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Raz_900
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posted April 05, 2004 09:48 AM  
Mine didn't go TOO bad all things considered. New motor, reworked rear with new gears and spool, reworked rear suspension, new paint etc.

The track was in bad shape. It rained all week so it was heavy, but started peeling up it was so wet. 3 & 4 turned into corn rows, 1 & 2 was a bit better with at least 1 lane at the top.

Warmups - someone (me) forgot to tighten the distributor down, so it ran worse and worse as the timing backed off. I hear it was shooting nice flames out the exhaus though.

Heat - ran a little better with the timing reset. Stumbled like there was dirt in the carb or 4bbl's were flopping open (Holley 3310). Started 7th, finished 5th.

Feature - They inverted 10, so I was on the outside front row of 15 cars. Had pulled the carb apart and cleaned it, but still wasn't sure how it would run. The car inside me on the pole sounded sick and the guy said it wouldn't rev. Led the 1st lap, 2nd laps 2 & 3, cautions sticks me on the inside (leader wanted the high line in 1 out of the ruts) and I drop to 4th on the restart, 'nother caution on lap 7. While waiting for the wreck to be cleared the car dies. Just idling... then shuts off. Won't restart. Was still in 5th and it had started missing more and more trying to get back into it in the turns before the caution.

Appears to have been a dead module that as it heated up, I was loosing throttle response. Oh well... I got 9th and only ran half the race.

The worst part? After those first 3 laps (when the car was still running pretty much perfect) I'm told the leader and I had put half-full straight on the rest of the field. Grrr... Would have been a nice night for a caution free run and a good module.

allzway
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posted April 05, 2004 10:51 AM  
Transmission broke putting on the trailer.

c21
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posted April 05, 2004 10:54 AM  
Where to start?

Car was great, got a litte too close to a guy who was holding me up in Hot laps ..... (broke a tie-rod when he turned down in front of me going into 3).

Replaced the tie-rod, just in time to eye-ball the toe before time-trials. Turns out my eye was off (or maybe not as I found out the next day), but a 1/2" of toe-IN didn't seem to be bad enough to keep me out of the trophy dash.

Wasn't really paying atttention well enough, when I took the checkered in the dash (I was waving to the stands when I discovered the green light was still on and I had just taken the WHITE flag) .... my crew thought I was having car problems .... no, I'm just a rookie it seems at the beginning of each new season.

Started 6th in the main, car was awesome ..... was showing a fender to the leader by lap 9 (or so), shuffled back to third, then the 2nd place car spun and took me into the infield. quickly got back to 4th, then 2nd (when the 2nd place car bumped a lapped car and I passed all 3 on the outside of the front staight). Got up to the leader, but not in time. Finished 2nd.

Noticed that the Car was making a funny noise (change in exhaust note) off and on most of the way down the straight. decided to take it to Chowchilla the next day (Sat.) to work out the bugs.

Spent the day putting new tie-rods on (replacing the used ones I had put-on at the track) adjusting the valves, changing header gaskets, topping off the rear gear (got a leak), etc. ..... Got to the track just in time to hammer on the body a little and put in a few pop-rivets, before mud-packing.

My team-mate Ray was not quite as prepared, he came along to do some testing as well .... unfortunatly, one of his well-meaning helpers had neglected to put lug-nuts back on his LR wheel (after doing a little body work) and ..... surprisingly enough, he made all the way trough the pits & staging, on to the track, though turns 3 and 4 and down the front straight before his wheel came off entering 1 (hard to believe).

So, they had to replace all the studs .... which for reasons I wont try to explain, took more time then most people spend rebuiding a motor (slight exaggeration) he missed his front row start for his heat (I would have gone nuts!).

I was a little pre-occupied and since my crew-chief couldn't make this show ... my prep-rhythm was goofed up, I completely forgot that I had planned on checking my toe once I got to the track (post tie-rod replacement) so, I went out to the heat, (won it)
A little later, while I was setting up for the Dash I discovered that my idler was VERY loose (had it never been locked down since the off-season?) So, my Bump and toe has been all over the place BUT my car has been awesome ...... kind of puts the "nitty gritty" in perspective.

Car was great in the dash, 4th to 2nd by turn 4 of lap 1, showed the leader a fender entering turn 1 by lap 3. Track was still wet on the bottom and I didn't think it was worth it to chance hitting the leader, so I was a little conservative ...... so we finished the race nearly side by side (I got second).

