In the last Buckeroo report, we were prepared to hit the DuQuion track after changing motors after the Chicago race. The dirt car was ready and we arrived at the track at 6:00 am. The trailer that had the Chicago car in it blew a tire about...
In the last Buckeroo report, we were prepared to hit the DuQuion track after changing motors after the Chicago race. The dirt car was ready and we arrived at the track at 6:00 am. The trailer that had the Chicago car in it blew a tire about three miles from the track. I did not even know it was flat until we pulled in. That trailer stayed outside of the race track during as our regular race trailer was pulled in.
The track was very wet when practice began. DuQuion used to be known for a very dry and dusty track. For this race, the track crew brought in a bunch of new clay. It was very sticky and wet. I let the first portion of practice begin to let the track get a little run in. The car was not super fast....but nobody was. Except Tony Stewart. He was seeing how far he could drive in from the start and had the fastest practice times. I had a problem with the throttle. It seemed to be slowly sticking. The more I drove it, the stiffer the linkage seemed to get and began to stick down. By the end of practice it was a real problem and I had to kill the ignition in order to get the car into the pit. I found the problem in the rotational linkage on the carb.
Qualifying saw the track in a little better condition. I always find it difficult qualifying at these dirt tracks because they run a race or a practice before our qualifying session with another division. You never know what you are going to see when the qualifying lap begins. I thought my lap was terrible. It turned out to be 10th at the time and stood up to 15th place. Stewart qualifyed 1st. Schrader was further up than I was, but Kimmel would start 16th and Bill Baird started 17th. I was in good company.
The race began and we moved up well. I was running 9th and the car began to overheat. The mud and clay was everywhere. I came in under yellow at the first caution and cleaned the grills and added water. We went back on the track in 30th place or worse and within 10 laps, I was back in 9th. The car was handling super....best one I've had on the dirt track.
Tony Stewart got into Bob Strait and Strait hit the wall hard. It also gave some RF damage to Stewart's car. Well he started in back of the line on the restart and was working his way forward. I had the 91 car which was exiting the turns very high on the outside. Tony made me the sandwich going down the back straightaway. I out pulled him down to the entrance to turn 3 where he fell in behind. The 91 car entered the turn high and came down. I entered low and pushed up. Contact occurred and I spun the car first towards the bottom then ended up at the top without hitting anything....cool. Tryed to restart the car and found that the battery was dead.....not cool. Took two laps to wait for the push truck. Had the starter worked I would have remained on the lead lap.
Well, I was not very happy. The above incident occurred at lap 70. At lap 90, I overdrove the entrance to turn 3 and spun the car again. Again I had no starter and waited for the push truck. Two more laps down. At the end of the race I did what I could to maintain a good finish and ended up 18th.
The long weekend was over. Both races we were in contention....then something happened to spoil our finish. Hopefully we can pull it together at Salem next week.