Lisa's Race reports
Sean wrote the update himself for
hope everyone’s weekend was better than ours. It was another rough Friday
night for us, and our Saturday night luck seemed to run out, as we were
involved in yet another accident.
just can’t seem to get a good pill draw on the Friday night shows at
. And since they started giving out qualifying points to the Top 5, it has
been hurting us in the points chase. We were the first car out to qualify, but
this time the track wasn’t as greasy as it has been so we were able to hold
on to 7th fast out of the 27-car field. We were then scheduled to
run third row inside of the heat race, but a car scratched after the first
start and we were able to move to the second row inside. We quickly jump into
third on the start and were chasing my brother “Buckwheat” for second.
Buckwheat got a good run down the front stretch on the leader and tried to
make an inside pass but couldn’t quite pull it off. But with him on the
bottom of the track, I was able to pass him on the high side exiting turn
number 2. Then the new point leader, Blake Robertson, passed Buckwheat a lap
and a half latter and it was a great three-way battle for the lead after that.
Blake would go high, I would go low, then switch lines in the next corner,
pulling three wide exiting turn four at one time. Then a caution flag came out
and the current leader had an engine failure give up the lead to us. Blake
pressured us the first couple of laps but we then pulled away the final few
laps the take our second heat race win of the year. For the A-main event, we
started front row outside. We didn’t get the jump on either of the two
starts but by the second and third corner we had taken the lead. We quickly
got into lapped traffic, but a caution on lap four bunched the field up again.
When we resumed racing we pulled out to a comfortable lead only to have it
close quickly when we got back into heavy lapped traffic. I was mostly passing
the lapped cars on the bottom of the corners and passed one person high
exiting turn four but he pulled even with us down the front stretch until we
motored by him entering turn one. I realized then the high line was good
enough to pass, but if a lapped car was keeping up with me coming off the
corner, then I didn’t want to give a fast car behind me the line on the
bottom. So I tried to stick to the bottom the rest of the race. This turn out
to be my costly mistake. While trying to pass another slower car, he cut off
my line on the bottom and nearly spun us out into the infield. I gathered it
back up, almost hit an infield tire and still held onto the lead, but only by
half a car length. We continued on, holding our own for the next two laps, but
with the slower cars all running the low line, I was just following them,
hoping they would make a mistake. I should have tried to pass them high, but
fatigue started to set in and I just didn’t feel strong enough for it. Then
exiting turn two, we pulled a wheelie and John Gray, who was running second at
the time, passed us down the back stretch. But when the front end came down
from the wheelie, after watching the video tape, it looked like the right
front radius rod snapped and as we went into turn three the right front, now
dragging the ground, dug into the track flipping us end over end for the
second straight race. We think the contact with the lapped car a few laps
earlier may have damaged the car and the wheelie finished it off. More
disappointing then not getting the win was not finishing another A-feature.
long haul to
was a pleasant one. It was a beautiful facility and a great track you could
really race on. Every time we got on the track, we got faster and faster. We
qualified toward the end of the field and the track was dry but very
consistent throughout the entire session, so we were pleased setting the 8th
fastest time. We started second row outside of the heat race and got a great
start jumping into third on the first lap and quickly into second two laps
latter. We started to catch the leader who had quickly jumped to a
straightaway advantage, but as we closed in, I began to overdrive the car and
started making minor mistakes. We held on to second with a late charge by
Jason Statler in third. For the A-feature we
started third row outside. The track was very
unique. It started to get very dry in qualifying, but then got heavier with
more traction in the heat races, and by the time of the main event, the entire
track was hooked up and fast. The fog from the ocean actually started to roll
in. From our pits in the corner of three and four, you couldn’t see the cars
coming off of turn two. It was cool. They gave all the drivers some practice
laps to see if the visibility was okay. It was and we felt very fast during
the session. I think we all felt pretty confident for a good finish and we got
a great jump on the start battling for the fifth spot entering turn one. But
coming off the corner, the driver on the inside of us just let his car drift
up the track hitting us and putting us into the wall. Our car got about 15
feet in the air and spun a 360 on the wall popping all four tires in the
process. Both wings were all right and some of the bars were bent, but really
all we needed was four new tires. But the long tow to our pit area and the
slow driving of the tow truck forced us to just miss the restart of the race.
There was another red flag on lap four, so we pushed off being four laps down
and just drove around on cruise control trying not to get in the leaders way
and gain as many points as we could. In doing so, we gained 5 more points and
finished in the 14th position. The really story was how fast we
were with a bent car. We were still passing cars and could have passed more,
but I didn’t want to force anything unnecessary, and settled behind the 11th
place car. We had another possible podium finish but were ruined by a first
are all still reviewing the damage from the rough weekend and are in the
process of reevaluating our race schedule. We’ve had some bad luck,
especially on the Friday night races, so we might be forced to cut back our
Friday night point race appearances. Our main goal is to run for the Golden
State Challenge championship, and if running for the Silver Dollar Speedway
track championship was to hinder our chases with
, then we wouldn’t be able to run both. We will let you know when everything
Well I don’t have much to tell you.
We did not race Friday because
was running a 360 show so we were just going to race on Saturday, but
unfortunately it was rained out. So
we will be back in
again on Friday and down to
Just in case anybody wants to follow the Golden State
Challenge Series, the website is up and running again.
That site is www.goldenstatechallenge.com
Hope everyone had a great weekend and all of you have a great week as well.
See you at the races.
Sorry that I am late getting this out.
This week Sean wrote the update himself.
