RACE: NHIS Double Regional personal report

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RACE: NHIS Double Regional personal report
Dec 21, 1996, 5:33 AM

>From: rwelty@wizvax.net (Richard Welty) >Date: Fri, 06 Sep 1996 04:53:43 GMT Because of the nasty cold that my wife and I both caught as the weekend was winding to a close, there's been some delay in this report, but i'm almost recovered now, ...

>From: rwelty@wizvax.net (Richard Welty) >Date: Fri, 06 Sep 1996 04:53:43 GMT

Because of the nasty cold that my wife and I both caught as the weekend was winding to a close, there's been some delay in this report, but i'm almost recovered now, and she's getting better...

This racing season has been pretty limited for me. We bought a tow vehicle in February, a new computer in March, and started renovating the basement about 3 months ago. It was only mid summer when i was told i could go ahead and pick up new front and rear sway bars for the ITB Alfetta Sedan; that turned into a long and ugly saga, as the nonavailability in the US of the factory bushings for the front end links caused me to laboriously file the studs on the lower control arms in front from 14mm down to 1/2" so I could substitute 1/2" spherical rod ends. It's been a very frustrating season so far, and as we approached the end of August, it became clear that there were serious questions about even making 1/2 distance in two races to keep my license. I resolved to make the Labor Day double at NHIS and run conservatively in order to make it 1/2 way through the needed races.

This was going to be a bit different from previous events; Allison is due at the end of november/beginning of december, and is now working in more of a supervisory capacity, and I've not had a lot of luck finding crew for such a bass ackward racing effort. Ahh well.

I got the car together in time; it was a little difficult to start, but it drove onto the trailer under its own power, and we headed off to NHIS, a little behind my schedule, but I tend to be very conservative about these things and so we were really "on time". we got to registration about 3 minutes before it opened, which was good as I couldn't find the entry form so we were the worst kind of late registrants -- we didn't even have a clue what the entry fee was, much less a form that was at least filled out in advance. I hadn't even been able to find my competition license; I figured out how to use the fax software that comes with Windows 95, and got national to fax me a letter that made the registrar happy, though.

They let us in despite all this, and we found a grassy area in the paddock. The race car didn't want to start, but it was easy to roll off, so we left it there next the trailer, unhitched the trailer, and found our hotel. The Capitol City diner next to the Econo Lodge at exit 13 of I-93 turned out to be a decent cheap (and popular) place to eat.

We got there early on saturday. The race car still wouldn't start; it appeared to be a battery problem. Cranking down on the loose positive connector didn't help, so I checked and it was still loose. Obviously the connector was shot; I regard these as disposable items anyway, and dug a new one out of the spares bin. The car fired right up; the battery was in excellent shape.

As a typical example of how the season is going, I couldn't find my vehicle logbook. Since I needed an annual insepction anyway, I figured I'd live; I even manged to present a blank page to the tech inspector (being chief of tech for New York region means I have a page book or two lying around.) The inspector who did my car had previously worked for me in tech at lime rock earlier in the season; it went very smoothly. It helped that the car was in good shape and my gear was in good shape, of course.

We were slugs when we went for breakfast; I missed most of my first practice session as a result, and didn't get any good information on how the thing was handling with my guess at tire pressures and the new sway bars.

Next came a qualifying session; i went out and just tried to take it easy and learn about the car. This thing has been slow every time it's gone out; I've been trying to work out why (driver? car? both?) while staying out of trouble. We qualified about 8 seconds a lap behind the second slowest qualifier, but faster than I'd run the last time I'd been out at NHIS (or anywhere else), almost a year ago at the late October race. The car felt good, reasonably balanced (although I wasn't really going fast enough to push the balance that hard, in all honesty.) The brakes went a little soft towards the end, but not too bad. I bled the brakes after the qualifying session with help from Mohud members Michael Pelersi and Kim Graff; there was a lot of air in the RF brake line.

Next up was the qualifying race; we figured to not push it, just go out and run at least 1/2 distance (the qualifying race counted towards license renewal, and if I made 1/2 distance, no other race would count towards renewal until monday, when there was a different sanction number.) The pole sitter chose to take the admonitions of the chief starter seriously (rolling, not flying starts in the SCCA, you understand) and started the race in first gear. I wasn't caught out too badly, until i inadvertantly went to 5th instead of 3rd at the start and fell seriously behind, but then I was going to be seriously behind anyway with my lap times, so it wasn't all that bad. The first 5 or 6 laps were fine; I was running at least as fast as my fastest qualifying times, and starting to believe that I could push it harder, despite my qualms about the rear sway bar end links (I still don't feel that the whole thing went together right.) On the seventh lap, I started suffering from major power loss at the end of the south end of the oval, and had a car that barely made it up the hill after leaving turn 3. The power would come back through the bowl, and go away again passing through the south end of the oval.

