To Da Front – 4/24/14
2 Weeks ago at the Blastoff, with issues under the hood, we managed a 7th place finish. Last Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the issues we thought were resolved had come back putting us in 16th place. Then after fixing them that morning, we went to Monadnock to finish 3rd.
Monadnock Speedway Feature: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buvf2tgPuzs
NHMS Feature by David McGuire: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quWcz4Saj8Q
We rolled out for our feature on the Blastoff with the intent to learn the setup on the new tire, wheel, and camber rules. Well that we did, and the setup was for the most part, decent. But under the hood something was wrong, and we couldn’t get up to full speed. From an outside pole starting spot, the car fell back quickly and we were lapped before the finish resulting in 7th place.
After attempting to fix the problem during the week, we loaded up and headed north for the season opener on the North East Mini Stock Tour at the NHMS Road Course. In early morning practice we were battling an issue somewhere in the transmission, but ended the morning around the middle of the field in practice time. We checked everything we could, short of pulling apart the transmission, and couldn’t find anything to explain why it wouldn’t go into specific gears all the time. Having to deal with it, we went out for the feature, only to be plagued with the same issues that had us the week prior. What was looking to be a promising run turned out to be another dud, as we could barely get up to speed on the front straight. 2 laps down later and we crossed the line 16th.
After the event, the crew decided we should stick to our game plan and run Monadnock. To do this, we had to resolve our issue. We quickly found it to be that our fuel cell foam was deteriorating and clogging up our fuel pump. Right there at the track, we replace the entire fuel system from front to back, and in the pits it sounded like we were in good shape. We loaded up and headed west to the track, showing up just after our X-Car equivalent class called the Lightning Stocks had their final practice. So with no practice, and no notes, we rolled out last for the heat race and in a scary fashion, came across the line 3rd. She was a little loose. Couple small pressure changes, a marathon of an (SK Light) race, and 100 VMRS laps later, we were ready for the feature. Starting 5th, an accident in turn 2 on the start almost ended our night. But we went off-roading and managed to get away unharmed to restart 3rd. We worked hard to get to the front. The short but fast track proved it hard to pass, and we spent a lot of time staring at the back bumper of the #62. A mistake by him caused him to move up the track and we finally got underneath and by him. Many hard working laps later, we finally were able to cross the line in third place in our second ever trip to Monadnock Speedway.
Up next: Spring Sizzler! 25 Laps of NEMST action this Saturday night. We have our transmission in pieces and are looking forward to a solid return to the half mile.
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Mitch Bombard, driver of the #10CT X-Car, Enduro, and 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).