Popular Post Freightrain Posted October 12, 2020 Popular Post Share Posted October 12, 2020 Well, not quite that kind, but I'll say on a positive note! The season started late, like everything this year. Had motor issues over the winter but got them straightened out. Didn't really race until the end of June? With little racing, I started running the car on off weekends, just playing and trying to do some testing on things to handle the increased power. In doing so, I dropped it on the oil pan one day, breaking the fan off the radiator and cutting it open, crunching the bottom of the oil pan enough I was concerned about the pickup tube so out it came. With a new pan and radiator in the car I got back out to play and promptly chunked first gear while about 2 ft in the air on launch. Bang! It fell to earth, but no real damage this time since I built a bump stop across the front crossmember to take the hit instead of headers/oil pan. I get a new first gear(it does this every few years just from wear/tear) and get back to racing in my stick group. I win a race in the first of August and runner up at the next race which put in first place in points by basically 2 rounds(10 pts). The next few races, the top 3 stayed in place because we all sucked badly and went out first round each time(ugh, sometimes you can't buy a round). We went to Pittsburgh the end of Sept for a two day event. Again, the top 3 went out first round on Saturday. Sunday I end up having to run #2 in points. I win that round, but lose the next. #3 and 4 did switch positions after going a couple rounds more then 1 and 2. I'm still in first place though and ONE race left. A rescheduled race from spring time. In the mean time I go to Dragway 42 for their Halloween Thing race the first weekend of Oct. Three days, trick/treat, wheelie contest, costume contest, burnout contest, etc. Just a real fun time. I go a couple rounds on friday night race, but after unloading the car Sat morning I do my walk around and check tire pressures. I find a crack in the right front rim!! Not good. These rims are very thin(1/2"), so they are very flimsy and I keep my eyes on them. I won them back in 2006, so I have 13 yrs on them. Somehow, Friday night I cracked it? I was done for the weekend. I come home and swap out my good old Centerline front rims so I can race the final stick race. This past Saturday was the race for all races. We had 4 racers in the hunt for the championship. With basically one round between them. Talk about pressure!!!!! Ugh. I get there, unload and we get our first time run. There are issues. Car won't pull over 6K rpm, seemed like clutch slippage so I put 1/2 turn in the clutch to add some grip. There are 6 screws you can turn to adjust the spring pressure through a hole in the bellhousing. Next pass, the same issue, but I can feel the motor stumbling. WTH? I get back and pull plugs. Well, I wanted to, but seems these new heads have a very small pocket milled for spark plugs and I don't have a "custom" socket made yet so I borrow one from a friend. Four of eight plugs are barely snug, the ratchet basically just spins loose, no effort. One plug had the ground strap broke off, which is more common of these race plugs. So I dig out an old set I keep just for these kinds of days. I pull the valve covers to make sure the valvetrain is okay, which it was. I throw a number on the car and go up for first round. I win it. Whew. Onto round two. I win that one. Onto round three, I win it also......but the car really stood up and it broke one of the wheelie bar tubes off. Been there, this was the other side compared to a couple years ago. Tubing is too thin, car is too heavy and I'm going to finally remedy that this winter. I have to quickly do some chassis adjustments so the car stays closer to the ground. I roll under and put 4 clicks in the front shocks, take 4 clicks out of the back shocks and add 1/2 lb of air to the slicks and head up for round four(semi finals). I was having damn good lights(reaction times) all day and I had lane choice. I was running a slightly slower car this time, I get a better light and take the win light. WOW, onto the final. I now have to run #2 in points, in the final. We go up, I have a better light, but ran under by .015 seconds so I gave the win to #2. BUT, remember back about the point spread. I was actually 6 pts ahead, so even with his win(gets extra 5 points), he is ONE POINT short of the points lead which makes me the CHAMPION for 2020!!! Our points systems is 5/round, but you can get 1 point for best reaction of the day, or 2 points for rain out(for showing up), so it isn't always an even 5 between racers in the points chase. That one point I got sometime back earlier in the summer got me the championship today. One measly point. I haven't had a championship win since 2009. I keep myself in the top 10 for the most part every year out of 30+ racers. It was a tough season, glad it's over though and I can relax. Only problem is it's 7 months before it starts again(as long as this crap we're living in today doesn't screw us over next year). Time will tell. Hope I didn't put anyone to sleep reading all that. Here is a FB link to the final round. Sorry, I didn't take the video so I can't save it to anything else. https://m.facebook.com/groups/348745654742?view=permalink&id=10158746753579743&comment_id=10158746855724743¬if_t=group_comment_mention¬if_id=1602381335232698&ref=m_notif&hc_location=ufi 9 1 Quote Larry 1959 B61 Liv'n Large...................... Charter member of the "MACK PACK" Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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