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Wow, what at Weekend racing in Phoenix.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2007 8:49 pm    Post subject: Wow, what at Weekend racing in Phoenix. Reply with quote

Eric and I made it back to Albuquerque at 02:00 am this morning. That was a long drive as we left Phoenix at 7:00 PM MST to return. Great weekend of racing for the Smith Boys. We left town at noon Friday bound for a track called SpeedWorld in the Northwest Phoenix area. We were getting a chance to run on the 1/4 mile track there for the 1st time. Man, what a fast track, but no grip and lots of dirt. We ran two test and tune sessions on Friday meeting our engine builder and sponsor Ted Tucholski at the track. On Saturday we started racing about 11:00, and it was hot and dusty. There were 8 entrants, and Eric won the 1st heat, with AJ Miller in hot persuit. They pretty muched checked out from the rest of the field by about a straight away. In the 2nd heat we started in the back, and Eric moved forward a couple of karts, then started to retreat. We looked everything over, made a few adjustments, and started the main on the front row outside. From the start of the main, it looked like something was wrong, and there was. Ted took the motor home and found that the motor went south due to the dusty conditions and possibly the heat. Thanks Ted for being so responsive to our needs.

On Sunday, we headed to AKA the track that hosts the Holiday Classic race each December. We have gradually gotten better and better at this track, and it showed as Eric took his 1st checker at this track in the 1st heat race. 2nd Heat we finished 5th, and that put us on the 1st row outside for the main event again. Eric ran some good laps, but I could tell that something was wrong about ten laps in, and he ended up 5th in the main. Upon inspection, we found that the right side nerf bar had broken and was causing the kart to become loose by dragging on the track.

In the end, we won a heat race in all 4 events, started in the front row in 3 of the 4 main events, and ended up finishing 3rd in the series points to Aaron Miller, a Godfather Chassis sponsored driver, and Aaron Hernandez an IKF Grand National champion. All in All, a great series and a hell of a lot of experience. We met some great people, and were fortunate enough to become friends and teammates with this guy named Ted Tucholski who builds some great yamaha's. Watch out, there will be 2 TMW (Tucholski Motor Works) engines runnning at ASK next year. Guess what I have another motor of Ted's that is for sell. Call me if you too want to get some of that Uncle Teds Speed for your IKF chase next year.

See you all at the banquet on Saturday.

Dennis Smith
"Wrench and Dad to the #9 Yamaha Eric Smith)
Dennis Smith

"It's not what you leave this earth with that matters, it is what you leave behind"
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