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Hey there Chumps!

Today was a busy day around Chump Central. 84 cars are teched and ready to go Saturday morning! Thanks for your patience handling the paddock setup. There's room for everyone, right? :).

Tech and Registration went fairly well. The day started off great, mid 40's and simply overcast. However, about 1:30pm, the rain rolled in and drizzled on-and-off for the rest of the night. The track will be wet, wet, wet for our start tomorrow morning! Hope you brought the right tires, eh?

Drivers' meeting at 8AM sharp outside the timing tower, usual place :). See you all there! Let's have a great, safe, fun, and competitive race!

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And, at the 2.5 hour mark, we have the top 10 cars all within 2 laps of one another! GREAT RACING!

In 1st Place: #51, General Lief

In 2nd Place: #50, Killer Whale

In 3rd Place: #331 Bare Bones Racing

Follow the action: http://home.comcast.net/~fairlanemac1964/cc/lt.htm

w00! Problem free so far... Knock on wood.

I wanted to point out that the pinto is My Little Pony. Pony Express is an Escort that somehow got more bonus laps than other people... Or other people didn't get their bonuses.

Ps. Thanks for the green flag at the start!! :-)

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Pony Express is an Escort that somehow got more bonus laps than other people... Or other people didn't get their bonuses.

Explanation: They or Chumpcar had a transponder problem and came into the pits for three laps worth of racing. They were given 5 bonus laps...

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Thanks everyone for a wonderful and exciting weekend! We'll see you in April, right?

Chump Award: Team TSR (for outstanding Chumpworthiness, including working under their own vehicles on the wet pavement, while letting other teams use their semi trailer's built-in car-lift).

Saturday 1st Place: #45 Formula Roadster - '66? Datsun Roadster 1600 a-la 2000 via SR20.

Saturday 2nd Place: #51 General Leif - '7x Volvo 142 w/ Volvo B230 engine.

Saturday 3rd Place: #99 Eh! Team - '8x Honda CRX

Worker's Choice: #3 Squirrels of Fury - '8x Volkswagen Scirocco

Best Theme: #44 Crapst Blue Ribbon - '8x Toyota MR2

Sunday Fun-Run 1st Place: #4 The Old Lompoc Special - '8x Mazda RX-7

Sunday Fun-Run 2nd Place: #72 Team TSR - '8x Pontiac Firebird

Sunday Fun-Run 3rd Place: #89 GI-SHO - '9x Ford Taurus SHO

MyLaps:
/>http://www.mylaps.com/results/showevent.jsp?id=731602

Raw Data -

Saturday:
/>https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B3vo4xPwWyOUM2M5NmY0NGUtODg4Yi00OGY4LWJmMjYtNjQwMmM5YjE1MDk1

Sunday:
/>https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B3vo4xPwWyOUOTk0NWM2YWUtMDQxMC00MTdiLTliMjYtNGExNjVjOTEwZGY2

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Kyle, when you came to Chris and complained, I believe that Chris explained that to you...

Yes, thank you John! I was just stumped to not find us in the lead when I had passed that car and started in 1st. Glad to hear it got sorted out.

I am super stoked that our car held together and was problem free(well, that'd be a lie... Heh) enough to let us get where we got. Thank you for understanding with our two clock error. My team had a great weekend and we WILL be back in March/April!

Thank you to EVERYONE out there today as well! Drivers, teams, workers, Chumpcar crew... I drove from 11:20-1:15 and 2:10-3 and had the time of my life. That was the first time I had been in a car at the end of the race(I usually start) and the competiton was intense. I was working so hard and was in some awesome battles that will be remembered forever. THANK YOU ALL!

Now my head cold I woke up with is allowed to return and I am going to SLEEP!

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Ok, I lied. I'm not asleep yet, I got caught up reading other threads on here.

I forgot to mention: I'm sorry to everyone I passed or was in the middle of passing and had the rear end step out! Hopefully most all of those weren't as bad as they might have been. I only had contact once and that was in a great battle through T3 three wide... Hehe, Eric/k's RF wheel kissed my LR. No harm done(thankfully), and it was a blast.

Anyone have any video????? We didn't have any this race. Not that you would've been able to make out much, but still. I know I had the donkey WAYYYYYY out there a few times. :-)

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This weekend was fantastic! Thanks to all the Chump staff for putting on a great event! This was my first time night driving and I had a blast. I was driving the #40 Nissan 240sx. We completely toasted our brake pads, so I was out in the dark for a while playing 'conserve brake pads' while a teammate picked up more. Today was my first time racing PIR in the rain and wow is it slick out there. Lots of really good practice being smooth. Lots of great racing with a massive field!

During a standing yellow the corner station at turn 6 laid their yellow flag down the white wall of the station, and the rain had apparently made the flag fairly translucent and not very visible. Maybe we could run caution lights during the rain also? The yellow lights at night worked great!

