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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

Weekly Update June 9th & 10th

Saturday 6/9

Since Summit Motorsports Park didn’t have a points event Saturday, the beginning of last weekend was slow for the Stevand boys.

Steve spent Friday night and Saturday morning out in Wooser, OH for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life fundraiser and car show. Last weekend was the first ever Relay car show in Wooster, and it kicked off a new ACS program called Road to Recovery. Special thanks to Alyssa Ferguson, who co-chaired the event, and all the other volunteers and organizers for putting in so much effort and hard work. Whatever you do, always take some time to give back. We all applaud Steve for taking the time to show off his AMC Gremlin for a good cause.

While Steve was off galavanting around Wooster, Matt was putting the finishing touches on his cam bearing fix to get the oil pressure in his AMC Spirit back to normal. After a morning of hard work, Matt shot out to Mt. Vernon, Ohio to Pacemaker’s Dragway to get a few passes in during their E.T. points session. The car was back to normal, and Matt did a great job adapting to the weather. When the track is hot and getting sun-baked, it’s very hard to keep rubber on the track. When there’s no rubber on the track, it’s very hard to keep the tires from spinning at the start.  Continue reading Weekly Update June 9th & 10th

Just When You Think

As most of you know with anything in life, it always seems like once you get yourself on track and pointed in the right direction – when it finally looks like smooth sailing ahead – *BOOM* the wheels fall off once again!

I’ll come back to that in just a minute.

Saturday was another points race at Summit Motorsports Park. I’ve enjoyed a lot of positive momentum so far this year there and have been able to go a few rounds every week. Those kinds of weeks have gone a long way to keep me near the top of the points race. With the car in good shape, I finally got to revert back to my old habits of sleeping in and showing up to the track late. Continue reading Just When You Think

Weekly Update June 2nd and 3rd

Remember last week when I said this, “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.

Saturday 6/2 @ SummitMotorsportsPark

This weekend’s weather was looking a little bit sketchy, but we ended up with two perfect days for racing. On Saturday we had a stiff cross/tail wind but it was steady so it didn’t pose the same issues we ran into last week. Unfortunately, there were plenty of other issues for us to overcome that were more serious that a little wind.

AMX Dan replaced his starter during the week and all seemed well… until he got to the track. Boy did that new starter start making some awful noises. W tried our best, but we just couldn’t overcome that issue. Continue reading Weekly Update June 2nd and 3rd

Weekly Update May 25th-27th

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.

Talk about a long, HOT weekend!

Friday we made the trek down to National Trails Raceway in Columbus, Ohio for the 11th annual Great AMC Day (GAD). Matt went into the event with three consecutive class wins. There was a total of six racers from our clan that made the journey. It is a fun event mostly because its low pressure and it is way cool to race with a bunch of AMCs that we don’t often see. The track was in great shape for a club type event, so kudos to National Trails for providing a great track on such a hot day.

Our group did rather with Matt winning his 5th GAD race, Steve O with the Runner-up, and AMC Dan with a semi-final finish.

Saturday at Summit Motorsports Park was a hot one, too, but it was a little better than the day before in Columbus. A nice breeze kept the day bearable, but made racing interesting.

As I said in Big Money, Big Pressure, I had a big run-off before the main part of eliminations, then I got my first time run with everyone else. The car went 10.27 seconds with a great .007 seconds light. I thought I was set. The second time run I made was called specifically for the Super 64. This time I finished in 10.36 seconds. Something just wasn’t right.

My care has been very consistent this season, so that is a huge loss in esitmated time (E.T.). That loss in time can be attributed to that breeze that was making the day livable. That made for an interesting first round of the run-off. We were all second guessing our dial-ins for that 1st round. Continue reading Weekly Update May 25th-27th

A Weekend To Test

Matt on track at Dragway 42

This past weekend was a great time to test out some new things on my car. Friday night I finished putting all the rear end components in the car where they belonged, and for once everything worked out without a hassle.

Saturday morning brought us into our trip to Quaker City Motorsports Park in hopes of testing out the new gear I installed and see if it makes a world of difference for me. Quaker City is about an hour and twenty minutes from Lodi, but even a long drive to the track is OK on perfect day. Continue reading A Weekend To Test

Weekly Update May 19th and 20th

Remember last week when I said that a tough weekend would lead to lessons learned and positive results? Well, I sure do.


Since Summit Motorsports Park gave the Mr. Gasket Super Series a week off to run the Cavalcade of Stars, Saturday saw the guys head down to Quaker City Motorsports Park to try their hands at the Saturday Summit Super Series points race. Neither Steve or Matt are entered into the season championship, but at Quaker City – like most tracks – anyone is welcome to race any day.

Matt was still fighting his new gear combination on his AMC Spirit leading up to Saturday. Continue reading Weekly Update May 19th and 20th

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

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

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