Project Solid Ground Update

He had a chance to meet with Dave Whitehead, the engine builder on Friday. Enjoy the video.

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Henderson Photo Gallery

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Henderson Up Close

Henderson Fabtech Classic

We loaded up everything two days early to get a good pit area.  Wednesday night was very cold and the firewood came in handy.  Henderson is the perfect place to camp in the desert.  Enjoy the outdoors in the day and a good meal in the casino at night.  Thursday was a shopping day for Cheryl.  We went to Las Vegas for Cowboy Christmas–  30,000 sq’ of clothes, truck, trailers, horse tack all connected with western living and rodeos.  Kurt said it all just “smelled like cow shit” to him.  Rachel our youngest, she just turned 1, slept through the whole thing.

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Back to racing.  At Friday’s contingency the crew went to work on the truck while I made breakfast for everyone.  We loaded up the truck and got in line in front of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce.  The drivers’ meeting was at 7:30 where we saw a couple new videos from Sopwith Motor Sports.  The only thing new there was that Casey is having more problems with permits and that was why this race’s mileage was cut in half.

On Saturday at 6:30am the quads and bikes were already racing and next went the jeeps and stock vehicles.  The whole pit crew and I got to watch everything right in front of our trailer.  At 1pm it was time to pre-stage.  We lined up next to Trailready Beadlocks.  Stewart said that they had a new engine- $27,000.00 and a new trans- $4,000.00.  They were ready to go.  Pre-race expense for our truck was a new fuel pump, two new tires, new foam for the fuel cell, panty hose for our prefilters, and a re-weld to fenders- $600.00.  I spent more than that on beer and food.  This was my first drag race, side-by-side start.  It looked like a lot of fun but going from 0 to 90 mentally would not work for me.  I needed to feel the truck under me first for about 5 minutes then I am ready to go.  So, I backed off just a little and the Trailready guys were gone.

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There were a lot of spectators there and on both sides of the track.  The truck was running great and we finished the first lap in 1 hr 20 mins, exactly what we estimated.  The second lap was around 1 hr 19 mins and everything was still running good.  We were not pushing the truck too hard because we had never finished Henderson.  On the third lap it was Stewart’s time to finish the race.  We got about 20 miles out and got the first flat tire.  It was dark and the headlights were working pretty good but the dust and dirt was just hanging in the air.  We couldn’t see through it.  We went off course a couple of times at the dry lakebeds but the GPS got us back on the track quickly.  We were almost finished when 2nd gear went out.  We had this happen before so we knew not to even slow down.  With one mile to go we lost 3rd gear.  It wasn’t a problem since it was all downhill from there.  We finished around 7pm.  Fifth in class.  Another great day in the desert.  Thanks to Casey, BITD.

DanZio Video

Check out DanZio Qualifying Run. More updates to come.

Desert Racing is so much fun

Desert Racing is so much fun
It’s a place to have the family come
Daddy drives the truck so fast
He hopes to win and not be last
The desert dust begins to fly
When all the trucks go roaring by
Before we begin to start the race
There’s much to do back at our place
There’s a shop so big with lots of tools
Where they work on trucks and follow rules
They take the truck apart and then
They put it back together again
They weld they hammer and make some noise
It’s a great place for all the boys
They fix the steering, they fix the brakes
They fix and learn and correct mistakes
They go for a test drive will the truck start
Or will they have to go buy a new part
The fenders are on the seats are set
The paint has dried put up the net
Put on the stickers we are ready to go
The race in on it’s time for the show
The pit crew is ready they have packed all their gear
The next race is Henderson last one for the year
The family is going we stay in the RV
We camp in the pit area where the racing will be
Contingency started we must wait in line
Then the drivers meeting later and after we dine
Morning comes early beginning the race
They start their engines. They are off for the chase
Go over the rocks and silt beds and more
Some trucks just get stuck while some seem to soar
When they come through the pit area it’s time for a show
They come roaring in over jumps “way to go!”
They come ‘round the corners the crowd screams with cheer
We can see our team truck they almost are here
The pit crew gets ready the truck has a flat
They change it quite quickly “wow look at that!”
Thanks for the drinks the guys do a switch
And off again they jump over the ditch
How they get dirty and love to have fun
It’s the end of the race and guess what they have won!

Written By: Cheryl MT Dixon Nov. 2008

Hope to see you at the Henderson race Saturday 12/6/08. Early racing all day.