Since Ozark Raceway Park rained out,July 9th and we wanted to race real bad, we decided to try our luck at the Heartland Park True Ten Five race in Topeka. Bunch of our friends were there running so we gave it a shot even though we had Pro 275 radials mounted up. It was HOT and HUMID, when we got there it was 4000 DA and 120 GOW, but at least there was a little breeze which made it a bit more bearable.
The track was very hot, and it was not prepped for radials so we spun at the 1st test pass and went 5.59 with the sluggo tuneup in it, then went 5.30 in the 1st and only round of qualifying. 1st round we faced Jesse Mitchell, Jesse’s transbrake didn’t hold and he redlighted, we went 5.17. 2nd round we got a bye so we turned it up a little and went 4.91 (video). In the final of course we met up with Tony Phillips again (this happens a LOT) haha. I should have left the same tune up in it, but I thought the track would hold a little more, but it didn’t, Tony must have turned his up too as we both spun and he came out on top during the pedal fest. It was a fun race, but very, very rushed. They were hot lapping us on each round which made it hard to do much thinking or tweaking the tune ups – it was so bad that I had to take a leak when we got there, but didn’t get a chance until the race was over Ugh.. I have to say we had a good time though, and it was fun visiting a new track. Track Management needs to learn more about running a shootout as these aren’t bracket cars, but I think they are getting the idea. HPT could be a friggin’ awesome surface with cooler weather and some good radial prep on it. It’s smooth, wide and has a Loooong shutdown!
One big mistake I made this weekend – when we were leaving the pits most of the lights were off and I mistakenly turned off on the wrong road to get out, ended up getting somewhat lost trying to figure out how to get out of that massive complex, we finally found an exit only to find the gate locked. Sooooo, I had to back the trailer up a long ways on a very dark, curvey road till I could get the rig turned around. Now that was a lot of fun! I don’t think I’ll make THAT mistake again.
Our next race will be July 16th at Kansas International Dragway in Wichita for their Summer Nationals Race.