The first practice of the year is always an adventure, this year was it was even more exciting than normal. With our 10 year old rookie driver Hans in the 02 and 3rd season driver Dj in the 22 we were at both ends of the spectrum of fast and slow.
The rookie Hans started out slow but picked up as the day went along and his confidence and comfort built up, starting the day with lap in the 24 second range and endinig with a best of 19.257 seconds, he only ended up in the infield mowing the lawn twice and did not drive into anybody on the track (which was alot better than Dj did his first time ) all in all it was a good day for him and he is progressing forward.
As for Dj, his new hotrod is fast, with a best lap around the oval of 16.57 seconds and and consistence laps of 16.6 seconds, he has the fastest average lap times of the division and was only 6 hundredths off the fastest lap of the day.
Now for the drama of the day ,
On Hans first time out he kept his foot on the brakes while pushing the gas, when he came into the pits his brakes were smoking and the car was full of smoke, on his second time out onto the track he took his foot off the brakes but when he needed to slow down he did not take his foot off the gas while he hit the brake and entered the pits at about 50 mph and had everybody running for their lives.
Dj's misshap was a little more scary, while exiting turn two at full throttle, he passed a car on the bottom, the rookie in the other car got nervous and turned down into djs right rear quarter panel, dj's car snapped around and he backed into the backstrech wall HARD at between 40-50 mph (spinning slowed him down from the 75mph he was going) Luckly he hit the wall square and the sheer bolts on the rear bumper worked and the damage to the chassis was minimal, After the safety crew pealed him off the wall i was yelling for him to come into the pits but he did not and continued and turned his fastest laps of the day. the hit was so hard it cracked the back of his helmet, ripped the rear frame rails and bruised his back where the bolts that hold his Kirkey aluminum racing seat to the chassis are located, even after all that he still went out for 3 more rounds of practice so i guess it bothered me more than him.
In 2 weeks we will be back at the 1/3 mile paved oval called Seekonk Speedway to do it all over again