2015 racing season
Happy New Year everyone!
2015 Race Season is upon us. Dirt Trackin show this Fri + Sat, Jan 23 + 24. Also, this weekend Motorsport Expo.
Looking forward to Smoke Hound Racing running a full season at Williams Grove Speedway with visits to Lincoln, Big Diamond + Hagerstown Speedways.
Feb. 14 - test at Lincoln, Feb. 15 - test at Big Diamond, Feb. 22 - test at Williams Grove or 1st race at Big Diamond.
i made it !!!
WOW, for the 1st time, I qualified for the A Main by running the B Main. I have qualified several times on Friday for the A Main at different tracks for their year end, big race, but at least 4 times I had to try and qualify by running the B Main and never made it. Tonight I made it. Started 6th out of 11 cars and the top 4 advanced to the A Main, I finished 3rd. Started the A Main, I think, in 25th and finished 20th. It was a lot more to it than just moving up 5 positions. Was running 13th at 1 point. There was a big wreck on the 1st lap and all those cars had to start at the rear for the restart. Took a couple laps, but when those cars, that were fast, got to me, we were racing and running through the turns, 4 wide. It was tight racing. Had a lot of fun. Thanks to Mr. Pat McNeal for letting me use his brand new truck to tow with, after my truck developed brake problems. Thanks to Mr. Pat + Jack for helping me at the track tonight and Jack for adjusting the valves on the engine, this morning. Thanks to Doug for helping me Friday night, along with Mr. Pat + Jack.
Williams Grove Street Stocks did well. Greg Deil finished 4th, Mike Buckley finished 6th, not sure where Doug Hoffman finished, but he was ahead of me a good ways.
Not sure of plans for upcoming races this year, yet.
rough start to h,town weekend
I did not qualify on Friday night at Hagerstown for their Small Car Nationals. 40 Street Stocks showed up for the 24 or 26 car field. The fastest 4 cars from time trials were locked into the race. The remaining 36 cars were put into 4 heat races, with the top 4 qualifying for the A Main on Saturday. I finished 6th, that means I have to run a last chance race or a B Main on Saturday, where the top 2 cars if they run 2 B Mains or top 4 if they only run 1 will advance to the A main.
Then the rains came and Sat. night races were cancelled. A big thank you to Justin Page, Dave Radabaugh and their famalies for letting me keep my racecar, overnight at the track and they kept an eye on it, while they were camping. Well, I decided on Saturday, after the race was postponed to go, get the car and check a few things to maybe squeeze a little more power out of it. Just after leaving the racetrack on Sat. afternoon I lost the brakes on the truck. I made a "Band-Aid" repair and drove the truck home. Before I got all the way back home, a 2nd brake problem developed, were I have no power brakes. I fixed the broken brake line on Sat. after I got home, but the vacuum pump stopped working for my power brakes and I can't fix that until later. So Mr. Pat loaned me the 2014 Dodge Dually, that he just got less than a month ago. So, the trailer is hooked up, bed of the truck is loaded with my racing stuff, car is on the trailer and see what happens. I'm sorta happy that I experienced the brake problems in the daytime on Saturday instead of Sunday night in the dark, after a night of racing.
Hope I can qualify for the A Main!
exciting friday night
Had an interesting night at the track. Don't usually race on Friday night, but ended the season at Williams Grove with a non-points race. Since last week got rained out, I was given a plaque for a 4th place in points and a check from Aqua Pools our division sponsor, not long after I arrived at the track. Car ran good in Hot Laps. Started my heat race from #2 starting spot. Lead a few laps while running the high side of the race track. Got passed for the lead by the track champion. Adjust my line down lower and felt like I could pull right up on the leader. Thought I might be able to retake the lead, but motor broke. I think the timing chain broke. Loaded the car on the trailer and got to watch both the 410 Sprint car feature + the Street Stock feature from the grandstands. Was given a trophy for 2014 Sportsman award in a little ceremony on the front stretch following the race. Not exactly the way I anticipated finishing the race season at Williams Grove, but had fun.
4th in points
Last Saturday, Aug. 23rd, races got cancelled, due to rain. Finished the 2014 Points for Street Stocks in 4th place. 4 top 5s, 9 top 10s and only 1 DNF.
Get to run Williams Grove 1 last time this year, a non-points race on Friday, Aug. 29th with the 410 Sprint Cars.