Frustrating Weekend For Slednecks Racing at Virginia International Raceway August 19, 2008, Alton Virginia -- Slednecks Racing experienced the most frustrating AMA event of the season so far at Virginia International Raceway. Immediately after...
Frustrating Weekend For Slednecks Racing at Virginia International Raceway
August 19, 2008, Alton Virginia -- Slednecks Racing experienced the most frustrating AMA event of the season so far at Virginia International Raceway.
Immediately after a grueling race weekend at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course two weeks ago, Slednecks rider's Misti Hurst and Josh Galster stayed behind to work for four days with the California Superbike School where they are both riding coaches, and then two more days at New Jersey Motorsports Park before driving 9 hours to get to Virginia International Raceway.
Arriving at VIR early in the A.M on Wednesday, the two set up their pits in the pouring rain before grabbing some much-needed sleep. The next day they attended Team Hammer's track day.
Due to unexpected circumstances, Hurst rode only three practice sessions before making the decision to withdraw from the weekend AMA races. "I already had a lot on my mind with a hectic work and racing schedule, long periods of time on the road, plus financial struggles." Explained Hurst. "Then something else cropped up and it prevented me from maintaining 100% focus on the track. I didn't want to risk hurting myself or anyone else due to a lapse of concentration and I thank everyone for being so supportive of my decision."
It is uncertain whether she will make the next round in Atlanta.
During Thursday's track practice, Galster experienced electrical and fuel related problems that caused a drop in power and the bike to bog and pop. He planned to sort it out during Friday's AMA Practice, however he missed tech by only a few minutes and was not allowed to participate in the hour long practice session on that day.
Friday afternoon Hurst suggested Galster use her bike for the races, so they spend almost two hours swapping forks, shock, tank, bodywork and brakes from his bike to hers.
During Saturday morning practice, Galster had just 25 minutes to try out the entirely new bike on a still unfamiliar track. The same problems cropped up along with some new ones. "Her rear sets are higher than mine and her stock bars are lower than my clip-ons." He said. "I feel like I am riding a toy bike, it's still down on power and I can't seem to get any traction." With little time, they made a few suspension changes before heading out for qualifying.
In qualifying, Galster struggled with the same issues and was only able to get down to a 1:33.5, nearly three seconds off of where he though he should be and made it on the grid in 32nd position.
Frustrated, he took her 2007 Kawasaki ZX6R to Dynojet where they realized the problem was a damaged fuel pump. Swapping the fouled pump with a new one solved the power delivery issue and Dynojet re-mapped it so that it ran well. Galster also mounted his rear-sets to the bike so that he would fit more comfortably.
The work seemed to pay off as he dropped a second and a half during Sunday's warm-up session.
For the afternoon race, Galster rocketed off the start for one of his best launches of the season and lowered his times to an impressive 1:30.3. He battled with Amantini for several laps until settling into a rhythm several bike lengths behind. With only three laps remaining Siebenhaarr who made a big mistake early in the race began catching him fast.
"I could hear him hunting me down," Said Josh, "I rode super defensive lines but on the last lap he passed me going into turn 1. I thought he had me but he couldn't hold his line and ran off the track."
Galster finished the Supersport race in 23rd place, a great accomplishment considering the obstacles faced during the weekend. "I'd like to thank my teammate Misti for letting me use her bike and working super hard as part of the crew, along with Rodney Denman, PJ Felner and Michael Jabara. They did an awesome job!"