Another Month Down

by Matt Obertanec on July 18, 2014

 

Another month has gone by and another month of racing in the books! There had been a lot of ups and downs over the course of the last month. Starting off with our trip to Motor Mile Dragway for a un conventional format of a race were you could carry a mulligan card that can get you back into the race at any point up until the semifinals. The weekend went ok for me but proved to be nothing stellar making it down to 16 cars in two of the 10k races but not being able to seal the deal and going out fourth round on the last day of racing.

The weekend after was the not so good part of the last month, It was the rescheduled Super 64 run off race at SMP and from the start it would look like it was a disaster for me. My first time trail session the car launched and moved about ten feet and shut off completely, turning out to be a minor issue that was fixed and I made it back in the end of the line for the same time trail session, better results but still not good as it seemed that the car was surging the whole way down the track. So we come back and frantically start looking stuff over as they were due to call us back up for our separate time trail for the run off. Much to my dismay we couldn’t find the issue before they called us back up, oh and in the process Amanda’s car broke also! So luckily Kenny Case stepped up and let me drive his car in the run off but it was one of those days and I didn’t have enough of a run to be able to beat Steve first round and he was able to advance. He ended up lighting the red light in round two ending his shot at the big prizes. After the run off we focused back on my car and found the cause of all the problems. A probably thirty cent roll pin that holds the star wheel in the distributor to keep it in time splintered and allowed it to change timing going down the track, no good!

Back at it the weekend after at SMP once again, I was able to redeem myself some from the miserable weekend before and end up parking the spirit in the winner’s circle for the first time this season. It was a great night and was even better that I got to race one of our great friends Gary Osborn in the finals!

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The weekend after sent us packing to Lyons Indiana for the Ohio Crankshaft No Box Nationals. An event I hadn’t been able to make it to in the past few years but was really looking forward to going back, That was until I got there! Amazing track, crew, people, and promoters but the competition was second to none. It was one of those weekends that no matter how good of a run you put down they had one better, I could only manage a best showing of getting down to 18 cars for the weekend, On another note Steve stayed local for the weekend and headed out to Quaker City and by the end of the night was pulling the trusty ol gremlin in the winner circle for his first time of the year!

The following weekend was the No Box Bonanza at SMP three days of racings for 5,5,and 10K. We had a whole fleet of cars that we brought to race for the weekend and spend most of the weekend working on all the cars! Friday’s action was cancelled halfway through second round at nearly 2am due to on and off rain storms. Saturday I was equipped with my Spirit and Dan’s AMX, Amanda had some troubles that sidelined her for the day’s event. I carried one entry in Dan’s car until the fourth round were I lost a close race with the recently unstoppable Randy Biddle Jr. In my car I managed to keep up the momentum and finally fell eighth round at seven cars to the event winner and good friend Matt Dadas! Sunday was cut short for me as I turned on the red light by .003 in the fifth round.

The following weekend would require a little bit of family duties as my little sister was getting married, so I opted to take the spirit home with me in hopes of being able to make it in time to get a little bit of racing in. Friday after the rehearsal dinner we decided to take a trip out to the track with no expectations of racing, that was until we got to the track and they had not fully finished first round of eliminations, So I high tailed it back to where my trailer was parked got in my car and flew up to the lanes luckily someone was there to let them know I was on my way so they held up the last car in line long enough to put my jacket and belts on and I headed for the water. I had I rough idea of what the car would go and I managed to pull off the first round win. I was able to somehow make it happen a few more times and next thing I know I was pulling the Spirit back in the winner circle for the second time this month!

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I’ve taken plenty of your time on this one so I will cut it off there, This weekend we will be back at PRP in hopes to make a little more travel money for the following weeks World Footbrake Challenge in Bristol Tennessee Wish us some luck along the way!

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Things have been busier than ever here at SR. Unfortunately we have been so swamped that it has been a little over a month since I could sit down and actually write something. So let’s take a little trip back to the early part of April and I will try to make it quick and get caught up to present time.

