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September Swing at H2R DAY 2


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Guest Packard Goose

Greetings Race Fans!

Brush fires shut down power to the track last night - JUST after the race, fortunately! We still drank beer, ate dogs ad worked on cars anyway.

Good start today with the Nismorons taking the green. After the first hour:

90 Porschamonkeywrenchers (914) 42 laps

10 Looney Toons (Mustang) -0

57 Generic race Team (CRX) -0

7 ThaintRightEither (MR2) -1

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Guest Hoosier Daddy

We also had some excitement about 1:40 in, as the 27 BMW spun off course, caught some uneven ground, and stood the car up on the passengers door. Driver is fine, car is in the pits undergoing a once over. Miraculously enough, though the car was rolled all the way over in the rescue attempt, no PBR beer cans were dislodged from the rear deck lid!

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We also had some excitement about 1:40 in, as the 27 BMW spun off course, caught some uneven ground, and stood the car up on the passengers door. Driver is fine, car is in the pits undergoing a once over. Miraculously enough, though the car was rolled all the way over in the rescue attempt, no PBR beer cans were dislodged from the rear deck lid!
For the love of ale...SAVETHEPABST
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Guest Packard Goose

Wow what a weekend!

So, today was a real show, with the top four cars within 2 laps or less almost the entire day. And the finish? The Looney Toones Mustang was ahead by over a lap, with two laps to go... and ran out of gas about halfway around the track! As it coasted around, it finally came to a stop at the hairpin Turn 10 as the second place CRX passed him just about 150 yards from the finish line.

BUT. There was still a little time left on the clock as the CRX crossed the transponder loop, so it looked like the little Honda was going to take the checkered flag on his next pass.

BUT. As the CRX headed up the hill into Santa Rita, the worker in T8 radioed in "looks like someone's pushing Looney Toons!". Before we could get an opportunity to look up-track to see what nutballs were about to get an donkey-chewing for pushing their car on track, the radio crackled again "Looks like it's the Mid Drive Crisis car!". The Mid-Drive powered Mustang was pushed across the finish line in first place as spectators cheered the heroics.

Now the Mid Drive guys won both 7-7 races here last year and had contended all day Saturday until suffering too long from what appeared to be a bad ECU. When they nosed up under the Mustang, they were in 4th place. Had they left Looney Toons there, the CRX would have won, and Mid Drive would have taken 3rd.

Awesome job guys!

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As the CRX headed up the hill into Santa Rita, the worker in T8 radioed in "looks like someone's pushing Looney Toons!". Before we could get an opportunity to look up-track to see what nutballs were about to get an donkey-chewing for pushing their car on track, the radio crackled again "Looks like it's the Mid Drive Crisis car!". The Mid-Drive powered Mustang was pushed across the finish line in first place as spectators cheered the heroics.

Does this mean a new rule about "no pushing on the last lap"? :)

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Guest Taylorcraftbc65

Hey, they just displayed extreme chumpliness, helping a buddy driving the same mark. That just shows our camraderie, and should be praised, not scolded or banned. I know of a fighter pilot in Nam that "pushed" his buddy all the way back to Udorn AFB.

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Guest JungleEddy

Nobody here has any kids?

Never seen the movie Cars?

Lightning Mcqueen?

Check the end of the film where he pushes his buddy across the finish line.....

My 7 year old boy reminded me of this the moment I told him what happened.

"That was way cool dad!!" is better than 2nd place loser (3rd) any day.

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Tell Matt Kenseth while you're at it, too.

NASCAR's had that rule at least as long as I can remember; Richard Petty got pipped for it at the '76 Daytona 500, so it's been in force at least that long.

Brie: Don't know about 'Nam, but there's a recorded instance of a F-86 pilot pushing another Sabre for several dozen miles so the crippled plane's pilot could bail out over the ocean (unfortunately, it led to said pilot drowning before the rescue birds could arrive...); the critical bit was to make sure most of the pushing Sabre's nose inlet remained where it could get air. Can't find the story online, tho'.

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Good start today with the Nismorons taking the green. After the first hour:

More importantly, we also took the checkered. Saturday started bad and ended worse. We spent the first hour of the race chasing an electrical problem. Got it fixed and ran all day. I got in for the last stint, and on my 4th lap, the No. 2 rod decided to look for greener pastures. No warning, no noise, no nothing. A muffled "boom", and them parts were bouncing off the bottom of the car. Giant hole in the side of the block.

We brought a spare engine, because, you know, if you have a spare, you'll never need it.... We stuck it in Saturday night and had the car up and running by 9:00 that night. It was the motor from the 18-hour race at TWS last summer, and it ran like a champ all day Sunday.

Thanks to the Looney Tunes team for giving us their leftover dinner while we were working on the motor swap; it was quite tasty.

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I've got my pictures up on Facebook. Mostly paddock, very few of cars circulating, I don't have enough zoom to get good on-track pictures.

The album is supposed to be public, so you should be able to view it.
/>https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.942844944067.2390866.5609978&l=7b1047c0f2

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Here's the carnage pictures of the motor we blew on Saturday. It let go as I let off for turn 2. It was probably at about 6200 rpm or so. It looks like the wrist pin pulled right out of the piston. I haven't pulled the head yet, so I can't inspect the piston. Here's the pieces that were in the oil pan:

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Here's a shot down the cylinder to the piston. You can see where the wrist pin pulled out:

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And a better shot of the hole in the block:

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