Yes.. they gave it there all and made us proud.. During intermission I did some head scratching and made some gear changes. I didn't want to screw up a good car but I knew everyone else was going to get faster.
Features.....30 laps or 20 minutes.
James started in 5th spot in the Sr Animal feature. He was up to forth in no time and the front four broke away from the pack. They top four ran away with no one able to get close to them. This was a great moment because the top three where all well known successful drivers and James was stuck to them like velcro for many laps. Then that racing luck came back around again.... Really?
. The caution came out and it closed the field up again. There had been many restarts to this point but the top 4 just ran away from the pack every time. This time somebody's patience ran out and he stuck it in "bonzia style" under James and punted him out of the park.....never lifted
. 360 degree spin about a foot off the ground!
. ....aaaaaaannnd..to the rear we go .....again
. To make this one worse the race director gave the two minute warning just before the restart. He made it back to 6th before the clock ran out. He drove awesome......Just wasn't his day.
So....sucked it up and he belted into his 160 car. Starting in forth, this was his best shot in his favorite car. After a great start he settled into forth and a few laps in......Are you kidding me???????. The car in front of him spins
I tell you, this poor kid CANNOT catch a break! He had no where to go. He thew it sideways and WHAM! Hard hit into the side of the spinning car. I quick look revealed no serious damage but as I pushed him of something sounded odd..???. Next thing I know he was back in the hot chute "Dad, its making noise and bucking" I looked again at the commonly bent items. The panhard bar was bent but not bad.... I told him to do his best and pushed him off again.....to the rear...again
...with a bent car. It was obvious that something was not right because it was making a horrible noise. The green came out and off he went, noise and all. All the way up to forth with a bent car ...Awesome! The race director indicated that time was up and the race was over at the next caution or the checkers. At that point the caution came out again and......Wait...are you *&%$**&! kidding me. Yup, Again. As he let off the gas "that niose" let go completely.... "BANG! clunk, clunk, clunk..he rolled to a stop. In order to finish the race he needed to pass the checkered flag under caution. That was not happening without repair. Going to the hot chute for repairs (you guessed it) puts you to the rear. Have we been here before? The race was over, he finished forth.....but could not get back to the flag to claim the spot....DNF
. As it turned out, the motor moved from the force of the impact. That put a big side load on the chain that eventually gave out.
Charlene was up again for her Feature. She started forth...and the carnage continued. Fortunetly, she managed to stay clear of most of it. She ran as high as third and as far back as last......Yup "to the rear"
. She got two wheels out in the loose stuff and took it for a long slide through turn 4. She went up the dirt berm and back down onto the track. This scrambled everyone and two cars locked together. Then it got real exciting. The two cars went up the berm, through the flagstand (flagger was diving for cover
) and down the other side.....ooooops
by the time it was all over she managed to hold onto her forth place. Best feature finish for the team.
DRIVE IT LIKE YOU STOLE IT!..........Out of somebody's garbage
I'm trying to get out of PWs.........That idea's not working out real well......
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