Post-Season Recap #2 – Hudson 10/14, Lee 10/21
The last 2 races of our October schedule were full of fun and newfound challenges for our team. We ended up finishing 9th at Hudson Speedway on 10/14, and 11th at the Lee USA Speedway on 10/21.
We were invited back up to the Hudson Speedway for their finale, “Pumpkinfest,” on the 14th, and we were greeted with rain, and lots of it. We were told racing was going to happen, so we made the journey. The pits were packed full of cars, and we got to witness a 3 hour rain delay. After losing our 2 rounds of practice to expedite the show, we rolled out for our heat race, opting to start in the back after strategically looking at the lineup.
Just as predicted, the field beat and banged their way around the 8 lap heat on the wet, but drying track. After checking up several times, we rolled off in 7th place of 11. From the pits, my lone crew member noticed a smoking coming from the RF wheel, and our hopes for the win were lost. We were on the verge of losing the wheel bearing. Given that our Waterford season was over, and that we made the long haul up north, we went out for the feature race and gave it our all. Starting 12th, we aggressively worked up towards the front being 5th with about 5 laps to go. We were working to pass the outside of the Hudson Roadrunner champion for 2012, when the car suddenly freed up substantially. The handling went on the car and we quickly slipped back in the field lap after lap, losing a straightaway to the champion, to cross the line 9th of a 20+ car field. After further review, the bearing was toast, the axel had enough, and the tire was ripping apart. Needless to say, it’s a good thing the race wasn’t longer.
Next up, was Oktoberfest at Lee. Once again we showed up to rain, and that’s all we saw on Friday canceling the practice sessions. Saturday we were all allowed only one 8 lap round of practice, and an 8 lap heat race. We made a pressure adjustment after the practice and for the heat it was rotating like a dream, but the car just had too much bite.
Sunday morning we learned there was no practice. Those 16 laps from Saturday were it, and we needed to think of something fast. Before the day’s events started, we made an adjustment to the car, and the part snapped in half; just what we needed while being 2.5 hours away from home. After picking up a new one, and making the adjustment to loosen up the car, we were ready to race. It was a long and cool wait, but come race we were ready to show these guys the little Saturn that could. Our only modification from the X-Car was our race tires. We were up against Oxford Mini Stocks, Twin State Wildcats, Star/Hudson Roadrunners, drivers from the NEMST, and other unidentifiable cars. Being the lone driver from CT in the field, we wanted to represent the best we could with what we had. With the spotting help from “Muffy,” we started the race 14th, avoided several wrecks, passed a handful of cars, and had a nice run with the #5 passing him on the outside, almost a repeat of our Waterford X-Car finale.
Next stop will hopefully be Wall Speedway in NJ for the Turkey Derby on 11/23 and 11/25.
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Mitch Bombard, driver of the #10CT X-Car is the writer of the weekly recaps, and expresses the views of his own from his viewpoint behind the wheel, and after watching video (if available).