Honda Racing gets a 1-2 Finish at Placerville!

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August 6/7- Silver Dollar and Placerville Speedway Race Report
    It was a long haul up to Chico, California on Friday for the first night of a two day show. Midgets haven't ran on this track since '97, but there was a great show of 27 cars. No one had any idea of what gear to start out with. Luckily we were extremely close right off the bat, being the fastest in my hot laps session. We did a gear change for the heat race but ended up missing the transfer by one spot. For some reason we were having heating problems, and if we didn't get them figured out, I knew it wouldn't make it for the main.
    I started p3 in the B main. The leader and I were putting on a great show for the win. I was keeping a close eye on the temp gauge making sure it didn't get too hot. While battleing for the lead, we lost a bolt that holds the brake pedal. Even with no brakes I was able to get the win in the B to put us straight through to the feature. The temp was very high though, but luckily not enough to hurt anything.
    In the main we weren't so lucky though. After numerous changes to try and correct our heating problems, nothing worked. I had to pull off half-way through in order to save the engine.
    We made many phone calls to try and figure out what the problem was, but thanks to Mike Walker and Phil Goodwine, we were able to figure out our tricky heating problem before night #2 at Placerville Speedway. We had another strong car count of 28 midgets. We were again very quick in hot laps, just a little off on gear.
    In qualifying I layed down a decent time putting the Lucas Oil/Goodwine Glass Honda in 7th. The heat went for the most part issue free. Despite a huge clump of dirt caving in the arm guard forcing me to drive the car one handed, I still ended up 4th from a p5 starting spot. This put us straight to the A main event.
    After some minor body work repair, we pushed off for the feature. I had a very good starting spot in the 3rd positon. The race was packed full of everything you could have asked for. We stayed in the top 5 all night. It was a ruthless battle for the bottom as the track was completely slicked off to the cushion. It was a very difficult track to drive but I had a blast. With just 2 laps to while I was battleing hard for 2nd, there was a massive wreck behind us which brought out the red, and the race was over finishing p2.
    It was an absolutely incredible night, I couldn't have asked for much more. We have worked so hard to get this Honda going good again, and we finally got it. I can't thank Danny Crower enough for all the help he has given us on the Honda Engine. It was awesome to have a 1-2 finish for HPD and Honda Racing. Congrats to Greg Bragg for getting the W.
    I'd like to give a Special Thanks to first off, my dad for all his hard work. And my awesome sponsors; Goodwine Glass, Orange County Tank Testing, Lucas Oil, K&N Filters, Oakley,, Zanzabuku Sports Lounge, New York Upper Crust Pizza, Mothers Polish, Socal Performance, and One Day Signs for their support this season. We couldn't do it without you all. More great finishes to come!

Thanks, Jake

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 August 2010 09:43 )  

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