I was excited about this race with my new finish line and catch box. It was overcast then started raining about an hour before the race...By 8.30 it has stopped and my usual spot under the giant Oak was pretty dry. Set up the track and practice started with no problems. Ran my 16 car buy-in race first which had some very very close races, but problems with the finish gate. Seems some of the cars were hitting the center support and getting ejected from the track. So out with the gate and back to eyeballing the winners. I was bummed since I had been looking for that gate for so long and it worked fine at home...
Then the magnet on my start gate went flying off at one point, not a big deal but still...never found it.
So we ran the 16 car buy-in with a 2010 issue 1967 Camaro taking the cake. Race had some really close match ups which were fun.
Stock ran next with a full 16 car bracket. The winner, slaying all the competition, was a 1970 Evil Weevil! Never seen one of these...it's a VW bug with a V8 in front and back...very cool original car my friend Shawn brought out for his first race.
Modified class was last with 8 cars. The catch box bubble wrap was pretty toast by then and took down 2 cars. When the cars hit the end of the box they blew apart! All that added weight was making some of the cars haul down the track.
I also took the 8" tall kicker out of my drop so the track was definitely faster than usual. My friend Marc took the win with his modified Super Van.
So things I learned. What works at home is not necessarily going to work out in the field. I need stronger glue for my magnet on the start gate. I need to modify my finish line. I need high density foam to stop the cars in the box...or maybe have the cars launch into a box of packing peanuts?
Question to you all...after a car wins twice should it be retired? Modified class has been won twice now by Marc's modified Super Van...should I ask him not to run it anymore?
Thanks...back to work! (I'll add some photos this evening)