Buckaroo pre-Daytona report

Well, its getting to be crunch time. It is now just a little over a week before we need to have the trailer loaded and ready to head out to Daytona. Of course this is the biggest race of the year for the ARCA ReMax series. It brings out many...

Well, its getting to be crunch time.

It is now just a little over a week before we need to have the trailer loaded and ready to head out to Daytona. Of course this is the biggest race of the year for the ARCA ReMax series. It brings out many entries...and some good quality entries as well. That means that the Buckaroo Crew has to work hard to get our equipment into the field.

This time of year always seems to make me a little bit crazy. I start looking at the entry list, studying the December testing speeds, trying to see who I know I can beat....and who I can't. But this year it is especially hitting me hard. I am not sure why.

The Daytona car is in great shape. It has fresh paint and body work. We needed to massage the body a little bit for a wider tire rule. We also had to open up the drivers side window. This year, all of the ARCA drivers side windows must be a minimum of 17 inches and our superspeedway car had an opening much smaller. The car came back from the body shop last week and was decaled shortly after with our Midwest Mall Fronts logo scheme. It has never looked better.

At Talledega the car was fast. We did not pull out all of the qualifying tricks, but we still qualified solid in the show. It drafted good and had great Joe Rhyne horsepower. The same horsepower that we will be installing into the car this week. We learned a ton about restrictor plate racing at Talledega....but we have a ways to go.

So why am I getting, and acting a little bit crazy these days?

I think it is because every year the competition gets a little closer, a little bit tighter. You have to work extra hard to get everything you can out of the car in that one chance you get to make the show. Two laps. If you screw it up.....you go home. There is one thing about Daytona that you can count on....there will be people going home. I have been sent home from Daytona before, and it is one of the lowest feelings there is.

So we work on getting our program in line. We make sure that everything is prepared so we do not waste practice time working on something in the garage that should have been done at home. We study our notes from last years practice, and from the Talledega race. We get a few things ready that we are going to try out, stuff to swap on and off the car during practice. We try to build each other up so that we can exude confidence, and perform in the manner we know we are capable of.

One week to go.

It is Daytona crunch time for the Buckaroo Crew. We're not looking for the pole....we're looking to get into the show.

Mike Buckley
Owner/Driver ARCA #28
www.goddessfiona.com/buckleyracing

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