Buckeroo Kil Kare/Flat Rock Report

Ah, Kil Kare....one of my favorite places.....not. We made Kil Kare after a lot of work repairing the car from our Toledo run in with Mark Gibson. We had a lot of temporary body work to do and the left front suspension was bent. We replaced...

Ah, Kil Kare....one of my favorite places.....not.

We made Kil Kare after a lot of work repairing the car from our Toledo run in with Mark Gibson. We had a lot of temporary body work to do and the left front suspension was bent. We replaced and re-aligned the front end, worked pretty hard to get the car back into race shape. It wasn't pretty. A lot of "Bondo on a roll" (colored duct tape).

Kil Kare started off with practice on the slow side. The car was way too loose and we found that we had stripped a sway bar arm leaving the sway bar useless. We made repairs, but the practice was for not. We had been chasing the car and it was definitly a different car for qualifying. Qualified 15th.

The race started off and we fell in line behind Mark Thompson. The car was really working good and I began looking to the outside as about four cars were battling hard in front. A spin in front of us on lap 11 got me on the brakes and up near the wall. I had the wreck missed, but was hit in the rear and put into the wall by Mark Gibson who didn't see what was going on ahead(no, I wasn't happy about how and who). I slid along the wall until the opening from the pit, then hit the next wall with the right front corner. We tore it up pretty bad. The right front suspension was gone, the nose and supports were on the ground, we were done. We finished last.

Got the car fixed enough to put in the trailer. Drove 4 1/2 hours home and got a little nap before we were back at it to get in shape for Flat Rock. We live only 30 minutes from the track so we really worked hard to get it drivable. We picked up some parts and went to work. We got the car in shape about 2:30 pm and headed for the track. Pulled in, unloaded, put on some tires and just barely made the last practice session. Click off a few laps that weren't too bad. Decided that we would be racing, not just riding around and bought some tires for qualifying and started 14th.

The race started out and we were OK. Not perfect. I had a lot more motor than I could get to the track. We were just a little too loose. I could catch and pass a car, get the rear tires lit up then slid back for a few laps. Joe Cooksy and I raced near the whole night and had a lot of fun. We stayed on the lead lap until about half way and were not too far off the pace. A pile up in turn 2 happened in front of me. The sun was in turn 2 and I could tell the cars were stopping in a hurry. I went reeeeel high and just hit the right side tires on the wall, knocking the sheet metal down on the tire. It would rub there the rest of the way. We finished 11th, not bad for what we went through the past two weeks. We were happy.

Next race is at the West Virginia Speedway on the dirt. We need to repair some body damage. Actually, a lot of body damage. The car is hurt....just plain ugly. We've only got the week, so we will do some more temporary repairs for the dirt race, then reskin the car when we have a four week break in the schedule.

Mike Buckley ARCA #48

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Series ARCA
Drivers Mike Buckley , Mark Gibson , Mark Thompson