Re: Speed Week updates
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2009, 11:16:52 PM » Quote
Okay -- we're sitting in the living room shooting the breeze, but here's a bit of what went on:
First of all -- George Poteet in the Poteet/Main Speed Demon (nee Flatfire), with the new Duttweiler 300+ cubic inch V8, set on "stun", not "kill!", made about the third or fourth run of the day on the long course. It was just a shakedown run -- break in the engine a bit, you know -- 369 in the last mile, 379 out the back door. I guess they had the wastegate screwed down tight to the lowest amount of boost they could get -- so wait 'til they open 'er up!
I ran about noon on the special course -- which is the name for the second short course. The two are identical, although the special is a bit farther away from the pits. Anyway -- my noontime run was like driving on a Crisco-covered surface. LOTS of wheelspin and fishtailing, and a 194 1/2 in the 2 1/4 (slowed to 193.78 in the mile). So later on I went on the "real" short course -- not quite so much wheelspin, although I did notice that I kept the wheel lit up on and off most of the mile -- and ran a 194 1/4 in that mile (Hmm -- can you say "That's as fast as the aero will let it go with this traction."). Both times the rear wheel had wet-packed salt on it -- we could make salt balls. Todd made some tweaks and nancy will ride it first tomorrow.
Other stuff -- Connie Beavers put about a tenth on her A PS F 1350 record from last year and is in impound. Mike Mierle (did I spell that right, Mike?) is in impound with the Mitsubishi mini pickup. About 40 vehicles (I'm guessing) set for return runs in the morning.
A handful of spins, mostly on the long course. On car got a bit on its side but didn't go onto the driver's head -- I think that was the biggest "incident" of the day.
LOTS of runs. The three-course system is working again this year. We waited about forty-five minutes at midday at the special course, and about fifteen minutes at 4.30 on the short course. And this was on the first day of racing with well over 500 pre-entries. This three course system works!
Jon Amo and the Amo-Steele Streamliner made his first run in the car -- I think. They were in line in front of us when I made the second run - but the team waved us past. I think he made his run after I went down the course -- but I never heard a speed, so I can't give you any details there. Maybe he'll check in and tell us the story.
Cathy Butler is in impound at 163, I think it was, with the Butler's new 650-class bike. I hear that thing is super-sweet and built entirely of carbon fiber and unobtanium.
Oh, yeah -- it's SpeedWeek, boys and girls, and it's a good one. I'll tell you some more tomorrow. And yes, Congratulations to Fred for that 205+. Best wishes to him -- and everyone in impound today. Maybe we'll be in there again soon. Sure hope so...