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Well... let's just say its all started off a little "rocky" at the Rock.

It seems that the Rockingham Chumps don't know what a waving yellow flag means... when it's being waved throughout the entire course. Track went full course yellow for an incident and lap times stayed the same as when the track was green. (Transponders never lie.) ChumpCar Regional Director and Chief Steward, Mike Chisek, didn't take too kindly to all this, so... he Red Flagged the event... and had a SECOND drivers meeting (about an hour after having the FIRST driver's meeting). And, just to make sure that his message got through, Mike added a chicane to slow the Chumps down.

It's not nice to piss-off a Chief Steward.

More to follow.

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The morning at Rockingham started off...well more than a bit rocky...beginning with the #14 Griswolds Station Wagon losing it's bumper on the first pace lap! This Nat'l Lampoon Vacation masterpiece, complete trailing dog leash, also became the first tow victim of the race after a bit of off-road mud-bogging. But with nearly an hour ...left in today's race, they're currently running in 11th place. Not far behind this mayhem was the #17 Gotham City Racing team, hitting the NASCAR Turn 4 wall, sustaining considerable damage. We're please to report that Batman and Robin escaped unharmed, currently running 21st.

Best Lap Time Leader as of 3:00pm EST is the #28 Rust Riders, turning a 1.11.255 on Lap #210. The current field positions are attached!

1st #91 R Banks Racing

2nd #11 ExFed Racing

3rd #28 Rust Riders

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The morning at Rockingham started off...well more than a bit rocky...beginning with the #14 Griswolds Station Wagon losing it's bumper on the first pace lap! This Nat'l Lampoon Vacation masterpiece, complete trailing dog leash, also became the first tow victim of the race after a bit of off-road mud-bogging. But with nearly an hour ...left in today's race, they're currently running in 11th place. Not far behind this mayhem was the #17 Gotham City Racing team, hitting the NASCAR Turn 4 wall, sustaining considerable damage. We're please to report that Batman and Robin escaped unharmed, currently running 21st.

Best Lap Time Leader as of 3:00pm EST is the #28 Rust Riders, turning a 1.11.255 on Lap #210. The current field positions are attached!

1st #91 R Banks Racing

2nd #11 ExFed Racing

3rd #28 Rust Riders

gotta love the concrete at The Rock. cause it ain't gonna show no love to you. :)

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Congrats to the RBank squad for a job well done. Once again steady pace and consistently on-track paid off. Kudos to Rust Riders, the old Zeap keeps getting better and better. From the Nascar 2 flag station I had a nice view of cars over much of the track and didn't have to report anyone for poor judgement during a yellow...

Good luck to everyone on Sunday!

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We had a great event this past weekend at Rockingham. Once we clarified the flags for everyone ( :rolleyes: ) the racing was clean and close! I only heard about incidental contact twice all weekend, and those were light door to door bumps while racing close. Once the chicane was up I saw only a few more spins the rest of the weekend, and those were probably due to tires getting slick with the increase in temps.

I will say that cones don't really deter most of you, because all of my cones are ruined. You all owe ChumpCar $1 each so we can buy new cones! Scratch that, $3 each so that we can buy water barriers. You managed to avoid those all weekend on the back stretch! Look for better traffic management solutions to go into place at Charlotte next month.

I spoke with many of you throughout the weekend and enjoyed meeting you all. I appreciate the comments and suggestions (thanks to Kurt for the idea of the pace car!) and encourage you to keep them coming. I heard many comments from people about how friendly and laid back the atmosphere was during the weekend. The track was very pleased with our behavior and can't wait to have us back, and the wrecker and EMS crew had a blast and are looking forward to next year. A big thank you to all teams for the excellent job you did cleaning up the facility. I walked through the garage and pit road before I left and the place was spotless! Thank you! ChumpCar always wants to be respectful of the tracks we race at and make sure we are welcomed back.

Once you get caught up on your rest, get those cars fixed and ready for Charlotte! I look forward to seeing you all there.

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The Fringe Class Racing e36 went NOWHERE this race. I still don't understand why everyone complained about our car. We fought overheating issues the whole weekend before diagnosing a blown head gasket. She's in the shop now and we are planning to race again at Roebling Road.