The pits worked really well and we enjoyed our pitmates. Our team had a great time at the event, thanks again!

Now to start looking over the 2012 schedule to decide how many races we can do..

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One of the drivers of the Pinto here. I kissed the wall south end first on a north bound train. what a great weekend of drivers training! Smooth was the word I guess I dint get it as clear as some folks. Thanks for the thumbs up when you passed me or I waived you by. It really shows you care. With a tear in my eye I must announce that the current Pony will have to be put down. The team will have to decide where to go from here but the car is not in anyway able to go on. It was fun racing and we will see the mane waving in the wind again, just not on the current car.

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The PBR Gladiator was awesome! Well deserved. Had a lot of fun this weekend despite going home with a wrecked car. Thanks to the chump staff and great people for making this another great event to remember!

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Team Pony Express reporting in - we couldn't believe it when we saw ourselves in the lead for the first few hours. That felt awesome. Then a few penalties brought a dose of reality. And then an electrical issue killed our fuel pumps - that was a bummer. Then I nailed the #76 head-on when he spun right in front of me at the apex of T1. That really sucked - took out our radiator and all 4 headlights, while leaving the bumper unscathed. But we grabbed two radiators at the Pick N Pull when they opened on Sunday, and had one on the car by 9am. That's when we found out that our braking issues on Saturday had more to do with a dying master cylinder than with the added brake temps from our car's new-found 1.8l power. Actually, we figured out it was the master cylinder after bleeding the brakes four times, replacing the front calipers and rear cylinders, then bleeding the brakes a few more times didn't do anything...

It was still a great time. All of our drivers got at least some time on track - the two who missed out on Saturday due to my accident got to drive on Sunday. One drove the #12 Japanese Auto Techs Corolla for an hour after we let them try out our Star Specs, and the other bravely did 4 or 5 parade laps in our car to take the checker. He was the one driving around with his blinker on.

Thanks to all the Chumps who helped us out this weekend, and to the organizers and workers for another great event!

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Thanks again everyone for their patience with us and their great attitudes in general! I again had a blast and feel truly blessed to have met and raced with some of the finest folks I've ever met. Rest assured that we'll continue steadily progressing so that someday we won't have the rolling speed bump effect on the rest of the pack. Time to put some real brakes on the car and work on getting the thing turning now that our motor has been tested somewhat successfully. I hope that all of our drivers lived up the the high standards set by the rest of the paddock.

-Bill

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SOF (Squirrels of fury) here,

It was a great weekend, the event ran smoothly and the flagging was fantastic!

The track was super slick for the first hour and a half, seemed like it was wet enough to bring oil to the surface, but not enough to wash it off. A definite advantage for the FWD cars until it dried as many of the RWD cars were practicing doughnuts.

We had a lot of tight racing and a couple of racing incidents.

I can only directly speak for myself as I did one of them. It was a case of it takes two, we were both going for the same corner after being side by side down the entire back straight. He had me by half a car and swung over to get the line he needed if he was going to make the corner and I was still there because I was not smart enough to have given up. The end result was both of us in the wall and both of us in the pits for repairs. It was at high speed, but as I was already against the wall, it was not a severe impact. Apologies and explanations were made and I hope there is no hard feelings.

For the changing conditions and the number of cars on the track, the racing was tight and reasonably clean, even with the number of cars and the changing conditions.

We needed to replace the head on the Scirocco due to overheating. With the repair time for the wall hit, we still finished strong and in the middle of the pack. The Audi was hit in the rear and we were able to bend the rear axle (FWD) back close enough using a borrowed torch (I don't know who loaned it to us as I was replacing the head at that time) and a porta power. The Audi also finished well.

Sunday we ran a near perfect race with only scheduled pit stops in the Audi and placed 5th, while the Scirocco only needed to come in for a quick wiper repair and finished 8th.

Sundays race was mostly rain of varying degrees, but it stopped raining for us to load at the end.

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What a weekend?! Great weather Saturday after a slick start, but one of our rods decided to depart out the side of the block about 4pm Sat?!? We had no spare, but found one back home on Whidbey Is. North of Seattle. We left the track at 5:30pm and were back with another bullet before midnight. The Alpo-na mutt roared to life about 4am Sunday morning! We ran all day Sunday with only minor problems and had a great time, if a little sleep deprived. Thanks to all involved, including our new unofficial mascot, Cathy's little Shiba Inu pup with the orange sweater! See you next time after this dog gets a bath! :D

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Thanks for the thumbs up when you passed me or I waived you by. It really shows you care. With a tear in my eye I must announce that the current Pony will have to be put down.

I really appreciate the point-by! It lets me know where you are planning to be and that you see me. I loved the gigantic mane. Good luck with your next car!

The PBR Gladiator costume was awesome, perfect for the car and event!

