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Hey there Chumps!

Your Western Region Chump Team is here near Gateway this evening enjoying the overnight low of.. oh.. 85 or something :P. Clearly, it's going to be a hot one!

We're all a little travel worn this evening catching up on some random sleep patterns. Up at 3AM to catch flights will do that, but anything to bring a superior racing series to your door, is worth it!

We'll see you tomorrow for Vehicle Tech, Gear Tech, Registration, Payment Resolution, Novice School, and track WALKS (non-lead, non-motorized, non-inebriated)!

Take it easy, and hydrate well starting...... NOW!

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With less than an hour remaining in Tech and Registration, we're proud to see such variety in the field!

In case you aren't tired of hearing it yet -- it's hot. 106-ish in the shade. As a matter of fact, take a look at a heat map of the entire continental US. The only place that isn't hot, is the pacific northwest. Why did we leave? Oh right, to put on an awesome race here just outside of St. Louis!

The competition looks stout in this field, so everyone's anxious to get going early. Or, it could be the heat. At any rate, the race start time for tomorrow has been advanced up to 07:30 AM -- an hour and 1/2 earlier, to try and beat some of the heat. Race end is now 2:30pm, rather than 4. We'll still have our BBQ, it'll just be more lunch-ish than dinner-ish.

I see Team Egg Boy has just finished their track walk and are headed back to their garage to towel off.

As always, live timing will be provided tomorrow, so tune in at www.chumpcar.com/livetiming.php or on your mobile device with "Race Monitor." You can find it in your respective "app store" for windows phone, iphone, android, and.. not that anyone in this country uses one, Nokia Symbian.

See you all tomorrow morning bright and early. Gates open at 6. Driver's Meeting at 7. Green-Flag 7:30.

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Dirty Escort's new car, the #36 Little Lamb-orghini will be leaving Evansville, IN at 3:30AM en route for Gateway. Only 4 out of 12 cylinders are currently functional... (apparently you really do need submersible rated fuel hose for those internal fuel pumps) but we should be able to make it on 4-cylinders! Hate that we won't be racing this one, but at least we'll have a front row seat lending a hand with pit in/out, or whatever else we can do to be useful..

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I see Team Egg Boy has just finished their track walk and are headed back to their garage to towel off.

Great job today, that was a smooth Tech and Registration!

Track was a little warm, we've unofficially renamed this race the Great American Meltdown.

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I doubt many teams will check the forums tonight . But if you do it looks like I lost my ride for at least Saturday due to mechanical issues. if anyone needs a driver last minute I have 70 days of track experience and Gateway is my home track.I will be at the driver meeting in the morning; ask Cathy who I am, if you're interested

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Bright and early for your Western Region Team. Gates open at 4AM, Race Start at 5:30AM -- er.. wait.. that's West Coast time. Gates were open at 6 AM, and Race Start is 7:30AM.

A few teams are reporting to grid early -- good idea seeing as how we've about... oh.. 5 minutes between the end of driver's meeting and Green Flag :).

See you at the driver's meeting in about 12 minutes!

As always, live timing is available in the usual places :).

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Green flag dropped at 7:30am with 21 teams! Currently standings 51 minutes into the race:

1st #30 Kentucky Spirits

2nd #20 Kentucky Spirits

3rd #18 Buzzaw

4th #34 Got Gear

5th #5 Rusty Bucket

However, we just had #18 and #39 attempt to occupy the same race line in Turn 1...only one successfully cleared :( #18 has some tire damage and is headed to paddock for repair.

If you are looking for Live Timing for Gateway, please view under the Western Region timing portal. Central Region timing portal will be broadcasting the Brainerd Int'l race.

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Green flag dropped at 7:30am with 21 teams! Currently standings 51 minutes into the race:

1st #30 Kentucky Spirits

2nd #20 Kentucky Spirits

3rd #18 Buzzaw

4th #34 Got Gear

5th #5 Rusty Bucket

However, we just had #18 and #39 attempt to occupy the same race line in Turn 1...only one successfully cleared :( #18 has some tire damage and is headed to paddock for repair.