I had rolled an 8 for the main inversion. Moved from 8th to 4th by a yellow on lap 3 (or 4?), the 3rd place car (my teammate Ray) had to leave the track with a flat, so I was in 3rd on the restart .... took the lead before we completed the next lap.

led the rest of the race.

the odd exhaust sound was gone, the car ran nice and cool and I got the $250 for 1st (PLUS $20 "tow" money) ..... that and the $150 for 2nd the night before plus starting the season tied for the points lead at my home track .....
....certianly better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.

c21`

Drogo99
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posted April 05, 2004 02:33 PM  
We've been running for 5 weeks now....so far so bad.

Week #1 - Electrical fire while sitting in line for heat race. Got that fixed, after I sat on my fire extinguisher and released it all over the place. Feature was going fine until I grenaded the engine, ended up with more engine on the track than still in the car.

Week #2 - Put in back up motor and ran good, till my buddy hit me in the right side so hard it knocked the car about 20 degrees out of time (remember this)...so I pulled off only hitting about 3K RPMs. Got it going for the feature and was fine until the RR axle broke, most likely from my heat race k-rash.

Week #3 - Had every thing fixed and ready to go. Started on the pole in the heat was running great (again). Turn 2 heard something like a metal bar land in the floor board....turned out to be my pushrod for the master cylinder. Tough drivin without brakes but finished the heat 4th. Bad part was in order to stop my car after the race I had to crash into my trailer (no brakes).....Started pole in the feature, running good (again) then something let go....turned out to be 2 spun rod bearings, I blame it on the week before where I ran it 20 degrees out on timing.

Week #4 - Stayed home watched March Madness.

Week #5 - Went to Nascar race in Texas.

Man I love racin...hopefully I'll finish a feature before the year is over.....

19J
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posted April 05, 2004 06:01 PM  
Dude. Two words for ya stay home lol. or Pit crew. You have bad luck.

bigcityracer
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posted April 05, 2004 06:50 PM  
That's great everyone sharing there stories. Almost as good as being there. I start racing a street stock for the first time May-1. I have been running mini stocks for several years. By the way I'am going to run a mini stock and street stock the same night. Can't wait.

ryan
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posted April 05, 2004 09:25 PM  
I feel your pain same thing happened to me a couple years ago. Barely had any brakes for 5 laps then a car spun and I had to jam on my brakes raced 2 more laps with no brakes till I got spun. Car wouldn't restart so the pushtruck gave me a mighty push even though I was waving at them not too. I headed to my stall which is pretty close to the track exit and up a slight hill so I figured between that and my trailer ramps it would slow me down but I played Dukes of Hazzard and my front bumper of the race car came to rest on my rear bumper of my truck. Ahhh memories......

Leadfoot#8
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posted April 05, 2004 10:07 PM  
Brand new car---first race,,,,,pushing like a dog in hotlaps,,,,adjusted and drew a lovely 94 for the heat race ,,,,,,has anybody ever drawn a number that high??/LOL///anyway i started last<<<surprise>> but adjustments helped a little and finnished 3rd in the heat.Started 11th out of 24 in the feature car was strong as **** in the straights but was still pushing ,,moved up to 6th and fought hard with some good cars and finnished 8th out of 38 cars total. Not to bad for the first time off the trailer. Got way to much weight on the left rear--push push push, It will be better next week.==LATER

cobradude30293
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posted April 06, 2004 01:21 AM  
Yeah, did some motor work over the winter, car is faster (still not fast enough though) and repainted. Ready, looking good. Started 8th in the heat and finished 4th. Top 4 in each heat redrew and I started front row outside. Made a couple mistakes, slid back to 6th, decided to drive more agressive and made my way back up to 4th. Lot of traffic, went in too hard and spun. Met a buddy head on. Still got bruises from the shoulder straps. Beat out the fender, and the hood. Pushed the radiator back but didn't get into the fan. Lucky.. but it disintegrated my bumper. Oh well, 8 races into my dirt track career and I still feel pretty good about it.

2nd week started about 16th, worked my way up to 10th. Then on the front straight, motor and gauge lights flickered a bit then came back. Back straight lost everything. Maybe I'll finish a feature SOMETIME this year......

