Well, here it is, Friday, 4-16 and I'm finally getting around to doing a little write-up on the first race of the year. How bad is that???
Well, as many of you know, we have not completed the new car yet. Perfection takes time, ya know! So, we worked out a deal with our Car owners from last year, Kris and Mindy Harriss, to drive Tonya for a couple of weeks until the new Hot Rod is done. We picked her up on Monday night the 5th and brought her back to the shop to get her ready. We had to install a seat, belts, give her a bath and just fiddle with minor things, so we figured, "eh, no problem, we can knock this out in a few hours." Well, with the hustle and bustle of everyone at JZ Motorsports getting cars ready and much procrastination on the part of yours truly, it was late Friday night/Early Saturday morning before we finally were able to put her on the scales and get the set up done.
The car was as good as the day it last hit the track from the get go. 17 cars qualified and we were 3rd quick, won our heat race and really had little to do to the car, other than checking toe, charging the battery and polishing lug nuts. In the main event, we started mid pack due to the invert and the rookies being forced to start in the rear of the field. By lap 10, a very familiar scene was playing out, Kris and Scott, running 1st and 2nd, were running away from the pack. Unfortunately it didn't last, as coming out of turn 4, they got together and Kris ended up being spun out. The black flag flew and Scott took his place at the rear of the field and when the green flew,he set off to get back to the front with now only 6 laps to go, as the race was shortened due to time constraints. Scott dug deep and was able to get back to 4th place.
Our goal was to get at least a top 5 , which we did. There was a lot of anxiety in the pits after the race, which was to be expected after what happened on the track. Our friendship with the Harriss' is much more important to us than any race car or trophy and we've been able to talk and work things out. In fact, we have gone ahead and purchased Tonya from them and now we have 2(!) Hondas in our racing stable... HONDAS... can you beleive it? A couple of old VW guys owning and racing Hondas??? Next thing you'll see is dogs and cats getting married or Republicans and Democrats agreeing on ANYTHING!
Next race is tomorrow, 4-17. It's fan apprciation night at Evergreen Speedway and Ticket prices have been reduced to 10 bucks for 12 and older, 5.50 for kids 6-11 and kids under 5 are FREE! Also, please stop by our Facebook page and find the Secret phrase, that when spoken at the ticket booth, will earn you an additional 2 dollars off your admission!!!! Just go the Facebook and type "Team LaCross" in the search box.