equal parts ecstasy and agony tonight. the track was re-done this week (i helped!) and is much more flowing, although the attrition rate was noticeably high from the mega-jump. after q2 i was tuning my differential when i broke it – 3rd time for the same parts, and i’ve been paranoid since the 1st, so i blame the manufacturer. 20 minutes to go…no way can i get to it, rebuild, and reassemble the car. i briefly considered reporting my scratch from the race, but that is not what racers do! i was wrenching furiously and made my final with no time to spare.
no 1st turn calamity this week, and i made a pass for 5th on the 1st lap. soon after, i got harpooned by 6th. i reeled him back in, made the pass, and strangely spent most of the race by myself. no way was i catching the top 5, and the bottom 4 couldn’t catch me once i found my stride. so, again i’ll take some pride in my mid-pack 6th out of 10 for the rookie :)
next week is my big race. the 300 entry limit has been reached with 66 entries in my class, which is huge. that’s about 7 mains, with the winner advancing up the food chain. my goal is to qualify in the not last bracket, and finish not last in my race. oddly, i find myself at a disadvantage with this “home” race – i have a long commute in the wee hours friday, saturday and sunday, where many of the drivers will be staying at a hotel near the track. no problems…art from adversity, or something like that.