With the 4th round of the NASCAR Whelan All American Series for the LVMS Bullring Bombers is in the books. Opps, race 4. Sorry to go all road race on you. Things are coming together, slowly but surely. (Don’t call me Shirley) It’s the first outing where I wasn’t chasing problems or run out of gas. Except for my transponder. It may be a mounting issue but it’s not being picked up at the stripe on every lap. It’s time to have it checked but based on my former dealings with AMB I’d rather have a root canal. Without anesthetic.
I should have been 10th though I’m scored as 12th. A solid run and a a good fight for 9th but around lap 17 the 18 car was lapping us and hit me upsetting the car and that was enough the 10 car got by. I just couldn’t catch him after that. I’d developed a wicked snap lose on exit that really upsets the balance of the car. As I exit and hit the straight there is so much bind (and squeal) in the tires that when it unloads it fidgets violently. I’d used up my brakes and tires and that’s all there was.
At the beginning of the stints I can hit low to mid 21s. That’s still about a sec and a half from the pointy end of the grid but it’s an improvement. It appears I’ve sorted my tire pressures but other handling elements need lots of work. As does the horsepower. But at least it’s to the point where the reliability is not a factor in finishing races. I’m over driving the car a bunch and it’s more luck than skill that I haven’t stuffed it into the wall or another car. At the end of the stint 20 laps or so it feels like a handful and much slower, but in reality only the consistency is gone. Some of the times are still within a 10th or so but not consisently. It’s bad enough at 20 laps or so that I wouldn’t let a suicide bomber drive it.
The next outing for the #60 Bomber will be race after next, June 19th. No test on that date and missing June 5th race. Then the break. I need to get the rear end tamed and sort out the out of kilter front. Feels better but need more.