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2022 The Longest Day of Nelson Race Reports


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Results

https://speedhive.mylaps.com/Events/2018278

 

Friday Test image dump

https://photos.app.goo.gl/EfrWDfbDxDGzPQSy7

 

Race day and night image dump - raw unedited
https://photos.app.goo.gl/RWGxHaV2g6Q3QByw5

 

Race Day and Night - edited -
https://photos.app.goo.gl/zjLUL5SXG2GVVMTi9

 

Awards

https://photos.app.goo.gl/J2q9vFQ2rFWuMUGH8

 

 

The Summer of 24's standings.
Race 1 - The Longest Day of Nelson
 
1. 1-Point - #111 RVA Graphics & Wraps 1989 BMW 325
2. 2-points - #248 Blakes Garage 2000 Mazda Miata
3. 3-points - #996 Atlanta Speedwerks 1999 Porsche Boxster
4. 14-Points - #1 - Visceral Racing Group 1988 Porsche 944RSR
5. 15-Points - # 918 - Visceral Racing Group 1987 Porsche 944RS
 
It's not too late to enter the Lifeline Classic 24.
Up for grabs are some cool trophies and some fantastic prizes!
1st place gets a $4000 Chillout Systems Quantum Pro
 
Complete at least 10 laps of each race.
Add both overall finishing positions together.
The lowest finishing score wins.
 
1st Place - Trophy/Chillout Systems Quantum Pro
2nd Place - Trophy
3rd Place - Trophy

 

 

 

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2 minutes ago, Luckyontheducky said:

Is there a reason there were so few entries? (Dont blame Brandon! LOL)

I don’t know.  I think people are missing out.  It’s a fun track.  The folks that operate it want you there and are really nice.  They even stopped by my trailer to see if we wanted them to move one of the big lights over so we could see to work on the car since the sun was going down and asked if we needed anything else (they didn’t have the alternator we needed or magic smoke to put back in our 3rd one or any electrical gremlin be-gone) so we were finished.  Everyone still had fun with the issues we had. 
 

Congratulations to RVA!

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Long 24 hour race over the weekend. 
Started in 12th position. 
After roughly 190 gallons in fuel, 3 gallons of oil, and no sleep; we finished 1st in B Class and 4th overall.


Emergency stops for : 
A flat spotted tire
Transmission leak
Vibration on a loose wheel
Safety wardrobe malfunction. 
Tiny Electrical fire from tail light wire. 
ALL Which cost us over an hour of time off track. 


We crossed the finish line 1st in class and 4th overall. 

Thanks to all the support we got from family friends and other race teams. 
Special thanks to:

Our wives who puts up with 80 hour work weeks and help prepping food and lodging. 
Myron Myron getting the frame straight from last years Pitt Race crash. 
Keith for emergency driving his ass off and keeping oil in the engine. 
Daniel Rice for holding down the shop and continuing to support our customers while we go play. 
60 Degree Motorsports for race support. 
ChampCar Endurance Series for holding the event 
McLeod Clutches, AEM Performance Electronics, COOLSHIRT SYSTEMS, Lifeline Fire & Safety Systems USA, Racing Radios, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Hondata, and Silvers Suspension for helping us out with some awesome products.

 

We feel like we finally got the combination of car and driver setup right to compete in this series for a little while. It's a great feeling to have.

 

Thanks to all the other teams for the clean racing and awesome battles!

 

Hopefully my spin through the kink around 2am(?) in the fog didn't mess anyone up.

 

Kevyn

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1 hour ago, ABR-Glen said:

At least two cars ae racing at Brainerd this weekend instead of doing the 24 at Nelson's last weekend.

 

Is bracket racing really "racing"?

 

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6 hours ago, Luckyontheducky said:

Is there a reason there were so few entries? (Dont blame Brandon! LOL)

I know 3 teams that opted out because of high fuel prices and two  24hr races being so close together had to make a choice.

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1 hour ago, hotrod said:

Maybe before next year Nelson Ledges can stack their tires and bolt them or band them together. Having piles of tires lining the course as they are is not the safest.

They've been getting away with it for 40+ years. I started complaining about it nearly 30 years ago. that place is where I earned my nickname.

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On 7/18/2022 at 12:06 PM, Luckyontheducky said:

Is there a reason there were so few entries? (Dont blame Brandon! LOL)

Busy month, busy weekend in that part of the country, tons of racing options for drivers and obligations for team/crew. 

 

And yes, less than one month away from the other 24.

 

October 14-16 solves all three problems. Maybe competes with Mosport? Early November? Another org has done well in November at NJMP and NCM. Likely cold sure, but racers are always itching to get a fix and there wouldn't be competing events. The same org flopped at NCM in July the following year with 1/2 the car count or less.

 

A 24 is a great way to end the season for all the northern teams... Please? :) My team will bring 2 or 3 cars next year.

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12 hours ago, Wheelman_99 said:

October 14-16 solves all three problems

Nelson's "Longest Day" race is a track tradition that's run as a late June/July event, even if CCES isn't the series hosting it. See more here

 

Those dates you suggest are only 2 weeks removed from PIRC's and will cause even less interest in a 24 at Nelson Ledges, especially from local teams. VIR's 24 does impact things even if it is a month removed, but this was most likely due to the 250% increase in fuel prices in the last 6 months more than anything else. VIR also has the draw of being a "bucket list" track for many teams/drivers to offset the fuel prices. 
 

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On 7/19/2022 at 1:30 PM, hotrod said:

Maybe before next year Nelson Ledges can stack their tires and bolt them or band them together. Having piles of tires lining the course as they are is not the safest. 

 

Tyre safety barrier hi-res stock photography and images - Alamy

4 Ideas For What To Do With Old Tires | Gear Slap

 

I know the local SCCA group has been having work days where they go and re stack the tires and fix things up. I believe if you look at the wall on the front straight directly across from the tower, you will see that the wall is much better (unless some one has hit it since I was there last).

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@Bill Strong Any chance you took photos of the gambling odds you guys had in the booth for how long the North by Northeast #380 team would last? I scrolled through the photo dump you had, but didn't see it and would love to get a shot of that.

 

Had a great weekend as always. Went through 12 ignition coils, 5 gallons of oil, and ran ~8hours with somewhere between 5 and 3.5 cylinders... but we made it to impound in 5th place. 

 

To everyone who had to listen to us stumbling and backfiring for those first 8hrs...sorry 'bout that. 

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4 hours ago, SteMo said:

@Bill Strong Any chance you took photos of the gambling odds you guys had in the booth for how long the North by Northeast #380 team would last? I scrolled through the photo dump you had, but didn't see it and would love to get a shot of that.

 

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On 7/22/2022 at 12:13 PM, Jamie said:

14 entries eh? Maybe the weather from the west coast IS moving east. Yeah yeah its a 24 hour. I see thunderhill was quietly canceled. 

 

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I don’t think it has anything to do with the above.  
 

All of America is taking long-deferred vacations with their families, and that includes racers.  

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