Raz_900
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posted April 06, 2004 08:12 AM  
quote:
Originally posted by Leadfoot#8:
adjusted and drew a lovely 94 for the heat race ,,,,,,has anybody ever drawn a number that high??/LOL

At one of the specials around here a few years ago, my partner drew a 127. I believe there were 134 cars there total. With a draw like that, you pretty much start planning for the B (or C) to be the feature.

I've drawn 73 out of 75. Makes for a pretty good view of the other cars doesn't it?

slater00
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posted April 06, 2004 08:23 AM  
Well in the heat race I started 6th and finshed 3rd and in the feature it had a real bad push I started 22nd and finshed 14th,but I bent a-arm,because I got hit with 3 laps to go.

ryan
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posted April 06, 2004 07:43 PM  
The last two specials I was at I drew a 4 and a 7 they went up to about a 100. One night I bent every body panel except the roof and trunk, also went through 2 tires 2 rims and the front suspension was trashed. The next special I rolled the car twice and totaled it so next time I am shooting for the mid to upper 90's

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zeroracing
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posted April 06, 2004 08:24 PM  
i think the highest i have drawn is like 135 or so, i want to say, can not remember for sure.

bobaluuu
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posted April 06, 2004 09:43 PM  
compared to some of you guys I feel lucky. We won the first nite out. heat and main.lapped the field except 2 cars. Next nite out won heat and lead 27 laps in main till the engine
kaboomed(wasn't our build, came with car). guess what happened (hint: IT HAD KEITH BLACK PISTONS) oh well I didnt need that 2 grand anyway. lookin for a good short block now>

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Okie11m
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posted April 07, 2004 06:45 PM  
I haven't run my car yet so I went up to Kansas to watch my buddy at playday. He has a superstock as well as a bomber. He ran the bomber and since he can't be in both, I ran the superstock for him. I came in after 8 laps and told him I thought it had a dead cylinder. He said I was probably just imagining things. About 16 laps later it blew up on the back straight-away. When I coasted into the pits he was having trouble starting his bomber. We swapped batteries. It fired up and he went out on the track. After two laps it made a noise and the rods were rolling down the straight-away without him. One Bomber + One Superstock deivided by two buddies and one playday = priceless. Putting together two new motors before the start of the upcoming season = THOUSANDS!!! Glad my car was at home still in the shop!

gould
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posted April 07, 2004 06:58 PM  
My first dirt track race ever, WHAT A RUSH!! i took it easy in my hot laps, car handled really good in my heat, got 5th out of 9, b main my car pushed like a pig, started 7th finished 4th. i just stayed out of trouble and avoided the wrecks in front of me. all in all it was a success and my car is still in one piece. thanks guys for all your help.

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Raz_900
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posted April 07, 2004 10:40 PM  
quote:
Originally posted by bobaluuu:
... engine
kaboomed(wasn't our build, came with car). guess what happened (hint: IT HAD KEITH BLACK PISTONS) oh well I didnt need that 2 grand anyway. lookin for a good short block now>


I would guess they gapped the rings wrong or you had it at 36 degrees and the top of a piston broke off when the rings butted together.


Racer0
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posted April 08, 2004 05:58 AM  
Well I started out drawing my usual 46 out of 50. Started last in the first heat and figured I would just lay back and let everyone up front wreck themself out in the first turn. Well... The green flag waived and of course there was a hole so I stayed in the gas and was in the middle of the pack come turn one. Of course the wreck happened and I barley got things slowed up it time to stop about 6 inches head to head with a backwards car. This took out about half the field and I ended up finishing second. Started fourth in the feature and was sliding backwards at first (no foward bite) recalibrated my right foot and climbed back to fourth. Good night for the first race. Then sunday I was moving the car around at the house. Everyone was out watching so I thought I would be "cool" and "light'em up". BAD IDEA!!!! Broke cap for the carrier bearing, the yoke, the driveshaft, tore up the gear, and busted both axel bearings. I just hung my head, went inside, and started ordering parts. Live and Learn.....

