It'* Saturday Morning, track day. The night before had been sleepless. Too much Caffeine, too many good times with BC members, too many butterflies. Breakfast was thrown down in a hurry in a desperate attempt to fill the stomach with something other than flip flops. The drive to the track was long and short all at the same time. Car was on fumes needed some race gas.
We got to the track and after we all teched in found a spot all the Bonnies could fit in. Systematic regurgitation insued as all the trunks vomited their contents into the grass behind our spots. After helping everyone with their VS sensors and helping Taylor do his ELC I found an ice vendor and started to let the blower cool.
From the stands I watched the bonnies do their first runs (8-Ball was still cooling). Jason and Kyle were up first. Halfway down the track I noticed smoke coming out of the back of Kyle'* 98 and he is neck and neck with Jason'* NA car. Uh Oh, how can this be? Kyle must have engine problems i'm thinking to myself, too much smoke.
Later after hearing Kyle tell his tale I find out he is smoking the tires all the way down. I think they just VHT sprayed the track before he launched and after seeing his car it was confirmed, VHT all down the side and in the wheel well, caused him to be a little slippery with no burnout. He got better after that
Not sure we will hear the end of that one from Jason, after all he did beat an SSEi, once.
The bonnies continued to display themselves in grand fashion and after the runs (which I have on tape and will upload shortly) I went down to fire up the ole girl and get her staged. Taylor and I were last to run in the second set. I actually got a decent launch 2.23 and probably would have hit 13s on this run except when the car shifted into second the RPMs just skyrocketed and reved faster then they ever have. I suspect that I broke the tires loose on the 1-2 shift and spun them quite a bit. Net result, Taylor won the first matchup, my 14.27 to his 14.24. My trap was way low for that 60' for me, should have been somewhere around 102 and was 98. Something wasnt right.
After getting back to the staging lanes I grabbed the ratchet and T-50 bit and went to check on my SC belt. Sure enough it was off a rib on the crank pulley and I set it square on and waited for the next round. Not sure who I raced second (I think SisoRogue taped over that run) and I can't find the slip (so if you have it, let me know) but it was a 14.06 @ 102.xx so the car was getting better (probably learning the 104 gas Kyle and I put in).
Well, that was all the runs I got before bracket racing (stupid bikes) and I seriously thought about putting a 13.99 as my dial in time but without a helmet I thought the track officials might say something, so I made it a 14.00. Taylor lined up against me with a dialin of 14.20. At the time I didnt think the launch was that great, I had to let up after some serious wheelspin and then just laid right back into it. I quickly hauled Taylor in and passed him. Thinking another 14.0x time I was astonished to see that little 13 with a .74 next to it. Lost the bracket race to Taylor (Nice job man!) but became the 2nd SSEi into the 13'*, second quickest in North America (someone correct me if I'm wrong), and the fastest street legal SSEi. I was ecstatic.
Sat out the next few runs as they finished the brackets and my last run pulled a 13.97 @ 99.48 with a 2.22 60'
Congratz to all that ran at Byron, and all those with PB'* this weekend. Guess it was just a weekend for the Bonnevilles.