Here are a few action shots captured by one of our dedicated and most kick ass fans, Marcia Blas!
Well, it certainly was an eventful weekend at the track. We had a new shock package in the car and it did exactly what we had hoped, no more hippity hoppity in the corners. However, the car was a bit slower... Which isnt a good thing!
The day started off on a bad note as our pal Roger was out testing Jeff Knight's 70 car on the 5/8's when he lost a tire and hit the wall in turn 1, breaking the fuel line and starting a fire that pretty much finished the car off. Roger is a little sore, but otherwise ok and Chris Preston offered up his back up car so that Jeff could race that night. How absolutely cool is that??? We will be heading up to the TVM shop over the next couple of weeks to lend any assistance we can to get Jeff's back up car, the "White Knight" ready to go for the next race.
As I noted, the 99 car is much more driveable now, but it is a bit slower. We are going to work on some other items to address that problem, but are at least happy we are going in the right direction on the handling. Unfortunately, at about lap 3 of the main, we broke a brake rotor and ended up finishing 7th. Not a stellar performance and one that dropped us to 4th in the points, but still, we are doing pretty good all things considered.
This weekend, we pitted down next to our team owners and got this shot which shows all the Flowmaster Gutter sponsored cars together. Please visit our links page and check out thier website or Give them a call at (425) 257-9799 or toll free 1 800-884-0633 ... you know you need new gutters and springtime is the best time to get those taken care of! Mention that you saw them here at ScottLaCross.com so they know that thier sponsorship dollar is hard at work!
We are off for the next 2 weeks, which puts our next race date on June 6th.. dont miss it as it is also a double header night for the Super Late Models with 2! main events for them! Dont forget to go to the track while we are away... Upcoming events:
May23rd: Monster Trucks and Super Moto
May 24th: Monster Trucks, Demo Derby, School Bus Figure 8, Rollover cars, Boat races, Hornets, Youth Hornets, Grudge races and Fireworks!
May 25th: Drag racing
May 30th: 60 Minutes of Fear, Hornets, Youth Hornets, Stinger 8s, Street Stocks and Super Late Models(on the big track) and its Motorcycle Night, so bring your Hog, Crotch Rocket, Trike or any other Motorbike to show off!
See you at the track!
You know something is afoot whenever there is a full moon and man, racing did not disappoint on that front. Allow me to bring you up to date on Saturday's races of interest here at Team LaCross, the Super Late Models and the Mini-Stocks... No, that would take too long, Iet me Sum Up instead!
Super Late Models - The night started with a 10 car heat race (don't ask me why as there were only 10 cars to start with) and true to form, it was a complete melee' with one car destroyed for the night, several scrambling for parts and all on edge. When the main rolled around, it was pretty much more of the same, with 2 cars getting together, sending 3 additional cars shooting off turn 1 and off onto the 5/8. You would think there would have been a caution at that point, right??? WRONG... they kept it green, sending the guys who just avoided the wreck 2 laps down... Isnt that peachy? being penalized for driving heads up... go figure. In the end, I think 7 cars finished and only 4 were on the lead lap. With carnage like that, the desire to get our car finished up and out there grows weaker and weaker every race that goes by.
Mini-Stocks - Well, it wasnt a great night for Team LaCross but we are trying a lot of different things to get the most out of the Honda. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesnt. The heat race was relatively uneventful, but the Main looked alot like the SLM race that was to come later. Two cars got together in turn one, sending one spinning in front of the field. Everyone took evasive action and Mikey took a flyer off of turn 1, tearing up his radiator, oil cooler, steering rack and rod ends. While paddling around, Scott was tagged in turn 1 and had the car completely sideways... and by sideways I mean the nose of the car was pointing at the inside wall and the rear was pointing at the outside... He did a great job of saving it and holding his position, which shocked more than one or two people! In the end, we finished 6th, but moved up to 3rd in the season point standings. Not too shabby for jumping into a car with 3 days to go before the season started, eh???
Next up, A combo race on 5-16, Super Late Models on the big 5/8 oval, Mini Stocks, Renegade V8's, Hornets and Youth Hornets on the 3/8. It looks like a nice Saturday, weather wise, so come on out, enjoy some hometown hero's and see where the NASCAR, IRL and F1 stars of tomorrow are getting thier starts... Local Short track racing!
See you at the track!
Ok, so one of the things that we as a team did NOT miss about running Mini-stocks was the fact that they run, rain or shine... Well last week was a little of both.
All day it was fairly nice and we were turning decent laps with the new set-up. I was ready to make a few tweaks after the pit meeting when the skies opened up and in came the rain and wind. As we contemplated packing up and going home while standing under the easy-up, holding it down and getting soaked, we finally decided "what the hell" and tossed a rain set-up in the car.
The heat race went off very wet and we were by no means setting the track on fire, but finished 2nd and figured out that we didn't go far enough in our changes, which we rectified for the main. By the time the cars lined up for the main however, the rain had let up and the Street Stocks were taking their own sweet time completing their race, which spelled doom for us as this meant the track was drying up fast.
Starting on the outside of row 2, LaCrash took the lead coming out of turn 4 on lap 1 and held it for a while until the 2nd caution when a missed shift caused us to drop to 3rd. Eventually, Crash worked his way back into 2nd and with 1 to go, the car slid wide going into turn 1 and the 3rd place car squirted under him to grab the position. We finished 3rd and moved from 6th to 4th in the points chase.
The best part of the night may have been the after party at the Team LaCross race shop, which raged on until about 5am with beverages, rock band and lots of race stories going around.
We are being blessed again this week as Kris and Mindy are pleased with our performance and allowing us to race their car again this weekend. Also, it will be a 3 car team effort as a "Mystery" driver will be out in their 3rd car this week. I know who it is, but you're going to have to come on out to the track this weekend to find out for yourselves, or wait until next week and catch up on all the action in the blog.
In other news, www.TeamLaCross.com is back! We have gotten the rights back to our original team website and will be updating it soon and possibly linking both sites together to enhance your viewing pleasure!
Up this weekend, It's "Ladies Night" at Evergreen Speedway with Flowers for the Ladies from Flowers by Karen and Massages by Still Waters Massage Clinic. Super Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, Stinger 8's and Renegade V-8s are on the schedule. Dont miss a moment of the action on what should be a lovely Spring evening in Monroe. Pit Gate opens at 2pm, Front gates at 5pm... come watch qualifying and catch the Autograph session!
See you at the track!