Quaker State Team Claims First Checker Of 2012; Race #1: May 5th Sunset Speedway
Sunset Speedway officially opened on Saturday night. It was a sunny but cool evening but the cold temperatures made the cars more powerful and handle better, and did not stop the fans from coming out as a huge crowd welcomed the strong field of cars to kick off the 2012 season. One reason we switched to Sunset this year was to show case our sponsors in front of bigger crowds like this.
We ran two heats and a feature race, which will be the format for the season. After a disappointing 8th place finish in our first outing we got some help from car builder and chassis expert Mike McColl. Our crew followed his recommendations and it paid off with a checker flag in our second time on this awesome oval.
After battling side by side with Ernie Fumerton #10 for an amazing 8 laps of ten, we finally got free and grabbed our first win of the season.
Gehrig Debut Not So Lucky
Our grandson Gehrig made his first official start at Sunset Speedway but was plagued with engine woes. A miss kept him from running stronger, but he drove as hard as he could and stayed low when the faster cars were coming around. Every time on the track he learns more about racing.
The Thrill Of Victory…The Agony Of Defeat
On lap 17 of the thirty lap feature a loud bank came from under our car. The transmission broke resulting in catastrophic damage to our drive shaft and many other parts, including the floor of the race car. We spun in the transmission oil as did #51 Mike Bentley. Our car, though beat up will be ready for next week’s races.
Our next race is May 12th Sunset Speedway, races start at 6 pm. We intend to keep all our parts on the car this time out…hope to see our fans there.