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Stevand Racing at Summit Motorsports Park

Labor Day Weekend Update!!!

With a 4 day Holiday weekend there is always a few options for some big money racing. This weekend we had 3 local options. The Ten Grand Nationals @ Summit Motorsports Park, Dragway 42’s “All No Box” weekend & Quaker City’s No Box Bash.

Matt decided to try his hand @ the big money up @ Summit. Three $10,000 to win races for a small $125 entry fee. The only problem with that race is Delay boxes were allowed which we don’t run. A delay box aids in reaction time but we are pretty competitive without one so it was worth the try.  Matt had to work Friday so a close friend Bubba Black took the reigns Friday & won a round even though it was his first time in the car. Matt took over Saturday loosing 2nd round then 3rd round on Sunday. It doesn’t sound like much but going any rounds @ this race is an accomplishment.

I decided to stay close to home & went to Dragway 42 for the weekend. I think it may have been a mistake. I only won 2 rounds the whole weekend @ a race I should have cleaned house. I was just in the wrong place @ the wrong time the whole weekend. I did have a lot of fun with the Tree People. I miss the old days.

I’m guessing Matt & I wish we would have went to Quaker. That race was middle of the road from Summit & 42. Oh well. Next week right?

This coming weekend is our last points race of the year @ Summit Motorsports Park. I am currently in 7th place fighting to stay in the top 9 to make the Bracket finals team & the trip to Indy. Matt is knocking on the door to make the top 16 which would qualify him for the Ultimate 64 run off @ the Halloween Classic for a chance @ a 20,000 prize. Nothing like pressure. This Sunday is another Summit Super Series points race @ Dragway 42. This will be the last for me if I make the team @ SMP going to Indy. There are 2 points races after that. They both fall on the weekend I will be in Indy. In a strange twist Matt has taken the points lead @ 42. There is a question of membership etc… with the 2 racers ahead of him & some others. As of right now Matt is in the lead. Stay tuned for the juicy details on that.

Wish us luck, were going to need it!!!!!



Weekend Update 8-19

Back at ya! Another week has gone by and well…. there is no new news! Unfortunately we didn’t have racing anywhere on Saturday witch turned out to be a great day for it. Sunday witch also started out looking great ended up raining  just about the same time our first round was ready to get underway at Dragway 42. Same as the week before Steve and I both got to make one time trail and then the rain set in. The only good thing about this weekend was we didn’t have three days invested to make that one pass. Remember when about a month ago I said that we were getting ready to get into busy season? I’m sure starting to eat those words since we haven’t raced in about a month it seems like. But I assure you once we get these pesky little rain storms out of the way its go time!

This week its back at SMP for Steve and I for one of only two points races left for the year so if there was ever a time for us to step up our game it would be about now. But we are both looking forward to it so we will just have to see how the cards fall. Sunday has nothing on the schedule for right now but this one day a week racing stuff is starting to get to me so i might have to try to make a trip somewhere on Sunday.

Weekend Update Aug 10-12

Alright Folks, This week is my turn to try to deliver you a weekly update. With Steve starting a new job this week things have been a little hectic for him so I’ll have to fill in this time.

This week’s event brought us the Night Under Fire at Summit Motorsports Park, Which is known as the biggest and baddest show around when it comes to drag racing. Unfortunately for us the festivities have to start on Thursday by pulling in the rigs to a holding area and back up to the track Friday morning to pull them in the track. So already Steve and Amanda have two partial days invested in just moving equipment around.

Soon enough Saturday comes around and we are scheduled to hit the track at 9AM but due to the early morning rain that was pushed back until almost 11AM. Never having a dull moment around our crew in that two hour grace period I managed to produce an oil spill in my pit space that would make BP oil spill look minimal (ok so it wasn’t that bad but a pain to deal with none the less)

By time we got the oil spill under control and did a quickie oil change in my car it was time for Steve and I to make our way up for our one and only time trail. We both laid down awesome runs with Steve being .018 on the tree and running 10.36 and myself being .003 on the tree and running a 10.62. We were set and ready to roll.

Come about five o’clock the track shut everything down in order to do the first part of their show. As always it was great to watch having every car involved perform pretty much flawlessly. Shortly after that things came to a soggy stop. Yep the rain was back and would not let up enough for us to finish anything that day and by 11PM we were starting to pack up for the day and head out.