We had a great weekend despite our mechanical issues. ChumpCar never fails to disappoint! Thanks again to everyone who helped out especially Rob and also the Rabid Penguins Miata team. We'll be back!!

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Way to go Benz crew, not only on the podium, but the top of it! Outstanding race judging from the results on MyLaps, 3 laps separating the top 3 finishers on Sunday. It's really interesting to look at how close the finishes were both days and the mix of cars. Where else could you have such competitive racing with so utterly different cars. :lol:

Even though I wasn't racing and only there on Saturday, many thanks to all of the Chump crew for another great event.

Cheers

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The Fringe Class Racing e36 went NOWHERE this race. I still don't understand why everyone complained about our car. We fought overheating issues the whole weekend before diagnosing a blown head gasket. She's in the shop now and we are planning to race again at Roebling Road.

Because of it's performance potential. Those things are rockets when you get them running right. People cry about them in literally every single class they race in because it's the best car BMW ever built. Don't worry, nobody really cares as long as you got the car for what you are supposed to get it for, at least I don't. I enjoy racing with fast cars. The red/white/blue fiero is really quick, the Benz, the 08 Z car, the 91 Saab, and a few of the Miatas are very fast. I don't speak for everybody but most of those guys I'm sure want you running.

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John - We missed you at the race, but Mike, Cathy, Donnie and the gang did a bang up job!!

Our apologies for delaying the race not once, but twice on Saturday as the red flag was dropped to physically remove our car from the track. As Cathy noted, the batmobile did make contact with some of the wall by pit in at turn 4 after our drive shaft broke. Mostly superficial damage to our NASCAR inspired front air dam which was subsequently destroyed later in the race by an errant cone!! We replaced the drive shaft and got back on track only to have it break again within a few laps requiring the second tow in. The real culprit was a broken motor mount allowing way too much movement of the motor on this track. A new motor mount and ANOTHER drive shaft went in Sat night. Unfortunately, we couldn't properly install the motor mount - bolts sheered and after breaking 2 extractor tools we gave up and "engineered" a solution. That had us back on track Sun. and making a showing to start the day - until our "engineering" gave way and the third drive shaft broke!! Despite all our problems we had a great time. Introduced a new driver to the series on our team and converted another team from the other series into the Chump Family. Congrats to the Loose Tools Lime Green Jetta and their 9th place finish!!

As Arnold says - "We'll be back!" - See y'all at Charlotte!

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Fm/ Cap'n Rat; "I will say that cones don't really deter most of you, because all of my cones are ruined. You all owe ChumpCar $1 each so we can buy new cones! Scratch that, $3 each so that we can buy water barriers."

Sh!t... Man, like.. Mike, Dude, I'm sorry. Really. Will you take my food stamp card? I think I got enough left this month (had to buy ice for keg this past weekend).

Cones at CMS?

Dammit Man!

Well just be creative, just be gentle, and if any Chump is impressed enough with his/hers talent to take a true crap can into NASCAR T3/T4 @ 100+MPH on street tires..... can I watch?

Can I try... whooa baby. HANG ON!

Great job at the Rock guys. Good fun, good racin, great people. Our crew appreciated ya'lls hard work.

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What a fantastic weekend!

What a fun track! It was really worthed to drive 60 more miles then for CMP! And it was much more varied than PBIR!

Chumpcar has great people with whom you can deal with without the fear of "saying the wrong thing"... There was a glitch in the scoring of our car on Saturday, and they fixed it quickly!

Our team would also like to really thanks the Chumpcar crew, and the Saab team for staying late Sunday evening to help us put our car on the trailer! The GT30 reminded us it was a Mitsubishi and decided to stay in 4th gear... Luckily, it happened during the last half hour of the Sunday race, and didn't stop us from matching our Saturday great result!

We finished second to the R Banks Racing Saab on Saturday, they finished 3rd behind us on Sunday (only because of the MV+1!!!), and they had the same 10 hours tow back home as we did (only they went toward the cold, we went toward the warmth...) But they stayed last with us until our car was on the trailer!

We tried pushing the car with a massive truck, we pulled spark plugs, we tried pulling the car with a 4X4, the car didn't want to budge! We got it moving inch by inch using a come along, a jack, oil on the ramps, and a lot of man power! If this is not a friendly competition environment, what is!?Thanks again!

