Buckeroo Winchester report

I'm sure most of you have seen races from the Winchester Speedway. Thursday night thunder shows quite often run USAC midgets there. Anyhow, if it looked lightning fast from the TV angle, it is just awsome from the car. The track is incredible...

I'm sure most of you have seen races from the Winchester Speedway. Thursday night thunder shows quite often run USAC midgets there. Anyhow, if it looked lightning fast from the TV angle, it is just awsome from the car. The track is incredible fast.

It took me a little while to get up to speed in practice. I wasn't driving nearly deep enough into turn 3. Any of the previous trips we had made to Winchester in the past have always been plauged with motor problems, I hadn't had many fast laps there.

My crew cheif for the weekend, Lee Harpe, had the car dialed. It took all of the motor I could give it. We got faster during practice to the point where we ran out of rubber. We were on the old Salem tires. When we were done, the RR was on cords. I lost the car once in practice, nearly running into the back stretch wall on the exit of turn 2. It jutts out into the straight a little, and when I ran too close on the exit, I spun the car down the back straight and all the way down to the middle of 3-4 before the car stopped. Didn't hit anything, wow.

We qualified in 14th. We drew a 20th qualifying spot and was 4th quick, but I guess most of the faster cars went late.

The race started and we ran pretty good. I could drive in quite a bit deeper than the guys directly in front of me, and I began using the upper lane in turn 1-2 to pass. I was running about 10th, our group was in lapped traffic after only 8 laps and it looked pretty good. Then Tim Steele lapped me after only 18 laps (whats up with this, I said). He was just awesome. Anyhow before the first caution our motor went south. We came in and found two plug wires off. When put back on, the motor was then running, but rough. We lost 6 laps in the pit. When we went back on track the motor pulled well, but seemed to have that miss and a little bit of a low growl in the exhaust. I let Lee know, he told me to keep going. It was apparant that there were going to be many cars, very many laps down and we would need to finish.

Well about lap 76, the motor went reeeeeeel south. Broke an exhaust valve in number 8 cylinder and the motor was done. We finished 22nd. Kinda sums up our season to date. We've been running much better, but lacking just a little bit in one department or the other.

Now to get a motor in the car and head for Springfield. This is a make up race from the rain out in August. October 18th is the date. One mile dirt trackin' again. At least we won't have the hay bales and guard rails like at DuQuoin.

Mike Buckley ARCA #48

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Series ARCA
Drivers Mike Buckley , Tim Steele