I got started a little early this week. It’s now Wednesday evening and i got the first race of the week in . I went for the Spec Racer Ford at one of my favorite tracks, Watkins Glen. This track is so much fun. It takes a little bit to be fast at it but it is awesome. I got about 15 minutes of practice in and then Qualifying started. I ended up in the 2nd split and qualified in 2nd. It was a really good race, I ended up finishing 2nd but led for almost half of it. I was then caught by Mike and he was able to get around me. We then battled the rest of the way and i made my move for the lead a little too soon. I left Mike a full lap to get the position back. He was able to get a run on me through the back streatch and get by. I was then unable to catch him to earn the win. I’ll take 2nd though!
I love racing at Watkins Glen so i had to do it again. Saturday night was the race i ran and it was at 11:45. I put in some practice for the race, like i usually like to do and then i went for it. Since it was late there was only one split and i ended up qualifying 7th. The race was going really well and i was battling for 4th when my wheel fell off the chair! I was able to recover and stay in 5th but i had to adjust it on the back streatch! I was able to salvage a 5th place finish, and due to the higher strength of field, i ended up with more points! Go figure.
Well, the next race that i decided to run was the National Series at Bristol Motor Speedway. I ran a good 1/2 hour of practice getting ready for this race and it paid off! I ended up qualifying 1st! So i had to start the race off. I’ve never had to do that before so i was a little nervous but it went pretty well. I immediately lost two positions but was able to get up to speed fairly quickly and keep up with them. I was running a little bit of an unconventional line and maybe held up some people but only when i was fighting for postition. I ran most of the race in 1st but was eventually caught and passed for the lead. I was able to hang onto 2nd though and i finished the race there.
The last race of the week. The Mazda MX-5 cup at the Nurenburgring. This track is just huge! Trying to remember all the turns and places that you can go fast and where you need to slow down is a lot. They run this race a little differently than the others, there is no qualifying, just a warm up and you grid according to your irating. I ran 2 laps of practice and was doing ok but was crashing here and there. It’s a tough track. Then tre race. I managed to keep it clean and was doing pretty good. I was up in the front and fading a little but i wanted to finish the race. So i was going a little slow into one corner and the guy behind me hit me and spun me out. That damaged my car, but i was able to keep going. I managed to limp the car around the track 2.5 more times and finish 3rd. I think this track is survival of the fittest!