Screamin Woody’s Rear End, Loaded up for Indy Race and 60 Plymouth Engine

The last day and half at the shop I managed to clean, scuff, prime, and put two coats of Banner Red paint on the Ford 9″ housing for the Screaming Woody.

Despite two cans of primer and two cans of red paint – I need to hit it with another coat tomorrow. Then on to reassemble it. The chuck has been rebuilt and ready. Also need to do the same with the wheelie bars and four links.

My wife and I will be leaving Monday for the Finals in Indy. After the race I’ll be dropping the Coach off in Northwest Indiana for a week’s worth of warranty work and service. While that’s happening, my wife and I will drive to Western New York to visit her family. Since “The Thug” isn’t the appropriate car to drive that 400 miles each way, I need to bring another car. I washed up the SRT8, but it wound up being too wide to fit on the lift, with the mirror being  too close to the fender cabinet.

They only other modern car I own that is smaller is the Genesis Coupe that my daughter drives. So we got it washed up and strapped down on the lift. She’ll have to drive one of my trucks while we’re gone.

Then I loaded up The Thug. Since I’ve had a little trailer rash issue with that car, I went from four straps to eight straps – four crossed and four straight. I’m that paranoid.

I also wrapped the handles to the dumbbells, which I’d chopped the ends off for loose weight. I weighed them and threw them in the weight basket in my stacker.

The engine to my 60 Plymouth “Street Car” is almost fully assembled. Waiting on the oil pan, a push rod, a pair of adjusters, a valve cover breather, and a dip stick tube. Also have grind a little off the block for the Block Hugger headers to fit properly.

Polish, D-Rings, New seats, Engine Assembly and Paint

What does all of that have in common? It and more happened at the shop yesterday.

All of the aluminum in the truck of the Thug got polished up.

Before

After

I needed more loose weight as I’d been borrowing from 00Joe and Dennis Breeden, so bought a couple dumbbells and chopped off the ends.

Photo is upside down, they weigh 11.1 pounds each.

I bought an aluminum trailer from Jim Bailey, but since his car was much shorter, I didn’t have enough angle for front straps, and damaged the paint on the Thug. Yesterday I cut 3″ holes through the aluminum floor and took a high speed bit to it to shape for 6,000 pound recessed D-Rings. A few bolt holes, carriage bolts and impact wrench to drive nuts on and I’m now good to go.

Moving onto my 1960 Plymouth, the Leaning Tower of Power was pulled in favor of an approximate 450 hp 383 that was in the Thug when it was a street racer 15 years ago. The 383 was assembled as far as it can go until another parts delivery arrives. Also found a bent push rod a two bad rocker adjusters, so they were ordered.


Also painted and wrapped the low mileage and strong 6-banger that came out of the Plymouth, before putting it into the shed.

I bought a set of like new black leather seats from a 2-door BMW and installed into my 78 Magnum. They looked great in the car but my “Full-Figured” ass  was too wide to be comfortable. So they were yanked out in favor of new leather aftermarket, which took 3.5 months to get here.

Wrapped these seats, which are for sale. If you have a Muscle Car with black interior, there’s nothing like the comfort of modern power seats.

These are the aftermarket leather seats. No power, and they have a satin look to them, which maybe leather conditioner might shine up, but they’re very comfortable.

Also found a couple of hours to mow my 5 acres and wash Zero turn.

Fixin to head out to the shop for another very full day.

Brought The Thug Home & Other Shop Update

As previously reported, the Thug acquired a trailer rash, and I’d took it to my buddy (Randy Standsbury) in Louisiana. He was to fix the damage, redo the bumpers, paint the underside of the hood, and apply the door decals I had made.

So Wednesday I left at about 4 am and headed into the Louisiana swamps. I arrived at Randy’s at about 8:30 and looked over the car before loading. Randy did a great job.

I strapped the car in and headed back to SE Texas. I stopped 60 miles up the road for diesel and DEF, and checked the straps- they were loose and I gave them a couple of cranks to tighten. I stopped another 80 up the road, and again gave a couple of cranks. And yet when I got home, the car had moved over and acquired another little rash.

I ‘d just bought this trailer from Jim Bailey, and he’d towed a Drag Pak, which is far shorter.  I’ve ordered a 3″ metal hole saw, 4 6,000# recessed D-Rings, new straps and I’m gonna fix this problem!

