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Jun 21, 2015

We finally got the Savoy back together and out to the track. It's been 8 months since I've driven her so I needed to get some serious seat time to get ready for this year's NHRA action. First stop was a two day bracket racing event at Bremerton Raceway. I got lots of time only runs in before being eliminated in the first round on Sunday. I jumped back into the "cash bash" and won one round before falling asleep on the starting line and loading up my trusty wagon with my tail between my legs. It was okay, the car performed flawlessly, going consistent mid 10.80's at 121+ mph, well under my 11.40 B/SA index. The most important thing is that nothing is broken!

Next we went to Jim Storms' and James Boyce's Stock/Super Stock combo race at Pacific Raceways. While not technically an NHRA event, many Division 6 Stock and Super Stock racers show up and it's a good race. I also signed up for "Pro" bracket and it's a good thing because I only got one round in S/SS before giving it up to my friend Steve Schwab on the starting line with an .020 red light. I fared better in Pro, winning four rounds before sending our buddy Dave Wicken off to the semifinals in his gorgeous 'Cuda by losing an incredibly tight double breakout. I was on the brakes at the finish line but still manage to put down a 10.80 (on my 10.83 dial), which certainly would have been at least a 10.79 if I'd kept my foot in it. The car is really flying again!

Jun 8, 2015

Well, you can't say we didn't try to get to Mission Raceway for the first time in years to race our mighty Savoy wagon. I had new tires, fresh fuel, new tabs on the tow rig, a sparkling clean trailer, everything but one head for the race motor. There are a few things that you can get by without but that isn't one of them. We had sent it back to our engine builder Dan Dvorak in Florida for some minor repairs and freshening. Mission is the best of the best and we wanted to be the best we could be. Unfortunately, even though Dan had specified that he wanted it shipped express, the USPS interpreted that as Easy Does It and shipped it on the back of a three legged mule via Belize. Needless to say it arrived one day late for any hope of making the race. The one thing that really had us pulling our hair out was that we could watch the progress via the internet because USPS was giving me updates. They let me know that after taking six days to get to Seattle from Florida, it took 36 hours to make it's way to me, 3 miles away as the crow flies. My advice is do not get the email updates, do not track this type of item. It will just frustrate you.

Oh well, we decided that we needed to go to the track anyways so we loaded up the Mighty Josephine, our trusty '70 Town & Country bracket racer, and went racing. This time Dr. Big Block and I played crew while our good friend Steve Ryland drove it down the track a few times. It was his birthday and he was going to go to Mission with us so it felt like the right thing to do. We all had a great time. He didn't win but guess what--Jody Lang doubled up at Mission, in Stock and Super Stock!! So even thought we weren't there a big Wagon of Steel still made it to victory lane. Way to go Jody!

Our head did arrive and we did get it on the motor and back into the car so we will get back to the track, probably for a Stock/Super Stock at Pacific Raceways and then definitely the next Divisional at Woodburn Oregon in July. See you there!