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Stevand Racing at Summit Motorsports Park

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!

Weekly Update May 5th and 6th

After last week’s rainout at Summit Motorsports Park and a test and tune at Dragway 42, the weekend of May 5th– 6th was the first official race weekend for Stevand Racing in 2012.

 Saturday at SummitMotorsportsParkwasn’t perfect for Steve and Matt Obertanec, but there were valuable points earned and important lessons learned.

Matt’s AMC Spirit ran slower than expected after switching to a new 2-speed transmission, but the motor ran well and Matt adapted well to a bed situation. Continue reading Weekly Update May 5th and 6th

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!

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.