|June 16th, 2008
To say it's been busy for the
EpicVentures crew members and associate teams over the
last few weeks would be a bit of an understatement.
Let's go back three weeks ago: after lots of debate
about what we thought Mother Nature would do, team
owner Tom Fecteau decided to change set ups in the #5
and go for the end of May Oswego SST special. With
that commitment we parked the #5 for Saturday but we
all showed up at Spencer Speedway to provide pit side
help for the "Team Mascot" and all around
fun guy, Jody "Gater Boy" London's 2008 SST
Modified debut. We had a few shake down bugs to work
out but Jody ended the night quite happy, car intact
and running on the same lap as the leaders. We are
looking forward to more progress with Jody's
"London Engineering" RE Modified.
On a special note; two old time crew members from
Jody's Dad's team have resurfaced to provide weekly
maintenance support on Jody's car: Ric Abbott and Ed
Engel. Having people you can count on for the mid week
help, crucial to showing up ready to race, is some of
the greatest but unsung help a team can ever ask for.
We all appreciate the time Ric and Ed donate to Jody's
What happened to Oswego? It
rained… so Doug, Terry and Steimy put the #5 back to
Spencer dress for the next week. Well, the following
Friday was a night of too many questions and not
enough answers. Questions like why the #5 could be so
strong throughout the evening only to fall off during
the main event? Questions like how after a crash where
three cars in front of Terry leave the track, but
Terry doesn't gain any positions? And last, when did
the rules for "jumping the start" change?
OK, maybe I'm guilty of some bias but in the end, the
"No Whining" rule applied and we loaded up
determined to come back stronger in two weeks.
The final week for this report changes focus from our
#5 SST Modified to our #50 ROC Modified as we debuted
the new car and a new car/driver combination. First
the new 2003 Troyer chassis driven by Terry Cheetham
had been given a quick shake down the prior week and
was ready for the twin 25 format and doing battle with
two NASCAR tour stars (we call them
"invaders"). Several small adjustments to
the chassis and a "redraw" qualifying finish
have the team very optimistic about what the future
holds. And then Mother Nature reminded us of who is
really in charge. The Tour Modified features will be
made up on June 27th on Spencer's
"Pack the Track" night with discounted
ticket prices. Spread the word, there is not a better
value for your entertainment dollar on that night, bar
The other announcement was that
our chassis specialist, Kris Hillegeer, made his
Modified debut in Terry's #11 ride. Kris showed great
skill in building up speed with each practice session
and a great performance in his qualifying heat. Come
and see Kris handle a "Ground Pounding"
Modified in his first feature on the 27th.
We are gearing up for the 75
lap SST Modified special this week. Come cheer us on
and stop by afterwards as we race the #5 and the #89
SST Modifieds and Kris is back in his #18 Super Six.
See you soon.