Racer in the family.

NorthernRedneck

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It's been a dream of mine and my brothers to get dirt track cars together and go racing. Only problem was the nearest dirt track was always an 8 hour drive away. A new track was just finished literally Saturday morning as they laid down the last of the clay. It's only 2 hours from my brother and 6 hours from me. So, my brother managed to scrounge up a car and trailer for free in lieu of sponsorship decals on the car. He was literally one of the first to get a car on the track. There's still lots of work to get the track ready for the spring but it's nice to see a track come to life.

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Wow, that looks like fun. I've heard that hobby is more expensive than my boating hobby. LOL
 

NorthernRedneck

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This is how the car sat since the last time it raced 13 years ago.
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NorthernRedneck

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Wow, that looks like fun. I've heard that hobby is more expensive than my boating hobby. LOL
Yes. You definitely don't get rich running the local dirt track. An average price for a similar pure stock car up here ready to race is around 10k. We had been looking for something decent and even a basket case with no engine seat suspension etc in roller form was 3k. So when he found out about this car sitting there he approached the owner (who happens to be a gm dealership) they offered him the car and trailer to use in lieu of sponsorship. I find it funny that he's got a dodge and a Ford in the yard but is sponsored by gm.
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NorthernRedneck

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Growing up my uncle was a racer. The #10 was the number he used. I remember being 6 yrs old and spending the winter over at a garage with my dad and uncle building this car. Unfortunately it only ran one season till the local track closed.
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I remember when they were building that blue race car it was just the bare roll cage and suspension all finished up. They had also dropped the motor in and wanted to test it at the track before installing the body. The seat and seatbelt were also not installed yet.

So my uncle headed out on the track slow at first then he couldn't resist. He opened her up to see what she would do. After the 4th lap at full speed he was coming out of turn 4 and hooked a rutt. The car pitched sideways and started to roll. It rolled 4 times before coming to rest on it's side. Now remember there was no seat or seatbelt to hold him in. Somehow he escaped with nothing but a broken nose. The car was laying on it's side with the engine still running. He was laying there inside with his face all bloody. He came to and started shouting to shut off the engine so it didn't blow.

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So my brother has been working on the car all winter and it's almost ready for it's maiden voyage. Its gotten a paint job inside and out. New engine with racing cam. New transmission.

The engine that was in it was only run once 15 years ago in a special run what you brung event. The previous owner put a 10k modified engine in it. So it was a definite sleeper. Lol
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Time for an update. He's been racing twice a week since June and getting better already running about midpack every race. The car is getting better with a tweak here and there. I want to get to one of his races soon but it's a 3 hour drive to one track and 6 hrs to the track that's just being built. And an 8 hour drive to the track in Winnipeg where he races.
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He's been racing pretty much twice a week in emo Ontario and Winnipeg Manitoba as well as attending the practice sessions at the new Lake of the Woods speedway in kenora Ontario. I've been watching this track come from the ground up. Only last summer it was a bedrock field that required extensive blasting just to get level ground. They brought in many loads of clay and are now in the process of installing the grandstands catch fences tire barriers etc.
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I finally made it to see my brother race. Two nights ago he was racing in Winnipeg Manitoba against 21 other cars in his class. He started 2nd in both races and finished 2nd.

Last night, he drew last starting position against cars a class higher than him running bigger engines with more horsepower. He was holding his own till he blew a tire on the last lap of the heat race. That put him starting the feature dead last again. He started 22nd and worked his way up to finish 12th. This in an old homemade jalopy of a car racing against purpose built chassis cars with stronger engines. And at one point he was coming into turn 3 when a car spun out in front of him. He managed to get the car turned sideways and locked up the brakes in order to not t bone the other car. His car came to a stop rested sideways up against the other car. He still managed to work his way up to 12th after that. The driver who won the feature in his heat was a 14 year old in a purpose built chassis.

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The Joy's of a dirt racer.....

Sitting in a boat launch area changing a bent tie rod from last night so he can race again tonight.
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So this happened Thursday night in Winnipeg when he was racing. He still managed to finish the race in 2nd against 25 other cars after this "incident". How fitting that Cole trickle from days of thunder and the wood brothers car have dale Earnhardt pinned. Lol
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Yes. We grew up around racing. My dad uncle and another guy had built a racecar when our track was still open. We're on the lookout for another car now. The one my bro has now is way too narrow making it his Achilles heal. His tires stick out 6 inches on each side. No matter how good he's doing, all it takes to ruin his night is a little side bump into another car. Happened twice last weekend. He gets bumped from the side and cuts a tire. He has 2 laps to get it changed during the yellow. But comes out in the back.

Last week he was racing in a class higher than his. Bigger engine different gears etc. And he was running mid pack till he got slammed cutting a tire.
 

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Not sure how I missed this thread.

All I can say is WOW!!!
 

Jim_S

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Think he could pick up Henry as a sponsor and get us some samples in the deal? :thumbup:
 

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