On lap 9, it all came to an end. The car wasn't running well; things were clearly coming apart, and I had all the laps that I needed. I pulled in; the motor died as I rolled into impound. Tech was impounding all IT cars for ride height checking; the Alfetta passed easily, and then I popped the hood. We quickly determined that at a minimum, my lower radiator hose had popped off of the water pump. I didn't think that the water pump gasket itself looked too good, but hope springs eternal, and figured that I could at least put the lower hose back on and fill the cooling system, and see what happened.

I got a flat tow back to my paddock space. I heard a grinding noise from the back on the way there, and decided to jack the car up and look at the rear brakes first. It turned out that the left inside rear piston had jammed, and worn the associated pad all the way down. the other three pads were fine. nuts.

The rear calipers on an alfetta are a pain in the neck; they are inboard and have associated handbrake bits and pieces. I fiddled a bit, had no luck and decided it put it off until the next day. From a license renewal point of view, I didn't have to race on sunday, only on monday. I could start from the back on Sunday and take a few laps to check the car out, but I didn't need to go 1/2 distance after I had made 9 laps in the qualifying race.

The next morning, I went to work. I put the hose back on, and Allison went off to fetch some water and fill the radiator. I crawled under the back and went to work on the brake caliper. While operating the adjustors for the left rear caliper, the whole assembly started whizzing brake fluid, indicating a significant lack of sealage in the assembly. Time for a rebuild (and a professional one at that; these Alfetta rears are something that quite frankly I'd rather pay someone who knows what they're doing to take care of.) While under there, I saw something dripping in front; I went forward and found that water Allison and I had just put in was seeping out the left side of the block from the head gasket, another significant lack of sealage.

Between those two facts, and what with rumors of a hurricane coming up the coast, it became a no brainer. We packed up and headed home. I can do a rear caliper and rotor and and a water pump gasket and a head gasket before the late october race at NHIS, right? Even if I do go work tech and press at the Runoffs (by the way, I now have Valvoline support for my Runoffs pages on the web; look for announcement in the near future, as well as prompt results and regular reports on the page; they will be accessible via Valvoline's Web site, www.valvoline.com))

cheers, richard -- Home: rwelty@wizvax.net Work: welty@balltown.cma.com me: http://www.wizvax.net/rwelty unofficial SCCA page http://www.wizvax.net/rwelty/scca/ N. American Race Tracks http://www.wizvax.net/rwelty/tracks/

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>From NASCAR Public Relations

1996 Current Standings NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series After Pennzoil 200 Race Date: September 8, 1996 Race No. 18

