Diary Of A Season 2014

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Diary Of A Season 2014

Post by Gary » Sat Mar 14, 2015 4:14 pm

Postby Gary » Sun Dec 29, 2013 11:44 am

Merry Christmas to all our members and visitors, and may God richly bless you all in the coming year.

I will soon be posting many things on our 2014 race program, series, schedules and sponsor updates. I wasn't able to post before, had trouble with my own password to our site, but thanks to the site administrator it is fixed now.

Thanks for visiting us and thanks for your patience on the posting of new things.

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Re: Diary Of A Season 2014

Post by Gary » Sat Mar 14, 2015 4:14 pm

Postby Gary » Fri Jan 03, 2014 1:54 pm

Up Date On OSCAAR Mod Racing

Back in the day, during my Hobby days I got to see the NASCAR Mods race and I fell in love. I thought for certain if they ever came to Ontario I would want to run that class. They never did, that is not the NASCAR style.

After leaving the Hobby club at the end of 1983, Harry Nicholson tried for form an open wheeled club called CORA. It was a great idea, but not without a dark plan to cripple the Hobby club. He started CORA in hopes of luring as many Hobby cars as possible to his new club, he succeeded with about 7.

I decided to run for President in 84 and the goal was to strengthen the Hobby club because of its history. 1984 was a successful year for the Hobby club and we built a strong foundation that grew stronger every year for the next 20 plus years, including many nights with over 30 cars in the pits. CORA meanwhile dissolved shortly after its birth.

The only Mod class formed in Ontario was called All Pro Modified's. Three tracks ran them weekly, Mosport, Varney and Delaware. They never appealed to me from their inception and so I remained with the Hobby's until 2004, and headed to Late Models to race with my son.

Any thought of racing a Mod was not even on the back burner, it was put on a shelf, getting dusty, because I didn't see it ever happening. The Whelan Modifieds were still my favorite class.

In 2012, when OSCAAR took over the Modified class things began to change. The class of car became more organized and more importantly was taking on the appearance of the Whelan Modified. I was falling in love again with this class, and OSCAAR was making it impossible for me not to join.

I always loved racing the Coupe, but for the past few years it became tougher because of circumstances that made it not enjoyable. The Late Model was more fun in so many ways including making sense business wise. The popularity of Late Models made it possible to race more tracks, get more sponsors and do more events off the track, a win-win for our team, our sponsors and of course our home track. I had more acreage on my Late Model to give sponsors good coverage, and the off track events were very popular with our sponsors and track promoters.

The CVM reduced their schedule to 12 races, maybe 13 plus a few non points events and that was not near enough for me to stay interested. Coupled with a car that wasn't so much fun to drive, I had to part ways with my 1933 Chev, a car I had owned since 1990. Though tough, the decision to sell our Coupe had to be done to make room for the OSCAAR Mod that I announced could me my ride in 2014. I really wanted to make the move to OSCAAR and selling the Coupe was the first proof it would happen.
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It was clear to me, that to last in this sport I needed sponsors, and most importantly, give them what they wanted.....exposure. Quaker State, Lincoln Welders and other sponsors, do not ask me how many races I won, or where I am in the points. They get that racing is relative to so many things. They see a good looking car that is clean every race, they get reports telling them how we do, but that isn't what makes their ROI (return on investment) successful. It's the events off the track that they are interested in, Anyone can will a race, only one can be a Champion, and so many factors can prevent a race team from winning one race, let alone a title.

All that is good, but promoting the brand is by far the most important aspect of my racing program for Quaker State. Even if I did 15 shows, those shows would be critiqued or broken down in value. Some were company barbeques, some were car shows, some were sponsor events like golf tournaments and of course church events with kids. All of those are good, but the home run with Quaker State or any major sponsor is the shows you did with their partners. How many shows we do with companies that sell their products is very important. In 2013 we raced 29 times, and participated in 22 off track events. Seven of those events were at GM Dealerships and outlets that sell Quaker State oil, and those events were the shinning gold that this sponsor really wanted to see. So, when the question of being involved with our team for 2014 came up, the answer was yea, with a foot note "how many more shows can you do at GM stores, Canadian Tire, Wal-Mart and companies like that". In other words, do exactly what you are doing and increase the events that help market our product.

