Thanks for the kind words everyone!
My first outing of the year was a very fun event, and many thanks go to Denny and Betty Salzwimmer and George Monahan, who were my crew for the weekend, as my regular crew couldn't make it.
I got to the Grand Bend Motorplex on Saturday morning, and met up with the other teams who were already at the track.
After discussing things with my new crew and my first round opponent, we decided to try something different and do a dry leave in addition to the burnout and dry hops.
I made the usual burnout and backed up, then pulled up to the line and did a short blast with the front wheels up about a foot. I backed up and did some dryhops along with Jerry Streb then we staged.
The light flashed and I hit the loud pedal, shifted into second and then third. It was on a nice straight run and stopped the clocks at a 7.69 at 171. Of course, Jerry was waaay out in front of me!!
We went up for the second round against Scott Hohensee in the Visionary Cuda. We got pulled to the line right behind the last pair of promods and one of them went into the sand so we had to sit there for quite a while. Luckily the driver was OK.
We finally got the ok and we started and I went through the same routine but did one too many dryhops and got too close to the line, resulting in me not being staged completely straight. The car went to the right and got right up next to the wall, I fought it for a bit trying to get it back in the groove but finally lifted and brought it back over. I tried 3 times to get back in the throttle and each time it started fishtailing so I finally aborted the run. It was an 8.30
I got to the track Sunday morning and when we did the warmup, the trans brake was acting up so I was trying to get it working when George Monahan excitedly gave me the signal to shut off. The fitting on the line to the trans cooler came apart and put 4 quarts of fluid on the ground. before I knew it, Mike Klontz, Jerry Streb and Scott Hohensee were right there with help and spare fittings.
My third run was with Mike Klontz and the Snakebite Mustang. I didn't do the dry leave this time as there was more heat in the motor than usual. We did our burnouts and some dryhops and then staged. We left almost together but that red car was hauling! In the mean time, I had some brain fade and pulled the car into high gear right off the starting line. Mike had some problems at about 3/4 track and slowed enough for me to get by him and run a 7.64 at 175.
All in all it was a fun weekend thanks to Denny, Betty, George, Jerry, Scott and Mike.
It was worth making the long tow there and back by myself!!!!