Things are starting to look up for the 2006 race season. June 11th I headed to Greene County Speedway in Jefferson, IA., a track I've never been to. Hot Laps went well and no changes were made to the car. The Heat race went well with a win. A few changes were made to the car for the Feature which I won, lapping everyone but the second place car...TWICE!!! Here's a photo taken in the pits afterwards. It's to bad the two races at GCS I was scheduled to race at later in the month were cancelled because what I learned I could have adjusted the car to have gone even faster, oh well.
Next up was June 16th at the Nostalgia Night at the infamous Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, IA. The car was the car to beat in the Hot Laps. In the Heat I had a good first place run going but fell to second. With a caution coming out a few laps from the end I leaned on the first place car pretty hard but couldn't make the pass. Changes were made to the car and I had a good starting position for the Feature but it was cancelled when a fatal on track incident occurred in the programs first Feature of the evening.
June 30th I participated in a Central Vintage Racing Assoc. event at Des Moines, IA's Iowa State Fair Speedway. The very fast 1/2 mile was not good to me this year. In the Hot Laps the car handled well and it looked like a good night was in my future, until I looked down and saw a pegged water temp gauge. While the engine cooled down some changes were made. The Heat race saw the same results as the Hot Laps. After getting the engine cooled down we thought one of the radiator caps was bad. Both caps were replaced and the system was filled back up with H2O. It looked like the problem was solved until lap 7 or 8 of the Feature when I had to pull in due to a pegged temp gauge again. To bad since I was gaining positions and the car was hooked up enough to be carrying the left front tire off the ground around the turns! The engine has since been torn down. The heads checked out OK but the head gaskets were all slimy and spongy. Engine sponsor Bob Keairns of Dog House Engines said he had never seen anything like it but knew there wouldn't be any of that brand of gasket on another one of his race engines. Everything is back together and I'm ready to go racing again. I did get the lettering on the car the day before the race, here's a photo of the car in the pits just before the Hot Lap sesssion. Thanks to Pritchett Signs from Carnesville, GA for another year of great looking vinyl lettering.
Here are some more photos I took before loading the car to head for Des Moines. The lighting wasn't the greatest but I wanted some just in case the car didn't come back in one piece. Click on the arrows for more photos and click on the small photos for an enlarged version.
July is kind of a slow race month but August is going to be busy. I will be in New York state for races the 4th and 5th at Brewerton Speedway and Fulton Speedway , driving a vintage Modified owned by Dr. Phil Claussen from Oak Brooke, ILL. I have also added races at Park Jefferson Speedway on the 19thrand Interstate Speedway on the 20th. Both tracks are located just south of Jefferson, SD which is less than a couple of hours north of Omaha just off I-29.
Watch your mailbox in September for updates!
June 11 - Greene County Speedway - Jefferson, IA
June 16 - Knoxville Raceway - Knoxville, IA
June 30 - Iowa State Fair Speedway - Des Moines, IA
July 1 - Greene County Speedway - Jefferson, IA
July 2 - Greene County Speedway - Jefferson, IA
August 4 - Brewerton Speedway - Brewerton, NY
August 5 - Fulton Speedway - Fulton, NY
August 19 - Park Jefferson Speedway - Jefferson, SD
August 20 - Interstate Speedway - Jefferson, SD
September 9 - Hamilton County Speedway - Webster City, IA