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Sonoma, California's Wine Country

More Frustrating Gremlins!

 

Gremlins! They are just bound to pop up when you least expect them to.

With the car repaired after Oregon's toll on it we head back off to the races. Excited to be returning to Infineon Raceway.

Friday afternoon we roll in to set up camp Scheepers. Directed to our parking space we begin to set up camp and greet other racers that have made it in.

Saturday brings first round of qualifying Ken stages and starts the weekend off with a 14.575 ET @ 95.13 MPH. The first signs of gremlins for the weekend. When we arrive back in the pits we discover that the clutch was lost on the launch.

By second round we have a new clutch in and decided to change the transmission out to be on the safe side. This also gives us a chance to try out a different set of gears to see if it helps lower our times. The tree signals another run and Ken runs a 10.653 ET @ 126.89 MPH putting us in the number two qualifying position.

Round three of qualifying we manage to get the car to run a 10.602 ET @ 126.89 MPH guaranteeing us 2nd position on the pole. 

When returning to the pits from the scales our front right wheel bearing collapses causing the wheel to lock up. We do a quick temporary repair so we can limp the car back to our pit area. After tear down Anthony runs off to locate a set of bearings. With nightfall upon us we find ourselves without wheel bearings and unsure that we will be able to run the car tomorrow.

Sunday morning we start calling numbers trying to find bearings for the car. A quick call to Jesus Padilla in Florida gets us in touch with his local NAPA parts man. After cross referencing the numbers on the bearings we find out that the local Napa in Sonoma will stock the parts. So off to breakfast to waste time for the parts store to open. Luck for us they stocked the parts.

Repaired and ready for round one of eliminations I stage Ken and prepare to see if all goes well. Ken runs a 10.516 ET @ 126.19 MPH.

Round two of eliminations sets us up against Chad Barber. The tree signals the start of the race. Ken Launches the car hard and runs through first gear, Second gear fails to work, Ken slaps the tranny into third gear and the tires grab once again. The race is back on. However Chad's run of 11.050 ET @ 121.79 MPH to Kens 12.407 ET @ 116.89 MPH was enough to chinch Chad a trip to round three and us a trip back to Texas.

With this weekend behind us we hope to see you in Englishtown, New Jersey October 4th - 5th for the running of the K&N Filters NHRA Sport Compact Fall Nationals.

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