So the quick review of that story is with a total of almost three days involved in one single race, Steve and myself got to make one stellar pass each down the track! But as always the Bader family put on a great show.

This coming Saturday currently doesn’t show anything on the schedule as far as racing but Sunday is another point’s race at Dragway42 in the home stretch of point’s races for the year and the battle for first place gets tighter every week there!

Back At It !!!!!

Remember me? Remember the other week when I said I was only taking a week off from the action? Well that quickly

Male Wedding Dress

turned into two weeks or what can be described as almost an eternity. Last I talked I going to make the tough choice to go ahead and skip a points race at SMP to go to a friend’s wedding. I can honestly say that I am glad that I did. It was everything that it was expected to be and that was a great time with great people, oh yeah and a group of grown men in kilts!

After a weekend of celebration it was time to start to focus at the weekend coming up, Or so I thought. Turns out about Thursday night of last week I get this horrible stomach pain and by Friday I’m pretty much out of commission from the pain and on my way to the hospital. About three and a half hours later and 3AM Saturday morning there kicking me out the door with a couple of scripts and telling me to let it take its course. That is exactly what I did witch brings us to present day were I was able enough to return back to work in what was almost a weeks worth of un-planned vacation.

TMI My Friend....

Now to actually focus on the weekend to come.  What better time to have a weeks worth of rest then coming up on the biggest event of the year for us. Night Under Fire at Summit Motorsports Park which will truly be an all day long endurance race that runs through the late Saturday early Sunday hours of the day, or so we hope! Let just hope that two weeks of sitting didn’t make the Spirit lazy and it will actually fire up and put some work in for the big weekend ahead. Sorry to keep this one short but I’m sure you don’t want to hear all the sweet medical exam details!

Thanks for reading and stop out at SMP for the biggest and best show they throw for the year. You wont regret it!!!!

Week Update July 30th-Aug 5th

Lets change this up a little. This past week has been a challenge to say the least. I had phone issues, computer issues, and email issues. Matt has been sick since Thursday. They say food poisoning and I can only hope they are right. So with all that I’m doing the week review instead of a couple of blogs last week and a weekend review.

As I reported last week, Matt took a weekend off to support a friend tying the knot. They all had a blast! It was a wedding like no other. Just a few items off the beaten path; the wedding was in an old movie theatre and all the men in the bridal party – including the groom – wore Scottish Kilts. I’d say different but that’s whet you get from racers. Matt was also absent from this weekend’s race due to illness. I have not heard how he is this morning. I’m hoping well enough to return to work. Continue reading Week Update July 30th-Aug 5th

Weekend Update 7/28-7/29

Once again, Steve steal Josh’s thunder by writing his own Weekend Update. Josh spent the week basking in the Lake Erie Islands sun, though, so it’s not like he was paying any attention anyway.

All good things must come to an end I guess. I was able to take a nice vacation for the first time in a long time. I got to visit with family, go fishing, and hob nob a little with the rich and famous in the Hamptons. But all that is over now and I’m back to the old bump and grind. 

Saturday was my first day back at the track. but I don’t think I was fully recovered from my vacation bliss. I found it hard to get back to my routine starting with getting things ready to go. Like I have said in the past, everything that leads up to the race day affects how you do that day. When your head’s not in it, you’re vulnerable and that led to my early exit Saturday at Summit Motorsports Park. My car was not running consistent time runs due to wind and weather which had me guessing for 1st round. I was slightly off on my dial, which would be competitive for most runs, but as luck would have it my opponent only gave me .018 to weasel my way into . With a .029 light I was done at the start.(insert sad face here*). Hero to Zero @ the drop of a hat. LOL

 Saturday was Matt’s turn to miss a race day. Unfortunately we have had to miss a couple this month due to race conflicts or social events. Matt had a wedding of a close friend and fellow racer. Even with Matt’s no show and my barely showing I believe we stayed pretty close in our points standings due to many of the racers around us having troubles of their own.Gassers @ 42


There was no points event on Sunday at Dragway 42, but there was a special event held this weekend. The Rock & Race. This is one of 42’s biggest events of the year. It is three days of old cars, racing, bands playing, and fun! As a last minute decision I decided to go to the Sunday race to try and redeem my Saturday disappointment. Matt was still in Toledo enjoying time with his wedding friends but would not be able to attend the Rock & Race anyway due to the 1976 and older restriction. (His Spirit is 1980.) He could have raced the back up car but we still need to do some suspension work to get it to be a reliable back up.

