|September 9th, 2007
09-07-2007 "What a wild ride it's been"
The final night of the
season started out hot and stayed that way. Our goals
were a mix of striving for a "best week
ever" and keeping this championship setting night
a fun experience for all. The evening would deliver
emotions including high optimism, quiet frustration,
concern for each other, and a special appreciation for
our families and friends.
The Epic Ventures
Terry Cheetham #5 SST arrived with another new set up
as we searched for the elusive combination that would
put him in the hunt for a victory. Practice led to
some additional changes, paying off with another heat
race victory, Terry's 3rd of the year. A last minute
change to the feature line up put Terry on the outside
of the front row, so hope was running high. Terry
would battle up front for many laps but would
eventually fall back to a 5th place finish. Although
disappointment was evident, you could see the
determination in Terry and his crew to continue moving
forward as they now prepare for the Race of Champions
at Oswego in two weeks.
The Epic Ventures Tom
Fecteau #50 SST came focused on just getting in a
respectable finish and adding one more complete
feature run for the experience. Practice was
troublesome as worn out tires were used but some fun
was added as crewman Jim "Steimy" took the
car out for a few laps as a "thank you" for
his dependability and skills throughout the season.
The heat race was dizzying as Tom pushed the car's
limits too far and spun out twice. A last minute
tire/rim set-up was decided for the feature and the
crew made the changes in plenty of time. As Tom
adapted to the new set up, it looked promising for
some wheel to wheel racing taking shape.
Unfortunately, around lap 18 something broke in the
front end entering the first turn and Tom slammed in
to the tire barrier and wall at a high rate of speed.
The race was red flagged immediately and Tom exited
the car under his own power, reassuring his crew and
family that although sore, all was well. After an exam
by on-site medical personnel Tom returned to his pit
stall where the team was preparing the remains of the
#50 for the long tow back home. We thank all the
racers and fans that stopped by, showing their concern
for Tom's well being.
Spencer's season is
now over. We congratulate Terry's 4th place finish in
the SST points thanks to 3 heat wins, 4 "top
5" finishes, 12 "top 10" finishes and
only 1 DNF. Tom's first and final complete season fell
far short of his goals. Far too many DNS (did not
start) and DNF (did not finish) results were the main
roadblocks to success. In the Modified class, Terry's
#11, although missing in action these last two weeks,
ran well enough this season to finish 10th in points
as well. We hope the Spencer Speedway fans found our
involvement helped them enjoy their auto racing
experience in 2007.
Epic Ventures will
attend two more big races with Terry and the #5. We
will have to assess the damage and the resources
needed to repair the #50 before committing to any more
events in 2007. We will be making an announcement
shortly about some additional ROC involvement so click
back in a week and see what we are up to next.