|July 23rd, 2007
07-20-07 SST Special was a little special
We brought both SST
modifieds and Terry's ROC modified to Spencer for the
SST 75 lap special. With all our cars parked in the
infield, we were ready to put on a great show for all
the fans. The #50 never was quite right this evening.
Our crew performed well but our chassis changes were
exaggerated by new tires when we were hoping the new
tires would correct some of the problems. A small
error compounded itself when we discovered that the
battery had drained prior to the main event and the
alternator would not recharge the system. After being
involved in a lap 29 restart accident, the car
acquired a bad vibration (which turned out to be a
bent rim) and the push/tight conditioned worsened
because the front air scoop was no longer aerodynamic
(from the same crash). With the power draining from
the system causing the engines power to decline, now
running two laps down, and it didn't look like there
would be much more attrition, Tom elected to park the
car and get an early start on repairs for next week.
Making Tom's finish a 22nd place out of 27 cars that
started (two additional cars could not make the call
for the main event).
The #5 qualified out
of his heat event but was outside of the redraw
positions, putting Terry starting behind many fast
cars in the 18th position. With so many good cars
entered, we knew Terry would need a great performance
to get in to the top 10. Terry did just that with an
8th place and hardly any battle scars for the effort.
Terry's #11 ROC Modified ran in their main event and
struggled somewhat with tire problems. Terry would end
his evening early with a 12th place finish.
We enjoyed seeing one
of our long time fans Linda Supernault and she brought
along a friend to show her the racing scene at
Spencer. Another piece of good news is that it looks
like our friend "Gator Boy" Jody London will
be coming back to the SST competition in the next week
to two weeks. We have found some decent used tires to
help him get started and will be assisting with
chassis set up in the shop. I also want to personally
thank long time Modified fan Frank Vareeka for his
enthusiasm and words of encouragement and a few good
laughs now and then, all in support of my mission this
year. Thank you Frank.
We will be back in the
regular pit area this week, so stop on down
afterwards, we'd love to see you.