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Old 08-29-2018, 07:26 AM
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Unlike most of the cars in his class who are doing it with very little sponsorship money, he came out of the box with sponsorship from 7-8 different local businesses. I guess being a police officer made him a few connections around town.
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Dirt's for potatoes. Asphalt is for race cars

Pretty fortunate here in Placerville; Placerville Speedway runs stock cars, Sprint cars on 1/4 mile dirt. Roseville is 45 minutes away with a 1/3 mile paved oval(I remember when it was 1/4 mile dirt). Auburn is close, and has Speedway Motorcycle flat track 1/8 mile(used to be 1/4 mile dirt oval). Sacramento Raceway has a couple seasons left; 1/4 mile dragstrip.

Calistoga and Chico have super fast 1/2 mile dirt tracks with 1.5 hours. Sears Point(Sonoma) is 1.5 hours away road course.

Hangtown is long time Motocross(Prairie City OHV park)

And we're just down the road from the Rubicon 4x4 trail
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Awesome. We're pretty limited up here for dirt tracks. Closest to me running regularly is a 4hr drive. Our local track only holds 1 weekend a year.
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I said something similar one night at Wayne County Speedway in Ohio. watching Sprint cars. While waiting in line for some refreshments, I looked at my wife and said "Dirt's for farming, Asphalt's for racing".
I wasn't sure I'd make it through the night without getting mobbed.
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In the mid-late 1970's a family friend raced at All American in Roseville, Ca. He had found a T-shirt with that saying and a race car on it. I don't think he made it out to the dirt tracks wearing it ...

Funny thing is my Dad and Grandfather ran cars in the 50's and early 60's at the same track; it was dirt from when it opened till 1972. the first couple seasons after paving were tough; the stands were empty except for the drivers families for the most part.

Now it has been expanded to 1/3 mile paved.

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I said something similar one night at Wayne County Speedway in Ohio. watching Sprint cars. While waiting in line for some refreshments, I looked at my wife and said "Dirt's for farming, Asphalt's for racing".
I wasn't sure I'd make it through the night without getting mobbed.
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We're pretty fortunate to have a number(and variety) of tracks in N. Calif. Kind of surprising given politics in Calif.

The biggest threat here is growth. Sacramento Raceway has had a lot of development nearby, and with it complaints. Last I heard they were trying to stay open thru 2020 race season. Why do people move in next to a race track and then complain about the Jet cars and top fuelers?

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Why do people move in next to a race track and then complain about the Jet cars and top fuelers?
Same reason people move next door to an airport and complain and the same reason people move next door to a gun range and . . . .


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So this weekend is our local dirt track one off event that only happens once a year. It's a two day event. Part of the problem with that track is location. It's built way out in the middle of the woods 40miles from town. My brother is staying at the track. He called me last night wanting me to search around for a new set of plug wires and distributor cap. I guess he drove through a bad storm hauling it and everything under the hood got soaked including electrical.
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So this weekend is our local dirt track one off event that only happens once a year. It's a two day event. Part of the problem with that track is location. It's built way out in the middle of the woods 40miles from town. My brother is staying at the track. He called me last night wanting me to search around for a new set of plug wires and distributor cap. I guess he drove through a bad storm hauling it and everything under the hood got soaked including electrical.
Bummer.

Hopefully you can get the parts and get out to him.
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There was a chance that the whole weekend would be a washout due to severe thunderstorms. The weather usually travels to the northeast. Looks like the racing gods are smiling. The storm basically split in two and we'll be right in the middle and spared the worst of it.
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The races were excellent yesterday. My brother didn't do so well as he battled electrical issues which caused him to lose power at top speed. We changed basically the entire ignition system, carb, plug wires, plugs, and it still acted up. He's going to swap out the battery for today.
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Well, last weekend didn't go as planned for him. We changed pretty much everything under the hood besides the engine. On acceleration on the straightaway, the car had plenty of power but would not down and start missing going into the corner. On the final race we finally determined that a faulty oil pump along with low oil was causing the engine to basically go into a protection mode. We added some oil and nursed it around.

This 20 yr old kid who only races this race every year was out there driving around like a jacka$$ basically hitting everyone and everything in his way. My brother didn't put up with that. When they got together and spun out of turn 4, the field was stopped on the backstretch for another car that spun and couldn't get going again. My bro caught up to that kid and sent him a message in the rear bumper then pulled up beside him and told him he was #1. Once they got going again, the kid still never learned his lesson and tried body slamming him going into the corner. My bro backed off and got him sideways down the straightaway. Exciting finish.
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The old studebaker in the 3rd picture was raced for years and won often at this track when it was running full time in the late 90s. It's been sitting in a dirt track museum since then. They hauled it out to show it at the track.
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The last race was the midwest modifieds. They put on a good show running 50 laps racing for 10 grand for the winner.
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So he picked up the new car and is in the process of installing the driveline from the old one. It will be decalled for next summer. For now, it'll just have duct tape numbers.

This car was setup as a street stock before. My bro runs pure stock which basically means a stock 350 block different rear end, stock carb and a few other differences. He had been running his purse stock all summer against street stocks at the one track and was holding his own against cars with higher horsepower.
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