Rained out

May 11th, 2009

May 9, 2009The day started out better then the past couple of weeks. We arrived at the track on time for the first time this season, which made the day somewhat easier. First practice didn’t go so well, as the kart had a reallllll bad chatter. It was so bad that I scraped the backstretch wall. Second practice we made some adjustments to the front end, moving weight to the nose and right front as well as making a LR wedge adjustment. This made the kart better, but still nowhere near a contender. After that, we made a few more adjustments before the race got rained out.

Salem Evening News – read all about it

May 6th, 2009

The Salem Evening News covered our start for the 2009 season. In the paper itself, there’s a picture of our driver. I have pictures of the team that I’ll get posted soon.

There’s a lot to the story that isn’t told – like how we had a pile of kart parts, rather than something to race until Saturday afternoon. JCSpecialty and Bruce Payea were of great help in identifying all those parts rattling around in the boxes that came with the new motor.

For this week, we have some welding to do – hopefully we won’t be working on it Sat. morning!

Battle for second

May 2nd, 2009

Today went a little different from last week. We didn’t have the dominant kart, and from the heat, I am surprised we got top three. Kinda.

In the heat, we were junk. We got damaged on the first lap and it just wouldn’t turn. Least fun kart to drive I’ve ever had at that track. We made some adjustments for the feature, and it helped.

We came from last to second, and had a pretty good battle with the third place kart for it. In the first few laps of the feature, the kart was good. I had good turn in and drive off, but once I got to second, the kart just lost all front end grip. Maybe halfway through I got passed for second, and after a lap I realized I needed to find more grip or I wasn’t going to catch the 26 for 2nd. So I started cutting into the corner early, letting off the gas and keeping the kart only about halfway up the track on the straights. This shorter way around the track made me faster, and surprisingly, I caught the 26 pretty quick. It took me a couple laps to get around him, but after I did, we just cruised. A caution with two laps to go set up a green white checkered finish, and on the restart I tried to burp the throttle and cut underneath the leader. But it didn’t work, and he pulled away. Next week we’ll get him.

The 2009 season starts at Route 106 Racepark

April 27th, 2009

We had just received an animal motor for the 2009 season on Friday, so we had a lot of work to get it in and working before the race Saturday night. We worked all morning Saturday before finally getting it running around 3:00. That means we ended up leaving around 4 after packing the trailer, so we got there right when practices were finishing. Great… new motor, new setup, no practice. Luckily, we had time to look over our setup and make some corrections before the heat, where we had to start 12th (last) because of our late registration. It was a long way to the front from there. But luckily, the kart was handling pretty good and had some nice power. The 42 kart powered into the lead around halfway, and pulled away from there. The feature went well, very uneventful, despite being nervous about the axle falling off due to some missing bolts. Oh well, run what you got, you know? We started first and led every lap, pulling away by a huge margin and catching the tail end of the field by the 4th or 5th lap. Instantly we were lapping karts left and right, before a caution came out, and from there on, we just conserved. Overall – a good way to start the season. Now we need to keep this momentum and build on it. Maybe next week we’ll stay out of trouble and win again, but who knows? We’ll have some fresh Burris tires on and the setup will be better. We’re looking for a loose kart so I can really throw it around this track. I hope to set track records this year. It should be a good year. However, last year we also got off to a good start with a win, but that didn’t run as smoothly. Hopefully since this year we’ll have a more powerful motor, we won’t always be underpowered like last year. That’s already going to help us in huge leaps and bounds. We also will be paying very close attention to the setup of the kart, and not just sort of guessing and letting the driver make up for it on the track. I’d like to see how we can do with a consistently decent kart week in and week out, no matter what track we go to. I’d really like to win the championship in the 5-race series at Route 106 Racepark, as well as finally break through and get a win at Richmond Karting speedway. I feel like we’re close, we just need to run a little stronger and be in a better position at the end. Those are really my goals for this year:

  • Win a championship of some sort at any track
  • Win at Richmond karting speedway
  • Win the Richmond Dash for Cash

 

As well as the obvious, win every week.

