On Atlanta Well, the Atlanta experience is now in the Buckeroo history books. The motor is out of the car. What a mess. The tranny gave up the ghost and spit all of the gear oil out of the vent tube. Covered the whole underside of the car.
Well, the Atlanta experience is now in the Buckeroo history books. The motor is out of the car. What a mess. The tranny gave up the ghost and spit all of the gear oil out of the vent tube. Covered the whole underside of the car. Didn't help out the handling with gear lube going all the way back to the rear tires. The throwout bearing was trashed, and all of the shifter linkages were off execpt reverse.
The tranny had a slight vibration during the race. Nothing serious, but plenty of nuts and bolts loosened up that shouldn't have. The carburator was just sitting on top of the studs, with one nut loosly holding one corner down. Lucky we didn't burn a piston. This was a borrowed motor, so good thing no damage was done. The motor went flat about 15 laps into the race. I'm sure thats when the carb loosened up.
We had the help of a new crew chief for this race. Randy might recognize the name... Lee Harpe lent us some help for this race. He and his dad Larry used to run Bill Stoval's operation in ARCA several years back. These guys were really sharp. We took the car to their shop in Fort Wayne, IN a few days prior to leaving for Atlanta. They spent the better part of four days straighting out my mess. They got the front bump steer to 4 thousands in three inches of travel, wow. They do this for a living, and are a little slow this time of year, so they decided to help me out. I met them thru my engine builder. The experiement will continue for the Salem race as they are asking for the short track car to get it "straightened out". We're excited.
Randy, Yes we will be running the extra right side weight for the Kes Chassis. Don't know how you guys feel, but that penalty doesn't bother us compared to the alternative of hacking up that chassis. But we definiatly won't combine that penalty with the one for a V6 motor. I'm dumping all of my V6 stuff.
Hope that John N. pulls on out. He is a class act. We (Kes) pitted next to him when I helped in Richmond. John worked on the truck from the time it was unloaded, till it was loaded. He really impressed me.
Homestead and Atlanta are redoing the layouts. Hopefully Homestead will be safer, but I'm still not sure about Atlanta. The two corners that I had the most problems with were the entry into turn 1 and the exit of turn 4. These two turns will still be there and there should be more speed exiting 2 and entering 3. Wow. The entry into turn 1 is insane and I'm envisioning turn 3 entry next year to be similar.
On Las Vegas:
Sure liked all that side by side racing. Was really pulling for Tim Steele. Now anybody who knows me would be suprised by that. But maybe he'll take that ride full time and leave some the ARCA prize money for us and Southtown :)
Mike Buckley ARCA #48