In the stacker, I bought new straps eliminating the short strap, and some 3-stud D Rings for the aircraft tracks. Twenty years of trailering cars, and I’ve never had the problems I’m having with this car!

All nuts and bolts under the car have been checked and tightened and the oil changed. Monday the slicks come off the car to get washed on both sides and polished and rotated to other side. I’ll polish the aluminum in the trunk and the Lexan before loading up for Indy.

In other shop news, the 81 Imperial has been taken out of a 12 year hibernation, had its gas drained, the carb rebuilt, the oil changed, and new master cylinder and wheel caliper installed. I’ve owned the car since the mid 80s, I restored it about 15 years ago with a high performance drive train (380hp 360ci/street-strip 904/8.75″ rear end with 355 gears), but its time to  move on with a lot of these  cars I never drive.

When I bought the Texas Thug in 2001, it was a street racer with 17″ street slicks, a solid lifter/aluminum head 383 that had just been rebuilt, and a V-Gate shifted 4-speed. When delivered I took for a quick ride, and it was scary fast for such a small displacement. I took the car to Mark Artis at Texas Thunder Performance. He needed the 4-speed pedals for Big Red Ram. He took the big brake pedal, engine and transmission that was in Big Red Ram and put into that car – and then back-halved with a 4-link. It was my bracket car, later getting a 540ci with tunnel ram and a pair of 1180 Dominators.

So the engine that was originally in the car has been wrapped and stored for nearly two decades. I’ve pulled the Leaning Tower of Power and Three on the Tree out of my 60 Plymouth (another of my keepers) and will put a bad V-8 and 5 or 6 speed in it. I had my engine guy disassemble the 383 (heads and oil pan) and verify that it had been a fresh rebuild. He says the bearings look new and you can see a cross hatch on the cylinder walls. So I cleaned, primered and painted the short block so that it can be reassembled.

Finally, for 40 years I’ve always had a Chrysler convertible. In the 80s a 67 Newport, in the early 90s a 64 300, and late 90’s a 65 300. Almost 20 years ago, I bought a 64 Imperial Crown Convertible (my Dream Car, besides a 65 300L 4-speed convertible) off a 90+ year old lady who had received it new as a gift for her 50th birthday. I drove if for years and then it developed a lifter noise about 15 years ago, so I parked it. These are fairly rare cars now. Only 900 were made and Haggerty estimates that less than 200 exist in any condition. The best ones sell for $80k+ and ones like mine $30k-$40k.

Well the gas was drained, carb rebuilt, lifter noise fixed, new brakes on all four corners, new wheel cylinders, new master cylinder, and new brake lines. The top pump fixed an levels topped off. Also the fuel sender was replaced as it read empty. Yesterday I took for a 50 mile shake down ride. below are the videos.

I order new carpet and an Electronic ignition conversion kit. After that will be new tires and wheels, and exhaust system. The interior is in great shape, but a little over due for leather conditioner. Some of the interior chrome could use a good polishing. The paint is good except for a little bleaching on the trunk lid. I might see if I can get that repaired and the rest of the car power buffed. I’ve also considered getting crazy and wrapping in the same shade of green, but with wood grain side panels. The AC is worthless, and I looking at my options, including maybe installing a serpentine bracket system with modern AC/Power steering/Alternator.

That about brings things up to date with the shop happening.

Vitamin C For Sale

1963 Belvedere Post car with 440 Max wedge (I’ll explain)
Proven and consistent car that will do a 10.75 every time with my full-figured ass driving.

  • Ladder Bar
  • Tubbed
  • Dana 4.34 gears
  • Strange axles
  • Fairly new 31×10.5w slicks
  • Victory Driveshaft
  • very well engineered underside
  • The (2) 12 volt batteries pictured have been replace with (2) 16 volt Turbo Start Batteries
  • Transmission has all of the good stuff except rollerized. Steel drum, super sprag, hardened… only 9 passes on transmission
  • 8″ ATI Tree Master. 9 passes since ATI rebuilt
  • Carbon Fiber Trans shield
  • B&M Ratchet Shifter
  • B&M Flexplate with ARP Crank and FP bolts
  • TTI 2.125″-2.250″ Headers Coated
  • Painless Switchbox