I went into Sunday’s race a little more prepared. I set everything up to my “42 Settings” and hit the track. The car picked up right where it left off; 7.25. It stayed glued to a 7.25 & 7.26 every pass. I wiggled my way through the field making it all the way to the finals against a stout competitor. He was in his street car but tough none the less. I was pretty confident I could take the race. Upon launch I had a .004 advantage. Small but still in my favor. I came on him pretty quick as I had a three second advantage over his dial. I was able to pass him then slow down not to break out but I must have been too hard on the brakes and let him back around me. I beg to differ but the computer is never wrong. It was a disappointing loss but still a runner up finish and that is nothing to be ashamed of.

This weekend will bring us to Quaker City Raceway in Salem, Ohio on Saturday for their Thunder & Lightning event, then back to Dragway 42 on Sunday for some more points racing. Come on out and spend some time at the track while we still have Summer to enjoy!

Rock & Race results @ Dragway 42



What a difference a day makes!!!!

This past week has been pretty fun filled & action packed to say the least. I’m a little late on a weekly blog only because I was having too much fun on vacation to set time aside. Can you blame me? LOL

I have to rewind to last Saturday @ Summit Motorsports Park. I had a feeling going into the weekend it was going to be a good one. I think it was because of how the “Test Session” went on the Wednesday before. When you feel hopeless going into a race it extremely diminishes you chances of winning anything. There is also a do or die point in the season if your not doing great where you have to make up some ground or you put yourself mathematically out of contention. That was this weekend!

It wasn’t looking great in time runs with a pair of .013 red lights. Not cool in the racing world. The car was reacting very quick due to another shock adjustment. I keep playing with the shocks to see what they will do in different situations so i know where to put them to overcome different track conditions. I try & go with something for the day rather than adjust as I go unless it is totally wrong. All season I was trying to get the car to react faster & now it was time to slow that down. That for me is a lot easier. I took some shims out of my button which puts more throw in it & in return it releases slower. It was just what I needed. It put me in the green but not too far that I would loose on a bad light. Of course unless I screwed it up. Which i tried a few times but my opponent tried to screw it up more than I did & that’s all it takes in Bracket Racing.

It seams surreal when it happens. You look around all of a sudden & there’s only a few race cars left around you, when you come back through the pits there’s no one walking around & the shades are pulled closed. You look @ the clock & wonder how it got to be midnight. Then you realize, you are in the finals!

Sometimes getting to a final round is harder than the final itself But when it’s your night, it’s your night. I was .011 on the tree & under my dial by .002. If my opponent was over his dial I was done but my luck continued & he broke out by more than I did handing me the win!!!!! The win @ SMP was not only well over due but it propelled me from 36th place in points all the way up to 6th place with only 4 more points meets left. I do believe that is the biggest jump I have ever made in points as a result of one race. That is exactly why you never give up!


Sunday was my big experiment day. I’m happy to say it was a successful change for me. I was able to cut good lights & the car did not spin a lick! I was way impressed with it’s performance. out of 6 runs 5 of them were 7.23. Even the test pass @ SMP on Wednesday was a 7.23. WOW. I was pretty confident after my win the night before & thought I was on another roll edging out my opponents in some close races the first 2 rounds. Then the 6th run came along where the car slowed .020 to a 7.25. My opponents light was better by .010 & that was the amount of my loss @ the finish line. I maintained my position in points which is a good thing. I am currently 5th in the Dragway 42 points standings with 6 more points races remaining.


There is no racing for us today @ SMP but there is @ Dragway 42 tomorrow. Unfortunately I will miss this race due to my vacation with the family. Sometimes it is worth missing racing. Not often but…….

Link to the Dragway 42 points standings (Mod Class)

Link to SMP Pro points standings

Weekly Update July 13th-15th: Winning!

What a weekend for Stevand Racing!

As everyone knows Matt made the long trip down to Bristol, Tennessee for the World Footbrake Challenge. (And if you didn’t know, you should check out Stevand Racing’s webpage more often) Matt double-entered Friday for the day and increase his chances at the big $10,000 purse. He would also get more practice at an unfamilliar track. He took some lumps and lost in the 2nd round with both entries, but gained valuble data.

