It wasn’t nearly as hot as yesterday. I drove first. After a year of working on the Minnow and then not getting to drive it and then since late March on this car I was gonna get a chance no matter what. I didn’t do all that well. I went off course on the first full green lap. Got a black flag for that. My lap times were not all that great. My fast was about 2:35. I did do one thing really right. In turn 1 I noticed a clunk when I transitioned from the gas to the brakes. I heard it a few more times as I went around the track, so I slowed it down and didn’t get hard on the brakes and brought it in. One of the caliper bolts had come out! The guys got it replaced pretty quick and after that it was fine. About 1:20 into my stint I put two wheels off and went in to self report. The left front has had a slow leak ever since. I got away without a penalty for that one, but decided to go in. With the two offs and the repair I finished the drive in about 90th place out of about 112 cars. Dang.
The cool seat that I spent so much time making was almost too good. I never ran it for more than a few minutes at a time. It makes your back crazy cold.
Tedd was next. He beat my fast lap by about 10 seconds. He got a black flag for passing under yellow. The motor is holding up well. It doesn’t seem to use oil, and the oil still looks pretty clean!
Then Dennis was up. I’m probably not being fair but I don’t remember his drive much mostly because I was gone. We need a tow dolly to get the car home. After my drive I started calling UHauls and found one in Delano that had several. It is about 30 miles across a grid of roads across agricultural land. I was probably gone for about 2 hours altogether.
Jason was up 4th. He’s fast. He set our fast lap so far of a 2:22! I don’t know where he found that much time. He got black flagged once for a crash that happened in front of him and that he was not involved in at all. Lucky the judges believed him and let him go without a penalty! He stayed out an extra half hour but came in after another crash happened right in front of him. At the end of Jason’s drive we were in 50th place! Steady, clean, and fast.
When Tedd took over for the last 45 minutes of the day. On his first lap out he got in a crash in the long right sweeper turn with someone that hit him on the left side and knocked him into the inside of the turn. The car was full of dust.
Tedd looked like he’d been running the Paris-Dakar Rally. Somehow we got through again without a penalty. So we have two. Our neighbors that are driving another 1993 Accord were also involved in the crash. It is not clear to us if there was a third car involved. I tend to think it was just the two of us. We finished the day in 64th I think. The had to wrench on the car the whole rest of the day. I really hope they get it back out in good form. They had been in 14th overall and in second in B class! They are a good deal faster than us.
So we worked until dark cleaning dust out of the car.
Tedd, Dennis, Ewan, and I had dinner and Dennys. It’s the only place open late in many miles. So that was our third meal at Dennys.
Time to go to bed soon. Racing starts at 9am tomorrow.