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Summer of Rain | Woods Racing
08 Aug 2013

Well hey race fans, first out, lemme apologize for not taking good care of this blog the past while. I promise I’ll get better and especially with this new app on my Z10, I ain’t got no excuse!

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This summer has been…strange…and…wet. And with that said, there hasn’t been too much goin on. We race when mother nature let’s us, and I hit the shop when work is around. I’m still full time on the trains, and our ole’ 1908 spec home is sure keeping Erin n I busy…so lemme get you up to speed on the dirt scene.

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First off, despite the rain, the support we’ve gotten from ya’ll has been outstanding. It’s not easy to race when the weather is funny, and it’s harder to support our sponsors, naturally. When we do race, you come out, cheer from the stands , get yer shoes full of mud and make us feel awesome.

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For everyone that comes out, sends notes, and high 5ives us…it means the world. Thank you.

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It has been a bit of a tough go out there though. Seems like every race, the car comes in looking like this:

I guess since we can’t race too much, the boys get rough out there. Well, hey, it is dirt racing, and what would that be without a couple dings here n there. Or dents. Or smashed braces. Or blown tires…

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The Canada Day double header was especially rough…on the sunday we went into the wall pretty hard but got the car back out, then Monday blew up the motor. luckily, there was a spare engine back at the DSR shop and Dave and Simon worked all week to get her re setup. Just in time for another rain out that coming Sunday.
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We’ve been in the top 3 position a few times, but the beloved checkered flag has still yet to come our way. As of now, we’re in 12th in points and working hard for a top ten points finish for the year. Which, considering the luck we’ve had, would be welcome sight.

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When there is rain like this, it really limits us. Since we don’t have standard practice days as in other racing, we rely on actual race day in order to perfect the setup, dial in the wedge/stagger/pressures…etc. So when we can’t get out, it’s a struggle to get better. I’ve never had race sheets so random in my book. Humidity levels completely opposite from one race to the next, track conditions are unreadable as per recording the history and tire wear is so random that at times…we’re just unsure.

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For the most part, the car is fast, a couple times we’ve been fastest in the heats, but come the feature, after mods and sportsman’s have been out, the track has changed so much that we just go out on a wedge and a prayer. Stagger is playing a much bigger role than it normally would and really…in order to get the traction…it’s gotta be spot on.

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All this being said, I believe we are doing pretty good. We’re a dedicated team and work together really well. We’re just lacking track time.

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We are definitely due for a win, and I’m positive we will get it…we just gotta wait for Mother Nature to commit a few more sunny Sundays for us and we’ll be all set!

Aug 08th by Bannon



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