RACE: NHIS Double Regional personal report

>From: rwelty@wizvax.net (Richard Welty) >Date: Fri, 06 Sep 1996 04:53:43 GMT Because of the nasty cold that my wife and I both caught as the weekend was winding to a close, there's been some delay in this report, but i'm almost recovered now,...

>From: rwelty@wizvax.net (Richard Welty) >Date: Fri, 06 Sep 1996 04:53:43 GMT

Because of the nasty cold that my wife and I both caught as the weekend was winding to a close, there's been some delay in this report, but i'm almost recovered now, and she's getting better...

This racing season has been pretty limited for me. We bought a tow vehicle in February, a new computer in March, and started renovating the basement about 3 months ago. It was only mid summer when i was told i could go ahead and pick up new front and rear sway bars for the ITB Alfetta Sedan; that turned into a long and ugly saga, as the nonavailability in the US of the factory bushings for the front end links caused me to laboriously file the studs on the lower control arms in front from 14mm down to 1/2" so I could substitute 1/2" spherical rod ends. It's been a very frustrating season so far, and as we approached the end of August, it became clear that there were serious questions about even making 1/2 distance in two races to keep my license. I resolved to make the Labor Day double at NHIS and run conservatively in order to make it 1/2 way through the needed races.

This was going to be a bit different from previous events; Allison is due at the end of november/beginning of december, and is now working in more of a supervisory capacity, and I've not had a lot of luck finding crew for such a bass ackward racing effort. Ahh well.

I got the car together in time; it was a little difficult to start, but it drove onto the trailer under its own power, and we headed off to NHIS, a little behind my schedule, but I tend to be very conservative about these things and so we were really "on time". we got to registration about 3 minutes before it opened, which was good as I couldn't find the entry form so we were the worst kind of late registrants -- we didn't even have a clue what the entry fee was, much less a form that was at least filled out in advance. I hadn't even been able to find my competition license; I figured out how to use the fax software that comes with Windows 95, and got national to fax me a letter that made the registrar happy, though.

They let us in despite all this, and we found a grassy area in the paddock. The race car didn't want to start, but it was easy to roll off, so we left it there next the trailer, unhitched the trailer, and found our hotel. The Capitol City diner next to the Econo Lodge at exit 13 of I-93 turned out to be a decent cheap (and popular) place to eat.

We got there early on saturday. The race car still wouldn't start; it appeared to be a battery problem. Cranking down on the loose positive connector didn't help, so I checked and it was still loose. Obviously the connector was shot; I regard these as disposable items anyway, and dug a new one out of the spares bin. The car fired right up; the battery was in excellent shape.

As a typical example of how the season is going, I couldn't find my vehicle logbook. Since I needed an annual insepction anyway, I figured I'd live; I even manged to present a blank page to the tech inspector (being chief of tech for New York region means I have a page book or two lying around.) The inspector who did my car had previously worked for me in tech at lime rock earlier in the season; it went very smoothly. It helped that the car was in good shape and my gear was in good shape, of course.

We were slugs when we went for breakfast; I missed most of my first practice session as a result, and didn't get any good information on how the thing was handling with my guess at tire pressures and the new sway bars.

Next came a qualifying session; i went out and just tried to take it easy and learn about the car. This thing has been slow every time it's gone out; I've been trying to work out why (driver? car? both?) while staying out of trouble. We qualified about 8 seconds a lap behind the second slowest qualifier, but faster than I'd run the last time I'd been out at NHIS (or anywhere else), almost a year ago at the late October race. The car felt good, reasonably balanced (although I wasn't really going fast enough to push the balance that hard, in all honesty.) The brakes went a little soft towards the end, but not too bad. I bled the brakes after the qualifying session with help from Mohud members Michael Pelersi and Kim Graff; there was a lot of air in the RF brake line.

Next up was the qualifying race; we figured to not push it, just go out and run at least 1/2 distance (the qualifying race counted towards license renewal, and if I made 1/2 distance, no other race would count towards renewal until monday, when there was a different sanction number.) The pole sitter chose to take the admonitions of the chief starter seriously (rolling, not flying starts in the SCCA, you understand) and started the race in first gear. I wasn't caught out too badly, until i inadvertantly went to 5th instead of 3rd at the start and fell seriously behind, but then I was going to be seriously behind anyway with my lap times, so it wasn't all that bad. The first 5 or 6 laps were fine; I was running at least as fast as my fastest qualifying times, and starting to believe that I could push it harder, despite my qualms about the rear sway bar end links (I still don't feel that the whole thing went together right.) On the seventh lap, I started suffering from major power loss at the end of the south end of the oval, and had a car that barely made it up the hill after leaving turn 3. The power would come back through the bowl, and go away again passing through the south end of the oval.

On lap 9, it all came to an end. The car wasn't running well; things were clearly coming apart, and I had all the laps that I needed. I pulled in; the motor died as I rolled into impound. Tech was impounding all IT cars for ride height checking; the Alfetta passed easily, and then I popped the hood. We quickly determined that at a minimum, my lower radiator hose had popped off of the water pump. I didn't think that the water pump gasket itself looked too good, but hope springs eternal, and figured that I could at least put the lower hose back on and fill the cooling system, and see what happened.

