Wow! Last Thursday night was one heck of a race! It was the first race of the Thursday Thunder series at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Wednesday was test day for the US Legends Cars and it did not go so well. The car kept missing about halfway down the straight. We changed the carburetors, ECU, ignition coils, and fuel filter but none fixed the problem. After all the practices were over, we figured out that it had to be the crank trigger so we changed that before Thursday practice. On Thursday practice, it was fixed and were running low 16's, but it felt like it was pushing. We made an adjustment to the springs. In the heat race, the car was equal on grip, but had no over-all grip. We changed the set up back to what it was for the feature race, because at night, the car tends to loosen up. In the feature race, I started 8th out of 14 cars, but on the first lap, I was spun out and dropped back to dead last on the restart. All through out the race, I picked up positions until I was in 3rd, but the yellow flag came out and it was a green white checkered finish. I fell back one position on the restart and finished 4th of 14 cars overallin the semi-pro and 1st in class.
This was a very exiting race and I look forward to the next race.
We race every Thursday night through the end of July.
Last Thursday, I went to Sebring, Florida because I was one of the Gorsline Scholarship nominee finalists, along with Skylar Robinson and Madison Snow. It was a true honor to be one of the nominees, but unfortunately, I did not win. On the good side, I am officially the youngest nominee for the Gorsline Scholarship ever. The winner this year, Madison Snow was nominated last year so my hopes are up for next year! Congratulations Madison.
On Friday, we flew back to Atlanta to gear up for the Winter Flurry race in Atlanta Motor Speedway. We just got a new car, so this is my first time driving it. In the heat race, I drew third and finished third. The tire pressures were too high and the car was pushing a lot, but I was still doing 16.4s. Normally, that is what I would be doing in my old car. In the feature race we changed tire pressures and I picked up the pace to 16.0s. I was running the same time as the leaders but I was caught up in traffic. I finished third out of 11 and first in class. It wasn't until today that I figured out that I had just about no left front breaks. This could be the main problem in the pushing so hopefully next time we can get down to 15.9s.
I had a 24 hour race at Daytona International Speedway with Endurance Karting the end of January. It was so fun and I look forward towards next year's at NOLA Motorsports Park.
Our team name was All Purple Sectors, #44. We qualified 10th, with the whole field less than 2 tenths apart! The race started at 11:00am. Within the first couple of hours, we were in 3rd. Finally, at arounD 3:00pm, we took first place. We held first for a while, then we slowly started dropping at night. Early in the morning, one of my team members (Toby Dan) got the fastest lap of the race! Before I got in again, at about 5:30am, there was a red flag. One of the racers was very tired, and on his first lap out, he crashed into a truck and got serious injuries. He has to go through multiple surgeries. Near the end of the race, we were in fourth place, and finished fourth over all and in class.
Big thanks to my team mates, Cooper McCoy, Matthew Miller, Kelvin Xing, and the team manager, Toby Dan.
Best of luck to Henry Brass on the rest of his surgeries. Hope you feel better soon, Henry!
I had two Legends races these past couple of weeks. They were both at Atlanta Motor Speedway. I had great competition in both races.
The first race, I drew last and started the heat race in last. Before the practice session, I went out in a parking lot and tested the car. One of the gaskets blew, and oil went everywhere. We added more oil and went out for practice. Everything was fine so we ran the heat race. On the first few laps, I went from 6th to 2nd. I was about to pass for the lead, but then my engine slowed down and started smoking again. We brought it back to the garage and the camshaft was split in half. We didn't know what to do. At this point, we thought we couldn't run the feature race. It was just then, when someone offered me to drive their car, just to get me the points in the championship. So, in the feature race, I ran someone else's car. I started in 12th. Throughout the whole race, I worked my way up and passed half the field. I finished 6th and first in class.
The race at Atlanta Motor Speedway yesterday, I drew 4th. In the heat race, I got caught behind third, but eventually passed him. By that time, I was too far behind to catch the leaders. I finished 3rd. In the feature race, I started in 6th because they combine heat race finishes for the feature. I made my way up to 3rd and catching the leaders. Right when I was about to catch the leader, a guy from behind me nailed me in the back left tire and it crushed my bodywork and set up. I then fell back to fourth. The car had no grip then so I continued to fall back. I finished 5th over all and first in class.
In yesterday's race, there was Rutledge Wood (of Top Gear) and George Flanigen, they are the hosts of a new TV show on the History Channel called "Lost in Transmission". Rutledge and George were here to make an episode. They interviewed a couple of people and I was one of them! The season premiere is sometime in early March.
Thank you to everyone who has been voting for my video at Championsparkplugs.com for the driver search. You can vote every day through Feb 3. It would really help push my racing along if I could win the contest.
I drew second place to start the heat race. On the start, I had a better run than 1st place and we ran side-by-side for a few laps, and I came out with 1st. I started to drive away, but on the last few laps, my car started to tighten up and my front brakes locked up. The rest of the pack fought me, but weren't able to pass me, and I won.
I had my last go kart race last weekend. It was a WKA national race in Kershaw, South Carolina. It was a three day weekend, Friday was practice, Saturday was a race, and Sunday was too.
On Friday we were running great, about a second to half a second faster than everyone else. We chose to not run the money race of Friday because if you won, you got a free rebuild for your motor, and we just got our motor rebuilt and it was our last race, so we decided to save tires and our engine. Mostly to not let anyone know my line. I did watch the race though, all day, I had the fastest time at a 54.5, and the second fastest time was on a brand new set of tires at a 54.6. At that point we were feeling very confident about the Saturday and Sunday races, because we didn't have on new tires yet.
I had a few races the past couple of weeks. They were both GSKA races. In both races I qualified second, and finished second in the heats and features. We had great handling, but (as you can see in the video attached we just don't have the acceleration on the straights. We are beginning to think that our clutch may be the problem. There are two kinds of clutches that we are looking at. One has one plate (for lighter classes), which we have now, and another has two pates (for heavier classes). The class that I am running is in between the senior's weight and the sportsman's weight. We do know for a fact that our clutch is slipping for about four seconds or so. The two plate clutch we hope will fix this. We have run our single plate clutch all year and haven’t had the success we did last year with a two plate clutch.
I had a few races these last few weeks. I had two Legend races, two GSKA races,
and three WKA races, in Camden, Ohio.
I had two Legend races.
The first one I started in 2nd and I was trying to get the lead on the first lap
so I could hold the other racers off until the end, but they called a jumped
started and I had to move back two positions. I held fourth for the rest of the
race. The second Legend race, I started in 2nd. It just finished raining so the
outside had no grip and I got moved back to fourth. I moved my way back up and