Quaker State is returning in 2014. This will be their 41st season with our team. Lincoln Welders is back for an 11th season and will be the primary sponsor of the Mod, with Quaker State a major sponsor as well.

Our plan is to run the entire OSCAAR season, and as many Late Models races as possible. We plan on racing a full Sunset schedule, but that depends on our competitiveness. If we can't keep up we will race a few Sunset, a few Flamboro, Barrie, Sauble, Varney and Peterborough, in other words where ever we want. I would prefer to run Sunset, but no way will we show up like we did last year and run every week at the back, that won't happen this year, because we won't be there. Hopefully our improved engine issue will keep us there. Love the track, my favorite, but we have ran too strong for too many years to finish our last 5 years in this sport running like we did in 13'. We are giving the car every chance with our budget, but the Mod comes first in 2014, hopefully it will come first a few times :)

Progress pictures...Project OSCAAR Mod
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Re: Diary Of A Season 2014

Post by Gary » Sat Mar 14, 2015 4:30 pm

Postby Gary » Sun Jan 12, 2014 11:22 pm

Update On Late Models

Work has begun on our racing Late Model. I call it that because we now have a show car and a race Late Model. The Impala will head to Oakville Trailers this coming week and Ron Easton will doing some welding, fit the body and prepare the car for paint. We are hoping to have our Late Model ready for Mega Speed in late March.
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In the past 5 years our team has done over 90 off track shows and events with our race cars. Last year was our highest with 22 and Quaker State has asked their sales staff to use us more at GM Dealers, Canadian, Tire stores and Wal-Mart outlets. We will surely do more shows in 2014 with our Mod, Late Model and Mini Stock.

Denny Snider has donated a show car to our team. This car is no stranger to us, it was David's first Late Model, his 2006 Championship car. We have it hear now and what makes it perfect is the Camaro body, a perfect model for the GM stores who will be able to identify with that car much more than our Impala racing Late Model. This show car, with some work, can be raced, and our plan is to have Gehrig in it a few times this year.
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More on the progress of all our cars as they happen. Thanks for visiting our site.

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Re: Diary Of A Season 2014

Post by Gary » Sat Mar 14, 2015 4:33 pm

Postby Gary » Sun Jan 19, 2014 4:03 pm

Got some work done this week from all fronts. Dropped our Late Model off to be worked on at Ron Easton's shop. Also picked up the paint for our race cars supplied by PPG. Then all our Mod panels got painted and they look awesome.
Mike Almond, the painter for Taylor Dodge in Stoney Creek did an amazing paint job and finish on the panels.

On Saturday my grand kids, Gehrig and Lauren, dropped the panels off to Mike Westwood who installed them for me. Mike took these fine pictures.
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Re: Diary Of A Season 2014

Post by Gary » Sat Mar 14, 2015 4:38 pm

Postby Gary » Sat Feb 15, 2014 2:56 pm

Our Mod is finally ready, well 95%. We need to install shocks and then go over the car front to back just nut and bolt etc.

We were very happy with the work done by Mike Westwood, the paint by Mike Almond and the final touch by Creative Edge.

Here are the pictures after lettering and during the show.
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Re: Diary Of A Season 2014

Post by Gary » Sat Mar 14, 2015 5:34 pm

Postby Gary » Mon Mar 03, 2014 6:15 pm

Modified Pre Race Season List Almost Done

We have made some great progress on our Mod just doing a pre season check over, nut and bolt indexing, changing all fluids and repacking the wheel bearings, and servicing the brakes and calipers.

Meanwhile our Late Model and Show Car are about to be painted, the LM not just yet, but soon. Our Show Car is first because it is going in the Mega Speed show.

Ron Easton at Oakville Trailers has been doing great work for us, and is one of our new sponsors for 2014.
He has made some awesome changes to our suspension, bump steer namely, and fixed other things that were important and a must for us, as well as mounting the body. More updates soon.