The Engine has less than 100 passes:
Was a 413 Max wedge. The block became too worn out for race duty, so a reconditioned 440hp block was prepared to replace. Reused the max-wedge heads, crank, rods, and bought the correct type Probe domed pistons for the cylinder size.  Charlies Oil Pan. Assembled by Damon Kuhn at Diamondback Engines. I recently replaced the A&A cross ram intake and original type valve covers with a Mod Man and aftermarket valve covers to make it easier to run the valves with Harland Sharp Max Wedge Roller rockers. Car didn’t get faster or slower with it, and I can put back on if you prefer. Just takes a little longer to remove valve covers.

If you are into NSS racing, you know this car has been racing and winning since the 80s. One of the most recognized cars out there. The 35 year old lacquer paint has been crackled for 20 years, and that’s part of its personality.

Ready to race and win right now.

$22,000 firm ready to race
$14,000 firm as a roller

This is in Beasley, Texas – one town south of Rosenberg on the Southwest Freeway/I69.
There is someone at the shop M-F 8am-4pm.
I do not do the Message Service thing real well. For an answer, it is best to text me at 713-899-7704. I don’t answer calls from unknown numbers, so text your questions.
There are only a few items I’d consider trading for. www.moparstyleracing.com/forsale/wanted
If you’re a broker or a scammer, don’t waste your time.

Norwalk 2018 – Part 2

In life, sometimes you’re the bug, and sometimes the windshield.


I left off in Part One waiting for Qualify #3, which I really needed. In Q1 I went way too fast, and Q2 way too slow. That had me as #22 of 28.

At about noon it started raining, and it didn’t stop until about 4. The track went hot at about 5 pm, and we were projected to run at 7 pm. NMCA kept it running pretty quick and we were called up again at about 8:00 pm, just as it looked like it was going to rain.

The weather station was all over the map on predictions, but said I needed a lot of weight – and so I gave it a lot of weight to try to run a 9.77 and move up the Qualifying list and get some points. The car felt good, but the ticket told another story.

My car usually 60’s at 1.33-1.35 with little weight, and 1.36-1.37 with a lot of weight. When I got my time slip I thought I had something wrong with the car on a 1.41. However, back in the pits everyone was saying they were 4 off. For the 2 hours before we ran, they hot lapped True Street cars for 3 hits each, and had two other classes of street tire cars destroy the track for our 60-year-old 9-second cars with skinny slicks. Its a moot point, because it started raining right after we ran, so we wouldn’t have run at all if they’d prepped the track.

So I moved down to number 26 of 29, and would be matched up with Robert Killian for a 9.75 Heads Up. Robert is a very good racer who was ahead of me in points, so I saw this as a good “Do or Die” opportunity.

Sunday morning it rained, and we were delayed a couple of hours. A racing bud of mine, Doc, drove in from Detroit to help. My strategy was simple. Even though it was projected that I needed 166 pounds, I took all weight out of the car and I’d put a fender on him at the line, as it was looking like he might have had a problem running his index.

So they call us to the lanes and hop in the Thug and hit the starter. What I heard from my brand new MSD starter was nasty! I jacked the car up and I found the evidence that I was the bug for the entire week. No Cinderella Sunday.

My starter had fragged and I was dead. I took the golf cart up to the staging lanes to tell Killian he had a broke bye. Insult to injury was that he was a tenth too slow, and I’m pretty sure he ran it out.

Doc helped me load up and Deb, Smith, Wesson and I left the track at 2 pm. The original plan was to drop the car off at Randy Stansbury in Louisiana to do the body work, so I could get the car in time to clean and service before Indy. Without a starter, I had to get home quick, fix the car, and get it back to Randy. I got to Jackson, TN at midnight and got some sleep. I got sick during the middle of the night, and was feeling real sick when we left Jackson at 9 am. I got to the shop at about 9:30 pm Monday.

I was still sick but the starter was replaced by 2pm Tuesday, and I loaded into my small trailer.

I got up at 4:30 am Wednesday, still feeling sick, but left at 5:30 and arrived at Randy’s shop at 9 am. I unloaded the car, and the sheet metal to my Kawasaki Drifter 1500 – which Randy is also painting – and picked an “Arrest Me” red color.

