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Rained out

Monday, 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.

The 2009 season starts at Route 106 Racepark

Monday, 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

Friday, 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

Monday, 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.