Driver Points Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Winnings

 1 Ron Hornaday Jr. 2954 18 4 15 18 312375 2 Mike Skinner 2802 18 6 13 14 375450 3 Jack Sprague 2778 18 3 13 15 298195 4 Dave Rezendes 2419 18 2 6 10 196350 5 Mike Bliss 2394 18 2 8 9 223725 6 Jimmy Hensley 2348 18 0 5 12 147210 7 Joe Ruttman 2315 18 0 2 10 112025 8 Butch Miller 2308 18 0 5 8 144350 9 Rick Carelli 2292 18 1 2 7 148005 10 Bryan Reffner 2275 18 0 3 7 117350 11 Bill Sedgwick 2153 18 0 3 8 122575 12 Rich Bickle 2148 18 0 5 6 134545 13 Doug George 2087 18 0 0 5 103675 14 John Nemechek 1973 18 0 0 2 101375 15 Bob Brevak 1866 18 0 0 0 96950 16 Walker Evans 1745 18 0 0 2 93650 17 Bob Keselowski 1735 18 0 0 1 92525 18 Bobby Gill 1688 14 0 0 4 83075 19 Lance Norick 1688 18 0 0 1 86600 20 Kenny Allen 1554 17 0 0 1 77800 21 Michael Dokken 1498 15 0 0 3 80150 22 T.J. Clark 1159 13 0 0 0 52150 23 Jay Sauter 968 7 0 2 5 52195 24 Lonnie Cox 868 10 0 0 0 39350 25 Mike Hurlbert 853 13 0 0 0 38700 26 Harry Gant 829 7 0 0 2 30750 27 Mark Gibson 820 8 0 0 1 31275 28 Nathan Buttke 811 7 0 0 3 30700 29 Charles Cragan 782 8 0 0 0 37725 30 Ron Barfield 649 5 0 1 3 32650 31 Mike Chase 607 7 0 0 0 26050 32 Randy Renfrow 522 6 0 0 0 19725 33 Jerry Glanville 515 5 0 0 0 26750 34 Steve Portenga 503 5 0 0 0 22000 35 Butch Gilliland 491 5 0 0 0 25050 36 Frank Kimmel 465 4 0 0 1 22025 37 Dan Press 450 4 0 1 1 25275 38 Joe Gaita 428 5 0 0 0 19700 39 Jeff Burton 423 3 0 1 2 17000 40 Andy Genzman 421 7 0 0 0 4200 41 Kenny Wallace 376 3 0 0 1 13700 42 David Smith 355 4 0 0 0 17975 43 Rick Johnson 343 4 0 0 0 11725 44 Ernie Cope 337 4 0 0 0 15575 45 Ken Schrader 325 3 0 0 1 15950 46 Johnny Chapman 322 4 0 0 0 15600 47 Geoff Bodine 318 3 0 0 1 16050 48 Joe Madore 301 4 0 0 0 8125 49 Johnny Benson 300 2 0 0 2 12550 50 Steve Park 290 2 0 1 1 14253 51 Robert Gerhart 285 3 0 0 0 11950 52 Tobey Butler 284 2 0 0 2 12125 53 Gary Lloyd 283 4 0 0 0 11050 54 Scott Lagasse 273 3 0 0 0 15800 55 Terry Cook 270 3 0 0 0 8800 56 Darrell Waltrip 268 2 0 0 1 9100 57 Ernie Irvan 243 2 0 1 1 10000 58 Robert Rizzo 243 2 0 0 1 9000 59 Boris Said 239 2 0 0 0 9175 60 Kenny Irwin Jr. 222 2 0 1 1 11550 61 Carlos Serrano 221 2 0 0 0 8600 62 Terry Mccarthy 214 2 0 0 1 12975 63 Rodney Combs 209 2 0 0 0 12000 64 Mike Colabucci 207 3 0 0 0 7725 65 Jeff Spraker 203 2 0 0 0 8225 66 Kevin Harvick 201 3 0 0 0 10300 67 Robbie Reiser 182 2 0 0 0 7925 68 Andy Hillenburg 176 2 0 0 0 8125 69 Wayne Jacks 173 2 0 0 0 4200 70 Joe Nemechek 170 1 0 1 1 20575 71 Billy Ogle Jr 170 2 0 0 0 4100 72 Mark Martin 165 1 0 1 1 12025 73 Steve Mendenhall 161 2 0 0 0 7050 74 Joseph Bessey 150 1 0 0 1 5250 75 Richard Beebe 149 2 0 0 0 4200 76 Mike Mclaughlin 138 1 0 0 1 4850 77 William Wallace 138 1 0 0 1 5100 78 Doug Thorpe 137 2 0 0 0 3650 79 Tony Stewart 134 1 0 0 1 5575 80 Davy Jones 124 1 0 0 0 4400 81 Kenny Bouchard 115 1 0 0 0 4250 82 Daniel Hieber 113 2 0 0 0 0 83 Wm David Stacy 112 1 0 0 0 4200 84 Ritchie Petty 112 1 0 0 0 8050 85 Kevin Grubb 109 1 0 0 0 4150 86 Jerry Robertson 103 1 0 0 0 4575 87 John Blewett III 97 1 0 0 0 3950 88 Daniel Obrist 97 1 0 0 0 3950 89 James Porter 97 1 0 0 0 4075 90 Gary St. Amant 88 1 0 0 0 4175 91 Wally Dallenbach 88 1 0 0 0 3975 92 Monty Klein 85 1 0 0 0 3650 93 George Tallas 80 2 0 0 0 0 94 Mark Day 70 1 0 0 0 3700 95 Bill Venturini 70 1 0 0 0 3825 96 Bob Strait 70 1 0 0 0 5750 97 Wayne Grubb 67 1 0 0 0 3750 98 Casey Atwood 67 1 0  0 0 3700 99 Bob Schacht 67 1 0 0 0 3825 100 Jimmy Davis 64 1 0 0 0 3100 101 David Green 61 1 0 0 0 3700 102 Perry Tripp 58 1 0 0 0 3800 103 Mike Wallace 58 1 0 0 0 0 104 Rick Markle 58 1 0 0 0 4750 105 Brandon Baker 55 1 0 0 0 0 106 Frank Davis 55 1 0 0 0 0 107 Rick McCray 52 1 0 0 0 0 108 Randy Churchill 46 1 0 0 0 0 109 Guy Thomas 25 1 0 0 0 0 

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