I left Randy’s shop at 9:30 am and didn’t get home until 1:30 because of rain. I was in bed by 4 pm because I felt so sick, and still do today – Thursday.

The plan is that Randy will do the repair, a better job on the bumpers than I’d done, the underside of the hood in the body color, and some touchup work. I’ll pick up Wednesday so I have a week to get it cleaned and serviced. The starter in it is from the wagon, and while it sounded good in the shop, it sounded questionable unloading at Randy’s. I ordered a new Power Master.

 

 

Norwalk 2018 – Part 1

So last Monday at about noon, the coach and stacker were all loaded up and I went in to take a shower. When Deb and I went to coach to leave, I was greeted with this surprise.

So an hour later I had changed the tire, took another shower and we hit the trail. I drove 330 Miles to a Walmart in Atlanta, TX and parked for the night. Ran inside for a week’s groceries, bottled water and adult beverages. Left at about 9 am Tuesday and drove about 550 miles to a Walmart at the TN/KY border. I stop and check the car and straps after the first 75 miles, and then every 200 miles there after. Just west of Nashville I pulled into a rest area to check, but the big rig side was full. I pulled over on the shoulder of the on-ramp, and checked car. The rear had moved a few inches towards the street side wall, but still about 5″ from the lift’s ramps. I couldn’t get the door all of the way down to unstrap, back the car out, pull back in straight, and restrap. I tightened straps again and figured I was good until Walmart, then I could reload. You know where I’m going with this! I pulled into the Walmart, and it had very narrow lanes. I thought I could miss the curb on a right turn, but was wrong by a couple of inches and had to slowly go up and down the curb with right three trailer tires. When I opened the trailer door, I had a very unpleasant surprise.

I re-situated the car and we spent the night. On Wednesday, we left at about 9:30 and arrived at Lender’s Lot at about 7 pm as #59 in line. At 8 Am we paid and moved to our pit on the track. I set up our pit, established credentials, teched the car in, and paid for 2 test and tune hits. I made my two hits and was about where I figured.

Friday morning we got a Time Trial at 8 am. At about 3:30 was our first Qualifying. I was way too fast, breaking out and putting me 22 of 28 NSS cars here thus far.

Saturday, it rained over night and so we weren’t called to the lanes until 8:45 am. I set up slow to get on positive side, but ran way too slow 9.81 after spinning to a 1.41 60′ – leaving about .04 there.

We’re scheduled for a 2:39 Q3 but there have been a couple bad wrecks, and the track is down for sprinkles as I write this. Stay tune for Part 2, which sums up the event.

In Today’s Episode of “As The Shop Rocks”

Thug was loaded into the stacker, and its ready to head to Norwalk, Ohio next Monday afternoon. I really needed the shop space it was taking. Cars are parked and stored everywhere until I can get furniture (sold my house in Katy Monday) sold that taking up valuable car space.

The clutch pedal on my 58 Dodge Pickup wasn’t engaging. Pulled the bell-housing off, and the throw-out bearing was literally held on with bailing wire. New parts ordered and that will be fixed so I can sell it, as part of my Make life easier with less stuff plan. Sold a very nice Little Red Express for $35k Friday. I’d had that truck for a long time, as I’ve had this 58.

Took the motorhome to get inspected, and then to the DMV to renew tags for it, my 64 Imperial convertible, and Ole Blue – my 94 Harley. Moved a bunch of cars around, to keep them all covered while I work on getting my 12-car garage back by selling furniture in it.

Pulled the rear suspension out of the wagon “The Screamin Woody“. My shop rat will spend the next week cleaning it and the underside of the car so it can be inspected, fixed where needed, and painted before reassembly.

Moving on to my 1999 Kawasaki Drifter 1500. removed the fenders and tank, which I’ll take to either have painted or wrapped. Still deciding.

When the bike is just started, the hydraulic clutch engages right at the end of letting the lever out, and there’s no adjustment. When the bike gets warm, the clutch slips. Bleeding didn’t help, so the clutch was taken out and inspected. The 8 discs were a little worn but in spec. However the three retaining springs were flattened out and not in spec. Since the discs were only $13 each, I figured I’ll replace them as the bike will be in my garage when I die. It my only bike I can ride in shorts without getting a muffler burn. Unfortunately, the parts won’t be here until next week.

