Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Different take on the WKA Dirt tire rules.....

I'm not trying to pick a fight here....But please direct me to where in the rule book it says "NO PREP".....?

Rule as it is stated on WKA website......

2007 WKA Briggs & Stratton Speedway Dirt Series Tire Rules - updated 11.16.06

Tire Rules

1. Competitors will bring “NEW” mounted or un-mounted spec tires to the event.
2. Tire cutting will not be allowed.
3. Competitors may practice on any set of legal spec tires.
4. Spec tires will be branded at the beginning of each race day.
5. Competitors must qualify and race on the same set of spec branded tires.
6. Competitors may run the same set of spec tires on both days.
7. Tires will be re-branded on the second day of the race event.
8. The JTR Eagle will be used for tire tech on race days.
9. Tire prepping will continue to be controlled by the JTR Eagle.

Key word here is "controlled"....That to me leaves a "Grey area"....Not much different than the tech rule about after market springs and don't forget the billet lifters that everybody uses in the flatheads.

Now if they would automaticaly take one tire from each of the top 5 karts in every class and have them tested....That would stop all prepping.....Does anybody know if WKA even impounded 1 tire from the Daytona race.....?

Let me make one thing very clear here guys.....We didn't use anything but pure water on our tires at Daytona this year.....We were 4 tenth off the pole in Stocklite and missed the main in Med by just 4 hundredths....I don't know how many (if any) that qualified in front of us were using prep.....? A very well know karting guru has recently posted at 4cycle that he believes that even with as little prep that can be used and still get by the sniffer it's worth 2-4 tenths in qualifying.....? I don't know how accurate that is but I do intend to find out for myself when our home track opens, where we can run prep......I don't intend on using anything but water this weekend at the Ga State race....However...If I see it going on and nothing is done to stop it....what am I supposed to do......? To be completely honest I'm not sure what I will decide to do.....? Only two chooses as I see it.....Join them or forget the rest of the State races. Please don't give me the "work on your setup" routine there ain't no way we can give up 2-4 tenths and still be competitive running against the Big Dawgs.....JMO

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Tires are ready for State.....

Tires are done.....I got all but one of the Right sides balanced pretty good....I guess Devin had some of them already finished because I didn't have to do anything to about half of them....One or two I just took lead off....I matched them up by how round they were and how much tread there is left....They are all marked in sets with a S for State the grade I felt they were and I sized all of them....All in all they turned out really well....Stagger is good on all the sets.

Thanx to Travis York for cutting all 3 sets for us.....We got different tread depths to try and find out what works best.

I still have to get the motor finished and we got the get the body hung.


Monday, January 22, 2007

Over the wall at Daytona....

More Daytona pics....

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

The pits.....

Friday, January 12, 2007

Some more pics from the Nationals.....

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Our first National.....

Well I'll start with the first day/night race we ran.... We qualified 7th out of 9 in animal lite... Ours was the only kart on HT5's all the rest were on Vega's.... The kart was good on the starts and he jumped to 2nd but of course there was a yellow.... Devin's kart was fast and the other were slower... My guess is the difference in tires.... The Vega's needed a lap or two to come in... He got into a couple of karts in front of him..... He was quick for about 5 laps and then the tires went away and he ended up spinning out and couldn't get it out of the grass.... End of the night for us.

Day 2 was the WKA Stocklite race.... Qualified 17th out of 25... He worked his way up to about 12th and got into another kart.... He bent the RR wheel and the kart went straight to the back and was a handful to even keep on the track.... He pulled off about lap 16 when he got lapped.... I had a talk with him about being too aggressive and that he needed to be more patience.

Day 3 was a heart breaker.... Qualified 28th out of 40 in Stock Medium but they only take the top 20 the rest had to go to 2nd round.... Made some adjustments and the kart got quicker but not quick enough.... Ended up 34th and didn't make the main.... Missed it by 4 hundreds of a second. We left the trailer at the track and went back to pick it up on the first day of the Prep and Cut days at Volusia.... We looked at there times that day for animal med and Devin's time that didn't even make the WKA race was faster than the pole.....? Beats me I guess the track just fell way off.

That's about it for racing....The beach was warm, beer was cold and we had a blast.