I got a flat tow back to my paddock space. I heard a grinding noise from the back on the way there, and decided to jack the car up and look at the rear brakes first. It turned out that the left inside rear piston had jammed, and worn the associated pad all the way down. the other three pads were fine. nuts.

The rear calipers on an alfetta are a pain in the neck; they are inboard and have associated handbrake bits and pieces. I fiddled a bit, had no luck and decided it put it off until the next day. From a license renewal point of view, I didn't have to race on sunday, only on monday. I could start from the back on Sunday and take a few laps to check the car out, but I didn't need to go 1/2 distance after I had made 9 laps in the qualifying race.

The next morning, I went to work. I put the hose back on, and Allison went off to fetch some water and fill the radiator. I crawled under the back and went to work on the brake caliper. While operating the adjustors for the left rear caliper, the whole assembly started whizzing brake fluid, indicating a significant lack of sealage in the assembly. Time for a rebuild (and a professional one at that; these Alfetta rears are something that quite frankly I'd rather pay someone who knows what they're doing to take care of.) While under there, I saw something dripping in front; I went forward and found that water Allison and I had just put in was seeping out the left side of the block from the head gasket, another significant lack of sealage.

Between those two facts, and what with rumors of a hurricane coming up the coast, it became a no brainer. We packed up and headed home. I can do a rear caliper and rotor and and a water pump gasket and a head gasket before the late october race at NHIS, right? Even if I do go work tech and press at the Runoffs (by the way, I now have Valvoline support for my Runoffs pages on the web; look for announcement in the near future, as well as prompt results and regular reports on the page; they will be accessible via Valvoline's Web site, www.valvoline.com))

cheers, richard -- Home: rwelty@wizvax.net Work: welty@balltown.cma.com me: http://www.wizvax.net/rwelty unofficial SCCA page http://www.wizvax.net/rwelty/scca/ N. American Race Tracks http://www.wizvax.net/rwelty/tracks/

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>From NASCAR Public Relations

1996 Current Standings NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series After Pennzoil 200 Race Date: September 8, 1996 Race No. 18

