After being rained out last weekend at Kennedale, this week we traveled far south to halfway between Temple, Tx and Holland, Tx to Little River Dragway for their first points race of the year.
Having never been there before, first up (having seen the track only from satellite imagery and online photos/videos) on the to-do list was learning the property- the track isn’t much more than a paperclip. After talking to those around us about how to navigate the facility in a car not conducive to turning, and watching some of the slower classes, our turn was up for first time trial. Going up towards the back of the group, our first time trial came out as a 4.807 in the right lane with a 4.79 still on the dial board from the motorplex- not a bad guess. However, not 10 minutes after our first run, the skies opened up and it was a mad dash to keep equipment dry, and the car.
After an hour and a half of rain delay, we pulled the car back out of the trailer. However, the electronic dashboard did not work, and as a result the body had to come off the car and a phone call was made to the manufacturer. After quite a bit of debugging, the car was put back together, and the track was dry not much later.
The second time trial took place in the left lane, yielding a 4.793, with a prediction of a 4.77. Quick and dial for dollars were cancelled due to the rain delay, so that was to be our only run before eliminations. First round was approached with a 4.79 dial. However, the previously predicted 4.77 is what came on the board in our left lane, leading to a breakout pass and the win light appearing in the other lane. A trip to the buyback window gave us an entry back to second round, this time putting the 4.77 on the dial board. However, a very late 0.230 reaction time in the other lane means that paths were met about half track, yielding a lift at 3.58 seconds coasting to a win light in the form of a 4.934 @ 115 MPH, once again in the left lane.
Third round brought with it a dial of 4.76, and for the fourth time in a row, we were placed in the left lane. Once again, something went amiss in the opposing lane, yielding a coasting 4.797 @ 134 MPH for the win light in our lane, putting us down to the quarter-finals with 6 cars.
Now at 6 cars, the choices were slim, and one of them was Don Baker, one of only 2 other DFW racers whom had come south to race. We did not want to race him and our wish was granted, drawing the bye/lane choice recipient (which is awarded based on best winning reaction time of previous round), who chose the right lane, putting us once again in the left. We once again chose a 4.76 dial to his 6.08. Both drivers were right on time, expecting the top end to be the difference. Our side lit up with a 4.7643 but no win light, to the other lane’s 6.0823 with a winlight, and the timeslip reveals that the tree-war was even, .0070 on our side to .0075 in the right lane, with a 0.0015 second margin of victory to the other lane.
While the rain and technical difficulties certainly made the day difficult, being able to bring winnings home from a track we’d never been to sure did help.