Daytona Buckley personal report

Buckeroo World Headquarters: I know its been a long time since I've posted, but I'm finally back into the swing of things and getting my act together. The whole team has been working our tails off since the first of the year. This week was...

Buckeroo World Headquarters:

I know its been a long time since I've posted, but I'm finally back into the swing of things and getting my act together. The whole team has been working our tails off since the first of the year. This week was finally a time to get a breather and get recomposed.

Mike Lathrop did a pretty good job of updating the events that took place with the team. We were basically underfunded, "slightly" unprepared, and under the gun with a large group of high quality cars.

We definitly had a learning experience, an expensive one too. But I'd have to say that I'd do it all over again. The car is in one piece and now we are getting the motor combination ready for Atlanta.

I've just now gotten caught up in the old mail that has come across. Thanks to all for the support you've shown. I'll try to fill you in on some of the details of our week as we get caught up.

A few short notes.:: Didn't the car look good in 1st round qualifying.....The paint really shined.... Thats about the best that can be said for that qualifying effort. Got a nice ride back to the pit from the backstretch in a security vehicle.

Second round qualifying was slow because we were on seven cyclinders. We found this out when we pulled the motor and found a spark plug electrode had the gap closed by a piston. Nothing serious, someone bought the wrong spark plugs at the parts trailer(extended tips). {{For Mike L.: I don't need to mention who, do I?}}

Our biggest problem there was that we used up valuable practice time in the garage getting the car completed for the track. When we finally got our brake and motor problems figured out, we had run out of practice time and could get the car fast enough for the field.

I saw some of the discussions that have already taken place about the provisional situation. This was the first time in 30 starts that I needed a provisional and wasn't far enough up the list to find one. We'll need to get the car faster if we plan on running with these guys at these races, because we cannot rely on points to get us in. That isn't the way we want to make these races anyhow. There is quite a bit that I donlt agree with on how the ARCA owner points work but we'll have to work within their system because whinning about it doesn't do any good. .

Caution, Caution, Yellow Flag.... Whine on:::Three of the four drivers that got in on provisionals were lower than I was in driver points last year. But owner points rule as long as the entry was made and the number is on the car. And we were still two provisionals away from getting in the race. Glen Brewer's second car had the "02" number on it and would have gotten in before us. I can't win in this game, the 12 car witll be driven by two different teams this year(Blackstock and Sheppard), the 51 car, owned by Dixon last year, will be driven by two teams (Hall and Cooksy). Piersy will run the 10 car unless Brewer is there, then if its a speedway, he'll run the 9 car. Brewer had the 02 on the second car,(Dan Faldorf number) and Dan will field a second short track car when the field is light at the short tracks.

Our number was used twice on speedways last year by Roger Blackstock who plays this game to perfection. The first time, ARCA asked us to let him use it at Charlotte to take an Andy Hillenburg school car and start at the back of the filed to help fill it. We said OK. The second time, we had no idea the number was being used until the weekend of the race at Atlanta, Roger put the number on someone elses car and started the car for points, then switched drivers after the first caution. So I guess we're not totally free of guilt from this situation.

That real sad part is what happens to the owner points at the end of the year when the money is handed out. I normally finish higher in driver points that in owner points due to this game, and this costs me money since the owner point fund pays most of the dough The answer?...Get faster and not have to use any Prov. and quite whinning . .. Whine off.

In general, we had fun. Daytona is Daytona and thats where we wanted to be. Nothing can compare to how it feels to run around that track, or how it feels when a car gets along side and the rear end gets a little twitchy. (ya, even at 162). I'll try to do a better job at posting as we prepare for our Atlanta adventure.

Mike Buckley ARCA #48

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Series ARCA
Drivers Mike Buckley , Andy Hillenburg