I think he is showing me up. I
would like to congratulate Brett Miller with the Care Free Pools crew for doing
well this weekend in
. He ended up 4th in the
A-Main after having to start in the back. Good
Hope everyone had a relaxing and happy Easter and got
plenty of goodies from “The Bunny.” The racing weekend wasn’t so laid
back as the rollercoaster ride of bad luck and good luck rocked our spirits
Friday night with a crash in
but got revived back to life with a podium finish Saturday night in
I’d first like to welcome Mike Thain to the race
team, as Friday night was hopefully his first of many nights of helping us out
in the pit area. Our bad luck started early with an early pill draw for
qualifying which foreshadowed a wet and greasy track for qualifying resulting
in a 17th fast time out of 30 cars. We then started second row
inside in our heat race and after the first two starts were called back for a
jumped start and then a spin in turn one, things looked promising as we got
great starts for both attempts. But on the third and final restart, the two
front row starters made contact in turn one leaving us nowhere to go and we
collided with a car in the process of rolling over. We kept the car going, but
during the red flag, we needed to pull into the pits to make repairs to our
wing, which forced us to start in the back of the pack. We restarted in 7th
spot and had no trouble climbing to 3rd place by the end
transferring us directly into the A-Main.
I’d like to congratulate Daniel “Buckwheat”
Becker for winning his second ever heat race start by holding off the current
points leader and winner of both points races at
. Buckwheat is impressing and improving at a rapid pace and is sure to be
scoring top tens in no time at all.
We then started 12th in the A-feature and
were quickly moving through the field. On a lap 9 restart, we were sitting 6th.
We were fast, but our car was really tight, but that just meant that if I
could hold on during the early portion of the race, the car would get better
and be really fast at the end of the race. On the restart we pushed in the
first turn and a car got back by us. After the next corner we got a run on him
down the front stretch and tried to pass on the inside. The driver then tried
to block his line and moved a little to his left and we made contact and
flipped end over end. It was a rough ride and I was seeing stars for the next
couple of hours. I lost my stomach on the way home and had a migraine headache
until noon the next day, but was all geared up to go racing again after that.
It was a hard start to the weekend and we now had a lot of work to do to get
the car ready for the race in
the next day.
, our luck seemed to turn around. We went out late in qualifying but the track
was actually starting to dry out a bit, but we still managed to qualify 9th
out of the 26-car field. We then had a stacked heat race, but our odds looked
bright when they announced they were transferring five out of the heat races.
We started second row outside and about came out in 3rd place
around the first corner, but the car was very tight and fell back to 5th
within two laps, and Brent Kaeding was next in line and hot on our tail. The 3rd
to 6th place cars were running nose to tail and any mistake from
anyone would have cost them at least a position or two, but we managed to run
a smooth race at the end and hold off Brent for the final transfer into the
We were the 9th fastest car out of the
heat races and Tim Kaeding drew the 10-inversion pill, which put us front row
outside. The outside groove was getting very dry coming off of turn 4, so we
knew the start was going to be tricky. On the initial start, Jim Skinner got a
good jump on the bottom and although we pulled along side him on the high side
in the middle of the first turn, we couldn’t find any good traction coming
off the turn and Skinner pulled ahead. But a huge 6-car pile up entering turn
three erased the first start and we were going to do it again. On the second
restart, I tried holding the car lower in the middle of the corner and as we
took off, Skinner hooked the inside berm and got out of shape slightly then
recovered, but I had already pulled several car lengths ahead to take the
lead. There were two quick cautions early in the race to bunch up the field,
and Brent Kaeding was now sitting in the 2nd position. We held our
own early on and then we got into lapped traffic to make the race more
interesting. We both weaved in and out of traffic and I could never get and
lapped car in between us. Brent was on my tail the whole time. He tried a
couple times to make a high line pass in turn 1 and 2, actually pulling along
side of me down the back straight away once. But with nothing to grab onto on
the top of three and four, I still held the lead. Then a yellow came out with
8 laps to go. I caught Brent sleeping and got a great start and pulled three
car lengths ahead. I moved to the bottom of turn one and as I exited, Brent
came out of nowhere and raced past us on the high side. He then pulled away
and we could not get close enough to challenge. We held on to 2nd,
which could have been disappointing, but ending up being a great end to a
rough starting weekend.
Good Morning Everyone,
Hope everyone had a great weekend. We
did great. Sean broke the track
, the only bummer was that Tim Kaeding
and Dennis Moore Jr. were faster than us.
Sean turned a 9.984 which is amazing, the former track record was a
10.447. We ended our heat race in
5th place which put us front row outside of the B-Main.
Sean got the start and he won by at least ˝ a lap ahead of 2nd
place finisher Brent Kaeding.
Since Sean qualified so well and he won the B Main, he got his time back
behind the inversion in the A-Main. This
gave him a starting spot of 6th.
is a small track so lapped traffic comes to the leader very quickly.
It was a very exciting race and we ended up finishing in 6th.
This keeps Sean 6th in the point standings and he is only 36
points out of the lead. The
points are really close up to the 10th place so it is going to be
an exciting year.
This weekend we are in
Friday night for Silver Dollar Points and Saturday night for Golden State
Challenge. Hope all of you can make it.
If anyone wants our schedule let me know and I can send you one so that you
always know where we are.
The Outdoor Channel is going to start televising this Wednesday so if you get
that channel, Sprint Car Racing starts this week and goes through November.
Our first appearance will be
which is going to be aired on April 14, at 8:00 eastern time.
I know that DirecTV it is channel 606, and Dish Network is Channel 153.
Have a great week.