From Victory Lane at Greenwood Valley Action Track by Than Mitchell Bug Night at the Greenwood Valley Action Track has nothing to do with the swarms of flying insects frequenting the area directly in front of track lighting on warm July nights.
From Victory Lane at Greenwood Valley Action Track by Than Mitchell
Bug Night at the Greenwood Valley Action Track has nothing to do with the swarms of flying insects frequenting the area directly in front of track lighting on warm July nights. Bug Night is the Creveling's pre-season gift to race teams when they can take laps, adjust suspension, take laps, adjust engines, take more laps, make more adjustments to equipment (and sometimes, make adjustments to attitudes) without the usual raceday pressure.
Shiny new micros and freshly painted karts filled the pits on a mild, sunny springtime afternoon, heralding next week's commencement of the '99 Points Race and the beginning of the months-long season of dusty excitement for lovers of grassroots racing.
Gerry Creveling has the track in excellent condition after a harsh winter and a week of work. Even the shady back stretch, often a muddy area, was in good shape.
After a day of practice hot laps, as the sun was setting and the temperature dropped, teams signed up for an informal races in which all of the entry money collected was divided among the top five finishers (a small financial windfall) and evidence for the trailing cars that further research and development was needed.
In the Rookie Micro division, Dave Williams, Michael Ruttcamp and Tom Michelesko shared the small purse, and in the Regular Micros Blaine Heimbach, Nyle Berkes and Chris Smith were the winners. Along with the money, the winner in each category was given a software package developed by Bill Lewullis, called "Crew Chief in a Box." Designed for the micro sprint teams, the software helps in determining stagger, weight and other set-up specifications. "Crew Chief in a Box; Software for Micro Sprints and Modified Midgets" is available for $50 on-line at http://www.CCIAB.com/ and runs on Win95 and Win98.
Next Saturday, the Regular Show begins with all of the kart and micro divisions in action. Gates open at 3:30, warm-ups at 5:30, and the green flag falls about 6:30. If your habit is dirt, get your first dose of at The Action Track with regular booster shots available every Saturday night through October. And remember, "It's a family affair!"