I’ve been a bit lazy about updating the blog this summer after getting the car running. Been crazy busy most of the time but now we’re down with the transmission out of the car so thought I’d catch up a bit.
This summer Chris and I scored our first win! I’ve been doing this quite a while and been to the finals many times, but something “always” happens and we runner up, but finally at Kansas International Dragway during the Summer Nationals we won in their Extreme Drag Radial Class! It was bitter sweet for sure! We also finally got the car into the 4’s, actually at that race. One of the key things that had been causing issues, the nitrous controller which we had been fighting a delay in got replaced with a new NMS-1000, and that helped a ton.
Later in the summer at the MAKO race at Tulsa we got more serious with the tune up and recorded a new personal best of 4.85@148 with a new best 60′ of 1.175. Fighting the urge to turn it up some more in eliminations, we got to the second round at that race – needed another tenth, guess I should have turned it up some more in retrospect.
We raced Hot Summer Nights and the MAKO race at MoKan, both were a learning experience in dealing with hot tracks with the radials, but we did break into the 4’s at MoKan with a couple 4.97’s there at HSN5. All summer long we had issues qualifying poorly, but getting things lined out by eliminations, mostly due to hot tracks.
With the cooler weather this fall we’re hoping to get the Nova down into the 4.70’s if all goes well, I think it’s certainly capable once we get things all tweaked just right. Hopefully we’ll get the transmission back here soon and can get back to it!