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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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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The Month Long Recap

by Matt Obertanec May 12, 2014

    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 […]

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The Start Of The 2014 Season!

by Matt Obertanec March 19, 2014

It hard to believe that we are back racing already when we have hardly seen temperatures above freezing in the past two months, I guess it’s all based on how far you want to drive! For myself I was willing to drive six and a half hours away to Virginia Motorsports Park for the first […]

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A Little More Progress

by Steve O January 30, 2014

You wouldn’t know it looking out your window or going out to get the mail, but Spring is approaching quickly. With every project we complete, the racing season creeps closer. And, luckily, we’re one step closer to being prepared for everything to start! Being 100% ready for the first race of the year is priceless. […]

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Time to play “Catch Up”

by Steve O January 4, 2014

Time for me has been a precious commodity for the past year. August though November is my busiest time of year for work. Unfortunately it also happens to be the busiest time of year for racing. Good work is hard to find these days & I am thankful to have a job that is rewarding […]

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Bitter Sweet Ending

by Matt Obertanec December 10, 2013

The always bittersweet last race of the year feeling has finally sunk in, Over Thanksgiving weekend Amanda and I traveled back down to North Carolina this time to Julian, NC home of Piedmont Dragway. I’ve had a little success at Piedmont winning there back in 2010 but haven’t been able to make it back since. […]

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Classic Recap

by Matt Obertanec November 8, 2013

As they say better late than never! We are a little slow with this update but we have been busier than ever at S&R. In the last writings I had just come off an awesome 5k victory at PRP’s Halloween Race. That very next Sunday brought us to SMP for the start of the weeklong […]

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Bringing Home The Bacon!

by Matt Obertanec October 16, 2013

The great news keeps on rolling here at S&R, The weekend plans got moved around mid-week but it all worked out in the end, Originally Steve and myself planned on attending PRP’s Halloween race but due to a schedule change he was unable to make it down. So I still decided to go to PRP […]

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The Last Day

by Matt Obertanec October 2, 2013

Well this past weekend concluded our yearly point’s race at SMP, Going into the weekend Steve, Amanda, and myself had a lot to both lose and gain. Steve was in contention for the number one spot still at that point and put forth a great effort to get it done but ended up in a […]

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