|May 20th, 2009
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.
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.