After a fairly productive trip to and from VMP for the St. Patty’s race, we really didn’t have anything scheduled to do until the end of April. That rapidly changed with every new week and April quickly turned into one of my busiest months probably out of the season. Recently good friends of Amanda and I moved close to Nashville. Tennessee. We had talked about going to visit for a weekend but as soon as summer hits here we are pretty much booked solid. So we planned a last minute spontaneous trip to good Olé Nashville. It was a great weekend getaway filled with Friends, Sun (we hadn’t seen a lot of it until that point), and you guessed it a little bit of racing! Ricky was nice enough to let me beat up on his car a little bit on our return trip home from visiting them. Luckily Beech Bend Dragway in Bowling Green, Kentucky was on our return trip home, so we were able to knock a little bit of time off our trip in the process. For me it wasn’t the best of outings I managed to go .001 red dead on with a 0 for the second round loss, Ricky on the other hand took it all the way to the final to grab the win for the night. A big thanks goes out to him for the awesome ride for the day!

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The following week didn’t really have much of anything eventful going on. I made some changes to my car and went to PRP on Saturday for a couple test hits in preparation for the following weeks trip to Holly Springs, Mississippi.

April 25-27 Would bring us to probably our farthest traveled to race of the year. The second annual Southern Footbrake Challenge in Holly Springs, Mississippi. This was the first year that I was able to make it and I was pretty excited about it. Overall results were not to bad, The first day was ended real short I missed the tree second round of the gamblers race and that ended my night. Day two was the first 10k race followed by a gamblers race. I was able to carry one of my entries down to 32 cars before losing to the eventual event runner up. Later that night was a 2k to win gamblers race. I was feeling pretty optimistic about it and I was able to make it down to the four car semi-final before losing by just .001 at the finish line. It was a great race so it’s hard to get mad but it was frustrating at the same time because the car was working so well you could of almost painted a 6.86 on the window. But the race outcome was me being .014 on the tree to his .013 and both of us being in on our dial by .01X for the .001 behind loss. He also went on to finish off the night with the race win. So out of three races so far I lost to the runner up and the winner! Day three off the race saw little to.no action as the rains came in early and cancelled the race for the day. One good thing was we were able to start our fourteen hour trip home a little bit earlier than expected.

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My car doesnt leak a drop…It leaks a lot of drops!!!

 

 

The following weekend, May 2-4, brought on a surprise that I thought I could only dream of. At National Trails Raceway in Hebron, Ohio. Michael Beard and Anthony Walton were hosting the inaugural Autometer Northern Class Nationals. A week prior to the event I received a message from Michael asking if I would be interested in racing his Super Stock GT/HA 1980 Plymouth Volare at his event since he was promoting the race and wasn’t able to compete with it himself. It may not seem like a lot to the average person but to be approached by someone to drive a super stocker at probably one of the biggest class races of the year was something I would of figured would never happen and I could only dream of so I do sincerely appreciate Michaels offer in giving me a change to be a part of the great event! My on track success was not much to write home about. The first two qualifying passes were pretty much throw away runs getting used to the new environment. By day two I felt like I had a better handle on things but my first pass indicated otherwise! After number three qualifying pass I came back made a few minor adjustments for Q4 and it all started coming together at that point. I was able to get by the first round of the combo race but screwed up in round two I was .016 on the tree but took way to much finish line and ran under my dial by only .007 to end my night. Day three was the final shot and the main event straight into eliminations with no more time runs, That’s about where it ended I kicked on the red bulb first round by just .001 to end my weekend. But all around it was a great experience and I got to meet a lot of new people.

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This weekend I was at SMP for the first time of the year. But instead of the Spirit I was driving Steve’s Gremlin, I didnt have time to change the center section out back for quarter mile racing so Steve told me to go ahead and race his car and he would play around with the Javelin some. Not a lot of great to report, Steve and Amanda got cut short in round one and I wasnt much farther behind losing to Warren Smith’s .005 light dead on with a 5 run in round two!

This coming weekend Amanda and I will be headed down to Motor Mile Dragway in Virginia for three 10k to win footbrake races. Stay tuned and hopefully we come back with good results!

 

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The Start Of The 2014 Season!

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