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Monday, 31 May - 5:30pm

Arrived at the track today around 3:00pm and got the Chumperhome set-up. Brainerd still looks a lot like it did when I was last here in 1984 but there are some new features! This includes 50 full RV hook-ups in the park adjacent to the lake. Really sweet set-up! I've got everything I need to crank out some work over the next 3-4 days before the rest of the team and all the Chumps show up. In the background I can hear 20+ superbikes cranking out some serious laps on the 2.5-mile short course (that's the same course that we'll be using this weekend). Also, new... a real bar inside the park! We're talking fruity drinks with little umbrellas and everything! Pizza, too! Met the track owner this afternoon -- real gent, and a real racer! He's got an old Hornet/Bomber car that he's putting a full cage in for his staff to run at ChumpCar! How cool is that? I undloaded the #31 Miata to get a few things out of the trailer and he immediately went over to "kick the tires" and see what an honest-to-gawd crap-can racer looks like. Of the other new additions to the facility is the 2.5-mile competition course (as compared to the 3.1-mile Donneybrook Course). Technical ain't the word. TECHNICAL is the word! Geez, this is going to be fun! Weather today is cool (mid 70's) and 30% humidity. Not bad at all, but it does look like some thunder showers tonight and they're calling for intermittent showers tomorrow.

Okay, time to pour a glass of ChumpWine and throw a steak on the grill.

All the best -

John

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This is "Just Got Home" -- as in, AFTER the race. See "Discuss Upcoming Race"

Brainerd at the 4 Hour Mark - Day 1

24 cars started the race on BIR's 2.5 mile short course, but it wasn't long before they began dropping out. The first was the #92 Fart-hinder Saab 900 which dropped a rod, followed by the #46 Team Cougar Bait Saab, which lost a head gasket due to a blown coolant hose. Also out is the #26 Shake-n'Bake Toyota MR2 with transmission woes, and the #56 Dutch Rudder Racing Datsun 280Z. The #37 Team Party Cat Honda is behind the wall and the #70 Speed Doctors BMW was just towed in (2:00 pm).

At the 4 hour mark, a trio of BMWs lead the remaining field.

1. #33 Team Butterman (a.k.a. The Cheetah Woods car)

(Greg Swenson, Mark Link, David Meek, Craig Weber, Dave Mulhouse)

2. #17 Flying Circus (decorated like a WWI Fokker)

(Chris Orr, Dan Huberty, Chris Elliot, Craig Lovold)

3. #51 B.A.R. Team

(Nick Summers, Lee Jacobson, Jon Beatty, Robert Viau)

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With 45 minutes remaining, the BMWs continue to dominate. While the Von Richtofen Flying Circus #17 holds a 3 lap lead, the battle for 2nd place is very close. The #33 Tubby Butterman BMW holds a slim 16 second lead over the #51 B.A.R. crew. Another BMW, #5 SpeedLab (Friends of Paul Bunyan) is 6 laps behind the leader, while the #83 Mayhem Racing Honda has moved up to 5th, 13 laps back, following the retirement of the #99 Team Short Bus VW.

A couple of notes from earlier, the #37 Team Party Cat Honda is out with engine issues. That car gave everyone in the pits a thrill as one driver kissed the concrete barrier across from the pits, putting a Darlington-style strip on the car and a red scrape on the white wall.

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With only 20 minutes remaining, the #33 Tubby Butterman BMW has been pushed behind the wall, handing gthe lead to the #17 Flying Circus car. #51 is 3rd, a couple of laps down. The #3 Three Sheets Ford ZX2 has moved ahead of the #83 Mayhem Honda, a mere 36 seconds separating the two.

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A BMW sweep of the top four positions at the Brainerd No Brainer 7 hour enduro.

At the completion of 197 laps, the #17 Flying Circus BMW takes the checkered flag.

2. #51 British American Racing Team, BMW, -1 lap

3. #5 SpeedLab, BMW, -5 laps

4. #33 Team Butterman, BMW, -12 laps

5. #3 Three Sheets, ZX2, -12 laps

6. #83 Mayhem Racing, Honda -13 laps

The #33 car went back onto the track with a few laps remaining to hold onto 4th place over the #3 by 1 minute 26 seconds. The Team Butterman BMW suffered a clutch failure, but was able to capture the 4th position by running those few laps.

