got tore up tonight
1st of all, I'm fine. Car is - not so good. However much better than others, but sustained a fair amount of damage. Car was running good. Started 7th in my heat + finished 5th. Started 14th in feature. It was about lap 4 and pretty much the whole field was still running 2 wide. Not exactly sure what happened in front of me, but coming up the back stretch at full speed I saw a car upside down on top of another car and cars were crashing all over the track. Race was red flagged. No injuries, but a lot of tore up racecars. It's after 2 am and I'm just getting home. Will have to look at car closer to see exact extent of damages.
week #2 at the grove
Well, week #2 proved that there are a lot of really fast cars in the Street Stock division. Started 6th in heat race and finished 4th. Top 6 finishers in the 2 heat races had to redraw for starting positions. Worst number you can draw is #12 and I pulled it. Sixth place starter did not line-up, so everybody in that row moved up, so I did get to start 10th instead of 12th. Finished 10th in the feature. Had made it to 9th but lost a spot in the final laps.
Tried running a different gear to see if it would help with getting more power off the turn. Seemed to help a little but really turns the engine rpms up, so I'll go back to what I had in 2 weeks. No racing for me at Williams Grove next week, World of Outlaws are in town.
opening night at Williams grove
Twenty nine Street Stocks in the pit area tonight. We haven't seen those kind of car counts in quite a while. Actually had to qualify to race the feature. Top 6 in the heat race qualify, I finished 5th. Started 15th in feature + finished 13th. Hardest I've had to work for a 13th place finish in a long time, too. Lot of fast cars. No damage to the car, brand new right rear tire is showing some wear after competing on a really slick race track. Had fun, but a late night. Clean the car up, normal maintenance and ready to try it again next Saturday night at the Grove!
Ran Lincoln Speedway tonight. Good time! Big difference this year compared to last year, last year we had about 8 cars, this year 24 cars. Lot of good cars in the field, too. Finished 3rd in my heat race + 7th in the feature. Not a mark on the car. Not even that dirty. Got some white to remove from both right side tires from when I tested the outside gaurdrails in the heat race. Hey it wouldn't be a Smoke Hound kinds night at Lincoln without at least one gaurdrail kiss. Back in the late 80s, when I ran Lincoln in a Street Stock, which are nothing like the Street Stocks of today, I hit the guardrails every lap coming out of turn 4 and a few times coming out of #2 turn. I was trying everything to get around the 2nd place car in my heat race and tried a line that didn't quite work and hit the wall, didn't lose any speed or position, but painted the tires white. No big deal, at all.
Big thanks to Jimmy + Scotty, who drove up with me and helped me out. And another thanks to Dan + Marchelle for their help. I have had the privilege, to have Dan help me out at Williams Grove for a couple years now and he has really been a Great help. Not just hands-on help, but his opinions + ideas have really been helpful. I'm afraid I will be losing Dan this year, he will be helping another driver, who also has helped me in the past, Kori Sites. Best of luck to Kori and thank you to Dan for all his help!
1st race of 2015
It was fun to get back behind the whell of the #16 Street Stock again under race conditions. Hagerstown's track surface was dry + slick, lot of sliding + spinning. Started heat race 6th + finished 6th, pretty much single file, no passing. Started feature 12th + finished 12th, sounds boring, but it wasn't. I actually passed a few cars and was running 9th when the caution flew with 2 laps left to go. Single file restart and got passed by a couple cars right after the green flew, on the front stretch. Caution came back out for a problem in turn 2 for a couple cars in the front. Complete restart, so I got my 9th place spot back. This time I dropped low on the start and held onto my spot and advanced 1 spot coming out of 2. Running 8th to take the white flag, but drove in turn 1 and got passed by 4 before I could get into turn 3 to finish in 12th. Had a lot of fun slippin' + slidin', had to really work the throttle to keep tires from spinning after every turn. Look forward to warmer temperatures and better track conditions.