This morning, my ac unit on the other side of the wall from my bed woke me with the racket it was making. Outside it was rocking like an out of balance washing machine, and worked its way off the foundation. One of the blades broke off, breaking two other blades. I called my home warranty and was told the ac repair guy would call an schedule within 24 hours. No calls today. August in Southern Texas means they’re backed up, and we’re sitting in front of fans.

Finally, the 46 Olds Street Rod got a new set of plugs, wires and cap. Its ready for interior, but I don’t have an interior shop lined up. The one I was using screwed me the last time.

Tomorrow the plan is to put the Vitamin C in my other trailer and move a 1960 Plymouth Project from the back row to the lift bay. The leaning tower of Power and 3-on-tree will be coming out and replaced with a BB Mopar and 4-Speed. It’s interior i already done in Navajo Indian blankets, and the exterior will be a funky Southwest look. The underside has also been cleaned, painted and rebuilt. It has an 8.75″ axle from a 68 Chrysler.

So much to do, so little time!

Problems Resolved, Ready for Norwark

If you’ve read “Dave & Buster’s Excellent Adventure“, you’ll remember that my car didn’t have a full charge on the batteries for my Bye run in the Semis, and I had a stutter that felt like either lack of fuel or loss of ignition. I was able to get about 20 minutes of a charge before the Final, but I was dead right from the start with a 1.39 60′, and a couple Stutters in the run. Then about 150 miles from home, while driving in a bad storm, some idiot going about 30 pulled in front of my rig traveling in the left lane going 70. I locked up the brakes and was able to avoid hitting anything, but the car moved into a jack pouch and damaged the rear fender.

So, since I didn’t have a backup ignition and the batteries were a couple years old, I ordered a new 7AL2 Black box, new charger and two new batteries, just to be safe. While they were being shipped, The oil filter was cut open to see if there was any bearing material, as I felt the car might have been getting slower. The filter showed no gold, and in reality we had a strong tail wind Thursday and Friday; and a moderate tail cross on Friday and Saturday.

Moving onto the valve train, it was inspected and valves run. All was good. It was noticed, when getting the motor warm enough to run the valves, that the fuel pressure was a pound and half low. That too might explain speed falling off a little. My carb’s jetting was 113 square, and it has now been leaned up a little to 113/110.


Despite my batteries (when fully charged) being just as strong a week later, I replaced them anyway since I had bought the new ones. I’ll either use the older ones in the wagon, convert the Vitamin C to 16V, or sell cheap.

Pulled the Gold 7AL2 out of the Thug, and put it into The Vitamin C – just to make sure it runs right the next time I run that car. The Thug’s batteries were put in the Vitamin C, and it’s 7AL2 put in the trailer for a spare. While doing that, it was found the ignition wire had a very poor crimp in it, and it was a very loose connection. I’m pretty sure that was causing the stutter. That’s now fixed.

Also goin ons at the shop this week, was catching up mowing my five acres and the five acres of Miss Lavone (a sweet 93-year old lady) next door. The new air cleaner and valve covers on my 46 Olds street rod got a coat of gold paint, and drilled for breather and PCV. The Olds also got a new fuel pump and all it needs to be finished is an interior shop to do its magic and a new exhaust system.

Also had to reattach the fascia on my youngest daughters Hyundai, which appears to have been damaged by a concrete parking stop jumping in front of it.

Today, Randy Stansbury drove in from Louisiana to fix the damage from coming home from Joliet. While the primer was drying, he polished the car. Look at the below photo compared to the one at the beginning of this post.

Randy then laid a coat of base and clear over primed repair, and I’ll try to Blend Buff next week.

So after the blending, I’ll load the Thug into trailer to make room for a project, and I should be ready for Norwalk.

Dave & Buster’s Excellent Adventure

Last week was NMCA’s fourth race in the point series, held at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, IL. My wife had just had surgery on both feet, so it was just us boyz – my Chocolate Lab Buster and me. We took “The Thug”, which is a car I’d just finished a couple of months ago and need some data on. Its first race was Bowling Green, where I broke a rocker shaft. The next race was the Hot Rod Reunion, where I only got three passes and was fighting a couple of problems. This would be its third event.

