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The ups and downs of Waterford Speedbowl

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on Tuesday, 09 August 2011
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Aug 8 - My Waterford Speedbowl debut turned out to be much less than the day we expected. Earlier in the week we found carburetor issues, and only had one night to get it fixed. Thankfully, for one of our sponsors, Robert Rund, he loaned us, his, and we bolted it on for the weekend. Sadly, we quickly found out his carburetor was not the answer to our problem. In the first two practices, we struggled with the car running his carburetor. It was bogging at 6000 rpm and had no power off the corners. Add to that problem I still needed time adapting to a new race track. Boy was I hoping to have the car back to its fast ways. In the third and final practice, we tried a carburetor from fellow racer Mark Giordano. This practice when I mashed the gas, I felt full power and boy did it feel great. I now took to quickly adapting to the track with the full power of the car under me.

 

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Two days at Little T Speedway - What I did on my off weekend

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on Tuesday, 02 August 2011
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August 1, 2011 - On my off weekend I went to Little T speedway to help a friend of mine, Richie Morocco, race his quarter midget. On this weekend Richie was racing both Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. He was also only driving 1 car instead of his normal 2.

On Saturday when I was waiting for Richie's race I got involved with a rookie name Derek Gluchacki. Later to find out I would also assist with him for the weekend. During Derek's race I noticed that he drove a really good line and was smooth. Talking to his dad Joe (also a rookie handler), I informed him we did not need to change the setup much to make the car better for Derek. The next morning I went and found Derek's father to help him work on Derek's car, because Richie was all set for the day's time trials. For time trials I decided to keep Derek's carthe same, which was a great move. Derek got fast time. Then we moved to Richie's time trial. Richie also got fast time in his division, Senior Honda.

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Helping a Friend Out

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on Wednesday, 27 July 2011
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July 27, 2011 - It was first time at Hudson Speedway, I turned it into a day of learning for the driver I was helping out, Robert Rund, driver the 64 Road Runner. Robert is one of my sponsors and I decided to return the favor by assiting him for the day.

We started off the day trying to find a bog at full throttle. He went out in first practice with a jet change in the carburetor from the week before hoping it would fix it his issue. When Robert came in he noted  it was still bogging but it was much better. Also, on the good side, the water temperature of the car stayed at 190 degrees instead of going to 210 degrees. That was a improvement. We continued to try and find what the problem was before the heat race. We could not think of anything, but I mention to Robert a few things to try.

Robert started 7th in the heat race. He cleared the carb out just before the start of the race and it made the car pull better but still not great. He finished the heat in 5th place. With the exception of the bog, the car handled really good, and all Robert had to do was slow his hands down and it would be perfect. I told him to focus on that and we went on to the feature race.

Robert started 15th in a field of 17. Robert stayed in the back making laps and keeping the car in one piece. He picked off cars here and there and moved to 12. After  a late race  restart Robert dueled it out with a car and beat him to the line which was some excitement for him. To be battling and have power to stay with other cars was a small victory. Even thou Robert still has the bog, I would say the race was good. We learned a bunch together and hopefully can make more improvements to make Robert even faster next time.

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Open Wheel Wednesday - July 20, 2011

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on Tuesday, 26 July 2011
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Welcome to my new blog where my first post will be about my second race at Seekonk Speedway. It was a great day of learning, even though the result didn't show it.

Right when we showed up, I learned that the track was very slippery and that was something new to me. I started off in the first practice driving the car in too deep and spinning out. From that moment on, I started backing up my corner and adapting to a hot, slippery surface. In round two of practice, I needed to learn how to bump start the car because the battery had died and would not start up (shouldn't have left the fan on). After the car got going, I quickly went back to the progress from practice one. Near the end of the practice, I gave everyone a scare. I hit the bump going into turn 3, and it sent me spinning. I went to save the car, but it suddenly turned right towards the wall. Luckily, I got the car slowed down and stopped before it made contact with the wall.

After practice was concluded we had a long break until the heat races and feature races. I went and found the announcer to hand him my press release for this race. To start off, he remembered who I was, and the last time we raced at Seekonk was about two months ago. When I started talking to him about the press release he stated "Hey this is the same press release on Facebook. I've already read this." I thought it was cool to hear the announcer ..............

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