Here is some of the progress:
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Call for racing parts or repairs on trailers, safeties,
auto and truck service and fabrication
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Re: Diary Of A Season 2014

Post by Gary » Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:09 pm

Postby Gary » Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:46 am

Mega Speed Show a success.

Our first show at this building was in 1975, wow, so next year will be 40 years of doing shows, although we didn't make every year, but if I check my records, I think we have been in over half, probably more.

Our Camaro was in the Project Track Champion Access Motorsports display with drag racing hall of fame member Bob Elliott. Bob's son Jory drives the 600 + HP rocket now. Denny Snider did much of the leg work to make the display look fantastic, we were proud to be part of it.

The Modified was in the Lincoln Electric booth and was a favorite among our fans and competitors. I spent time in both displays as did our crew members, Bob, Don and Matt. Here are some pictures:

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Re: Diary Of A Season 2014

Post by Gary » Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:15 pm

Postby Gary » Tue Apr 15, 2014 11:17 am

Here is the progress from our Late Model paint and assembly. I have been crazy planning our event and getting the cars ready, just me and Bob and whoever will or can help, plus of course Ron Easton and Jim Sweers. Here are the stages getting the LM painted, and special thanks to Jim Sweers for doing an awesome job.
This is so neat to hang the body and put it on like w use to do model cars when we were kids. I am so blessed to have the help I get from friends.
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Bob and I removed the paper....I know, it looks like just Bob is doing it :)
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Re: Diary Of A Season 2014

Post by Gary » Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:16 pm

Postby Gary » Tue May 06, 2014 7:22 am

May 4th.............Sunset Speedway

Race #1

Streak.......688 nights in a row

High Lites
* 30 Late Models
* Chris Morrow wins
* Lauren wins his first Stock Car race
* We have the best Late Model in a few years
* Ron Easton is the best
* David's set ups good to go

Late Model

Time Trials
1st Lap.......15:173
2nd Lap.......pulled off

Mini Stock Lauren
Feature...DNF (Mechanical black flag)

Late Model........$240
Mini Stock........$30

Prepare for APC Pro Late 100

David, Bob, Jim, Matt, Peter, Ron and Marty

Opening day, what an exciting day it is. Work all winter, maybe since the fall to get the car redone and when it’s finished you hope it’s better than it was the year before.

That’s what we did, worked hard on our car and got it better, but, that’s what we thought last year. What a disappointment 2013 was. We get a new clip, and many other upgrades to make our car faster and we struggle every single night to keep up. If we started 1st or 20th, we usually ended up somewhere near 10th and that wasn’t what we planned, nor paid all the money for. Plus it was incredibly hard on me as a competitor. Drivers who smoked me week after week must have figured I was done as a racer. They have no idea how hard 2013 was on all of us, worse for me than all my crew combined, I took it hard because week after week they had to watch us be a non factor.

In December I sent our Late Model to Ron Easton to put on our body and so some welding for us. He was great with his approach to helping us. He agreed to sponsor our team some of his labor and we would pay for the parts. Ron liked the idea of getting a Late Model to work on, to play with and maybe have an impact on how that car would do on the track. I agreed to let him do whatever he wanted and he was happy with that.

I got a call shortly after he started working on it, asking me if I was in an accident. I said I was but on opening day, not on the last day, in fact on the last race our car was great at Autumn Colors.

Anyway what he told me was crazy, that in full bump steer our car was towed out a ton. I asked what it would take to fix it and he said some modifications to the spindle and other small areas. He said most drivers don’t want parts altered, I said “do whatever you want, I want to alter how we compete and never want to run like we did last year again ever”!!! So he did a lot of work on the car, and all of us were anxious to see if what he found was the issue we had all of last year.

