Before I share with you my thoughts
on racing down South, let me update you on our Super Comp efforts over the last
couple outings. Memorial Day weekend
found us at Maple Grove Raceway for the NHRA LODRS event. Our S&W 4-link dragster ran well and
Kevin was on his game, but we lost a tight one at 10 cars, ending our day. Five days later we were in Englishtown N.J.
for the NHRA Summernationals. Again, our S&W dragster ran flawlessly,
running 8.899 on our final time run on Thursday and Kevin was his typical self,
chopping the tree down on all three time runs.
First round Friday morning, we were ready .009 on the tree 8.904 on the
track, but no win light. Our opponent was .008 and 8.903!! One and done lost by .002. That's racing, can't beat yourself up too
much. Just get ready for the next race
on the schedule.
Now, on to bracket racing, southern
style. I'm not going to compare the
level of talent between the North and South; suffice it to say there are great
drivers no matter where you race. I want
to share with you my opinions on 1/8 mile racing. Eighth mile racing is what's
happening down South. It's the way of
life in the South and not on just the small backwoods tracks. Gainesville, Orlando, and South
Georgia Motorsports Park are all NHRA ¼ mile member tracks
that run their bracket program on the 1/8 mile.
John and I run his Camaro in Super Pro and, like the tracks up North,
the payout is car count driven. With
buybacks, Super is always a 6 round race and Pro & DOT are similar to the
counts up North. I say this because my
number 1 reason for liking 1/8 mile racing is the speed at which the program
runs. In Florida, John & I can leave
home around 2:00, the gates open at 3, time trials at 4, and eliminations about
8pm (after 2 time runs). We can win the race and be home before midnight. Up North, the gates open at 9 or 10 am and if
you win, you're lucky to be home by midnight.
I already said car counts are similar, so what's the difference? The 1/8 mile!
It seems to me there is far less downtime due to breakage, less clean
ups, and when there is one, it can get done faster. It also seems to me 1/8 mile racing is just
easier on the car and the crew. And in
the land where the temps are in the 80's in January and soar well into 3 digits
during the summer, anything that reduces wear & tear on the participants is
alright with me. Don't think I'm proposing we all go 1/8 mile racing, I'm not;
I'm just saying it has its place and now I know where and why!
That's it for now; you can catch me
on Facebook through my Hookdaddy Motorsports page. I hope to see you all at the races sometime
soon. ~Don Scholl aka Hookdaddy