Well, what can I say? Saturday started under threatening skies as we were all worried about rain. Fortunately, while overcast, it stayed dry and a pleasant temp as we took to the track for Week 7 of the race season. While Nat (97) and Kris (12) were out to a pretty comfortable lead in 1st and 2nd place in the points, 3rd through 5th were very tight with a total of 7 points seperating Fozzy(64) in 3rd, LaCrash(99) in 4th and Micheal (2) in 5th place.
Trying to build on our Week 6 win, we continued to work on making Tonya faster. A good part of the past two weeks were spent on tweaking this and that in an effort to get rid of some of the HP and handling gremlins that always come with driving a different car than you are used to. And while all our hard work is begining to show up in our performances as of late, we know that there is still tons of potential in this little orange and white Honda Prelude!
During practice, the car was good, but had developed a pretty significant on throttle burble. A few minutes spent deliberating with our team owner and teammates finally sussed out the problem, which was a bad plug wire. A replacement set went in and with that, we went out and had a spirited battle with Kris in the heat race, which we won.
As the main started, we of course started near the rear of the field due to our win the race previous. Both of us were more than a little concerned about our ability to make it to the front with the car handling somewhat poorly, but that wasnt going to stop us from giving it the old college try.
LaCrash was in top form as he picked his way through the pack, eventually finding himself in 2nd place. The first place car was driven by Clint Lang and through the virtue of one heck of a great restart, he had gotten up front and tonight, would not be denied! Scott did everything short of wrecking Clint as they battled for the top spot over the last 10 or so laps. Going through turn 4 a couple of times even dropping 2 in the dirt, causing sparks to fly as the car bottomed out and making the crowd around me roar with approval at the effort. At the end, Scott made a last effort to make the pass on the outside coming to the line, but Clint closed the door and scored his first ever victory as Scott finished 2nd and Kris 3rd.
I will post the official standings later this week when they are updated, but by my calculations, the current points battle is:
1 - Kris Harriss 362
2 - Nat Barber 356
3 - Scott LaCross 340
4 - Jon Roberts 330
5 - Micheal Fritz 326
Things are starting to tighten up and we are going to do everything we can to close that gap up even more and see if we can give our car owners thier 1st championship! Of course, it would be pretty cool for us to win #4 too...
Next up, Mid Season Championship night Presented by Les Schwab Tires, this weekend, June 27th. Come see the MiniStocks, Super Late Models, Street Stocks, Super Figure 8s and Stinger 8s battle it out for the honor of winning and taking home the hardware!
See you at the track!!!