Margin of victory was 1 lap, average speed for the winning BMW was 70.454. Co-captain and driver Chris Orr set fastest lap for the winning #17 team.

Fastest lap of the race was posted by Team Butterman #33, 1:58.572, an average speed of 75.903.

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Rounding out the top 10.

7. #22 Cockroach Racing, Ford Escort, -16 laps

8. #11 BraiNerds Racing, Porsche 944, -16 laps

9. #15 Flyin' Eagles, VW, -17 laps

10. #28 Bare Metal, Nissan Sentra, -20 laps

Photos to come soon. Another 7 hours of racing tomorrow!

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1:58 laps in a Chump Car? I have plenty of laps on the short course and something's "rotten in Denmark" guys. Seriously, how's that happen? Custom intakes, suspension upgrades and slotted-rotors...all in a $500 "crap can" race car? Vote with our feet in the world of business long after this race is over.

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1:58 laps in a Chump Car? I have plenty of laps on the short course and something's "rotten in Denmark" guys. Seriously, how's that happen? Custom intakes, suspension upgrades and slotted-rotors...all in a $500 "crap can" race car? Vote with our feet in the world of business long after this race is over.

Ok bash out the cheapest form of endurance racing, same report put the "fastest" car in 4th place.

I guess things are equal somewhere else.

My business vote has me signed up for both Homested and Sebring.

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Guest Jeff Forss TAG

"following the retirement of the #99 Team Short Bus VW."

Retirement? So soon to judge. A lost motor mount bolt caused motor to flop, pulled axle from trans... Fixed it in 45minutes (Thanks Dave, Ryan, and Aaron), and finished 12th (I think). We had an engine knock and whine that made us nervous so we started out changing drivers every 30 minutes to hoping that we all got to drive before the motor quit... but it never did. Once we figured that it could go 7 hours, we went with longer driver stints.

JMF

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1:58 laps in a Chump Car? I have plenty of laps on the short course and something's "rotten in Denmark" guys. Seriously, how's that happen? Custom intakes, suspension upgrades and slotted-rotors...all in a $500 "crap can" race car? Vote with our feet in the world of business long after this race is over.

Welcome to the forum Rottendemark. Over the last few years $500 Beater cars have really come a long way. Some real creative backyard engineering takes place on some of these cars...Plus you will find some excellent drivers at CCWS events.

Also, you may want to become familiar with the rules posted on this website. Slotted rotors are a brake component and if purchased using the '2 x stock' method then they are perfectly legal.

Just because a car is fast, it doesn't always mean they are cheating. Also, just because they are fast, doesn't mean they will win.

Hope to see you at a race sometime!

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Welcome to the forum Rottendemark. Over the last few years $500 Beater cars have really come a long way. Some real creative backyard engineering takes place on some of these cars...Plus you will find some excellent drivers at CCWS events.

Also, you may want to become familiar with the rules posted on this website. Slotted rotors are a brake component and if purchased using the '2 x stock' method then they are perfectly legal.

Just because a car is fast, it doesn't always mean they are cheating. Also, just because they are fast, doesn't mean they will win.

Hope to see you at a race sometime!

Thank you. Chump Car Series is great, I don't mean to sour the fun so I apologize. It is the greatest thing to happen to racing in a very, very long time. But I don't think you realize how fast 1:58 at BIR really is. And trust me, these are no back yard mechanics for sure! Quite the opposite.

Maybe I'm at the race now. Good luck everyone.

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I'll say this and no more. It is deflating and demoralizing for the rest of us when a quasi-pro team, who's full-time job/business it is to set-up and maintain race cars, shows-up at a Chump Car event and spanks the rest of the field. So raising the issue of fairness is a very appropriate topic. No, we should not restrict who enters a race, but it is incumbent on Chump organizers to more fully vet "ringers", apply the appropriate remedy and let the chips fall where they may. I am confident we have some ringers at BIR in the mix where this vetting seems to have fallen short. But still, we'll never know. So it's just Chump Car, and at the end of the day it is fun and I won't lose any sleep over this.

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I think there should be a 2nd claiming rule - for teams that finish in the lower 50% of the field (starting with the car that finishes exactly in mid-pack spot) - Maybe an auction... the $ number would be higher than the Chump claim $ - but this would put the fear into teams that dump way too much into these cars. this would show also if it was the car or the drivers. The car should then be chump legal for 1 year after purchase... I don't know how to make it work , but 25 years ago ,,,, when I raced RC cars the motors were the thing.... $15 new and 1st 2nd and 3rd place motors were for sale after the race for $20 to whom ever finished last , next to last, etc ...... and older dudes with cash hated to sell the motors after they spanked the young guns.

