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To Da Front with Mitch – 6/6/13

To Da Front – 6/6/13

    We kept it local this week with a solid 2nd place run at 4-Cylinder Fury, giving us the point lead for the X-Cars, as well as an 11th in that days NEMST event.  Sunday at Seekonk we got our second top 10 of the season with the Mini Tour, and Wednesday we had a close 5th.

Waterford X-Car Feature (6/1): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrowJhqU_yk

Sids-View from 6/1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gS9HxTf7xQ0

For the others, keep an eye on YouTube

    Getting to the track with a handful of things to do Saturday afternoon, we ended up missing round 1, 2, and 3 of X-Car practice, but made rounds 1, 2, and 3 with the NEMST.  Unable, and partially unwilling to make the changes for the NEMST race, we ran the day as an X-Car, except for tires, until post X-Car feature.

    In the X-Car heat race, we started near the back, and worked our way up front in the caution free event to follow Zac Thomas across the line for his first victory in an X-Car.  NEMST heat we didn’t finish last, bonus!  Come feature, we started 9th in the field.  Worked our way mostly from the high side to power up front, with a long run to close out the race we crossed the line 2nd, a straightaway behind the 87.

    After tech, we quickly went to work to get the car tour ready, fixed a leaking Hoosier, filled her up with gas, torqued her down, and kicked back to watch a few laps of racing before the 50 lap race to end the night.  That 50 lap race which started 27 cars dwindled quickly as well as it turning into a 125 lap race when you count cautions.  Surviving the carnage, and a sore behind, we crossed the line 11th, only 1 lap down.

  

Getting passed by Chris Williams in the NEMST race at Seekonk.  Photo by Tracy Strohmier

Getting passed by Chris Williams in the NEMST race at Seekonk. Photo by Tracy Strohmier

  Happy to be at Seekonk Sunday with an actual race setup in the car, but still frustrated with the big turn most people refer to at Seekonk Speedway, we finished in the back of our heat and feature to finish 10th.  Our biggest problem Sunday was being able to get the car to turn, and there that’s everything.  Between heat and feature, we made some radical changes including taping half of our front end, anything to get the car to turn, and by some stroke of luck she was rotating in the feature.  A long, circular race bore a slim amount of cautions, and at the line we were 2 laps down.

    Wednesday night, an hour after a RF wheel bearing swap, the car felt nearly perfect.  Very minimal changes were made between practice and the feature.  Traffic was heavy as we were picking our way to da front with some inside and outside passes.  In a long green flag run to close out the race, we made a bid to the outside of the 03 and lost it by a fender at the line to finish 5th.  Great job to the 19 for taking the win!

    Coming up, only one race this coming Wednesday at Waterford.

    Big thanks to our sponsors who will be on the car for this weekend!!

Andover Used Auto Parts, Biggins’ Auto Repair, Connor Dotay Music, Jett Fabrication, Lucky Strike Lanes, Team 510 Racing, Thirty Marketing, VFW Post 1724 Willimantic, Z Best Pizza

 

    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).

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