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Weekly Update June 16th: Adversity at Summit Motorsports Park

The first sentence of the weekly update email that Steve sent me this week was so good I had to use the quote.

Saturday looked like a beautiful day when it first started. Nice and cool, sun peaking past scattered clouds. A perfect morning to finish up my transmission and load the old Gremmie for some of what it was built for; Drag Racing!

Of course, Steve also points out that AMC didn’t build Gremlins for drag racing, but he built this one to haul ass, and that’s what he intended on doing. Continue reading Weekly Update June 16th: Adversity at Summit Motorsports Park

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

My Reintroduction Into Drag Racing

I’m Josh Flagner, and this is my first contribution to Stevand Racing. I’m co-owner – along with Ryan Isley – of More Than a Fan, Stevand Racing’s online sponsor. More Than a Fan is updated at least twice daily with the sports opinions of writers all over the country.

“Auto racing began five minutes after the second car was built.” – Henry Ford

I can vividly remember those years in my life when a roaring engine was the absolute coolest thing in the world. The radio ads from Norwalk Raceway Park – now Summit Motorsports Park – would incite the kinds of excitement from my little brother and I that would later in life be reserved for sneaking a kiss during a school dance, or finally getting to drive mom’s car. Once you add semis with jet engines and fire-breathing, car eating robots, the need to spend a summer night watching burnouts and eating ice cream was more than a boy could bear.

Fast forward 22 years and my fascination with things that shoot fire and make loud noises remains unchanged. The sole exception to my situation now and the one I lived in as a child is now I don’t have to beg mom and dad to take me to see the races. Continue reading My Reintroduction Into Drag Racing