full moon over susquehanna
WOW, what a night. A lot of torn up equipment, but fortunately I made out OK. Congratulations to fellow Maryland racer, Jimmy Combs from Aberdeen on Feature win in Street Stocks. 32 Streets in the pit area. Got lucky and pulled a good number for my heat race starting position. Started 2nd, outside of front row. Had the lead coming out of turn #2 and lead all 8 laps. Luck ran out, because pulled a 10 out of 12 for feature starting spot. Considered parking the car, when dust was so bad, couldn't see, several times, while at wide open throttle. Barely avoided a wreck in turn 1 about lap 8, spun the car and had to start at the rear. Wound up with an 11th place finish. Very minimal damage.
1st Turn, 1st Lap again?
Well, it wasn't the feature this week, it was my heat race. 30 Street Stocks in the pits tonight. Started 6th, 6 to qualify. Took the green, everybody is wide open going into turn 1, and somebody in front of me, don't know if it was the 1st row or 2nd, but got sideways and blocked the track, no where to go, I avoided hitting the car in front of me, but got slammed in the right rear. Wasn't that guy's fault either and he stopped down to apologize. I ...was pretty sure the right rear was flat, as I drove away from the accident scene, little more than that. I pulled in the pits and got out and the 1/4 panel was wadded up near the door and the tire was in shreds. Not knowing how much time I had to fix the car, before the "B" main, I went right to work. With the help of Adam from the #37 car, we cut the 1/4 panel off and changed the tire. As it turned out we had plenty of time. Started 6th(?) in B main, 6 to qualify, finished 3rd.
Started the feature from 21st, 24 cars start the feature. Was extremely careful going into the 1st turn on lap 1. Played it safe for a lap or 2 and then started working on the cars in front of me. Finished 15th, had a blast and no, new damage. Inherited a couple spots but worked for most of them. Then just as we climbed out of our cars, the skies opened up with rain and high winds. Everybody was scrambling to get the cars loaded and get across the track. Drove home in full race gear, like most of the Street Stock drivers did.
Not sure about Lincoln next week, the past couple months have been very hectic, may sit that 1 out. Probably know, later in the week.
For some reason, I cannot update my website from my home computer. Since I was out sick, all of last week, I didn't post until I returned to work, a week late. If you go to facebook.com and search Smoke Hound Racing, those posts are updated on race night.
I did not fix the car for Lincoln, but didn't matter, Lincoln and all the Saturday night tracks cancelled due to weather. I patched the old 1/4 panel back together and pretty much ready to race again. Not real happy with Williams Grove, for dumping their Sat. show, not sure if I'm going to race there on Apr 22 or not. I do hope to be at Susquehanna on 4/23.
opening night at susquehanna speedway
Opening night for the "New" Susquehanna Speedway! The new owner + staff have really made some great improvements to the facility. If you weren't at Susky this past Saturday or any of the test sessions this year, you owe it to yourself to check this place out.
After the 2015 race season, I tore the car apart to the bare frame. Then I lost motivation and had a hard time getting back to work. Started to get car ready for this year's race season, way later than I have ever started. Ran into several "snags" along the way and barely made Opening night. ran the car down my street at 2pm to make sure, steering, clutch, transmission + brakes worked. Loaded car on the trailer + left at 3pm for the race track. Car + engine ran good in warm-ups and heat race. 28 Street Stocks in the pits. Finished 5th in heat race. Started feature from 13th. In the 1st turn of the 1st lap, a couple cars in front of me got together + spun, I had no where to go and smashed the new front end on the car. Drove away from the accident and car ran well, as I was catching up to the field. On the restart the engine ran good, another crash in turn 1, not involved this time. As I was accelerating up the back stretch the engine started running bad at high rpms. Getting the cars lined up properly for the 3rd attempt at the start of the race took a while. When the green flag flew, my car ran bad, like a complete ignition breakdown, only at high rpms. Figured it was better to park the car than take a chance and ride around. No obvious failure and doesn't seem to be accident related.
Already replaced the front bumper, looks like I can re-use front cover. Going to change distributors and see what happens this week, April 2nd at Susquehanna Speedway.
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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!