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Ransomville Speedway - 2/4/17

To Da Front

To Da Front with Mitch - 7/8/17

July 12, 2017

It has been a crazy few weeks at headquarters with everything from the car to the trailer needing service, as well as some personal items.  We ran the New England Short Track Showdown at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the Busch North Throwback event at Thompson since our last release.

We ended up missing first round of practice at the one mile oval, and this proved to be a little painful as we needed to test out our mechanical setup we brought to the event. (Right: Tachneedle Photo).  After a few laps in round 2 we knew we needed to perform a transmission swap in order to get a more appropriate gear ratio.  Big thanks to our pit neighbor Jeremy Carter for all his help during the process.

With pops up in the tower spotting, Christine really stepped up to the plate with helping setup the car and doing other odds and ends. Starting pole in the heat race with the new transmission we really had no idea what to expect, and it showed as we tanked to the rear fairly quickly, partly due to not having enough track time. But it proved to be a good photo-op (hot rod magazine photo).

We started deep in the field for the feature event, and was running a very fun and decent race somewhere in the 20-30th place range fighting hard for positions, when 12 laps in the car backfired coming out of turn 2.  Slowing to a stop on pit road looking for the crew, one or two stalls away from the pit box, a fire blasted out the front and back of the motor ending our day, and luckily ruined nothing else major and everyone involved was safe.  We ended up officially scored 33rd.

So now here we were a week out from Thompson's K&N event, with our built race motor blown to bits.  Granted some of it appears to be salvageable, a week was not enough time to assess the damage and rely on a quick rebuild.  We immediately went to the shop and worked hard all week to take a spare motor out of our parts car and put it in the racer.  This motor had 246k miles on it, and pretty much half the power of our race 

motor.  We were literally bringing a knife to a gunfight with the sole purpose to take the green flag at Thompson for our point run this season.  Whatever it takes.

Turns out, we did much better than expectations.  Yes the car was very slow in comparison, yes we didn't stand a chance out there.  But attrition worked out in our favor as the competition basically dropped out.  We lost a full second plus some on our lap times compared to the old motor, and it showed on the long run that put us so far behind.  A green white checkered gave us renewed hope for a better finish bunching us up once again, but the tired motor couldn't pull off any miracles and we crossed the line 10th.

We will be doing something different for our next trip to Thompson, as the Single Cam engine was only to get by for this one event.  However we are debating taking it to Waterford this week solely out of curiosity on what it will do at a track that doesn't require as much motor as it does handling.  Our plan for the rest of the season is to finish the Thompson schedule, and make whatever decisions based outside of that.

We also ran the Waterford opener prior to NHMS, where we experienced electrical issues submitting us to an 11th place finish.

The Saturn operation is now available for $2000 turn key, and that's with every part we have in the shop.

Link to RaceDayCT.com Article for NHMS

Link to On Board at NHMS 7/1/17

Link to YankeeRacer's Video @ 8:10 mark

Link to On Board at Thompson 7/8/17

Link to On Board at Waterford 6/24/17

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Mitch Bombard, driver of the #10CT Enduro, NEMST Car, Mini Stock,  is the writer of the weekly recaps, and expresses the views of his own from his viewpoint behind the wheel, and after watching video (if available).

To Da Front with Mitch - 6/29/17

June 29, 2017

This edition comes a little late as we've been busy with preparations and other events on our schedule.  Since the Waterford results from June 24th are still being prepared to be posted, we will address that event in our next release.  Also, this Saturday July 1st we'll be at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with the NEMST.  Admission is only $20 and you get 4 big feature races on New Englands NASCAR track.

We started the feature on the outside pole, our best starting spot in our short career up there.  With a little help going into turn 1, and again going into turn 3,  we were able to take the lead and lead our first career lap as a NASCAR Mini Stock at the Big T.  After that we were quickly overtaken by the 87 car, and he checked out.  Meanwhile we were running a solid 3rd for much of the race in a clean and exciting side by side battle with Doug Curry.  The car started to drift off in the closing laps and the 2 car was pulling away from us in 4th. That's when the 16 and 21 cars ended up overtaking us also in a tight battle at the line where we walked away 6th.  This was an exciting day for us and it was good to see our hard work pay off.  We hope to carry this momentum in the next Thompson race on July 8th.

We started the feature on the outside pole, our best starting spot in our short career up there.  With a little help going into turn 1, and again going into turn 3,  we were able to take the lead and lead our first career lap as a NASCAR Mini Stock at the Big T.  After that we were quickly overtaken by the 87 car, and he checked out.  Meanwhile we were running a solid 3rd for much of the race in a clean and exciting side by side battle with Doug Curry.  The car started to drift off in the closing laps and the 2 car was pulling away from us in 4th. That's when the 16 and 21 cars ended up overtaking us also in a tight battle at the line where we walked away 6th.  This was an exciting day for us and it was good to see our hard work pay off.  We hope to carry this momentum in the next Thompson race on July 8th.

Click here for on board video.