If you are looking for Live Timing for Gateway, please view under the Western Region timing portal. Central Region timing portal will be broadcasting the Brainerd Int'l race.

Starting to see some new players at the top of the leaderboard at 1 hr 18 mins: 1st #30 Kentucky Spirits, 2nd #21 EggBoy Racing, 3rd #41 Fine Sausage Racing

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#20 Kentucky Spirits Yellow just took fastest lap at 1.16008 on Lap 109

3 Hours into Race: 1st #21 EggBoy Racing, 2nd #20 Kentucky Spirirts Yellow, 3rd #41 Fine Sausage, 4th #30 Kentucky Spirits White, 5th #10 Rusty Bucket Racing. Heat taking a toll on cars (drivers all fine), but only 14 cars on track at the moment.

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3 Hours into Race: 1st #21 EggBoy Racing, 2nd #20 Kentucky Spirirts Yellow, 3rd #41 Fine Sausage, 4th #30 Kentucky Spirits White, 5th #10 Rusty Bucket Racing. Heat taking a toll on cars (drivers all fine), but only 14 cars on track at the moment.

5 Hours into Race: 1st #21 EggBoy Racing, 2nd #30 Kentucky Spirits White, 3rd #20 Kentucky Spirits Yellow, 4th #10 Rusty Bucket Racing, 5th #41 Fine Sausage Racing. Both Kentucky Spirit cars are on the same lap! First place Eggboy is 2 laps ahead of 2nd & 3rd. Some great racing!

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Thanks Krek, I like that name.

The Mid-America Meltdown has just under an hour remaining. Your leader board is #20 - Kentucky Spirits Yellow - Nissan 300ZX, #21 Eggboy Racing - Taurus SHO, #30 - Kentucky Spirits White - Nissan 300ZX, #10 Rusty Bucket Racing - Nissan Sentra SE-R, #88 Busted Knuckles - VW Fox

A variety of breakdowns in the paddock - #60 Dark Shark - BMW 635csi having fuel issues, after having spark issues the first 3/4 of the day. #8 Team BAA - BMW E30, unknown issues, #44 Landshark - Acura Integra - Overheated and lost a head gasket. Terminal. #66 Adams Family - CRX - Blown engine, rod through oilpan. no spare. Terminal. #90 - LBB Racing - Unknown. #06 - Team Carbon - Miata - Alternator. Spare on the way. #96 Punisher Racing #2 - 9c1 Caprice - Everything. #39 - Got Gear - 1981 Dodge Diplomat - Electrical fail.

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What a great day of racing in absolutely blistering heat! Obviously the extreme conditions took a toll on many cars and teams, hope to see as many cars take the green as possible tomorrow!

Taking the checker today with my boys watching has been the highlight of my short racing career. Thanks again ChumpCar for this awesome opportunity!

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Sunday Sunday SUNDAY, at the motorsports complex.

ChumpCar World Series, Mid-America MELTDOWN!!

Bone shattering excitement.

Ear piercing bearing squeal.

Face melting heat.

Just 10 bucks. JUST 10 BUCKS!!

We'll sell you the whole seat, BUT YOU'LL ONLY NEED THE EDGE!

Be there, NOW!

After an hour of racing this morning, we've got Kentucky Spirits' cars in 1st and 2nd, and Buzzsaw #18 in 3rd, a Dodge Neon.

Very clean so far this morning, although Car 18 did have a spectacular off-and-on incident involving no one but themselves. Excited chumps on an exciting day.

The chumps have found at least 3 seconds a lap they left on the track yesterday. The average lap times across the field are all quite a bit quicker than yesterday. Even the fastest lap of the day is quicker, and we're only 1.5 hours in. The heat is starting to crank up and we'll be seeing the cars slow a bit with the hot air in the intake, and behind the wheel :).

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