To Da Front – 4/21/13
This past Saturday in X-Car competition, Terry crossed the stripe in 12th place after the team faced a great deal of challenges.
Videos by David McGuire,
-NEMST at Lee Heats: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2i-3s2FFDlA
-NEMST at Lee Feature: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMc_zl7AOMk
Mitch took the car out to make sure everything was safe and prepared for heat race competition during the three rounds of practice, and saw him spinning the car several times in each round. The car was so loose and unpredictable in round 1 that he just pulled it off into the infield. Round 2 wasn’t much better after numerous changes, but the highline was the preferred groove, though still being loose. After a few more changes including a wheel bearing, round 3 was still the same, only instead of spinning in T2, it was now T4. Once again, the high line being preferred.
We were beyond confused as to why the car was misbehaving so badly, when the only thing we changed since the season opener was the tires. But it wasn’t until Terry went to line up for the heat race when Mitch noticed what we believe to be the root cause of our issue. After further inspection once the heat race was over, the tire we had put on the LF had a blown belt. So after swapping the right sides to hopefully tighten the car up, we also relied on our trusty Wal-Mart tire to support us on the LF.
But things were not all relaxed and comfortable yet, while lined up for the feature, Terry got sent back to our pit stall with a gas leak. While victory lane celebrations were going on for an intense Late Model feature (see Sid’s Vault video, it’s worth it), we quickly jacked the car up and fixed the leak getting him out in the nick of time as they were rolling out onto the track.
The 20 lap feature saw only 1 caution and a huge congrats to Brad in the 87 for picking up the victory. Terry started scratch on the field and went on to pass 4 cars during the course of the event, quite the feat for him and a substantial improvement from the season opener where his lap times increased by 1.5 seconds! Only getting put one lap down, Terry finished 12th of 19. Statistically it may not have been his highest finish ever, but it is the most cars he’s beaten since his first trip in September.
Team KRAUTs next event is this coming Saturday at the Stafford Motor Speedway for week 2 of NEMST competition, once again with the X-Car (Currently being modified for safety at Jett Fabrication), followed by the WnWW season opener on May 1st.
All future posts will now be made on Thursday’s with the start of Wild and Wacky Wednesday. They will be posted on both http://overdrive-radio.com as well as http://teamkraut.com/raceteam. Thanks for reading!
Mitch Bombard, driver of the #10CT X-Car and the #97CT NEMST 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).