Mom Goes Home To Be With The Lord
1. Opening day was a little stressful for me. It rained out, which was a good thing because I worked on the car most of the day getting the most all of the remaining list done. Friday night my Mom fell out of bed. My nephew found her in the morning. He called 911 but when the ambulance got there Mom said she wasn’t going in it. She said she was okay. It was too stressful for her to go to the hospital and other than having children, she was pretty well hospital free her whole life. My nephew called me and told me what happened. He said he was taking Mom to the hospital after supper because she could not move or walk, she damaged something from the fall but she wasn’t complaining of pain. I talked to Mom and she insisted she was okay. I asked her how she could be okay if she couldn’t move, and she laughed and said “I’ll be okay”.

When I finished working on the car at 7 I called my nephew after my shower and said I was on my way out to see Mom, she was in the Cambridge hospital. He said not to come out because visiting was over at 8. I decided to go back home, I was exhausted from working on the car, my crew were all away and couldn’t help, but I was happy to get the stuff done that needed to be finished. I was playing piano in church the next morning so I knew we would be late going to the races. Gates opened at 9 and I wouldn’t be out of church until 11:30, and not to the track until 1:30 or so.

At 7 am I got a call from my nephew, it was to tell me Mom passed away, I couldn’t believe it, I was stunned but not shocked. Her body failed, she had a few things wrong and when she started shutting down it was just a matter of time before her heart stopped beating. She was 85, would not have wanted to be in the hospital very long and God granted her wish.

I immediately got up and drove to Cambridge, wishing all the way I had went out to Cambridge in spite of being told visiting was over. I regretted that, but was so glad I talked to Mom during the day. She called me every day, 3 or 4 times, sometimes because she was lonely, other times just to ask what I was doing. She had a tough life, very sad most of her child hood, then as well when she got married. She was very good to my sister and I and I will always love her for doing the best she could in spite of all her trials and tribulations. Her faith has given her a new home in Heaven where there are no more tears, no more sorrow, no more pain and most of all no more death. Thank you Mom for all you did, and thank you Jesus for providing a place for my Mom.

We arrived at Sunset, short crew members so Bob and I did what we could do to get ready. We missed all the hot laps because we were late getting there. We asked if we could get some laps because we had none so far this season. They granted us laps during the drivers meeting.

When I first went on the track I went around slow to test all the systems, make sure the brakes worked, put the throttle to the floor a few times and let it off quick just to make sure it was okay. After a few laps I got up to speed and was happy to get 5 laps. As I was coming around expecting to get the white, the starter showed me 5 more laps and that was good and now I could drive a little faster. Our best lap was 15:22, not that good but not far off either, and better than most hot laps the year before.

We were called to line up for hot laps. We drew #30 and were the 8th last car out. Most of the fast cars were in the 14:9’s, the fastest lap was a 14:8. I told my spotters I would be happy if we could get in the 15:1’s. We put on the 4 new tires, they had not been scrubbed in yet. I don’t usually do that, we sized them, but it usually is good to scuff them in and then size them.

Anyway when our turn came I drove out of pit lane, hard in to 3 and then on it with the green waving. I came around again and noticed he gave me another green, I was confused. As I went through turn one and two I glanced quickly at the score board and saw 15:54, no good I thought. Then for my last lap I drove as hard as I could and coming off the four I got the while but I figured that was wrong and slowed down when I got to one and was completely off the throttle coming off two. Bob was spotting and yelled “go, go go….keep going”. I was bewildered “what”? I said. “You have another lap”. Oh wow, I didn’t know that. It was announced at the meeting that we would get one free lap to warm up the tires then the green white checker. I felt foolish but laughed and was kind of happy to see a 15:173. Had we made that final lap it was agreed by many that we would be in the 14’s, but instead we qualified 16th of 30 cars and did not have to run the last chance. Four cars were unable to start the feature but we were in and I was very happy.

David came after qualifying. He was happy our car was better and he took over as head spotter while Bob and Matt headed to pit row to pit for us.

Our car was amazing in the race. It was incredible handling wise, way better than 2013. We ran with the pack for most all of the race.

On lap 54 we started smoking from the front end. David thought it was tire rub. He was worried a tire would blow. I decided to slow down and in doing so got lapped. Then the yellow came out and I pitted. Actually the yellow came out when I hit #55 Bruce Rankin.