Monday morning I loaded up the stacker, and headed out Monday at about 2pm, as I wanted to avoid Houston’s traffic. I drove 300 miles to Atlanta, TX, where I parked in Walmart’s parking lot over night, and loaded up the coach’s fridge with groceries and adult beverages.

Tuesday, I had a leisure morning, leaving at 10am and driving a little less than 500 miles to Sikeston,  MO – which is the last known Walmart parking lot in that direction that I know will not give me a problem parking on the far side of their lot.

Wednesday, I again had a leisure morning and leaving at 10 am for the 350 mile drive up the middle of Illinois, known for ticketing rigs as long as mine for over length. I arrived at the staging area (the NASCAR Track across the street from Route 66) at about 4 pm. About ten years ago that would have me 3rd in line, but this year there were at least 100 racers ahead of me. Wednesday night there was a new record of over 350 racers in line for this race.

Thursday, morning in the past would have the track start moving vendors in at 10 am, and racers at 11 am. This year, to the surprise of almost all of us, they started moving us in at 8 am. We (Rollie saved spots for Doug Duell, 00Joe Ewing, the Frees Brothers and I) got to the pits at 10am and I was set up, credentials established, and car teched in by noon.

I paid the $40 (now there’s a racket!) for test and tune, and that opened at 1 pm. I wound up being the first car down the track.

I’d checked my left weight box and it was empty, and I assumed the right was also, and so I didn’t check it until after the 1st pass, where I found 58 pounds. That put me in an awkward position between the 9.50 & 9.75 index (with breakouts for NSS). I took the weight out and decided to see if I could get close to the 9.50 index by shifting at 7200 instead of 6800, where the car still felt like it was pulling.

That didn’t buy me near enough, and it appears 6800 is the right shift point.

I pulled a plug to see if I could increase timing or lean  jetting, but it appears I was where the timing and jetting should be. I had pulled one of the two batteries, and was about to pull a seat to drop 100 pounds, but Doug talked me out of that plan. Good plan Doug! So I put them back in, loaded both boxes with weight and headed to the lanes for a third Time Trial Hit.

I waited in the staging lanes for three and a half hours while I saw some cars go through twice. It pissed off a lot of racers. There were a ton of wrecks an oil downs causing chaos.

By the time I’d gone up to race after sitting for 210 minutes with the cut off switch on, and not enough of a charge on one of the batteries,  I barely got the car started –  and had only 11 volts. I backed out and only had 4 volts by the time I got back to the pits.

Friday we had two Qualifying hits. The first at 8:30am. The car did a monster wheel stand (I’ve not put wheelie bars on the car yet) and was too fast at 9.71.

We waited a long time for the second Qualifying, as there were again a lot of oil downs. I was dead nuts with a 5. That moved me to number two, behind Jeff Frees who was dead nuts with a 2.

Saturday morning at about 8:30 am we were called for our third qualifying. I thought I was set on kill to try for dead nuts with a 0 or 1, but I ran a 9.77. We did have to wait, and weather changes fast in the mornings. Also My 60′ was a little off. They were hand spraying just as we were pulling in, and didn’t give any time to dry. As a matter of fact a video shows someone spraying in back of my car as I was staged. It might have been that, but from then on my car seemed to lose a little more each pass.

Sheet after 3 hits had me stay #2

1st Round Ladder

In the first round on Saturday night  I had Geary (pronounced Gary, as it threw me off for years) Bates. Long story short, he gave me lane choice last time and I gave him lane choice this time. He wanted Left so he could use his door mirror to watch me come up on him. I’d set my car up for a 9.73 and did a 9.76 all out. Geary took a little too much stripe (14.5.’ according to “Run Completion”) and broke out with a 10.48 on 10.50.

Sunday morning Round Two was against a pretty black 67 10.0 Chevelle that I don’t recall seeing before. He came to my trailer and told me he’d been racing for decades, quit for a little while, recently started again, and had been to a couple races I been at. I offered him lane choice, and he also chose the Right Lane. This round was a gift. As my light counted down I lost focus because he’d not left before me, and I had a .109 light. I was even more confused when he’d still not left when I did. He had a .289 light. I gave it less than full throttle and just stayed a fender ahead of him for a 9.99. I couldn’t use the run as data as it was so screwed up. I didn’t even enter it.