bigcityracer
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posted April 08, 2004 02:33 PM  
This happened some years ago, but has been me biggest memory ever since. This was the last night of my 2nd full season. I had come in first the week before and the first 2 cars from last weeks feature start in the back. So the first race (top 6 in points), I finshed second behind the points leader. The heat race was next coming out of the last corner pulling passed the points leader in coming up on the flag, he cut up into me and smashed me against the wall going across the finish line. I came in second again. Then it's feature time. Strating once again behind 20cars, made a early break thru the crowd by lap 8 then the car start pouring steam out. Lap 10 a cautions came out and now the steam really starts coming out hard. After a couple laps the steam slow as the car begins to cool. The green flies once more and the the steam keeps coming all the way threw the checker and it's my victory this time. It seemed like the hole place was cheering, what a rush. Still love talking about it. I have a trophy that says champion race winner. Not the chamionship, but it seems like it to me.
Hope this wasn't to long and everyone enjoys. GOOD LUCK

Dixon
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posted April 09, 2004 10:18 AM  
Talk about embarrassing:

First night out, heat laps. Car is pushing really bad in and way loose off. At some point through 3 & 4 power steering belt gets slung off, I'm loose as he!!, sideways, and can't get it straightened out. I hit the inside wall head-on.

Well, that night was obviously over, so I have a couple of choices. One--I can cut the front clip off and put a new one on, but that's not something I have the ability to do in a week, so I (two) decide to redneck engineer it, as if that's not what we normally do anyway. We take the car out in the yard and chain the back to a tree, chain the front to the big ol' Massey Ferguson and floor it. Well, we broke several log chains, but straightened the frame out enough to weld it back together somewhat straight.

Took it back out, handled like garbage, then the motor started missing. Everyone was walking away from me down the straights, I got so mad that I tried to stand on it all the way through turn and apparently the push was worse than I thought because I hit the wall so hard it lifted the left side off the ground and tore it all up again.

Got the miss out of the motor, but if it pushes next time out I'm just gonna let it push itself of a cliff!

Mikey14
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posted April 10, 2004 08:12 PM  
Trailered the car for the first time ever. Got 6 miles and discovered with the car on the trailer one tire rubbed the inner wheel well. Blew a tire, changed to the spare and barely made it to the track.

Set the car up, got out for hot laps...it goes green and pop. The drive shaft snaps off. I think my right rear spring has ran its last race.

Decided to resort to beer drinking and spectating. Figured I'd fix the issues and come back better next week.

akadirtracer7
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posted April 11, 2004 07:17 AM  
I didn't have it as bad as alot of you but it could have been alot better.Same thing with the draw drew 54 out of 60.Started back row of second heat,but the funny thing was that 8 cars run the 3 rd heat I thought there was only 6 cars from 54 to 60 but maybe I can't count.Anyway made it up to 3rd without getting takin out.They did a rerdraw for the top 15 and guess what I was lucky enough to draw 15 right on track with last year ,always have to work my way through the slow cars.Started 15th in the feature was patient and moving up.Front grill was full of clay and running about 235 after lap 5 but stayed there,a couple cautions helped with that situation. I worked my way up to 8th and a 3lap down car lost it coming out of 4 and tryed to send me in the guard rail were we tore it up last year ,but we didn't hit it this time.I get sent to the rear and managed t get back to 11th with 3 laps left. well I drove it on the trailer and didn't have any motor problems so it wasn't that bad.I will deal with the new inspector next week about wheelbase said my car was to short its 109 and the rule is 108 min.

25JHenry
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posted April 11, 2004 07:51 AM  
Started 5th. The man on the pole had problems and we were bunched together coming off of turn 2. The 43 car was passing the pole man on the top side, I dove to the bottom. The Pole man got loose,hit the 43 in the left rear turning him down the track. I saw him coming down at me and had nowhere to go. He hits me in the right door which turns me up the track and I hit the pole man, spun around backwards and almost flipped the car. Didn't have time to be scared. I went to the pits and the crew changed the l/f flat. Car pushed like I was plowing potatoes after that but we were able to get back to 3rd. Maybe next time we'll get that first win.

ctfarm
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posted April 11, 2004 10:34 AM  
Two weeks and three motors.The third one went back to the shop.Did'nt even get to run it.Gotta love it.

