Sunday April 10, 2011
YEEEE HAWWWWW!!!! Let’s just skip right past what happened in Truggy (broken arm) and Short Course (still not sure what) and focus on what transpired in Pro Buggy.
I had to start as BQ and try my chances at bumping into the A-main. My Durango DNX408 has felt amazing all weekend as I have mentioned and the B-main was no exception. It was hotter today and thus I did feel as my suspension was a bit soft. But all in all it felt great. I had a so-so first 15min of the race. Running between 1st – 3rd. Catching up and falling back. Then with 5 minutes to go I found my groove and took the lead and pulled away. Took a nice commanding victory and I knew my buggy was ready for the A-main!
With it being a bit hotter I decided to go up 50cts in shock oil all the way around. On the bench this felt pretty stiff but on the track for the A-main my car was the best it had been all week long! I felt I had the car to take the win. At the start taking off from the 12th spot on the grid I passed a couple guys on the inside of the first jump. Then on the top front left corner got tagged in the rear which made me have to single single single the tripple jump on the left side. I fell to last but everyone crashed again in the whoops section and I got by a handful. Another group crashed on the downstairs and I passed a couple more. I was around 6th place coming by the first lap. I then got into my groove and began driving my amazing machine and was at one with it! 😉 I picked off a few more people and moved up to 3rd place before the first pitstop. Some of you with a Durango may know that unfortunately at the moment it is hard to use a fuel gun on it. Well my pitguy (brother-in-law) did the best he could but some spilled on the pipe and flamed me out. He got me right back started up and I only lost a few more seconds.
I retained 3rd place and just put it in cruise control for a while. During my second stop the same thing happened though I was just barely able to keep it from dying. After that Eric made a good executive decision and went back to the bottle for the remaining fuel stops. This took about an extra 2 – 3 seconds than the leaders but it was safe and I didn’t have any more issues. I drove as good as I could and even with the minor things setting me back I was able to stay within about 15 seconds of the leaders the entire race. I finished 3rd place on the Podium! All in all it was a great race for me. I know the car was capable of winning and I know when we get the tank to accept a fuel gun better and we continue to get a bit more time on the car that I’m going to be getting those podium finishes all the time!
I want to give a huge thanks to my brother-in-law Eric for sacrificing himself for me this weekend. He made the Sportsman B-main and elected not to run it so he could help me as I was the race after him. He drove great in his own right this weekend and I thank him so much for his help. Also just can’t say enough about the guys at Durango. This is such a great company to race for and this car just gets better and better! They are Serious about racing and I’m serious about winning! And those results are coming!
Saturday April 9, 2011
Qualifying has ended and my results are a mixed bag. In my rent a ride truggy class I had a solid first run getting a 7th. Second run had the rear diff go out while on a TQ run during my qualifier. Third run had some early mistakes but battled back to finish 8th for the round. Overall putting my 10th in the A-main.
In Short Course class I was having a rough go of it. First round started out well and was doing top 4 but then fell off at the end and settled for 7th. During the second run I was top 2 for the first couple laps but then the pin in my dogbone came out ending that run. Come round 3 I was just working to stay clean. I ended up putting down the fasted lap time and overall round for the weekend in 4wd Mod SC. Got the TQ for the round which overall with my first round 7 put me 5th on the starting grid. I am hoping for a duplication of that third round in the A-main! Would be nice to put my DESC410 in the winners circle! 🙂
Buggy was a roller coaster. My buggy felt so amazing in the first round. I had a few mistakes but still managed 6th for the round. The car was capable of so much more. In the second round we ran around 10pm at night. During the run my goggles began to fog up and I just made way to many mistakes. Got 20 something for the round. So come third round I needed a decent run. I went 50cts softer in the rear suspension hoping for that to help in the rough. I was wrong. Should have left it as it was. I ended up making a couple mistakes early. Battled back into the top 5 or 6 and then on the last lap crashed with 3 corners to go and the marshal was watching the race. I ended up 15th overall for the round but only one second out of a top 12 for the round. I ended up qualifying 12th and they only seated 11 into the A-main. So I am BQ. I tied in points with Adam Drake but he had the better tie-breaker which was the third round finish. I was just bummed to have that rollover be the difference between that one point I needed to make the A. Either way I’m going back to the set-up I had and am going to win that B and give it all I got in the A-main tomorrow! Check it out live on liverc.com
Thursday Eve. April 7, 2011
Well practice is over for the day. My feelings on my Durango DNX408 Buggy were true as it feels awesome on the track. I had a very frustrating time with traffic and mistakes on my part but I was so happy with the Buggy. I can’t wait for qualifying to start tomorrow. Tomorrow we have 2 qualifiers so i’m hoping to put in some solid runs tomorrow to take the pressure off of Saturday.
Thursday April 7, 2011
Today is the start of practice here at the Silver State Nitro Challenge. I will be running 3 classes this week. Running my Durango DNX408 and DESC410R along with my rent a ride ST-RR.
I’ve had a good feeling leading up to this event and coming off a couple of wins leaves me with some good confidence. I’m ready for an Awesome Week!!