It’s 5 days before the first race, and all I can think about right now is how awesome this race car turned out. I have to give all the credit to Terry Fisher and Terry Fisher Jr. After the crash from Winchester, we unloaded the #09 at their shop with little hope that anything would be salvagable. The car needed a whole new front clip (the front 1/3 of the chassis) and a major overhaul of the rear clip (the rear 1/3 of the chassis) to be straight again. Not only did they fix all of that, they completely redesigned the “geometry” of the front and rear end to make sure that all the pieces and parts worked together properly. We also decided to have them hang the new body — they did such a great job.
We had a chance last Saturday to shake the car down at Baer Field Speedway in Fort Wayne. The car was AWESOME. All the hard work has paid off becuase it drives better than anything else I’ve ever driven. Considering we were on tires with 200+ laps on them, our lap times were very competitive. I can’t wait to see what it’ll do with new tires!
Our first race will be this Sunday at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana. This big 5/8ths mile track is my favorite place to race. We had such a good run there in 2010, but since then have struggled to be competitive. This year is different, we’re going out there to win — and I’m confident that we have the car to do it. We’ll have Terry and TJ with us to help oversee adjustments. It seems like every time TJ enters a race in the CRA Late Model Sportsman division, he wins. I’m so grateful for their help!
Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention the new colors. Black on black on black! It looks great. Del with Group 5 Graphics did a great job on the vinyls. The car looks mean!
As always, I gotta show some love to everyone else who’s help makes it possible. My mom Debbie and my dad Bruce, Steve & Leslie Harley, new spotter (and roommate) Ryan Elliott, as well as Joe Stewart (also my roommate) for always supporting and helping where he can. Bill and Kathy Schumaker for the horses under the hood. Steve Ellis for helping us out with parts and support. Kraig — who’s off doing his own racing but may be around from time to time this year — good luck to you, man! Finally, all the families involved and supporting me through Families for HoPE. Your following and encouragement is always appreciated and keeps me motivated and driven. I’m proud to represent such a fine organization. One last shout out to my new friend Alex and his mother Catherine — I became part of their lives about 6 months ago through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana and it’s been a blast!!
Here’s to this weekend — the culmination of months of hard work and preparation. Let’s go get a win!!
Until next time,