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Buttonwillow Raceway Park - Summer Sunset 14


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It's a wonderful day here in Buttonwillow, CA. Weather is bright, clear, sunny, 98 degrees.

Registration and Tech have just opened and cars are lined up and we're processing them through!

Live Timing will be available for this race. You can watch via the www.race-monitor.com application for iOS (iphone/ipad/ipod) and Android OS devices. Also, I'll update this link if it needs to be, but it *may* be possible to also watch on the web from home at http://home.comcast.net/~fairlanemac1964/try.html . The URL will be more official-like later on, but figured we might as well attempt to pilot the full monty.

More race updates to come throughout the weekend!

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Tech and Registration are complete. Novice school has concluded, and we're packin' up till tomorrow morning.

The chumps have their barbecues and RVs ramped up and are ready to share a great evening walking the track and sharing stories.

The live timing is working just great and the feed will be up in the morning. The web based view also works, but is totally un-customizable. Better than nothing, though, right?

See ya'll in the morning!

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Good morning chumps!

Another wonderfully sunny day here in Buttonwillow! 7:30AM is 71 degrees, not a cloud in sight.

Everyone is here and ready to go. Driver's meeting shortly and the chumps will be on track by 9AM for 14 straight hours till 11PM.

Live Timing is functioning. You can visit www.race-monitor.com and buy the app ($4.99 for life) for Android OS or iOS and watch live. To find the race, once the app is installed, just hit "Race Directory" and look for our logo. Can't miss it.

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Here we are about an hour and 45 minutes into the race. So far we've had a Mustang off for some repair work, and an RX7 on fire, extinguished and towed in. The team is assessing the damage, and the driver was fine, and was able to resolve the issue from his seat with assistance from the turn worker.

Car Number, Make and Model:


06 -- VW Jetta
14 -- Ford Escort
15 -- Ford Mustang
16 -- Ford Mustang
18 -- Mazda Miata
26 -- Honda CRX
30 -- Mazda MX-6 a-la BMW E30
32 -- Mazda RX7
38 -- Acura Integra
42 -- Ford Mustang
52 -- Dodge Caravan
55 -- BMW 5 Series
66 -- 1978 Triumph Spitfire
69 -- Datsun 280ZX
EC83 -- BMW 3 Series
84 -- BMW 3 Series
93 -- Nissan NX 2000
98 -- Toyota MR2
EC99 -- Mazda Miata

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it *may* be possible to also watch on the web from home at http://home.comcast.net/~fairlanemac1964/try.html .

I see: Position / Laps / Last [Lap] Time / Best Lap / Best Time

But where I presume the car number and team name should be is "Waiting for data..."

Keep working on it. I can almost hear the race engines from here.

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The RX7 determined the damage was all exhaust related and it lit the rear bumper cover on fire. No other damage. It has returned to the track.

We're at the 2 hour change out. Pretty much every vehicle that hasn't pitted already, is pitting now for driver changes.

Some great racing going on out there. The mini-van was holding a strong 4th place. Go Dodge Caravan!

Timing is live and can be seen at http://home.comcast.net/~fairlanemac1964/try.html

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Go RX7! - would love to see car that caught on fire win :)

Wish I was there - just too much going-on to make the trip this time.

The RX7 determined the damage was all exhaust related and it lit the rear bumper cover on fire. No other damage. It has returned to the track.

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I see: Position / Laps / Last [Lap] Time / Best Lap / Best Time

But where I presume the car number and team name should be is "Waiting for data..."

It's all there now. Not sure if it was on my end (weak bandwidth) or yours, but it looks (as Tony the Tiger says) Grrr-EAT!

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I like the display on my program better. it allows me to highlight favorite cars and i have better control over what is displays.

PM sent about why this isn't as easy as it was before.