7x racing
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posted April 11, 2004 04:21 PM  
started racing this weekend 4-10 .was lo oking forward, you guys know how it is kind of like your on the edge of your seat. getting everything ready cars looking good.went out hot lapped ,car was hooked up then the call came out for the heat race. the green flag dropped and then a couple of cars spun out in front of us.took like forever to get race restarted again.then it happeni got anxious green flag dropped passed 3 cars on the inside down the straight away by the time I got to turn 1 they dropped the yellow cars started slowing down got on the binders and slid in the mud into a fellow racer and bent my a-frame and watched the rest of the night from the stands.now i got the car in the shop tore down replacing parts. so the moral to this night of racing is be patient. and good luck have fun

hobby39
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posted April 11, 2004 06:51 PM  
We'll we sorta got started on friday. Showed up wasn't really nervous or anything drew 13, good thing I'm not supersticious. Started third in the first heat of the first class all of a sudden I'm a nervous mess. was worried about the guy on the outside pole we battled all last year didn't even think about the guy on the pole because he's never been to the track before and no one knew anything about him so i figured i get him right away. 3 laps in the guy i was worried about blows up and to avoid him the other guy cuts me off but i mannage to avoid everything thanks to a 1/4 lap lead on the next car back. i tried everything and couldn't get buy the the leader finished second. Forcast said that the weather was suppost to hold off till saturday after our class it started to rain so that was the end of the night. all in all reclipped front end and a completely new surface on the track it was a good night. had fun brought the car home in one piece and now i'll be more confident in the handling for the first main, also found out i didn't cut out enough on the front fenders. I didn't realize it was rubbing till the next day when a couple friends said they saw smoke when i was in the corners then when i went to wash the car it was obvious it had been rubbing so i don't know if it would of maid it threw the main or not.

Eljojo
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posted April 12, 2004 09:01 AM  
Took the 0z to Modoc and blew up in practice. one week later went out to Volunteer and broke the driveshaft. Next week went to Golden Mountain and finished 4th in the heat and 4th in the main. April 10th Volunteer Speedway qualified third and took the lead on lap 9 and aint looked back yet. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.

Wind Walker
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posted April 12, 2004 11:22 AM  
Five weeks of the season are now completed. The first 2 weeks, I didn't get to attend (other commitments). Third week, I decided to leave the car in the garage & watch to see how things were going to be this season. There wasn't many cars that week, but a lot of fans. I noticed it didn't cost me very much that week, with the exception of the $10 grandstand admission. Fourth week, I decided to give it another shot (at being a fan only), and noticed a few more cars on the track, but the track surface itself was breaking up bad. Then noticed the savings once again...(only $10 admission again). Fith week (last Saturday night), I once again decided to retain my status as a fan, and only spent another $10 to watch from the grandstand area, but did spend another 4 dollars on coffee & fries.

Total racing expense so far this season:

$34.00 (3 admissions, a coffee, & fries).

Total "savings" from this seasons racing:

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ can't add that well!

Have a great day,
Wind Walker

mike10az
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posted April 12, 2004 09:08 PM  
hows this for a first race? Ran didn't make the heat because i never checked to see if my new seat belts (installed during the winter) fit right, so when i had them all the way tight and could still bang my head on the steering wheel i said uh uh. bought new seat belts that actually would fit, got a points provisional (finished top 10 last year in points) ran two laps in the main and lost oil pressure on a brand new motor, pulled it in. Tore it down and guess what not a **** thing wrong except our new racing oil pan holds seven quarts instead of 5. so then i head the heads re-done and after putting them on i notice there is water seeping out the side, WOW they were just re-done. rain out last two weeks i'll let you know how this weekend goes.

STREET16
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posted April 16, 2004 11:50 PM  
Last week was a rain out (see hobby39). This week, I started 4th in the heat, the track went dry-slick - IN THE HEAT RACE. I wasn't set up for it, luckily no one else was either - won it. Set the car up for dry-slick, even though they were putting water down, I knew it would go dry-slick before my feature. Started 6th in the feature, was in 4th by turn one. Took 3rd two laps later and started reeling in the leaders. the car was perfect, then boom - bye-bye motor. I got a busy weekend ahead. I hope your weekend was better - or at least cheaper.

Eric Pattridge
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posted April 17, 2004 04:42 PM  
Blew out the power steering pump, first weekend, didnt even get 10 laps in.
Rained the next.
Skipped the following week, it was looking bad for rain. Of course at race time, not a cloud in the sky.
Had to work the next weekend.
Finaly a weekend to go racin! Hot laps car spit and sputtered. Adjusted carb and reset timming. Heat race, broke the distributor on pace lap. Had to be pushed off the track.
Am parking car till I get all my S*** together and then were comming out swinging..LOL
It's my second year at this and it does get frastrating, but really this stuff is FUN!!!!!! When the car runs that is..LOL

endurodriver
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posted April 19, 2004 03:34 AM  
First race of the season! Started the 150 lap $1000 to win enduro from the second row took the lead about lap 3 lead the next 144 laps and then got passed by my sister in law (brothers wife) for the win! Awesome weekend great to see most of the money come our way.

