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Not Always A Good Weekend

The good comes with the bad sometimes, and thats just the way it is.

I’ve been racing for a few years now, and I can tell you that you just learn to move on and look at next weekend instead of dwelling on what happened the weekend before.

This was a short weekend for us to start with because we only had one race at Summit Motorsports Park. I made the 45 minute treck from Lodi to Norwalk saturday morning in good spirits for the day. Why not? I had a pretty good first weekend out and I fugred that I’d be able to capitalize on that and make some good headway in the season long points chase. I arrived at the track around noon, unloaded my stuff, warmed up the car, and made a few laps around the pits to make sure everything is good and up to temperature. Continue reading Not Always A Good Weekend

Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees Because the People Under Them are Priceless

Twenty two years ago I was racing my 70 Javelin at Dragway 42. I can still remember the day I met Bill.

I was pretty new and timid at the time and was wandering through the staging lanes on my way to get a drink from the concession stand. I made my way close to a beautiful AMC AMX in hopes the owner would say something in recognition of having the same brand car. After many trips, each passing closer to the car, a man named Bill Hewitt shouted over, “When that transmission blows up I have a few more in my garage!”

Continue reading Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees Because the People Under Them are Priceless

What A Week!

It is amazing what you can get done in a week that would typically take a winter’s worth of work to do!

This past week was a perfect example of hurry up and get it done. With the weather forecast looking great for the past weekend it was not an option to sit it out. My big issue was that pesky header leak that had to be fixed. What should have been an easy task turned into something more than that.

Its almost impossible to get the header out of my 1980 Spirit because under the hood is so cramped, Continue reading What A Week!

Rise & Shine!

Welcome race fans!

It’s Saturday morning and the ritual begins. I’ts always a little slow moving after a long work week but there’s plenty of time to rest later. Stumble out of bed and eat some morning energy. For me that’s a glass of milk and a couple of cookies. The breakfast of a champion I hope. Sit at the computer to check the weather to get an idea how long you have to relax before the haul to the track. If it’s sunny, try to get one thing done on the “Honey Do” list before you head out.

Then we start to figure out what to take to the track for food. Half the time its a couple of bags of chips, but we always try to do better than that. When we’re at the track we sit for sometimes hours but rarely do we find time to eat. It’s a racer thing I think.

Then the rigs get loaded, last minute car repairs are made, and a run through the check list means it’s time to hit the gas pump. WOW, the gas pump! Enough said about that…

It takes us about 45 minutes to get to Summit Motorsports Park, that’s a lot of time to think about how your race day is going to play out. You roll through every scenario you can think of, right down to being in the final and getting your picture in the winners circle. We pull in the gate,  find our friends, and try to shoe horn our way in to park near them. That’s where the fun begins. The long awaited reunion with all the friends you haven’t seen in a week. You feel like you’re at Cheers, where everybody knows your name.

That’s about how we get there on a Saturday morning. Stay tuned to see if it all plays out like we planned on the way to the track. Come and join us anytime!

Dragway 42 Test & Tune 4/29

Boy am I glad it rained yesterday! I was pretty confident that the old Gremlin would run as good as it did when it was put away for the winter after the Halloween Classic last fall.

Everything looked good until the car got out far enough to shift into high gear. It decided to nose over & lose power. I lifted & coasted. I was puzzled. I drove it back to the pit area & started looking things over. I cleaned the fuel filter & raised the floats in the carburetor a little & headed back up to try again but wound up with the same results.

So what to do next??? Yep, I tore it all apart. It had to be a fuel delivery problem. I checked everything possible. Continue reading Dragway 42 Test & Tune 4/29

Soggy Start

At this time of year you never know what your going to get dealt!

My weekend starts off with a mid-Friday decision to skip out of work two hours early to get a jump on the work I need to get done on the car before the big weekend.

I start my two hour journey from work to tropical Lodi with a quick stop at Summit Racing Equipment for some last minute parts. I get in town around 7:30pm, pull the car out of the trailer and start thrashing. At about midnight – and 35 degrees – I decided to call it quits for the night and get a fresh start in the morning.

So about 8:30 (and I’m not a real morning person) I get after it again. I had every intention on leaving for the track at 9:00 am. Well, lets just say that did not happen. With the clock working its way towards 11:00 am, I decided to just bubble gum everything back together head out and hope for the best.

Lucky for me, as soon as we pulled into the track there was a rain snow mix storm that blew through and put the knife in the day. So now its back to working on the car for the week and fixing things the right way and get ready to hit it hard next weekend with a points race at Summit Motorsports Park on Saturday and our first points race at Dragway 42 on Sunday.

 

Thrash to the Beginning!

This is the first Driver Blog! Throughout the season, Steve, Matt, or Andy Obertanec will weigh in with their personal experiences or funny track stories. There’s no better way to learn about Stevand Racing than to hear it straight from the family that is making it happen.

By Steve Obertanec

When the snow thaws & the tulips pop their pretty little heads out of the ground we start to think racing! Then the fear sets in. We start to ask ourselves what do I have to do to get ready? This week all that comes to a sudden end & we start the racing season.

I am in the process of updating some things in my trailer. Last year was my first time in 20 years of racing to finally buy an enclosed trailer. I used it all last year & researched how I wanted to finish the inside. Between the cold & the wind the past couple of weeks I managed to get new 110v lighting, painted the rear floor & put in diamond plate runners. I did the final update of putting some glue down vinyl tile up front as a work area. Some day it will have cabinets but for now it’s done. We need to get loaded for the races. Continue reading Thrash to the Beginning!