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There's been some awesome and close racing on track. The Racey Diva team had some solid dicing with the Barbarian Motorsports BMW. Barbarian has an MOV to work off from their win down at Willow Springs. Otherwise, they'd be in 4th. Our race leader is pitting skill of foot versus the clock. They have to pit every hour and twenty-five to hour and thirty minutes because of fuel capacity. Second place can go the whole 2 hours, to the second. This is some fun strategy playing out here.

We've had a few cars retire. The #6 VW Jetta lost the transmission and didn't bring a spare. EC99 Miata broke a something, so they broke out another SM, paid for another car, and now we have EC05 making laps. #32 Dirt Track Pirates in the Mazda RX7 keep fighting an engine issue that is resulting in abnormally high engine temps, and explosive exhaust. After their fire had previously melted their exhaust hangers, we allowed them to run with it just "sorta hangin' there" well, after a good 40 laps or so that way, "sorta hangin' there" turned into "sorta draggin' there" which sparked on track. The sparks ignited some of the most terrific fireworks we've seen during backfire. They returned to the pits to try to remedy that issue as well. Car 26 Honda CRX of the Carpet Pissers, keeps fighting a tricky handling problem. New rear tires helped quite a bit, but it's still the loosest CRX you'll have ever seen. 2 of our 3 mustangs have been in and out of the pits all day with various issues across the board. The Soccer Moms lost a CV joint, replaced it, and blew it up again. Tough break, they started so well.

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Late breaking news!

Car 84 Barbarian Motorsports is in the paddock with the hood up and on jack stands. Something is officially not good .

Our race leader, Car 93, Clergy MC in the NX2000, has lost the tire, wheel, and hub assembly off course. It's being drug in on the hook right now. And that's how to shake up the leaderboard in an endurance race!

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I've been covering some other stations and haven't had a chance to update ya'll recently.

The lead vehicle, Acura Integra #38 of Krider Racing, has a firm hold on the lead and shows no weakness. 2nd Place is #30 Thundercock Racing, the MX6. They've been steady as a rock all day, just keeping it rolling. 3rd Place is another solid rock, in motion, the #14 Ford Escort of Zoom Zoom Boom! . It'll take a chumpworthy event to shake that up at this point.

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1st Place - Krider Racing - #38 Acura Integra

2nd Place - Thundercock Racing - #30 Mazda MX-6

3rd Place - Zoom-Zoom Boom! - #14 Ford Escort

Chump's Chump - Sex Pistons - #66 Triumph Spitfire

I just got passed by a what? - The Soccer Moms - #52 Dodge Caravan

Maytag Spin-Cycle Award - The Carpet Pissers - #26 Honda CRX

Results uploaded to mylaps.com
/>http://www.mylaps.com/results/showrun.jsp?id=1936581

Lap Times:
/>https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Anvo4xPwWyOUdEh2X2tLNk5paW1fd29Fa0JxdXBRY1E&hl=en_US

Thanks for having us Buttonwillow! Time to pack it up and disappear. We gotta be outta here before Midnight cause we didn't pay for Sunday LOL

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must be fatigue or marbles or ? but most everyone's lap times are about 10+ sec a lap slower than they were 3 hours ago.

Darkness. We're farther south than you are. It gets dark here a little earlier, even if this Saturday was the longest saturday of the year in hours of daylight :P.

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As the Captian of #84 Barbarian Motorworks...it wasn't hopeless, we got squeezed in the esses and took one of the big curbs head on, which kind of cracked our oil pan. Put it up on jacks, drained the pan, and JB Weld to the rescue to fill the crack. Wait for that to dry, put on 2nd coat and re-fill with oil and we got back out on track (about 1 hour to fix). Ran all the way up 'til 10:30 when we lost brakes due to overcooking our pads (see photo attachment), melting the caliper seal and dumping most of our brake fluid out. Even with all that, and our penalty laps from MOV we took 6th, I'm pleased with that.

Chump organizers...great job at organizing a GREAT race again...thanks so much for all your hard work!

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