Aug 24, 2014

It's all about the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, as they guy on TV used to say. We went to the Northwest Nationals, as we try to every year. We started by racing at the Good Guys event the weekend before then leaving the Savoy at the track on Sunday night, which we weren't technically allowed to do except that the fine folks at Pacific Raceways took pity on us and our horrendously expensive ferry ride w/race car back to our home on Vashon. I came back on Tuesday and moved our trailer into the official line to get into the event. Then I came back on Wednesday and moved into our pit area. Then I came back on Thursday and teched the car. That is actually kind of fun and the car gets a new National Event sticker. Then on Friday we got three qualifying passes. Two of them were good and one was a throwaway. I was shutting off at the 1000' mark to avoid a heads up race with the other two much faster "B/SA" cars that were competing. Sorry if that doesn't make any sense, ask me about it in person and I'll explain it to you.

For Saturday eliminations I drew Dave Barcelone in his beautiful H/SA '69 Camaro. Dave is a good friend and I have raced against that f*cking Camaro many times. Each time I swear that it will be my turn for the win but it hasn't happened yet. I turned on the red light by .002 of a second and just like that, I was a spectator with really good seats. I had lots of family and friends who helped me get over it and enjoy the circus that is an NHRA National event.

The Next weekend was another Stock/Super Stock combo race and the Musclecars vs. Tuners drags. I was ready to get some win lights already and I managed to get to the third round of the combo. I got a career highlight by cutting a perfect light and taking the win against my friend Jody Lang who happens to be one of the best drag racers on the planet. Then on Sunday I was mowing down the tuners until I smoked the tires on the starting line in the fourth round. It turns out they were absolutely used UP! Oh well.

Good Guys Runner Up!
Jul 29, 2014

Dr. Big Block wheeled the Mighty Josephine through the competition at the Goodguy's drags and didn't stop until the final round, where he runner upped to Ken Reeves in his sinister black '67 Dodge Dart in an All Mopar finish at 11:00 PM. It was a great night for Wagons of Steel. He got to the third round the next day. I didn't win anything in the Savoy but I did manage to get her down the track consistently in the 10.80s at 121+ mph, thanks to a 200 pound weight reduction. We are planning on running her in "B/SA" instead of our usual "C/SA" at this weekend's Northwest National Event. We hope to see you there, be sure to ask for a free teeshirt before we run out. Read all about it here next week!