At about noon, Round Three was against Kurt Neighbor kn his 9.50 yellow 65 Comet. He’d been both tough on the tree and running the number all weekend. I asked him what lane he wanted, willing to flip if he wanted Left, and he wanted the Right lane, which I feel is correct for the faster car. I bagged three and we had a great race (look at the package at the bottom of the below ticket) with me dragging the brake and a little lift at MPH cone .

Run completion says I cut it pretty close and almost broke out with a 9.71 had I not lifted when I did.

Since I was the number two qualifier, won my first three rounds and there were 23 racers, I won a Bye for the fourth round. It was a good thing I had the Bye. After Round Three, I attached the charger to the charging terminals on the car and started the generator. While I was doing this Jeff Frees and his entourage stopped by to congratulate me for the close race, and then Kurt stopped by. By the time they called us for Round Four, I realized I never plugged the charger in. When I started the car, I barely had 16 volts. The last time I had to start to move into burnout box, it slow cranked and I had 14 volts for my burnout. It stuttered badly after my second gear shift, and I just drove it at 4000 RPM to get off the track. I kinda was surprised it wouldn’t run with 14 volts. Anyway, I was glad it was a Bye. I hurried back to pit to put the charger on at 25 amps, and it was taking it all.

Kevin Gass was the winner of the other Semi. He came to my pit wanting the Left. By then I had made 7 of my last 8 passes in the Left lane, and wasn’t looking to switch, so we flipped. Thanks Bobby Barrick for a heads flip for me. They called us in less than a half hour and my batteries were still taking all 25 amps. I had a hair above 16 when I started the car, and a hair under when I staged. I was dead right from the hit with a 1.39 60′ and then a stutter. I never could catch Kevin.

While I wanted the win more than you can imagine, Kevin is both a great racer and a nice guy, so if I had to lose to someone…

Being an old one eye fat man racing without help, it took me until 9 pm to tear down the pit and load up the trailer. Being it was late, that I’d had a few cold adult beverages, and that I was tired — I decided to stay overnight at the track. I showered and got to bed at about 11 pm.

Monday, I was up at 5 am, had breakfast, walked Buster and pulled out into the fog at 6 am.

I drove hard and non-stop — pulling into my shop (almost 1200 miles from the track) at 11:58 pm on the same Calendar Day.

This morning , I unloaded the trailer for a major disappointment. I stopped every couple hundred miles to take a click or too out of the straps. However, I didn’t for last 300 miles because of heavy rain. Outside Lufkin I had to lock the brakes up and swerved into the next lane because of an idiot. I should have stopped and checked the car’s straps, but I didn’t.

I’ve got my bud Randy Standsbury, who painted the car, coming next week from Louisiana to fix it for me before the Norwalk race. The car will also be gone through to see where a little speed might picked up from.

Here’s a track photo from the NMCA Gallery.

Thursday and Friday was chaotic with all the oil downs setting the schedule hours late. However Saturday and Sunday went very smooth, especially for the number of cars racing. NMCA has their stuff together.

I’d like to thank my sponsors, but on this car I have none except the battery hold downs from Aerospace Components, which are pretty nice pieces and some help from Mancini Racing with an annual credit for misc parts. On this car, I paid for the new brakes, headers, fuel system, converter, and every single other part on the car. Missing a couple of years (family and car issues) hurt me in the help department.  I feel like I’m coming back with this car and the wagon, which I’m just starting to rebuild. I hope to have the rust knocked off me and the cars by the end of this year, and come back next year with a vengeance. While far from probable, with five rounds and  #2 Qualifier Points, if I was to run the table on the last two races – and the right people fell on their face – I have a chance still. Weirder stuff has happened, and it doesn’t hurt to think BIG.

Dave & Buster’s Excellent Adventure

Coach filled with water and secured for travel, air checked on Coach and trailer tires, Thug and Golf cart are loaded and strapped down, race and generator gas jugs are filled, limited amount of spare parts and supplies are attic of stacker.

Now I need to recover from near heat stroke, pack and load my clothes and personal crap, and shower then we’re ready for

Buster and Dave’s excellent adventure

to the Obnoxious Mustang Racer Nationals in Joliet. Will will leave at about 2pm to get under tomorrow’s Houston morning rush hour traffic with a five hour drive to Atlanta, TX for the night, and to load up on groceries and Lone Star beer.