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Making strides at Monadnock

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on Thursday, 23 May 2013
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Whenever I go to Monadnock Speedway, it always seem to be a struggle, but this season I am ready to change that. We were able to leave the house around 11am to get to the track for 2pm, the time the pit gates opened. I was eager to get there, and get myself mentally prepared. We stopped for lunch with the 32 team before arriving at the track. Upon arriving at the track, I was quick to get unloaded and into the zone. It didn't take me long before I took a walk up to the grandstands and visualize the line I would run today, but my day dreaming could not last all day, practice was approaching quickly.(cont.)

 

 

We were the 4th division to hit the track for practice. Once I got out onto the track, the goal was to try to find a line and feel out the car. After changing the transmission during the week we need to be sure everything worked fine. I got up into my groove and started to drive the car harder and harder. I found the car was loose in the first round, so we closed the tire stagger up, and I went out for the final round of practice.

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How to break up a winter without racing.

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on Friday, 01 February 2013
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During the off season every racer misses racing, more than anything else.

For the past couple of winters, to stay in the racing mode, I took to doing charity go-karting events! This year it was and event at Checkered Flag Raceway in Haverhill, MA for the 3rd Annual RAC 100! Making it even more special was I went with my close friend Mike Horn!

During the event were going up against 46 other racers from around New England! Luckily we both got in some practice laps the previous Saturday; this helped prepared both of us to race! The way the event works is you’re guaranteed three (3), ten (10) lap races. Each race has 6 drivers in it and those with the top 20 average finishes would be put in to a 35 lap semifinal race. The top 5 in the semifinal then moved to the 100 lap feature race! From the beginning I had my back against the wall and started 4th in the first heat! But I was ready to go, and on the first lap going thru the corkscrew, I was spun out and moved back to 5th. I was able to rebound to 4th, but I had a lot more than a 4th place finish in me. I was mad at being spun out and moved out of the way. This is not the way I learned to race. I was about to throw the towel in thinking everyone would race like that. Mike Horn calmed me down and said a little bit of bumping won’t hurt me. Now I was ready for the second race, where I once again started 4th.(cont.)...


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My final race of the season.

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on Monday, 22 October 2012
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Being a full time student I had to go to school before heading over to Thompson Speedway for some practice. I thought 11am would never come but it did and I was ready to go to the race track!

When I got outside I saw it was raining and hoped it would stop! The drive to the track went by fast. Once I arrived at the track I was ready to get suited up and start practice. Due to the rain, practice was delayed for a little, but only set it a hour behind schedule. This gave me time to talk with my Canadian friends who came down to race with us. But, I didn’t really want to socialize; I wanted to get on the track.

Since I lacked laps around Thompson we decided to run the first practice, even though it was a green race track. This gave me time to learn and adapt to the track and the different lines. Right off the start I was hugging the bottom of the track, which was slowing me down. I started to move up the track and the car just got faster and faster. I found my first problem for the weekend. I was hitting the rev limiter early, but that’s a good sign. It meant I was going fast. For the second practice we decided to tighten the car up and see if I could get a little bit lower but hold my momentum. Unfortunately I was never really able to get going. I had run up on the 66 fairly quickly and went to go around him. Just then the Unlimited cars started to pass us. To make sure I didn’t wreck I pulled to the bottom and let the cars by. Then just as Ii was getting going again, practice was over. I felt extremely

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Getting to race the Fall Final at Stafford Speedway

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on Tuesday, 02 October 2012
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When I was younger, the Fall Final at Stafford Speedway was a race I always  dreaming to be racing at, and this year at the 40th Fall Final I got my chance. The Pro 4 Modifieds were added to the Saturday line up and my chance had arrived as I planned on putting the #27 up front. This weekend though came after having the engine out and putting a new crankshaft and bearings in the week before. as we had a near miss of blowing it up at Monadnock speedway when an oil line broke.

I was different to be up at 6 am and and heading to the track by 9. Showing up early gave us time to get prepared and setup for the day. Practice didn’t start till 1pm. This gave us time to walk around and look at the track and become prepared mentally. Another big plus was it gave time for the track to dry from the overnight rains. Since we were the 8th division out on the track, it gave me time to watch the different racing grooves and watch to see how the track changed with rubber being put down.

After what seemed forever,.......

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An off weekend and Monadnock again

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on Tuesday, 18 September 2012
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Many peoples idea of an off weekend is relaxing with family and doing non-racing things. My idea of an off weekend is holding a sponsor appreciation day. On Sept 8, I held one from 11am to 2pm at Marshall's Jewelers to give back to my local sponsors. It was a day full of seeing old fans and making new ones. We gave away pictures, balloons, apparel and even a $50 gift certificate to Marshall’s Jewelers.  It was cool to hear stories from people that have been racing fans forever and even from a guy who raced. It was also cool to show people what I can do for my sponsors.

After the sponsor appreciation day, Dad and I went to a family friend’s 50th anniversary party. It was great to see friends I haven’t seen in some time and celebrate a great accomplishment.

Even thou I had a supposed off weekend from racing doesn’t mean I have a week off in the garage. And, even thou I won at Monadnock the week before I wasn’t 100% happy with the setup. The car had tightened up by the end of the race. So, to help the issue we raised the right rear spring rate a little and got the car finalized for the race.

This week, it was only Dad and I heading to the race track. Mom and my sister Nichole were heading off to a family friend’s wedding. Once we got to the track it was a really relaxed day. We had plenty of time as we were the last division to hit the race track. This put us 10th in the rotation.

I was very eager to hit the track and see what the changes would do. The car ended up being loose, but loose is fast and that is was. In fact, the car was a little too loose for me to be comfortable though. As we review the setup after practice the loose condition ended up being the stagger had opened up too much. That was an easy fix though.

The plan for the second practice was to find a line and get in a rhythm. I did that right away and got comfortable. When I really got into my rhythm trouble came, going down into turn 3 the car just came around on me. I started


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