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All year I have been looking forward to the GLC. Last year the Roar fuel nats was at Toledo, my home track and I finished 3rd. This year I was running a different car, engines, tires, bodies and was looking forward to see where I stacked up against the competition compared to last year.
I arrived at the track Thursday, I missed a day of practice but since it was my home track I did not see it as a problem since I know the layout quite well. I ran there 2 weeks before and thought I had my engine program all set. So Thursday I ran my car a bunch and to be honest nothing working like I am used to. The traction was a lot higher and even my engines were not working well. Everything was a mess I was slow running out of fuel etc. Between Thursday and Saturday I tried all kinds of setup stuff engine things and nothing seemed to be working.
For the last qualifier I decided to try an engine that I had not run in quite sometime, I had some newer ones that must be better, right? How can this old one be better. I also decided to try a setup that I came up with in the beginning of the season. Some of it was from when I went to Homestead that Dj helped me with and some of it was little things I changed for this track. I took the last qualifier to get the engine close to tune for the main and as it turns out the engine, and car setup were really good. I did not complete all the laps in the qualifier but the package showed some great hope and progress compared to what I was doing.
Saturday night I left the track at 6:30, I needed a break, a nice dinner and some rest after being up so late the last 2 nights. Sunday I also slept in a little and got to the track just before I had to turn marshal. After that I worked on my car getting it ready for the main and getting a few more settings back to my old setup.
In the warm up for the main, I was thinking man I really have something here compared to what I was running all week. If I can have a good start I could be really competitive!! I started 8th for the main and as I thought, it was a mess. I got wrecked on the first lap and chunked a rear tire. I tried to hang on to it until the tire change but I was losing just too much time. I decided to come in for a tire and the car was really fantastic again!! Some guys had some trouble so that helped me move up but looking at the laptimes I was really competitive so if I would have started in the front from the beginning I think I could have had a great shot regardless. I worked my way up to second gaining on Josh, his 10 second lead, I got down to 5 seconds. Then I had to do a tire change. I knew he was not going to to change tires so my work was cut out for me. When I got back out there I had just gotten lapped. I was able to catch back up to josh to get my lap back. He nicely moved over to let me go. Now I had to really push to make up a lap. I wound up clipping a few dots and Josh got really close. I decided so I could get my flow back I would let him go but it did not work out exactly the way I planned and he hit me from behind and his steering ball cup broke. I felt so bad, I wanted to race to the end. From then on to the end of the race I ran clean, Ralph and I were on the same lap and at some point he was only a few feet in front of me from going a lap down but I decided to play it safe and back it down. On the last 2 laps he wound up running out of fuel so I was able to cruse.
My set-up is here:
Thank you to my mechanic Mike McBride, DJ, Joaquin, Paolo, Futaba, Serpent America, Byron’s Fuel, Mike Pulfer and Doug Filo for all their support this season.
Team Serpent America