I never made it by the pits to the #107 Redneck Race Team, but I was behind the car in turn 12 ~7:00pm and my bright was right in your mirror. I cringed when I saw you try to put your hand over the mirror. I didn't do any passing in 12, so I apologize for my light just sitting there. One thing that we did with marginal success was we had a piece of plexiglass with tint on it, and ziptied that on our mirror when it got dark. It definitely cut down on light, but we were getting headlight reflections from both the mirror and the plexiglass so it was hard to tell if it was one car or more. We also had our side mirrors tinted the whole time.

Team Pony Express, I'm really sorry to hear about all the bad luck. Good to hear you guys still had some fun out there though.

Does anyone have access to the big .csv files with all of the laps?

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I'll second the appreciation for people acknowledging when you go out of your way to let a much faster car by. It makes it worth it, for me at least.

Track was SERIOUSLY slick Sunday. Had to stay on top of things like crazy to make sure you were maintaining grip at all times. Definitely a pucker factor feeling the back end step out in turn 10/11.

Kyle, we've got TONS of in-car video. Any time we were on track, it was rolling.

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Thanks everyone for a wonderful and exciting weekend! We'll see you in April, right?

Chump Award: Team TSR (for outstanding Chumpworthiness, including working under their own vehicles on the wet pavement, while letting other teams use their semi trailer's built-in car-lift).

Saturday 1st Place: #45 Formula Roadster - '66? Datsun Roadster 1600 a-la 2000 via SR20.

Saturday 2nd Place: #51 General Leif - '7x Volvo 142 w/ Volvo B230 engine.

Saturday 3rd Place: #99 Eh! Team - '8x Honda CRX

Worker's Choice: #3 Squirrels of Fury - '8x Volkswagen Scirocco

Best Theme: #44 Crapst Blue Ribbon - '8x Toyota MR2

Sunday Fun-Run 1st Place: #4 The Old Lompoc Special - '8x Mazda RX-7

Sunday Fun-Run 2nd Place: #72 Team TSR - '8x Pontiac Firebird

Sunday Fun-Run 3rd Place: #89 GI-SHO - '9x Ford Taurus SHO

MyLaps:
/>http://www.mylaps.com/results/showevent.jsp?id=731602

Raw Data -

Saturday:
/>https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B3vo4xPwWyOUM2M5NmY0NGUtODg4Yi00OGY4LWJmMjYtNjQwMmM5YjE1MDk1

Sunday:
/>https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B3vo4xPwWyOUOTk0NWM2YWUtMDQxMC00MTdiLTliMjYtNGExNjVjOTEwZGY2

Hey Chris, do you have the all laps raw data? What I get when I open these Raw files is just the finishing order, not every lap.

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I really appreciate the point-by! It lets me know where you are planning to be and that you see me. I loved the gigantic mane. Good luck with your next car!

The PBR Gladiator costume was awesome, perfect for the car and event!

I never made it by the pits to the #107 Redneck Race Team, but I was behind the car in turn 12 ~7:00pm and my bright was right in your mirror. I cringed when I saw you try to put your hand over the mirror. I didn't do any passing in 12, so I apologize for my light just sitting there. One thing that we did with marginal success was we had a piece of plexiglass with tint on it, and ziptied that on our mirror when it got dark. It definitely cut down on light, but we were getting headlight reflections from both the mirror and the plexiglass so it was hard to tell if it was one car or more. We also had our side mirrors tinted the whole time.

Team Pony Express, I'm really sorry to hear about all the bad luck. Good to hear you guys still had some fun out there though.

Does anyone have access to the big .csv files with all of the laps?

No worries man. Thanks for the tip. We'll get some plexi before the next night race.

-Bill

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No worries man. Thanks for the tip. We'll get some plexi before the next night race.

-Bill

I don't know if plexi is the best way, just something we tried to have quick add-on tint. We still had some bubbles in ours so that didn't help. Also I was told that tint doesn't like to stick to plastic and will bubble on it's own eventually. Our lexan windows are lightly smoked, so that probably helps also.

I used 50% tint, and had it on the side mirrors the entire time. If you go too dark (5-35%) then you probably won't see much in your mirrors. I think next time we may put that tint directly on our rear-view instead of the plexiglass to avoid the multiple reflections issue.

I tried the masking top on the top of the visor trick, but my visor was fogging up instantly and I couldn't leave it down. Since it was our first night race we were scared of other people's headlights, especially seeing some of the enormous ones in tech, but while it was sometimes distracting it wasn't too bad.

Your car was definitely faster this time Bill, good luck out there next time! I'll try stop by your pits next time and say hi.

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Hey Chris, do you have the all laps raw data? What I get when I open these Raw files is just the finishing order, not every lap.

Aww crap.

Well, if you have a mylaps account associated with your transponder, you can probably get them.

My bad. The results are on the timing computer, which lives with our regional directors in a green rubbermaid tub, somewhere on the road to the North-Bay-Area CA at the moment...

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