Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The win streak is now 3, yet it's a season where "first" means more than just wins

We've been at this a long time, Scott and I. We have won championships, set track records and won a lot of races over the years. At some point, you have to ask yourself if there any things that you haven't done. Well, this season I am finding out that there are plenty.

This season marked the first time we have ever lost wheels two weeks in a row.

This season marks the first time we have lead the points in something other than a VW.

This season, we won 3 in a row for the first time.

Yup, 3 in a row... Quite an accomplishment considering the talented crop of drivers we race each and every week in cars that in reality, are much better than ours. I've said in the past that it takes a tremendous amount of hard work, dedication and luck to win once, let alone 4 times as we have so far this year. As for a streak like this, well, that still amazes me, 3 days after the latest victory. I would love to say that I knew all along that we could pull something like this off, but the fact is each week we go to the track with the plan of winning, but knowing that the odds are against it as there are always 9 or more other drivers with the same goal and desire.  

Practice: The car was good, not great, but close enough where there were only a few changes that needed to be made.

Heat Race: There was quite a bit of dicing around and in the end, Scott drove a clean race, perhaps a little too polite though as we finished 3rd and went from 2 points up to tied for 1st.

Main event: Wow, what a race! We started at the rump of the 9 car field (love that invert) and as has been the case in the past few weeks, we made our way to the front quickly, in only two laps finding ourselves behind our Flowmaster teammates and championship contenders Fozzy and Kris. Within a few laps, Kris and Fozzy were duking it out hard, swapping the lead in front of us and Scott settled in about a car length behind them, waiting for his chance. It finally came in lap 10, When Fozzy slipped a little wide coming out of 4, Kris on his outside. Scott made his move down the inside and they came across the start finish line three abreast with Scott seizing the #1 spot on the low side. As they entered turn 1 , he was able to capitalize on the inside position and by the exit of 2 had established himself in the lead and there he stayed for the remaining laps, despite a late caution which gave me a nervous twitch as it eliminated the 10 car length lead we had established.

In the end, it was once again a Flowmaster 1-2-3 finish with Fozzy 2nd and Kris 3rd. Our point lead is now 4 with 6 races to go. A slim margin to be sure. Will we be able to pull it off? Well, you'll just have to stay tuned and follow along as we give it our best shot.  

We are off this weekend, but if you're itching for some Mini Stock action, the Outlaw Mini Stocks are racing the 3/8 oval at South Sound Speedway in Tenino and the Formula D US drifting championship series is making it's yearly trip to Evergreen Speedway. Our next race is July 17th and we hope that you can make it out to support your favorite race team. It's been really cool to hear the cheers of the crowd get louder and louder each week and we appreciate all of your enthusiasm!

See you at the races...