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kbsmith1
06-03-2007, 10:16 PM
Regional, All Gen 3 Camaros, about 12 PM Saturday about 80+ degrees.

John Blizzard 1:26.010 19 laps
Dave Dickoff 1:31.149 18 laps
Kevin Smith 1:28.289 12 laps
Brian Meakings 1:32.919 5 laps, DNF

Start was completely gooned up, we did 4
pace laps because outside pole qual kept
screwing around, then an ITS 240Z lost a tire
and went into wall on 2nd pace lap.

Blizzard took off on the start, never looked back.
I got a cruddy start (49 starters), got hung
out to dry on the outside against the wall and lost
about 6-8 positions :-(. Brian Meakings got an
amazing start and passed a ton of cars (including me)
on the start. I was running my own race just picking
off cars that had gotten by on the start, passed Brian
after 1 or 2 laps, his car started going away, from
overheating I think. I did a 180 about lap 9
in the chicane, and lost 1 postion oall, ten seconds, after getting
it pointed the right direction. About 2-3 laps later I
broke a third-link. (Don't pile on too much Phil & TW).
Dave drove consistently to a 2nd. Brian ended up pulling off
due to oil-temp too high.

National, again all Gen 3 Camaros, 5:30 PM Saturday, high 80's.

Blizzard 1:26.611 22 laps
Tim Jorgensen 1:28.633 21 laps
Dave Dickoff 1:31.573 21 laps
Kevin Smith 1:28.298 15 laps

Blizzard got a good start and got around a T2 350Z on the start,
but couldn't hold him off. The two of them checked out, I couldn't
keep up with the 350Z ahead of me, he was pulling away at a tenth
a lap or so, and Tim was close behind giving me pressure for the first
5-6 laps. Tim started to heat up so backed off some, and I started
building up a bit of cushion. On lap 15, the mirror mounted to the
windshield broke lose in a corner, flew into me, bounced off, and
clicked off the fuel pump switch. The car quit a bit later, and
I pulled into the nearest corner station with a dead car. I flicked
all the switches off reflexively as I pulled into the turn station,
and got out of the car. After the race I got in and flicked all the
switches on, on the off chance it would work, and everything worked
and it fired up after building some fuel pressure. So then I thought
I had a electrical wire to the fuel pump with an intermittent break.
It wasn't until I got back to impound and talked with my crew guy
that he put 2+2 together to realize the mirror must have hit the
fuel switch. DOH!!! So I got a 4th place finish. Tim cruised to
a 2nd, and Dave to a 3rd.

Blizzard has got his car hooking up, he might be some competition
at Topeka. It was a fun weekend, but I seemed a little snake-bit.

socalta
06-03-2007, 11:59 PM
thanks for the report..... tough break on the mirror vs switch ... what are the odds on something like that ..I mean of all the things to have happen... at least it wasnt something more..

Ackjazz
06-04-2007, 12:33 AM
Kevin - I guess after throwing the switch there was no looking back, huh??? :laughing:

kbsmith1
06-04-2007, 01:38 AM
Oh, boo hisss, bad joke. :laughing:

FWIW, I run dual stock rear view mirrors on the inside so that I can
adjust them to give greater coverage. It was a cheap version of
the multi-panel mirrors you see advertised, and always worked well
for me until yesterday.

I'll be re-gluing both the mirrors in the coming weeks, and since I
don't have enough time to try to get the stock torque-arm installed,
I'll be trying to figure out it there is a reasonable way to reinforce or make
a stonger version of the third-link.

t4wallace
06-04-2007, 10:35 AM
About 2-3 laps later I
broke a third-link. (Don't pile on too much Phil & TW).

What? Who, me? I would never do such a thing.

Nice write up Kevin.