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I'll say this and no more. It is deflating and demoralizing for the rest of us when a quasi-pro team, who's full-time job/business it is to set-up and maintain race cars, shows-up at a Chump Car event and spanks the rest of the field. So raising the issue of fairness is a very appropriate topic. No, we should not restrict who enters a race, but it is incumbent on Chump organizers to more fully vet "ringers", apply the appropriate remedy and let the chips fall where they may. I am confident we have some ringers at BIR in the mix where this vetting seems to have fallen short. But still, we'll never know. So it's just Chump Car, and at the end of the day it is fun and I won't lose any sleep over this.

As Lloyd said, How can you penalize them? You can't penalize them for being good drivers, you can't penalize them for knowing the track, you can't penalize them for setting their car up well, and if their cars are not cheaters, you can't penalize them for that either.

The Red Baron team could just drive past our car, but that's racing. With a better setup and more experience maybe we'd be more competitive with them, but that's racing.

I just hope another BMW doesn't try to punt me off the track at Iowa like they did at BIR. ;)

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I just hope another BMW doesn't try to punt me off the track at Iowa like they did at BIR. ;)

Glad to see everyone continue after that.

The E36's flew past me like I was standing still, I guess pretty much all cars flew past me in turns 1 and 2. We could only muster 100mph tops in those turns.

Thanks to John, Cathy, Erik, Lloyd, Ron, and everyone else for putting on a fantastic event. Looking forward to next year up there. For now we will work on making the car better for Iowa.

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Wow. What an absolutely awesome time. I'm stunned.

I'd never driven the escort before green flag racing on saturday. (Okay, I moved it from one side of Mike's shop to the other. Once.) Mike drove it barely Friday and somehow didn't get it impounded.

We'd been up until 2am on Friday and found out that we were missing a clip on our anti-sub belt. We thought about just trying to find one in the morning, but this close to wheels up, I decided I'd leave some 'in-the-middle-of-the-night-please-help-us' voicemails. (The timestamp adds urgency, I think.) I called Jim at Racing Products MN, and turns out that not only does he answer, he's very nice at 2:00am and doesn't actually think it's that odd that I am doing this. No kidding.

Anyway, meet him at the store at 8AM friday after getting a healthy 3 hours of sleep. Got the clip, great success.

Back out to Mikes' to mount the seat+harness.

Oh yeah, and the other 20 things we haven't done yet before it can really go on the trailer. Crap. Fit the Battery box, fix the exhaust, and a bunch of other things the sleepdep won't let me remember.

Of course, We could have done this in advance. However, that wouldn't be exciting, nor incredibly stressful. What's the point?

Scream up to BIR, got through tech except for the kill switch. Crap. Fixed in the morning, no problems otherwise. Sweet. Should have done a theme- Oh well, happy to be here! Mayhem didn't ether, so this justifies our laziness. We'll have it fixed by Iowa. Probably.

Anyway, I've never been to BIR. I've never road raced. Did you guys know it's totally freakin' insane awesome? Because it is. Wow. Especially when the crapcan you've been slaving over and never driven turns out to be way more fun to drive you'd ever expected. We were *hoping* for top 10 and pulled out 5th overall on Saturday, and I think 6th on Sunday. I really still don't believe it.

Only one person called me an donkey, so that's about on par with a normal weekend for me. Actually, I still don't understand the reason for this particular time, but I am interested in not being seen as a jerk because I'm new to this whole world, really. Apparently the driver of the #99 Short Bus Racing VW intended to only wave the car directly behind him by, and then was upset when I went through as well. Is there proper etiquette there? My first reaction is this is a race, and we're driving race cars- but maybe that makes me an donkey. Talked to him (Sorry I didn't get your name- but if you read this, maybe you can clarify what happened if I got it wrong?) and things seemed OK.

It was awesome hanging out with and racing against all of you. I was almost ready to mount the lights for Iowa tonight. What a rush.

Best weekend I've had in a long time. Can't believe I never road raced before this. Can't believe that I consider a ford escort fun to drive. Wuggh, strange to type that even. It's unnatural.

See you at Iowa!

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