On Saturday Steve rejoined the racing community with a points race at Summit Motorsports Park and Matt bought in for his second chance at the $10,000. Matt did much better by losing the 4th round in a huge 430 car field with drivers from all over the country.

Steve struggled in time trials after adjusting adjusting the shocks on his AMC Gremlin yet again. (If it sounds like Steve is never done tuning, it’s because he isn’t) The Gremlin picked way up in reaction time. In fact, the reaction time improved so drastically that Steve ended up -.019 red on both time runs. (That means that he ran better than his predicted time, which in bracket racing is not cool.) After tire pressure and button adjustments Steve smashed a solid first round win.  

With tons of luck and the right spot in line, Steve worked his way into the Winner’s Circle to post his first points race win of the year! It was an 8 round race which more than doubled his points total for the year! Saturday’s win vaulted Steve from 36th in yearly points to knocking on the door of the top ten! Never give up!

Sunday was Matt’s last chance to leave his mark at Thunder Valley. Steve was at Dragway 42, but he was glued to the text updates coming over his phone. Matt won the first roung. Then Matt won the second round. Then Steve got the text from Stevand Racing Co-Owner (and brother) Andy who was watching Matt live online at Matt is down to 18 cars!

Matt had his next opponent covered on the starting line but could not cover the dial-in when his car slowed at the finish. It was a great accomplishment to get that far in a 430 car field of the best of the best.

Steve tried his new set up at Dragway 42 on Sunday, but lost in the 3rd round when my car slowed like Matt’s did at Bristol. Every pass was perfect until that one and we think Steve has his finger on a winning setup for the rest of the season.

This week Stevand Racing gets some time away. They are on thier way to a family home in the Hamptons (Long Island) to meet up with the whole family. There will be fishing, beaches, and some vacationing drivers celebrating a great weekend!



Testing, Testing, Is this thing on?

I made a decision last points race @ Dragway 42 to change some things drastically to help my car hook when track conditions are sub par. 42 re paved earlier this year & though the track is wicked smooth there seems to be an issue that is not working in my favor. I have never had an issue this bad & I tried all the small things with high hopes.

Last night I went to Summit Motorsports Park for their $7 fun night. I went to this a few weeks ago to see if an earlier problem was cured. This is an awesome night for anyone who would like to try their hand @ some racing. Even just for the experience of driving down a track where just a week before the NHRA professionals were going over 300mph. Just bring the old family sedan or SUV or even your Prius, pay $7 @ the gate & make runs all night long. There are 5 trophy classes to choose from including High School to get the younger (future) crowd involved.

This trip to SMP was going to be rather interesting. Any time you try radical changes things get exciting. They may work great or horribly wrong. Exciting! What I was trying to accomplish was to slow the car down for the first 60′ or so of the track. Sounds easy? Slowing a car down is just as hard as making them faster. For consistency reasons you cant just ease into it. You have to leave full bore. To stay within class rules I had 2 options. One was to Retard the timing to make the launch slower. Advancing timing makes a car go faster to a certain point & retarding will do the opposite. My ignition box has a feature where when activated will pull a predetermined amount of timing. I went to the max 9.9 degrees. I’m thinking it should leave like a mutt. 1st hit it goes a 1.44 6o’. that’s pretty much where it left off. A little disappointed but sometimes the electronic retards don’t seem to activate.  It was time for option 2. This was more of a mechanical approach. I normally shift the car @ 6500 rpm for optimum speed & consistency. This time I would try to make the car shift just after the staging beams so it would not affect my reaction times. I checked to see how many rpm it would take to shift just off the line, not too soon & not too late. The converter flashed to about 5200 rpm so I pit a 5800 rpm shift chip. That was way too high. Another 1.44 60′. It shifted after the 60′. Not where my problem was. My next & final pass I dropped the shift rpm down to 5200. Right where the converter locks up. Perfect! it shifted just after the stage beams. .007 reaction. The 60′ slowed to 1.76. It was good off the line, shifted perfect & it turned into the mutt I was looking for.



This weekend brings Kids Night @ SMP. This is a huge event to bring all the kids to. It keeps the whole family involved. There are games, give aways, & even race car fun rides for the kids. If you want to introduce the family to racing this would be the night to do it. After a long night @ SMP I will be back @ Dragway 42 to test out my new secret weapon. LOL. As always you are more than welcome to come & see us.