Playing on the Dirt It was a hot, humid, sunny day in Springfield,Illinois. Normal weather for this time of year. The track looked well used from the USAC Sliver Crown race run the day before. Once again typical for...
Playing on the Dirt
It was a hot, humid, sunny day in Springfield,Illinois. Normal weather for this time of year. The track looked well used from the USAC Sliver Crown race run the day before. Once again typical for Springfield.
Practice started out bad, we were one of the fastest cars out. You see, the track was going to get dry slick and we were running good while it was still tacky. We worked on the car all practice and the drier the track got the slower we were. Not looking too good.
We were fortieth in line for qualifying so we made a few drastic changes to the car. We pulled one out of the hat and qualified 5th. I was happy with this considering the caliber of drivers we were running against. Congratulations go to Ken Schrader on taking the pole.
The race started out pretty good. We were running fourth or fifth until the third yellow came out around lap twenty. Yes, three yellows before they had twenty laps in. Some drivers still think they can win the race on the first lap. We made our mandatory pit stop at lap twenty and took some fuel. As we were coming back up through the field a back marker (Todd Coons) decided he wanted to race with us. He drove into turn one way over his head and hit Eric in the left rear. Eric was able to recover but he lost that position. On the very next lap, this same driver(Todd Coons) took out the #19 car right in front of Eric. We made it through that one also. This driver was given a five lap penalty later in the race for taking someone else out and then he put his car into the wall. I guess some drivers should just stay home.
I had just told Eric that the race was at the half way point when he radioed that he had lost oil pressure. A piece of debris came up and took the oil pump belt off. He came in and we replaced the belt but the damage had been done. When he restarted the car the oil pressure gauge was fluctuating which is the sign of a spun bearing. That was the end of our day. Fortunately we did not hurt the motor too bad. We should have it ready for the next dirt race in DuQuoin, Illinois.
Our next race is in two weeks at the DuQuoin, Illinois State Fairgrounds. This is another one mile dirt(sand) track. If you get a chance, stop by and see us run.
Until the Thunder rolls again...
Randy... Crew Chief ARCA #9 http://www.arcacar9.com