As planned, we saddled up the tow rig and hauled Brutus down to Woodburn for the Divisional race this weekend. We left early Thursday morning so we could do the afternoon test and tune and get a good pit spot. It was a surprisingly decent test and tune session considering the variable gusting headwinds and ominous clouds. Brutus was really flying, posting a great 11.50 before we packed him up and went out for a really lousy dinner.
On Friday the official event began with qualifying. We had decided that we would qualify on the slow side so we could move around on the qualifying sheet if we needed to. There were 5 H/SA cars including the world record holder and we needed to be careful. We were happy with car's performance and we had a great time. One thing I enjoy at Woodburn is that it it attracts people who don't usually make it all the way to the Seattle area.
Saturday started with strong winds and rain. Things didn't look good but then the rain stopped and the wind dried everything up by noon. The NHRA crew and Woodburn scrambled and managed to put together a decent track for a full afternoon of qualifying. We ended up making a full pass at the end of the session to move up the sheet. Our opponent would be John Hill in his wicked late model Dodge Challenger A/SA car.
Sunday was supposed to be the best day of the weekend but when we woke up we found ourselves socked in with low steady Seattle-dog-days-of-winter rain. We watched old movies at the motel until they kicked us out. Then we went to the track and packed it up before they even called the event. After this last winter we have no patience for watching it rain! It turns out they'll finish the event on September 16.
On Wednesday we'll be driving down to the Sonoma event for a Division 7 event. Come out and see us if you're in the neighborhood!