wet stuff and spun out + hit the wall with the right rear. Had to restart last. When the leader took the green coming out of turn 4, I was just coming out of turn 2, the field was spread out that far. It only took a couple laps and the leader was about to lap me. Of course I don't know this. He tried to pass me on the inside of turn 4, but he got into the wet stuff and slid into my left rear tire and spun me out. As i pulled away from being sent into a mud hole in the middle of the front stretch, I thought I had a flat tire, maybe even more than 1. After limping the car off the track and into the pit area, I discovered that the left rear axle was broken and our night was over. So i was scored 21st.
Been a really tough year, I have to decide what to do for 2014. Can't take another year like 2013.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 October 2013 15:39 )
MILLER CLASSIC ATSUSKY 10/18+19
Giant thanks to the McNeal family for letting me drive their car this weekend. Didn't care for the ride at Trailways + wanted to give it back, but Mr. Pat wouldn't take it back and told me to do what ever it took , to suit me. So I took everything off my wrecked car and switched it with his car and it feels good. Run the car at Susky this past Wednesday night at practice, and it felt great. Got to say track conditions were the best I have ever seen, so I hope it runs that good tonight + tomorrow. Would be really nice to "lock in" for the big 50 lapper on Saturday, tonight. I hate to run the consi on Sat. and hope to finish well enough to make the race. Let's do it tonight and I can sleep much easier.
Last Updated ( Friday, 15 November 2013 19:55 )
thank you pat mcneal
Got to race at Trail-way Speedway tonight in the 3rd Annual Mike Zeigler Memorial race. Pat McNeal loaned me 1 of his cars and I drove the 00x car. I had a lot of fun. Didn't do all that great, but had fun and didn't tear anything up. Started 2nd in my heat and finished 5th. Started 9th in the feature, got spun out, had to restart last and finished last. Twelve cars took the green and I crossed the finish line in 9th. Felt bad for Pat + Little Pat. Pat did good in his heat race and finished 3rd, but had steering problems. After changing the steering box 3 times, the power steering pump and the lines, still had a problem and did not start the feature.
Big THANKS to the McNeal family for letting me use their car !!!
Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 December 2013 16:09 )
HAGERSTOWN - CRASH
Well, it was a week ago and I'm just updating website. Was looking forward to racing at Hagerstown Speedway for the Small Car Nationals. It is a 2 day event, with qualifing on Friday night and a consi or last chance qualifier and the features on Saturday. Last year I locked into the show on Friday and it makes sleeping on Friday so much easier, knowing you're in and don't have to run the consi the following day. I was hoping to repeat that this year. 52 cars showed up for the 28 car field in the Street Stock division. 6 heat races would take the top 4 and 4 out of the consi race would make the starting line-up. I posted the 10th fastest time out of the 52, which had me start 2nd in the 4th heat race. 9 cars were in my heat and my goal was to finish no worse than 4th in the 5 lap race. We took the green flag coming out of turn 4 and I was 3rd before we passed the flagstand. I knew I couldn't afford to give up any more spots. I drove into turn 1 and tried to keep the car down low. The car running 2nd + I made contact and a spectacular crash took place. Some how both cars went up in the air, backends up with the nose pointing to the ground. The #89 car I believe may have spun around on his nose and then rolled over at least once. I rolled over with an angled end over end and then a few side over side. The car came to a stop upside down on the driver's door. I climbed out the right side window. No injuries to any drivers! There were a couple other cars that got caught up in our mess, but nothing major. THe crash took place right in front of a photographer and he captured some interesting photos. The photos will be in the picture gallery under Hagerstown crash. I also have some in-car video that can be viewed at, http://youtu.be/1Aq-IpEDun4 , fast forward to 11 minute mark.
The car is pretty tore up. All the safetystuff, the roll cage, seat and seatbelts did their jobs well. The cage is bent up pretty good. I believe it is repairable. Car won't be out this year but should be ready for next year. Got a few more races on the schedule for Street Stocks this year, not sure if I will get the opportunity to drive another car or not, have to wait + see.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 November 2013 17:26 )