Coke 100

August 29th, 2008

yeah..so..we won. mmhmm. the third time in a row, we won the coke 100 race, the biggest race of the whole year. the kid who won the championship, has only won it once, and we’ve won it 3 times in a row. and we’ve entered it 3 times. so we have never lost the coke 100.

the kart was good in practice, i dont know how fast it was, but it felt good. so we didnt run second practice, because i didnt want to run the motor too much.  had to make sure it lasted the whole 100 laps.

in qualifying, i tried too hard. i raised the air pressure 2 pounds in each of the right side tires. that made the car super twitchy. so when i turned into the corner, the car turned too well, and i lost all my momentum and ran over the curbing. that slowed me down. i qualified ninth, which is good and bad. its the same place i started last year, and i won, and i get to pass a lot of cars getting to the front. i did kinda want that pole position plaque though.

and of course, you already know how the race went. very nice. 

Atlanta – What went down

March 10th, 2008

This week, Kyle Busch won the race at Atlanta, which is cool, because he is fun to watch. He drives really loose and crazy, which is great. Most drivers are just steady, and smooth, but that isn’t very fun to watch, especially if someone is running away with the win. There weren’t any real crashes, and not too much racing. The biggest crash came when Elliot Sadler hit the infield wall after spinning. He had already spun twice before that so it wasn’t any surprise that he crashed. Jamie McMurray finished 40th, which stinks, and Jeff Gordon got a top ten, as did Brian Vickers. I love seeing that Red Bull team run well, because I like their drivers, and the drink itself. Mike Skinner drove the 84 car, replacing A.J. Allmendinger for a race, which stinks because I really like A.J. It wasn’t a very fun race to watch. There weren’t many lead changes, and it was mainly single file green flag racing.
For go karting, I bought a new pair of gloves, Alpinestars tech 1-z. they’re really soft and comfortable. I really needed new gloves, as my old ones had holes in them and were wayyyy too small. I’m working on buying a new suit (an Impact) and a champ kart.

D.A.R.E. Car Show

August 15th, 2007

The 42 junior outlaw turned heads at tonights D.A.R.E. Car show. This will be a weekly event for us!

The day after Cinco De Mayo

May 6th, 2007

Kart started out okay.  Acceleration was kinda slow, but it was ok.  For second practice we fixed the screwed up toe and went with my genius sprint car style setup.  We automatically gained tons of traction, and I congratulated myself on a genius setup.  We took 5 pounds of pressure from the left front, and that was all it needed.

In the heat race we started second, and for the start of the race we were fine.  We were battling Davey (Riendeau) EXTREMELY hard on the outside.  But by turn four on the second lap we had faded.  We were back to third and losing ground.  Not a lot, but enough so that two more people passed us.  Its not like we were that bad, just it wasn’t getting off the corners like id like it to, and was sliding up with all four wheels.

For the feature we put on a new right rear, and lowered all tire pressures by ½ pound to 1 full pound.  We also sanded down the clutch, gaining acceleration.  The kart was decent, the best it had been all day. But we started 3rd from last, and that didn’t help.  We immediately moved up two positions, but we were still behind the #38, who was slower then us.  We had a good car, and it stuck pretty much where ever I took it.  But, I couldn’t quite get around the 38, and then he spun. 

I got on the brakes, but got rear ended and ended up hitting the 38 and bending the spindle and bumper.  I didn’t know this at the time though, and the car got a LOT twitchier.  I had to grip the wheel as hard as I could to make sure it didn’t hop lanes.  However, it was still fast.  If I hit my marks, I was gaining on the 09 in front of me.  If I had had 5 more laps I would’ve passed him.  But on the last lap we got passed in 1, got it back in 2, then got passed again by someone else on the frontstretch.  The 48.  It was an absolutely genius pass, as he passed 2 cars coming out of 4.  I seriously need to find out what the trick to that is.  If I had had track position and not wrecked, I could’ve won.  If I had just started in the top 5 I would’ve been fine.  But, I wrecked.  That happens.