Won Some Lost Some

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Won some lost some, but been quick in nearly every event. That has pretty much summed up my racing summer. After a tenacious start to the 2011 racing season, I had some minor bumps in the road at like leading the $2,000 to win Clarksville, TN race only to have it go up in smoke with a busted oil pan. Then after winning a pair of USCS Speedweek events, I traveled north to run some POWRi shows, which we had good runs at but fell just short of victory. Then next big race on the calendar was the $10,000 to Win race in Marion, IL. I had a decent weekend, gathering good points in the heat races both nights secured A-Main starts, but both night in the feature event I chased the handling on the car and again fell short of the goal. I can’t say I felt disappointed, there were 114 cars there and thus just making the main was respectable.
All of this leads up to my favorite race of the year, the 600 Nationals at I-30 Speedway. With the race now moved to July (from its original September date), it was miserably hot those 3 days at the track. Also the purse has taken a big hit over the years from its inception, originally it was a $10,000 to win show in 2006 and 2007, then steadily fell over the years to its present day $3,000 to win prize. Although the car count was down the competition was as fierce as ever. I had a decent start to the weekend, but had to work a bit harder than normal, drawing a low number put me on the pole of the heat which usually is a recipe for disaster in a passing point format, but after winning the heat and then winning the qualifier, I ended up 3rd in points out of 48 cars. In the Friday feature event I had an awesome car and rocketed into the lead not long after the start and got in the win, locking myself into the Saturday feature. In the six times I have raced this event I have never won a opening night feature, and imag0006.jpg in the six years of this race I don’t think anyone has won both nights in succession, I thought maybe I could reverse that. On Saturday, after drawing a 6 for the dash I came from the 6th position to 3rd in 6 laps. So I figured I had a good shot starting from 3rd. With all the hype and with such a great car under me you could imagine the disappointment when a chain tensioner bolt broke at the start of the Feature event on Saturday, which ending my race pretty much before it even started.
With most of the big races over with for the summer, I’ve had some time to work on my new car and get it ready for the season ending races. I traveled up to Speedway Motors in Lincoln, NE for a photo shoot for their catalog, and we also did some product videos for various suppliers that support Speedway Motors and me. The highlight of the trip was getting to talk racing with “Speedy” Bill Smith for a little over an hour! Also great was the private tour of the Museum of American Speed, adjacent to Speedway Motors. Mike Long at Speedway Motors really came through, showing us a great time and taking care of everything. I just hope that the photos and video we did turn out well. We were scheduled to race at Eagle Raceway in NE, but got rained out giving my team and I a chance to rush over to Knoxville, IA to catch plenty of action during the Knoxville 360 Nationals. For the remainder of the racing season I will stick close to home and race at Riverside and I-30, with maybe a couple more trips north for some POWRi races. All for now.

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