Monday March 14, 2011 (3:00 P.M.)
Well i’m back to give an update on how it all went down at this years Psycho Nitro Blast event in it’s new location in Unadilla, GA (about 1.5 hours south of Atlanta). I ended up helping pit for my friend Carlos in his 45 min Sportsman truck A-main in which he took 3rd. I also pitted for my brother in law Eric in his 45 min sportsman Buggy A-main in which he had some bad luck with the battery wire and such but really impressed me with how much he is improving. Next were my 2, hour long mains and I was just hoping my body would hold up and I wouldn’t make to many mistakes with my lack of sleep really starting to take a toll. My vision was blurred and focusing was a task in its self.
At the start of the truggy main in which I was running my Mechanic Dennis’s 3 year old ST-RR I set out behind Drake through the first couple of corners. Then he flamed out which gave me the lead. That was all I needed. The truck even with the lack of love and attention that it received during the week was doing really well. I began to extend my lead and thankfully my AKA Soft Cityblocks were hooked up and my Alpha Plus A852 engine was running flawlessly. At about the 10 minute mark I just put it in cruise control and made it my goal to run clean and consistent and not have any crashes. This was a good strategy as I stretched my lead and won by nearly 2 laps I believe.
About 30 min later it was time for the hour long Pro Buggy A-main. This was the one that I really wanted and meant a lot to me. At the start I held on to the lead from the TQ spot on the grid. A few laps in and Jeremy Kortz, Barry Pettit, Adam Drake and I were all in a pretty good freight train around the track. They then began to make a couple mistakes or what-not and I was able to begin to find my groove and extend my lead. About 30 min into the main I had over a lap lead and was extending lap by lap. Then after either my 30 min or 38 min pitstop I did a couple of corners and flipped over. My idle was a bit low and it flamed out on me. Luckily I had built up that decent lead and the marshall was able to get the car to pit lane in decent time and my pit guys got me fired up and I made it back on the track and retained a 12 second lead. I then set out to get my lap back. My Durango DNX408 was just easy to drive. I could put it anywhere I wanted it and that was crucial on this track. According to many I had some of the most creative and best lines going on the track in which 90% of every lane was ridden with pot holes. I was able to extend my lead out and get my lap on the field again I believe by the end of the main.
It felt great to finally get some wins this year. It has been very hard to deal with a lot of the criticism that has been floating around and all i’ve been telling people is that I didn’t feel I had been given a chance to really show what the Durango and myself were capable of yet. But this weekend with Billy Fishers excellent starting set-up from the Nitro Pit (which I only changed 2 things for this track) and being able to have more practice time, and running 2 classes instead of one I think all really contributed to the end result.
I am so happy with the car right now. I really think it’s just going to get better and better. How can it not with the great group of guys we have on the team and the company with the mentality of wanting to win. It’s going to be a great 10 years! 😉
Monday March 14, 2011 (1:00 A.M.)
Just got back to the hotel. Off to the airport in 3.5 hours. Major sleep depravation has set in and I’m lucky I stayed awake and didn’t fall over the railing of the drivers stand!
For now it’s going to be a short and sweet update. I took Double Victory!! Put my Durango DNX408 into it’s first big race winners circle here in the U.S. I’m very happy, . . and very tired. I hope to be able to write more in the next day or two! 😀
Sunday March 13, 2011 (9:00 A.M.)
Well qualifying didn’t continue quite as good as it started. A few bumps in the road but in the end in the class that mattered I was able to take overall TQ with my Durango DNX408! This was such a relief. Felt I should have won all 3 qualifiers but had some bad luck in the second. So come the third round I needed a win. 4 AM came and I was able to lay it down again and it felt great. My Durango feels amazing on this track and I’ve had many compliments on how it’s running. I’m really looking forward to the Hour long main. I’m just trying to get some sleep which isn’t really possible unfortunately. I came with three other guys and my mechanic and they are all racing in sportsman class. One had bad luck in buggy and was in the 3rd main this morning at 5:30AM. The other is in the C-main which will be around 10AM. So in between it all throughout the last 36 hours i’ve just been taking little half-hour cat naps here and there when I can. It’s caught up with me at the moment. I’m going to try to get in a few more so I can be rested for the main! I’d also like to congratulate my brother-in-law for making the Sportsman A-main in Buggy and my website builder Carlos for qualifying 2nd in Sportsman Truggy! Great job guys!
In Truck I broke a fuel tank and have to settle for 2nd on the grid. The truck is serving it’s purpose and that is track time. For that I am grateful. But my primary focus is to put that Durango in the Winners Circle! Wish me luck!
Saturday March 12, 2011 (4:00 A.M.!)
Just got back from my first qualifier (note the time!)
I’m off to sleep to get my 3.5 hours for tonight before heading back to marshall the first race at 9am.
For the first time this year I can say my first quals went great.
TQ truggy with my rent a ride ST-RR.
TQ Buggy with my engine running 180*! (usually run around 250 – 260. Was just a tad rich! haha
Anyways off to bed and looking to get overall TQ tomorrow in the second round so I can skip the 3rd round and sleep! That’s the goal anyways!
-Lutzinator out……(Lights out that is! 😉
Thursday March 10, 2011
Well this will be a short one as I’m off to bed…Around 9pm. Reason so early is that it’s strategy time. The Psycho Nitro Blast offers over 40 hours continuous practice time. In past experience I have come to realize the best time to get clean track practice is in the wee hours of the morning. So we will be getting up around 2am and heading to the track for some practice. We will then probably leave around noon, head back to the hotel for a few hours of sleep again before returning at 6pm for the first qualifier round. (Which will probably take 10 hours +! So we will be at the track for probably over 24 hours starting tomorrow night! It’s fun, psychotic, and I guess makes us all a little crazy.)
Looking forward to every minute of it!
Wednesday March 9, 2011
Currently about 34,000 miles in the air on my way to Unadilla, GA, home of this years Psycho Nitro Blast. Always look forward to this race and the lack of sleep on tap. I’ve heard there are over 500 entires so this race has grown very big. I’m looking forward to it as I saw a sneak peak video of someone testing the front jumps and it looks pretty good with some BIG air! I’m extremely excited to try my Nitro Challenge set-up here and see how it works. I think we are getting the Durango figured out better and better and am ready to start dominating! 😀
Check back throughout the week as I try to report how things are going if I can get a chance with all the sleep depravation that will be going on. 😀
Love this race!