>From: Mike Buckley <Arcamike@AOL.COM> The Shady Bowl speedway seems to be good to us.... We arrived at the Shady Bowl speedway a little late due to the driver (yes the race car driver) making a wrong turn just out of Findlay, OH. ...
>From: Mike Buckley <Arcamike@AOL.COM>
The Shady Bowl speedway seems to be good to us....
We arrived at the Shady Bowl speedway a little late due to the driver (yes the race car driver) making a wrong turn just out of Findlay, OH. with the race hauler. The rest of the crew were waiting for us at the track and we unloaded for practice.
We geared the car a little too high for practice. The car was loose getting in, and pushing on the exit. Our handling changes didn't make much difference and I spun the car in practice without hitting anything. The water temp was running a little high but I wanted to leave the higher gear for qualifying as it seemed to pull the car up the hill in the front straight quite nice.
In Qualifying, I missed a shift from 3rd to 4th gear getting the car up to speed and didn't quite have a full head of steam going when the green fell on the 1st lap. I didn't recover well and the 2nd lap was only as good as our practice times on 150 lap junk tires.
We went back to work on the setup, and changed the gear, reducing our RPM and keeping the water temperature down. This seemed to work well in the race, however the car was now not getting up the hill as well as the others. Turns 1 and 2 however, I could make up ground, keeping the RPM up.
We passed a few cars and avoided going a lap down for the first couple of cautions. There were a lot of blown motors in the race and there seemed to be oil everywhere. Around lap 60, I had just gone down a lap to Marvin Smith, Bowsher, and Kimmel when the caution flew for a blown motor and LOTS of oil. Out came the oil dry and it was everywhere. I was the first car a lap down and lined up in the front on the inside row next to the leader, M. Smith. The green flew, Marvin and I raced into turn 1 and we bumped as he pulled down a little early. We raced down the backstreach and as Marvin entered turn 3-4 on the outside lane, he lost it and headed for the wall. We motored toward the flagman and "thought" we took the yellow flag. I "know" the yellow lights were on when I crossed the line. My spotter is telling me I got my lap back, etc. and I began to slow down on the backstretch for the yellow. Bowsher then passes and proceeds to race back to the yellow (in my mind, for the 2nd time). ARCA tells us our place is behind the 21 car and we will not be on the lead lap..... We are not happy.
I raced hard after this incident until the car started to go away, big time. I about took down the backstreach wall at one point, and then went sideways down the front streatch a little while later. We were lapped again and at that point went from a competitive run to a "hold on" for a decent finish without destroying our car or someone elses. I later found an oil leak that was getting on both the RF and RR tires.
We were officially scored three laps down in 9th place (We think we should have been two down). I later talked to ARCA about the ruling on the yellow flag. Although settling these kind of things will never change the finishing order, they agreed I may have been right, and I felt better for "venting" a little.
Next race is at Springfield, another one mile dirt track. We need to replace some intake gaskets and install our dirt track setup this week and get ready to breath some earth. Hope I can see better at Springfield than I could at Indy.....
Mike Buckley http://crestcomm.com/motorsports/buckley.htm