BF's B.S. 06/26/01
Hello once again from hot and sticky Mtn. View, California. I know it has
been a while (over two months since I have written a column and I have gotten
allot of heat about it so this is for you Johnny Rodriguez, Don O'Keefe
and Brian Brown..... There are a couple of reasons it has been so long
since my last article, first of all my computer commited suicide a while
back and I haven't gone out and picked up a new one yet. The other reason
is I put allot of time and effort into trying to get my dad's USAC Western
States Sprint Car back together and on the race track again. Thanks to John
Santomauro who put a new front clip on the car and a huge thank to the
following people who helped me get back on the track include Darren Powers,
Brian Sperry, Jonathan Foster, Matt Britt, Tony Mace, Steve Turnross, Lee
Bandettini, Kim Mace, and Lee Brewer.
We headed out to Altamont for a shakedown
run on the fast 1/2 mile. To say that I was happy to be back in the seat
would be an understatement. We had a very good day and we got out of there
after runnning about 75 laps. We then made plans to go to the next USAC
race in Tucson, Arizona. Only one thing stood in our way, we didn't have
a tow rig that would get us there, so it looked dim. But once again I was
bailed out by someone elses generosity. Flynn racing offered the upstairs
of their trailer to tow me to Arizona. I was thrilled at the offer and we
made plans on picking my race car up at my dad's house. A huge thanks go
out to Ryan and Tim Flynn, Stan Cosper, Wyatt Price, Brian Endicott
and Matt Britt for helping me get the car to the race track to begin with.
Brian and Matt went a couple of hours out of their way to come here and
get me and they got to my dad's around 12:45 a.m. on Friday morning. After
taking everything down the street where the trailer was parked at the school
we loaded everything then hoisted the car into its rightful place upstairs.
By the time we were done it was almost 2:00 a.m. and we were on our way.
We made it almost to Palm Springs before our first major stop for gas and
food. Then it was into Arizona and our final stop for dinner and to wash
the truck and trailer.
We made it into Tucson around 9:00 p.m.
The rest of the Flynn Racing team was in Chico running a Civil War race
(which Ryan won for his first ever Sprint Car Main Event). The next day
we were teasing Brian and Matt that they didn't need them anymore!!!! After
a good nights sleep we went out to the track and did the hurry up and wait
gig as we were unloaded, put the shocks on the car, mounted tires and still
had time to spare before the first hot lap session. In the first set I went
out on the high banked bowl and it was fun but the car was a little tight
on exit and we worked to fix it for the next session. In the 2nd set we
were pushing very badly and now had to do something before qualifying. We
loosened the car up even more but it was worse yet and I was stumped as
we had never had problems like this before. An old right front tire was
the culprit and we went out for the heat race. I struggled in the heat race
as now the car was very loose and we had gone too far, now it was time to
find the happy medium.
I was looking forward to running the B-Main
to get more laps in but with weather a factor they decided to scratch the
B-Main and start all 22 cars in the A-Main. As I got ready for the A-Main,
we made more changes and I couldn't wait to get back out there and try it
out. It was not to be for me as I pushed off for the A-Main my tires were
not turning over and I knew right away I was in trouble. I thought the motor
had locked up as I couldn't get the car out of gear and the brakes were
locked. I flat spotted a brand new set of rear tires and that ended my night.
I was very disappointed as the cars took the green without me and once again
I could only watch as my fellow competitors raced around the track. They
only went 14 laps until a huge thunder storm and the resulting crash ended
the night early for everybody. Ryan was involved in the crash and we loaded
up both our cars and headed back for California.
I am glad that I got the oppurtunity to
run a race out of state but I wish the results would be better. I am looking
to make my next start at Carson City in August. We made it back to my place
by 7:00 Sunday night and the long weekend was now over and it was back to
work on Monday. That was a long way to go for about 25 laps of racing, but
I have been around long enough to know that is racing and that is why I
love the sport.....See ya at the races...BF
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