Xenia and Flat Rock report

>From: Randy House <rhouse@MTCO.COM> BETTER LATE THAN NEVER . . . Welcome to another update in the continuing saga of " As the Thunder Rolls"when we left for Xenia at 5:30am we had high hopes of getting there in enough time to ...

>From: Randy House <rhouse@MTCO.COM>

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER . . . Welcome to another update in the continuing saga of " As the Thunder Rolls"when we left for Xenia at 5:30am we had high hopes of getting there in enough time to practice and maybe finally put the Southtown Motorsports Thunderbird on the pole, well now...that is a wee bit optimistic isn't it ? WE made it about twenty miles from home when we blew a tire on the team hauler, this set us back about two hours, pole dreams are fading. Back underway we were near Indianapolis when as our luck has it, we blew yet another tire on the hauler, this is a ringing endorsement for Michelin recaps by the way, this set us back about an hour, pole is out of the question, getting there to race is now the focus. We arrived at the track and ARCA gave us very little time to prepare and then said we could have five minutes practice, not enough time to set anything but enough to make sure the thing would turn left after the extensive damage at salem. Eric drove it hard for the few laps we got and brought it back in for the furious effort to get new tires and get ready to qualify, we had no way of knowing what to set as we only got one set of tire temps with so little practice. The SOUTHTOWN THUNDER got the car ready and through tech in an amazing amount of time, we were of course the last ones to qualify. As the crowd watched in anticipation we too wondered what kind of time Eric could possibly post with all the problems we had and virtually no track time.... "There you have it folks, ERIC SMITH is on top of the heap, fast time of the day !!!" We were astonished and dazed, first pole position and right when we least expect it, THE THUNDER WAS REALLY BEGINNING TO ROLL NOW BABY ! With no tire temps to speak of we were still unsure of setup, we then won our heat race and went to work on race setup using what little we learned from that. After the dust had settled we ended up seventh, not bad considering what our right front tire looked like when we got back to the garage area.... Ten more laps and we would have been repairing the car again. Oh well off to Flat Rock.

OH HOW WE LOVE FLATROCK . . . NOT

We arrived at Flat Rock with plenty of time to actually get the car set up fairly decent this time. Our crew chief Randy House and car owner Cleve Smith,along with Eric and the Thunder got the car prepared for qualifying, we nabbed the ninth spot, Eric later says he was a little anxious to repeat the pole effort from the night before and may have over done it a little. As the race got under way we were staying with the leaders and seeming to have no problems, OH YES... we didn't have any radio contact with our driver not good ,not at all. Around lap 40 we were told by ARCA that we had a little smoke exiting the rear of the car but they could live with it if we could. Well we certainly could live with it but Eric would later have an entirely different view.....As it turned out the power steering pump had gone to hell and as a result we, I should say , Eric had no power steering..hmmmm. To make a long story short, we finished eighth, this was after much discussion with ARCA as they had us at tenth three laps down !!!! Thanks again for checking the update and we hope to see some of you soon.....until then. listen for distant thunder, it may just be heading your way.

********************************** *<<<<<<<< GO ARCA # 9>>>>>>>>>> * *<<<< SOUTHTOWN THUNDER >>>>> * *<<<<<<<< RULES >>>>>>>>>> * * CREW CHIEF ARCA #9 * * rhouse@mtco.com * * http://www.mtco.com/~rhouse * **************************************************** * I hope I die in my sleep like my grandfather and * * not screaming in terror like his passengers * ****************************************************

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