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Final Race of the Season

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on Wednesday, 19 October 2011
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Oct 17 - For the last race of the season I would find myself at the famous 5/8 mile oval, Thompson speedway. The track I grew up around, and dreamed to be racing at one day. During the 2011 World Series of racing weekend I would achieve this goal.

The weekend got a damper start, when Friday's activities would be cancelled due to rain. This meant I would have no heat race, and limited practice to be ready for the race. On Saturday morning, before practice I would get coaching from Dan Meservey once again, to help me learn the track before I turned my first laps. I felt confident when I hit the track. The first 6 laps of practice went as planned. I was turning laps and getting use to the track. Going down the back stretch on lap 7 I felt the car to shudder. I quickly tried to figure the problem out but I was unable to and the car would just shut off. I had to be pushed back to the pits and hope we could find the issue.

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DAV Memorial Race

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on Thursday, 13 October 2011
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Oct 12 -This past weekend I raced at Seekonk Speedway for the DAV weekend. The plan of the night was to re-learn the car with the new clip and stay out of trouble. We went into the first practice going to feel the car out and making sure nothing would fall off. As i got more into the run I kept picking it up to full power. Right before the end I got on the throttle hard. Car was tight out due to lack of stagger but it felt awesome to go hard after not racing for 5 weeks.

We made changes to grow the stagger in the rear and went to get ready for the 2nd practice. Due to time constraints we would only get one practice which was upsetting but we moved on and got ready for the heat race.

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Inspection and the Aftermath of the Damage

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on Thursday, 08 September 2011
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Sept 7 - After looking over the damage after Seekonk we found indeed we needed a new clip. Due to the assistance and urging of some great people we decided to go out to find a new clip with the hope of being back before the season ends. GRE6 was the place to go. Billy Gaston was in the process of making a pro 4 clip and was willing to sell it to us. Billy completed the clip and we picked it up on Friday night.

With the new clip we also needed many new parts on the front end and a bunch new mounts. After working for a week, we attached the clip, fabricated a radiator mounted up and remoutned a new sway bar. In the end we actually were able to shorten the car by 3 inches and redistribute some of our weight.

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A Tough Night

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on Monday, 05 September 2011
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Sept 4 - It was a tough night for the Derek Robbie and the DDR Motorsports team at Seekonk Speedway on September 3, 2011. The team spent the week repairing the rear end of the car after it was discover to be bent from the Waterford accident. A delay caused by Hurricane Irene in receiving the new axle tube only made matters worse. The team was forced to work right up until it was time to leave for the track in getting prepared. Being sure everything was fully ready for the night was highest on the priority list. This was accomplished and the team to the track for practice with great confidence.

Practice and the qualifier went without any real incidents. The car was a tick loose and this was remedied with a couple of chassis adjustments. The qualifier race saw Derek in a tight battle with the father and son team of Dick and Tony Dubois with Derek coming ahead. From there it was on to preparing for the feature.

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My second start at Monadnock Speedway

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on Tuesday, 23 August 2011
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 Aug 22 - Going in to my second Monadnock Speedway start luck was not on my side. Having 3 dnfs in the last 3 races was not what I wanted in my rookie season.

In the first practice I used it as a shake down since we had the car apart from the last race where we were in a wreck. After the first practice we checked the car over and saw nothing was wrong with the car. I got the okay to go out in the second and third practice hard. We figured out the car was very loose on the exit, so we added some wedge across the back of the car. I proceeded to use the 3rd and final practice as a scuff session for my new tires. The car was fast on new tires.

In the heat race I started 4th. On the start I slide the nose a little but got control and didn't lose any positions. I stayed there for the next 8 laps still learning the track. I was pressured a little from the 75 car but never got passed. The car was a touch tight but we decided to keep the car the same as it will be good for the feature.

In the feature I started 11th out of 14 cars. As the green flag came out I settled in to 11th place and stayed there for the first 6 laps till the caution came out. I restarted 10th. I didn't stay there long as I got passed and settled back into 11th place. I gained a position under green as the 16 went off the track. With 10 to go I got passed for 11th where I stayed for the rest of the race. I tried to chase the 75 down for 10th but was not able to catch him. The car was very loose off the corner, which made me learn throttle control. Later we be found out the loose off the corner was a bent rear end we suffered from the wreck 2 weeks ago. I'll be back under way in 2 weeks at Seekonk speedway.

 

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