Our crew pulled the hood off and checked under. Bob saw right away the both front calipers were leaking fluid on the rotors. He tightened them up and I headed back out.

A few laps later there were more cautions and we asked about the lucky dog because we passed many cars getting back up to 15th. We were told there was no lucky dog, which seemed strange in a 100 lap race.

The rest of the race we ran hard, passed cars only to go behind them again when the yellow came. We ended up 17th and when I crossed the finish line David said this to me “Dad, your 100th lap was better than any lap last year, great job”.

It was great, but it was because of Ron Easton and his awesome repairs on our car. He did an amazing job getting us to handle.

Special thanks to David, Bob, Matt and Marty for making this day a fun experience. I had a picture of Mom in the car to keep me calm. I’ve promised my crew that I would not be going crazy like I did last year from the disappointment, and though I was disappointed with our finish, the car was awesome.

In the pits I suggested to Mark Dilley that all 100 lap races should have a lucky dog, and his response was “we had the lucky dog tonight”. When I told him there was no lucky dog applied he was disappointed and apologized. I was okay, but had we got the lucky dog like we were suppose to we may have finished closer to the top 10.

Next week is an Open Pro Late race and we will be here for that one as well.

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Re: Diary Of A Season 2014

Post by Gary » Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:18 pm

Postby Gary » Sun May 11, 2014 4:21 pm

May 10th..............Sunset Speedway

APC 100....$5000 to win

Race #2


Hi Lites
* 21 Cars
* Baker wins
* Clean race
* We run good, in traffic all race
* Lauren has another awesome night

Late Model
Time Trials.......15:096 (2nd slowest)
Last Chance......9th

Mini Stock


Mini Stock

none, maintenance and set up again for regular Late Model show at Sunset

none till 3......Matt and Marty

This was a big race for Sunset in terms of pay out for the Late Models, but the draw was poor in terms of car count. Only a few Pro Late Models showed up, most likely because they could not content with the Super Limited Late Models of Sunset. The car count for last weeks race was awesome 30 Limited Lates......whatever....there is no such thing as a Limited Late.

Anyway the Promoters were not very happy with the car turn out with a race that paid $5000 to win and $400 to start. I guess I can't blame them, but to be honest, most of the cars from Sunset are faster than most Pro Lates in Ontario, so that may have steered some of the usual Invitational visitors away. Twenty one cars isn't bad, but the expectation was much higher.

I love to race and know we have zero chance of running with the home track cars with the car we have but wanted to support Sunset Speedway. We arrived late again, no crew until just before qualifying. We missed hot laps and in time trials turned a disappointing 15:086. That's disappointing because last week we turned 15:173 for the season opener and for that race we had no 4 barrel, less left side weight and did not have 10" tires, all 3 of these advantages should have got us into the 14's but not a chance.

We started at the back of the last chance and managed to qualify, but started the feature 20 of 21 cars.
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The race was good, no one got wrecked, but Dwayne Baker had little competition as he easily won the Pro Late race.
We finished 14th a lap down, but no damage. We could have done better had there been a lucky dog. We were passing cars once we were a lap down, but when the yellow came out we would have to go to the back again, or at least behind the lead lap cars.
We asked about a lucky dog and we're told "no lucky dog". If there was I think we could have finished in the top 10.
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Everyone had to buy 4 new tires from the track and pay $150 entrance plus our way into the pits. It was over a $1000 day for our team including gas for the car, truck, pit fees etc. We won $480, with no hope of getting our money back. Being down so much HP makes it tough to compete, but the car was handling okay, just no match for most of the top cars.
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After the races I thanked Mark for having the show, but suggested 100 lap races should have the "lucky Dog" provision. He looked at me and said "there was a lucky dog in place. I told him they said no there was no lucky dog. He apologized and I was okay with it, I think we could have had a top 10, and that would have been a few hundred more.
Regular racing starts next weekend, a double header with the OSCAAR Mod debuting on Sunday...can't wait for that.

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