Now, we got to find another transmission, and install it before Charlotte. But before, we have to find the easiest way to take the car off of the trailer! Of course, it happens between the 2 closest races we do this year! But at least it didn't happened during the first hour of a 24 hours race 700 miles away!!!

We really enjoyed racing with everyone. All the cars were really close in speed, which was a good thing that they were no real slow cars in the Nascar turn! They were no extremely fast car either, except the 3 monsters with V8 in the straight. Too bad our camera was inadvertently turned off at the start of the first day. I was pretty happy to be passing a car at high speed at the end of the straight, when from nowhere I was passed on the outside at 150 mph by the station wagon! Well, he never made the first turn, and I should have had that on video if a well meaning team mate had not close the camera window after pushing on rec! We only had to apologize to a couple of teams, who were very nice and not even mad at us! But I have to apologize to the safety crew, because after being passed by several cars on the first 2 yellows, I didn't slow down much on the next few... So, I was responsible for that "extra driver meeting"!

Can't wait for Charlotte!

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Congrats to the RBank squad for a job well done. Once again steady pace and consistently on-track paid off. Kudos to Rust Riders, the old Zeap keeps getting better and better. From the Nascar 2 flag station I had a nice view of cars over much of the track and didn't have to report anyone for poor judgement during a yellow...

Good luck to everyone on Sunday!

Thanks for the Kudos, the Z Car is starting to hold her own.

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Because of it's performance potential. Those things are rockets when you get them running right. People cry about them in literally every single class they race in because it's the best car BMW ever built. Don't worry, nobody really cares as long as you got the car for what you are supposed to get it for, at least I don't. I enjoy racing with fast cars. The red/white/blue fiero is really quick, the Benz, the 08 Z car, the 91 Saab, and a few of the Miatas are very fast. I don't speak for everybody but most of those guys I'm sure want you running.

I agree too, fix her up and bring her to Roebling Road. We'll be there with the old 280Z, if she survives Charlotte next month. I had fun with you on Saturday...

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We had a great event this past weekend at Rockingham. Once we clarified the flags for everyone ( :rolleyes: ) the racing was clean and close! I only heard about incidental contact twice all weekend, and those were light door to door bumps while racing close. Once the chicane was up I saw only a few more spins the rest of the weekend, and those were probably due to tires getting slick with the increase in temps.

I will say that cones don't really deter most of you, because all of my cones are ruined. You all owe ChumpCar $1 each so we can buy new cones! Scratch that, $3 each so that we can buy water barriers. You managed to avoid those all weekend on the back stretch! Look for better traffic management solutions to go into place at Charlotte next month.

I spoke with many of you throughout the weekend and enjoyed meeting you all. I appreciate the comments and suggestions (thanks to Kurt for the idea of the pace car!) and encourage you to keep them coming. I heard many comments from people about how friendly and laid back the atmosphere was during the weekend. The track was very pleased with our behavior and can't wait to have us back, and the wrecker and EMS crew had a blast and are looking forward to next year. A big thank you to all teams for the excellent job you did cleaning up the facility. I walked through the garage and pit road before I left and the place was spotless! Thank you! ChumpCar always wants to be respectful of the tracks we race at and make sure we are welcomed back.

Once you get caught up on your rest, get those cars fixed and ready for Charlotte! I look forward to seeing you all there.

Great job this weekend Mike, the track was fast and you and the Chump Crew kept it safe and fun. Other than winning, isn't that what it's all about?

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The Rock was great as always, fast track, most cars had fairly close lap times, and the racing was very competitive. I'm glad to see that the TR6 finally went the distance, it was great racing with you guy's again.

Congrats to the R Banks Saab, & to the Blitzen Benz team, well done.

We tore up all three of our cars, the Enterprise blew the engine, and tore up the transmission, the Sanford & Son truck lost the transmission as well, looks like a hand grenade went off inside of it, and the Supra incinerated the brakes, as well as some tranny damage. So, the good news is that our Escort will make the Charlotte race, and with any luck we'll put the rest of the fleet back together and do it all again in a month. unsure.gif

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