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May 20th, 2009 
Practice Almost Makes Perfect

Friday, May 15th welcomed all racers to Spencer Speedway for their practice day. Cool but sunny conditions meant that once some rubber got laid down on the asphalt, the cool air would let motors pump out just a few more horsepower, so there was a chance to see some really fast times later in the sessions.

The EpicVentures Family of Racers was present either learning first hand or lending a helping hand. Terry Cheetham drove the #5 and #50 SST Modifieds. The #5 went through several experimental set-ups to help us know the true limits and reaction characteristics of this winning car. Terry's time behind the #50 was more for shake down purposes to ensure this car can be called upon if anything should happen to the #5. With an upgraded motor in the #50 Terry gave us the "thumbs up" that he would have confidence in driving this car competitively should the need arise. When asked about his driving plans, team owner Tom Fecteau stated "We want all of our manpower focused on helping Terry be competitive in what is likely going to be a big learning year for us. I'll have my fun seeing us run up front at tracks where I know the regulars set a high standard for performance".

When the day was done, we were all pleased with what had been accomplished.

In the "new" news area; our chassis advisor Kris Hillegeer ran his first laps at Spencer Speedway in a Super Stock. Once again Kris has built a gorgeous blue #18 to compliment his Super Six which will be driven by his brother Ryan in 2009. Kris had some minor mechanical issues that slowed his progress but finished the evening upbeat as his lessons will be easy to apply to the speed charts on opening day. Ryan looked good in his practice runs and it looks like all the support classes will be more competitive and more entertaining this year.

Kris is also a good promoter/marketing representative as he had both cars participate in the Williamson Apple Blossom Festival parade held the following day. I hear he got permission to actually run the Super Stock for a few blocks, but that was just a rumor of course.

Jody London was present pit side but without his re-skinned and much more powerful #89. With the help of lots of friends and family, everything looks good for his debut this coming Friday at the 100 lap opener. You will like his new look, trust me.

On the good wishes side of things we hope fellow racer David Sedlack is feeling OK after a hard hit. Here's hoping a fellow Syracuse traveler who has a history of being involved in 2 and 4 wheel racing for many years, has his car back in the near future.

See you at Spencer this Friday, it's going to be a great show.

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