MiPinto6
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posted April 19, 2004 04:25 PM  
Dude! You got beat by a girl? J/K LOL

eborcim
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posted April 19, 2004 06:55 PM  
All ready to go, run the hot laps, engine is cutting out & running sour. Come in and discover a melted plug wire. Fix that and try to start the engine to see if that did it. Engine won't start. Starter just whines like the pinion gear is stuck. Tap on it and then bang on it with a hammer. Nothing, get under the car to look and there is no pinion gear on the starter. Shot it right out the housing. Found it right behind a dirt clod. *lol* Had to scratch for the rest of the night as we run a PG with no bumpstart, yet. On the bright side, no dents or paint scuffs. Next week!

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Wind Walker
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posted April 20, 2004 09:25 AM  
Update:

Still been attending the races (fan status) for the above mentioned reasons (savings & track surface terrible).

Have decided to run "only" the special race events at a couple of area tracks. The first race will be on June 11th, 2004 for a $5,000 to win race & the next will be at a different track in July for the "World 100 Hobby Stock Race" paying $10,000 to win (both with decent payback).

The first series mentioned here is also planning to hold several events (street stock division) that pay from $3,500-$7,500 to win for about 10 different events, starting in June.

I'm getting to old for these every week deals anyway, so I've decided to run only these "special" events this year,and let next season bring what it may.

Good luck to all of you out there with your racing, and be fast, but safe. Most important.........HAVE FUN!

Have A Great Day,
Wind Walker

nice_guy_wi
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posted April 20, 2004 12:45 PM  
Here is one from a limited stock/bomber class whatever you want to call it. And NOT our car for once. The guy bought what was a pretty good car the last couple years. On about lap 4 of his heat race he and another guy came off turn 4 side by side. Outside car starts fish tailing down the straight, a third of the way down slams into the side of the inside car. Sending him towards the infield straight at the announcers stand. Which is of course guarded by a guardrail. When it was all said and done he snapped off two, I would say about 10" x 10" posts and broke thru the guardrail. Car came to rest with the guardrail sitting door deep on both sides. The guy was fine and out of the car in less than a minute. I am thinking that probably left a mark or two. And we all think we have bad nights at times.

mrteeshot
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posted April 20, 2004 02:04 PM  
got the car running sweet!!!
qualified 7 outta 23 not bad 4 my1`st time I think nervous as **** !!
heat race drew the pole third lap swung too tight spin out front impact took him out but just took off some plastic from me lol caution and back of pack for me lol made up 5 spots after some rubbins and bumpins got back to 7th for the checker!
in the feature was at #2spot got to 1st for 3 laps made a rookie mistake and took #4 too wide left some paint on the walls and got back into 4th or 5th couple laps later had a pink car (guess what gender) lol spin me caution we both go back to rear I take back some positions end up 12 outta 17 in feature for my first night behind the wheel I think my night was a successful event was able to drive it on the trailer and just some bumping and paintin to do and we get a week off in my division i`ll be back
just wanna send thanks to all of ya who gave advice and tips not only to me but all who ask
have searched the web and by far this site (rules) because of the quality of its members


thanks all of ya



ryan
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posted April 20, 2004 07:42 PM  
Started second row outside in the heat it was really tight in the middle and the carb wasn't quite right still qualified for the A.
Started right in front of the B feature transfers and thats about where I finished. Still pushed and still had the carb problem but there was no cautions and no damage so that makes it a good night for me.

Darkside1
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posted April 25, 2004 10:45 PM  
Track opened but I wasn't ready yet. Saturday afternoon before I went to the track to watch I finished up the wiring and the plumbing to fire it for the first time. I had a little fuel in a bottle I was feeding the carb with, which I set up on the dash when it finally primed and ran on its own. Mistake #1....

