Last we left off we were on our approach to the biggest race of the year for us, That being the World Footbrake Challenge in Bristol Tennessee, As most of you know by now I was lucky enough to achieve what I thought would be the impossible. Friday night I was lucky enough to park the Spirit in the winner circle of Thunder Valley amongst some great friends and collect my first ten thousand dollar victory in what is truly a very important race for Amanda and I as going to the WFC some five years ago was our first ever out of town “big money” bracket race experience. I can’t thank everyone enough for the congratulations and words of encouragement through the whole thing. Winning a race of that caliber really takes the stress off of the weekend and at that point I was about to kick back relax and just really enjoy the racing for the weekend. I managed to make it down to ten cars on Saturday’s race and lost by just .001 of a second on the double break out, despite winning the night before it still stings to go out like that after making it so close again. Sunday was also a great day as I made it down to seventeen cars and turned on the red by just .005. Looking back on it that weekend for me is one that will be held in high regard and probably won’t be topped for a long while.
Two weeks after and the first race after would be a great reality check of how you can go from top to bottom real quick, We decided to make a trip out west for a five thousand to win race at Beacon Dragway in Kentucky and followed that by a guaranteed ten thousand to win at Clarksville Tennessee on Sunday. The short and sweet of that story is I can count how many rounds I won in two days on one hand, Everyone brought their best out for those two days!
With the grace of good friends we were able to leave the rig down in Tennessee for the week and borrow a ride back up for the work week because the following weekend we headed right back down to Bowling Green Kentucky for the inaugural Bottom Bulb Battle, For those of you who have never been to Beech Bend you need to make a trip! It is an awesome racing facility with great staff nice scenery oh and a water park and amusement park on the same property. The first day out was nothing great and seemed my week priors performance would haunt me again the same held true to Saturday, That was until they started the second chance race after the main event was over, Something clicked and I started acting like I knew what I was doing again, I was able to end the race with once again being surrounded by great friends in the winner circle picking up the win for two thousand! The best part of the night was being able to hit up the lazy river for a couple laps and one ride on the roller coaster which I haven’t done for years. Sunday wasn’t much to write about as I turned it red fourth round to what looked like an almost unbeatable run in the other lane.
Since I’ve been running mostly eight mile events I haven’t taken the time to switch back the center section in my car to the quarter mile gears so with this past weekend being a points race at SMP and the following week being VMP I didn’t see the sense in changing them to have to change them back. Luckily Dan Henderson was willing to let me borrow his AMX for the weekend so I didn’t miss yet another point’s race. I managed to do rather well and made it down to six cars before losing to a great run, Having only been to two points races I have a decent shot to this point of being able to make the top sixteen field for the run off, Hopefully with a little more luck and a few more win lights I can make that happen.
This weekend we will be headed back to Virginia Motorsports Park for the second time this year for the inaugural Colonial Classic so stay tuned for hopefully some good reports.