To Da Front – 9/19/13
We managed to finish up the car Saturday, and show up just before the last practice. It was a struggle, but with a MASSIVE thank you to Andover Auto Parts, we were able to be on track Saturday night.
Now whereas the repairs in the rear held up rather nicely, other situations had impeded on our forward progress. To start off the afternoon, there was a flat tire on the car, pushing us to use some last resort spares and put some tires where they didn’t belong. This got us by, and we finished 3rd in the heat race. After some more adjustments and trying to do all we could to be a front runner in the feature, we were anxiously awaiting what we had worked so hard for all morning.
Very early in the race, we got involved in an incident in turn 2 that had us completely sideways in front of most of the pack. Confident that this was once again the end, I held on for dear life and floored the gas pedal in hopes that the car would straighten out and nobody would hit me. Lady luck was on our side and we kept going around the track. It felt as if we had a left side flat, but there was no extensive damage to the car. The next yellow flag, we came in to get it checked out, for it was very ill handling. After ripping off the hanging nose piece and a pressure adjustment to try and offset the toe-in condition we had, we made it out to tag on to the tail of the field on the restart. As soon as the risk of becoming lapped looked real, the yellow flew again and bunched us back up. A later restart put us in 5th with 5 to go, and even with trying all we could to hang on, we crossed the line in 8th place.
Not willing to do more work on the Saturn, Mitch took the Jetta up to Hudson Speedway to compete in the Enduros for nothing but fun. Going 6 laps down in a 75 lap race, blowing apart a RF tire, the car finished in 11th place. The gearing was far from suited for the smaller track, but nonetheless it was fun just to compete.
Up next: We get a week off to do some much needed repairs and resetting, as postseason touring begins on 9/28. We hope to bring 2 cars to Star Speedway for the NEMST event, and possibly follow it up with an appearance at Hudson on 9/29.
**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, 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).