posted November 29, 2002 12:56 PM
If for nothing other than it's entertainment value, here goes:
I switched to the 1 1/2" square after replacing the round tubing upright on the frame that the mount attaches to 4 times this season.
1st time - rolled while avoiding t-boning someone, came down on lr wheel. Bent frame upright tubing for panhard (PH) attachment and rearend mount.
Went back with everything like it was.
2nd time - collected in pile up, rr impact. Frame upright tubing bent, pretzeled PH bar and bent rearend mount.
Replaced rear end bracket with heavy duty multi-hole weld on bracket (no more bracket breaks). Double walled frame tubing.
3rd time- A car that winds up taking out 4 others (each at different times), spins the track champ in the middle of the turn after I had already committed/setup at the turn entry. Hard rr impact. Bent double walled frame upright, broke PH bar.
4th- In the A Main, loose nut spins for the nth time, some how expertly defies the laws of momentum and makes it humanly impossible to avoid a collision. Bends and breaks double walled tubing, breaks PH bar
added story bonus: Heat race problems with the Master of control loss placed us on the back of the A Main. On the start, this guy spins in turn 4 and tags the car next to him. I drive down into the infield several car lengths off of the track to avoid contract. He stays in the throttle and still manages to dart into the infield and squarely hit my right front tire!
I have replaced the frame tube to heavy walled square tubing in hopes that the PH bar will be the only thing that needs replacing should this happen again. Or maybe it's just time to locate a new track