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Big Weekend

Well, the last week turned out to be a series of strange events. The forecast  was showing nearly 100% chance of rain for Saturday. It looked bleak as to if we would even get the chance to contend out last points race of the year at SMP, But waking up it turned out the be the exact opposite. it was a perfect day for racing!

 So how did everything go you ask?…It didn’t! As luck would have it (for some people and not so much for other people) there must have been a lightning strike  in the over night storms that hit and fried parts of the tracks timing system. No timing system means no racing. You ask were does that leave us for the end of the year? It leaves Steve with a good finish for the year in seventh place. For this he will receive some money at the end of the year and for the second year in a row qualifies for the NHRA bracket finals contested this weekend in Indy. Steve will be making the trip out Thursday at some point and hopefully following up last years performance but just a touch better seeing as he made it to the semifinals last year. As for myself I do not have much to show for there this year @ SMP. The times I showed up this year I did great but as fate would have it due to sickness social gatherings and so on I managed to have a great start to the season and fizzle out at the end finishing in a tie for what I believe is twenty fourth (I stopped looking a while ago) So that means to end of the year money and no Super 64 runoff. But you just can’t dwell on the what if’s and should of’s.

On the other hand there is our Sunday racing at Dragway 42. Witch Sunday, due to some unforeseen rain put an early end to the day with yet again just one time trial down the track and no eliminations. As Steve touched on before due to some sort of points sign up errors I moved from third in the standings to first. This coming weekend will be a big one for me as well with a double points race this Saturday and Sunday. These are also the last two races before the IHRA bracket finals at Pittsburgh so I have a lot to gain or lose. Indy being this weekend is somewhat of a help because a few of the drivers (Steve included) will not be able to make it to the last two points races so it gives me a little buffer, not much though due to good friend Jose Diaz being in second place and only two rounds behind and he will be there for the two days of points racing.

Nail Biting Time

Hopefully after this weekend Steve and myself will have nothing but good things to talk about. In this sport as most of you have probably figured out by now you never count your eggs until they hatch because anything and everything will happen before then. So stay tuned and we will bring you an update next week filled with all the details!

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!

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

 

 

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  www.1320go.com. 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!

 

 

Weekly Update July 7th: Too Hot To Race?

Well nothing this past week turned out as planned other than Matt racing at Pittsburgh and it being HOT again. I was supposed to race at Thompson Dragway on Tuesday for their Independence Eve race but decided not to due to sketchy weather. That turned out to be a good decision. Nothing worse than getting almost $100 into a trip for nothing. The race wound up raining out after the 1st round.

Matt took his rig home last week to prepare for the World Footbrake Challenge (WFC) we spoke about last week. He was able to work on the trailer and his truck after his day job all week and got a lot accomplished in preparation for the long trek to Bristol, Tennessee. Matt went to Pittsburgh Raceway on Saturday for their Summit Super Series program. This was his chance to practice footbraking the car rather than using a trans brake on the starting line. Footbraking is the way it used to be done till evil electronics got involved. That debate is a whole different blog post. Continue reading Weekly Update July 7th: Too Hot To Race?

Weekly Update June 30th & July 1st. Things are Looking Up!

Weekly update, my pleasure. Things seemed to start aligning this past weekend. More for Matt than myself but I did take some big strides in my own way.

 I know I keep pounding you on the beautiful weather but it’s hard not to say anything with as bad as it has been the past few years. Just think, if it rains 2 weekends in a row that means no racing for a month! How many women out there would want to put up with a grumpy husband for a month? Sunshine makes life so much easier!

We arrived Saturday @ Summit Motorsports Park to greet the heat of the day. It’s is always a welcome sight pulling in & seeing all of your friends wave to you on the way in. It makes you feel like you have done something right in your life & it shuts off any adversities you may have had all week . Kind of like the memory erasing burnout.

 Matts car seems to have founds it’s happy spot in the world & when that happens you can just relax & let things happen. Matt did extremely well making it down to 6 cars gaining valuable points in the year long chase. This keeps him well in the hunt to finish towards the top.

I still had some electrical Camaros? (If a guy with a Camaro can say he has an electrical Gremlin than why can’t I reciprocate?) Even with a new alternator & good battery I still had cranking issues. To make it any further in the day I would have to find this once & for all! I started @ the battery & worked my way forward. It didn’t take me long to realize the car needs an update! I found a loose connection @ the starter solenoid that may have been the root of all evil up to this point. I went into eliminations with a good attitude but could not make it past 2nd round. A poor finish line decision ended my night early.

 

Sunday was our day @ Dragway 42 for the half way point of the season. My how time flies! It was an interesting day to say the least. Both Matt & I have our cars set up pretty close to one another. The bigger difference being mine has a 401 & Matts a 360. That difference seemed to be huge on Sunday. My car had pretty bad traction issues. That made the car extremely hard to predict & a little scary down track. Matts car on the other hand handled the challenging conditions rather well. That smaller motor seemed to be a good advantage on that day. Matt scored the Runner Up spot & gaining a good amount of points along the way. I lost 2nd round AGAIN! Notice a bad pattern here? I’ll be getting out of that habit here pretty soon.

 

This week I will make some drastic changes to help on the starting line when we have adverse conditions & have traction issues. Matt i’m sure isn’t going to open his trailer door till he has to race again. Don’t mess with perfection. The rest of the week has me possibly going to Thompson Raceway Park for their Independence Eve race & this Saturday I will either go to Quaker City Motorsports Park & make the trek to Pittspurgh Raceway Park & meet up with Matt. Matt took his rig with him to participate in Pittsburghs Saturday Program. There is no points for us @ Dragway 42 or Summit Motorsports Park this weekend. Summit has the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals to be held Thursday through Sunday.

Weekly Update June 22nd – 24th: Steve on the No Box Bonanza!

Remember a few weeks ago when I said, “Usually, Steve O sends me weekend details and I post a big old Weekly Update. The email I got about Memorial Day weekend was so good that it doesn’t need to be rewritten. So, this week’s update is brought to you by Steve O himself. Some day we can all say we knew him when he was grinding away on weeklies.” Just pretend that I said it again. You guys all like Steve and Matt better than me, anyway. 😉
This weekend was the first of the big money weekends for us. This race used to be contested in the fall but poor weather & an overwhelming response to a survey by the track pushed it to a better time of year for all. The weather although brutally hot was as good as it gets.

Three day races sometimes turn into 4 days if there is travel involved or in the case of SMP parking. Amanda & I drove the rigs up early Thursday morning just to get a good spot in a holding lot before being able to move in to the track on Friday. Matt drove in from out of town Thursday night & we were all off to the races Friday morning. This trip we brought out the 3rd car in the Stevand fleet. Due to us getting up there early we were all able to park together  which is sometimes more important than getting a good spot. We were set for the weekend. Continue reading Weekly Update June 22nd – 24th: Steve on the No Box Bonanza!