Driver Points Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Winnings

 1  Ron Hornaday Jr.   2954  18      4   15   18    312375
 2  Mike Skinner       2802  18      6   13   14    375450
 3  Jack Sprague       2778  18      3   13   15    298195
 4  Dave Rezendes      2419  18      2    6   10    196350
 5  Mike Bliss         2394  18      2    8    9    223725
 6  Jimmy Hensley      2348  18      0    5   12    147210
 7  Joe Ruttman        2315  18      0    2   10    112025
 8  Butch Miller       2308  18      0    5    8    144350
 9  Rick Carelli       2292  18      1    2    7    148005
 10  Bryan Reffner     2275  18      0    3    7    117350
 11  Bill Sedgwick     2153  18      0    3    8    122575
 12  Rich Bickle       2148  18      0    5    6    134545
 13  Doug George       2087  18      0    0    5    103675
 14  John Nemechek     1973  18      0    0    2    101375
 15  Bob Brevak        1866  18      0    0    0     96950
 16  Walker Evans      1745  18      0    0    2     93650
 17  Bob Keselowski    1735  18      0    0    1     92525
 18  Bobby Gill        1688  14      0    0    4     83075
 19  Lance Norick      1688  18      0    0    1     86600
 20  Kenny Allen       1554  17      0    0    1     77800
 21  Michael Dokken    1498  15      0    0    3     80150
 22  T.J. Clark        1159  13      0    0    0     52150
 23  Jay Sauter         968   7      0    2    5     52195
 24  Lonnie Cox         868  10      0    0    0     39350
 25  Mike Hurlbert      853  13      0    0    0     38700
 26  Harry Gant         829   7      0    0    2     30750
 27  Mark Gibson        820   8      0    0    1     31275
 28  Nathan Buttke      811   7      0    0    3     30700
 29  Charles Cragan     782   8      0    0    0     37725
 30  Ron Barfield       649   5      0    1    3     32650
 31  Mike Chase         607   7      0    0    0     26050
 32  Randy Renfrow      522   6      0    0    0     19725
 33  Jerry Glanville    515   5      0    0    0     26750
 34  Steve Portenga     503   5      0    0    0     22000
 35  Butch Gilliland    491   5      0    0    0     25050
 36  Frank Kimmel       465   4      0    0    1     22025
 37  Dan Press          450   4      0    1    1     25275
 38  Joe Gaita          428   5      0    0    0     19700
 39  Jeff Burton        423   3      0    1    2     17000
 40  Andy Genzman       421   7      0    0    0      4200
 41  Kenny Wallace      376   3      0    0    1     13700
 42  David Smith        355   4      0    0    0     17975
 43  Rick Johnson       343   4      0    0    0     11725
 44  Ernie Cope         337   4      0    0    0     15575
 45  Ken Schrader       325   3      0    0    1     15950
 46  Johnny Chapman     322   4      0    0    0     15600
 47  Geoff Bodine       318   3      0    0    1     16050
 48  Joe Madore         301   4      0    0    0      8125
 49  Johnny Benson      300   2      0    0    2     12550
 50  Steve Park         290   2      0    1    1     14253
 51  Robert Gerhart     285   3      0    0    0     11950
 52  Tobey Butler       284   2      0    0    2     12125
 53  Gary Lloyd         283   4      0    0    0     11050
 54  Scott Lagasse      273   3      0    0    0     15800
 55  Terry Cook         270   3      0    0    0      8800
 56  Darrell Waltrip    268   2      0    0    1      9100
 57  Ernie Irvan        243   2      0    1    1     10000
 58  Robert Rizzo       243   2      0    0    1      9000
 59  Boris Said         239   2      0    0    0      9175
 60  Kenny Irwin Jr.    222   2      0    1    1     11550
 61  Carlos Serrano     221   2      0    0    0      8600
 62  Terry Mccarthy     214   2      0    0    1     12975
 63  Rodney Combs       209   2      0    0    0     12000
 64  Mike Colabucci     207   3      0    0    0      7725
 65  Jeff Spraker       203   2      0    0    0      8225
 66  Kevin Harvick      201   3      0    0    0     10300
 67  Robbie Reiser      182   2      0    0    0      7925
 68  Andy Hillenburg    176   2      0    0    0      8125
 69  Wayne Jacks        173   2      0    0    0      4200
 70  Joe Nemechek       170   1      0    1    1     20575
 71  Billy Ogle Jr      170   2      0    0    0      4100
 72  Mark Martin        165   1      0    1    1     12025
 73  Steve Mendenhall   161   2      0    0    0      7050
 74  Joseph Bessey      150   1      0    0    1      5250
 75  Richard Beebe      149   2      0    0    0      4200
 76  Mike Mclaughlin    138   1      0    0    1      4850
 77  William Wallace    138   1      0    0    1      5100
 78  Doug Thorpe        137   2      0    0    0      3650
 79  Tony Stewart       134   1      0    0    1      5575
 80  Davy Jones         124   1      0    0    0      4400
 81  Kenny Bouchard     115   1      0    0    0      4250
 82  Daniel Hieber      113   2      0    0    0         0
 83  Wm David Stacy     112   1      0    0    0      4200
 84  Ritchie Petty      112   1      0    0    0      8050
 85  Kevin Grubb        109   1      0    0    0      4150
 86  Jerry Robertson    103   1      0    0    0      4575
 87  John Blewett III    97   1      0    0    0      3950
 88  Daniel Obrist       97   1      0    0    0      3950
 89  James Porter        97   1      0    0    0      4075
 90  Gary St. Amant      88   1      0    0    0      4175
 91  Wally Dallenbach    88   1      0    0    0      3975
 92  Monty Klein         85   1      0    0    0      3650
 93  George Tallas       80   2      0    0    0         0
 94  Mark Day            70   1      0    0    0      3700
 95  Bill Venturini      70   1      0    0    0      3825
 96  Bob Strait          70   1      0    0    0      5750
 97  Wayne Grubb         67   1      0    0    0      3750
 98  Casey Atwood        67   1      0    0    0      3700
 99  Bob Schacht         67   1      0    0    0      3825
100  Jimmy Davis         64   1      0    0    0      3100
101  David Green         61   1      0    0    0      3700
102  Perry Tripp         58   1      0    0    0      3800
103  Mike Wallace        58   1      0    0    0         0
104  Rick Markle         58   1      0    0    0      4750
105  Brandon Baker       55   1      0    0    0         0
106  Frank Davis         55   1      0    0    0         0
107  Rick McCray         52   1      0    0    0         0
108  Randy Churchill     46   1      0    0    0         0
109  Guy Thomas          25   1      0    0    0         0

Jack Durbin indy500@freenet.tlh.fl.us Motorsport News International jackd@motorsport.com (Moderators for "rec.autos.sport.info") Homepage http://www.freenet.tlh.fl.us/users/indy500/index.html

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Series SCCA
Drivers Rich Bickle , Jeff Burton , Wally Dallenbach , Ernie Irvan , Darrell Waltrip , Tony Stewart , Steve Park , Mike Skinner , Ken Schrader , Boris Said , Kevin Harvick , Joe Nemechek , Kenny Wallace , Jay Sauter , Mike Wallace , Casey Atwood , Johnny Benson , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Frank Kimmel , Jack Sprague , Lance Norick , Terry Cook , Andy Hillenburg , David Green , Kevin Grubb , Joe Ruttman , Bryan Reffner , Michael Dokken , Nathan Buttke , Jimmy Hensley , Rick Carelli , William Wallace , Mark Gibson , Mike Bliss , Davy Jones , Lonnie Cox , Steve Portenga , Jerry Robertson , Scott Lagasse Jr. , Ron Barfield , Rick Markle , David Smith , Johnny Chapman , Butch Miller , Jeff Spraker , Harry Gant , Bob Schacht , Mark Day , Mark Martin