2013 March Meet
We are very excited to come out as champion of the 7.0 Pro Class.
Considering that the car had been completely disassembled and
reassembled over the winter months, it was somewhat risky driving
1,100 miles without doing any testing, but I felt confident in my
workmanship and that we could get the car close to the 7.0 elapsed
time in order to be competitive throughout the event. We left home
Sunday morning and arrived in Bakersfield, Monday evening. We made our
way out to the track Tuesday morning and checked in. Since we
registered for the event last November, we'd hoped to have a decent
pit spot, but instead discovered that we were pitted past the quarter
mile end of the track.
Wednesday was test day and we ran the car on a skeleton crew which
included my wife, Wilma, and daughter, Natalie. Our first pass out of
the trailer resulted in a 6.90 ET, which was a little too fast for the
7.0 Pro index, but I was very satisfied with that number since it was
the very first pass on the car after extensive service. After making
some adjustments we made run two. Unfortunately, the car rolled
through the staging beams, therefore we did not get an elapsed time on
the second run. Thursday, we got one qualifying run and I decided to
slow the car down to get on the 7.0 side of the number, which turned
out to be a 7.10 and was the #2 qualifying spot, but I had some good
data to look at and adjust the car as needed.
Saturday afternoon was to be our second and last qualifying run, but
it didn't happen. When we were pulling to the head of the staging
lane, the CO2 line for the Lenco Transmission blew out of its fitting
at the steering wheel, emptying the CO2 tank. We tried valiantly to
repair the problem, without success. Sunday afternoon saw the first
round of competition. We faced a door car which qualified #20, but did
not take this car lightly since you never know what your opponent can
pull out of the bag. It turned out that he was off the 7.0 number as
we ran 7.09 on the brakes. In round two we were faced with racing
veteran Russ Parker, in the High Bucks Two funny car. I knew that we
had to be on our game with this car as he ran a 6.98 second pass in
the first round. It was a close race to the 1000 ft mark and he seemed
to slow as our car was pulling away for the win.
Round three, we matched up against the #2 qualifier out of North
Dakota. This was an extremely important round as the way the
eliminations ladder shaped up, the winner would have a bye run into
the final round. This race was won on the starting line as a big hole
shot led to another victory. In round four we decided to stage the car
and break the beams for the easy win and prepare for the final round.
The final round looked to be very challenging as were paired up
against Bobby Cottrell who had been running very strong and
consistent. In the end, Bobby had a slight starting line advantage but
about 300 feet out something broke in his car which led us to the
winners circle, running a 7.02 elapsed time.
To make the long haul of 1,100 miles was very worthwhile and winning
the 55th Annual March Meet is definitely over the top. I am so proud
of my team and family for making this win so special.