I shut her down and filled up my brand new powerglide with fluid so I could take it down the road and feel it out. This tranny was built buy a guy out of state who's reputation speasks for itself, so I ponied up the bucks for it. Well, needless to say the gearing is reverse from my old glide, so when I thought it was in park, it was in 1st. I didn't know that until I fired it up again.

That wasn't the big deal though... I fired it and she ran for a couple minutes... the problem was when I reached over to crack the throttle... All of a sudden she came to life and sped off (only a few feet) into the wall in my shop, it was then mr. fuel bottle took a tumble and dumped out on my nice hot headers. Long story short, 2003 ended in the wall out of turn 4 at Canandaigua Speedway, where the car went up in a ball of flames, I guess she decided to start 04 out the same way... in a wall... on fire.... lol Luckily nothing was damaged and the fire was all of 5 seconds long... boy, can't wait to get to the track!

Lesson... don't leave open fuel containers on a running car!

Raz_900
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Total posts: 635
posted April 26, 2004 08:48 AM  
quote:
Originally posted by Darkside1:
Track opened but I wasn't ready yet. Saturday afternoon before I went to the track to watch I finished up the wiring and the plumbing to fire it for the first time. I had a little fuel in a bottle I was feeding the carb with, which I set up on the dash when it finally primed and ran on its own. Mistake #1....

I shut her down and filled up my brand new powerglide with fluid so I could take it down the road and feel it out. This tranny was built buy a guy out of state who's reputation speasks for itself, so I ponied up the bucks for it. Well, needless to say the gearing is reverse from my old glide, so when I thought it was in park, it was in 1st. I didn't know that until I fired it up again.

That wasn't the big deal though... I fired it and she ran for a couple minutes... the problem was when I reached over to crack the throttle... All of a sudden she came to life and sped off (only a few feet) into the wall in my shop, it was then mr. fuel bottle took a tumble and dumped out on my nice hot headers. Long story short, 2003 ended in the wall out of turn 4 at Canandaigua Speedway, where the car went up in a ball of flames, I guess she decided to start 04 out the same way... in a wall... on fire.... lol Luckily nothing was damaged and the fire was all of 5 seconds long... boy, can't wait to get to the track!

Lesson... don't leave open fuel containers on a running car!


Duuoooohhhllll!!!

** Makes a few mental notes **

Dude, that sux!!!

Glad it wasn't outside!

robhbk24
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 372
posted April 26, 2004 02:36 PM  
started 3rd in my heat finished 3rd in my heat, started 5th in the feature finished 6th the track was dry slick so everyone went to the bottom and followed each other around. my lap times were faster than the guys in front of me but there was no bite at all up top or in the middle. it was kind of a boring night, but i guess figuring that there are no new dents and i drove it on the trailer,6th isin't all that bad.butjust wait till i get a tacky track.

racer17j
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Total posts: 5390
posted May 02, 2004 12:50 PM  
Well, it's my first time racing. Wissota Street Stock. Did it right and bought a track champion car. Closest track is 2 hours. Made the test and tune on the 24th, 3 laps and cracked the powerglide case. Took it home put in the spare and went to race the 25th, just to have them rained out. This saturday made it over, no rain! Because of miscommunication missed my heat race (2nd row inside--OUCH). Had to run rear of B main. Turn 3 first lap, another guy spins in front of me. Donated my nose cone and front bumper to him. All in all though it did go well, car still handled well with part of it missing, could drive it anywhere on track I wanted, it handled very well, and got a few laps under my belt. Felt good just to get to drive something we've been working on all winter. Can't wait for next week!

Winland Racing
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 122
posted May 03, 2004 11:45 AM  
Ran 1st enduro of the year with new motor etc, checked everything over real well. Very muddy track, caked the radiator, overheated after leading at lap 20, pited over 6 times due to overheating 230+ deg. ended up 7th out of about 30 cars. Found problem yesterday...30 cent piece of heater hose had a crack on it..DOOOOOOHHHHH!
WR #66

racer17j
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Total posts: 5390
posted May 03, 2004 08:46 PM  
I used 2 screens, have run pieces of chain in the past to do the same thing as the lug nuts. I think I am going to close up the front with some sheet metal which should cause the air to enter from underneath. I am still trying to formalate a better plan. This track was a mud bog, there was a lake in turn 1 and 2 and we were hydroplaning down the strait aways. By far the worst track I haver raced on. I should of just brought my fishing pole!!
WR#66

    

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