Click here to watch the race via fanschoice

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Mitch Bombard, driver of the #10CT Enduro, NEMST Car, Mini Stock,  is the writer of the weekly recaps, and expresses the views of his own from his viewpoint behind the wheel, and after watching video (if available).

To Da Front with Mitch - 5/22/17

May 22, 2017

Another good run for the team at Thompson for Military Appreciation day, as we survived an eventful race and wound up crossing the line 12th.
 

Debuting (the start of) some new colors, the #10CT Saturn rolled off the trailer to many comments on appearance.  Bare without stickers, and freshly painted black the new look is off to a good start.  But as we all know, the paint job don't make the car fast.  We showed up to a beautiful day at the speedway, ready for 15 laps of Mini Stock action.  We made very minimal changes throughout the day from practice to the feature, a first for us.  We were running about 11th fastest of 22 entrants all afternoon.

We were slated to start 3rd in the heat race, but we're still trying to take it easy at the Big T seeing as our entry point is different compared to the other competitors due to us having to shift gears every lap, thus deciding to start in the rear.  Fortunate for us the front row was involved in a lap 1 incident that may have not worked out in our favor.  We finished the heat 7th.

The feature was very eventful and unfortunately we didn't have our camera mounted this time.  We started 13th and got up to as far as 9th.  We struggled on restarts and there appeared to be no shortage of them in this race. Once up to speed however we were moving along pretty respectably.  With about 7 to go there was an accident in the middle of turns 3 and 4 that we got collected in.  Unsure which way to avoid the accident, the brakes were applied in full force and fortunately we drove off (after getting unstuck with the 97ct).  Luckily the tire didn't go down because they didn't give us much time to pit.  Luckily the guys were quick on the ball and ripped off the front bumper cover that was rubbing our right front tire and we just barely made it to the tail of the field for the restart.  The alignment was definitely off too from some minor damage to that area, but nothing to end the race over.

Restarting from the rear now, we had to work quickly to get back to where we once were, and the competitors made it tough to accomplish with some fun tight quarters racing.  We managed to get up to 11th, but coming to take the white flag out of turn 4, the 87 drifted up into our left rear while attempting to pass and kicked us sideways in the high groove up near the wall.  We made an impressive save and were able to keep going forward, thanks goes out to those drivers around us that gave me enough room to avoid more carnage.  We ended up pushing the 87 across the line unable to make a bid for the spot back on the last lap.

Some work is needed to get back on track, our next event being at Thompson on 6/14.  We hope to have it fully lettered at that time too.  Work will also progress on our new adventure in this time.  Thanks to our sponsors for being so understanding that we couldn't have them on in time: Andover Used Auto Parts, Biggins’ Auto Repair, So Sorry, Lucky Strike Lanes, Thirty Marketing.

Mitch Bombard, driver of the #10CT Enduro, NEMST Car, Mini Stock,  is the writer of the weekly recaps, and expresses the views of his own from his viewpoint behind the wheel, and after watching video (if available).

 

To Da Front with Mitch - 4/17/17

April 17, 2017

We made our return to the Mini Stock season at Thompson Speedway's annual Icebreaker.  We literally took the car out of the backyard since it didn't sell, changed the oil, a few other odds and ends, and shipped it out on the track.  

With fresh tires all around and a winter of uncertainty underneath it (lets not forget how it wouldn't start at the World Series), we took first practice very carefully.  We turned very slow times, but that wasn't all that was up our sleeves.  Also affecting round 1, there was a slight vibration caused by a bad motor mount.  Come round 2 we picked up a bunch more time, nearly a second, with room for improvement as well.  Like we've come to learn and accept with this new car, there's no good gear ratios for our engine/tranny combination that work almost anywhere.  We had to shift gears every lap, every corner, all the time.  Good thing it's only 15 laps!  Doing so made our corner entry unsteady, but our drive out VERY powerful.  

As we were getting more acclimated to the car and what it wanted on the long blistering cold Saturday, we had renewed excitement for the little Saturn.  However, after starting nearly last in the heat, and having a decent run for a couple laps, tragedy struck as we lost our right rear wheel hub (pictured).  This is a failure common to Saturns and Cavaliers, and cannot be prevented and caught beforehand.  The car slid out of turn 4 with no control over the brakes (as the brake drum was bouncing down the track attached to my tire) to a stop just at the grass line on the front straight.

The car was then hooked into the pits, and repairs were immediately underway.  Mitch worked at removing the broken parts, while Terry handled the cosmetics, until Interim Crew Chief Christine got done ordering a new replacement part on the spot, and also began work on the cosmetics.  By the time we left Saturday, the car was on all fours, race ready.


Before

 

After

Sunday was the day, and after running around all morning trying to resolve bent wheel issues from the incident (shoutout to Christine also for taking the car out to the fan appreciation party then subsequently driving it back into the pits afterwards), and then installing the new part, we were ready to race.

The car went really well for our expectations, we had a decent run, had to check up a few times.  Pitted once for a little bit of overheating (just to remove tape), and worked our way to a solid run getting more comfortable each lap.  We had some good side by side racing with the 31 and the 97CT, and was knocking on the door of the 19 to the finish.  We hope to keep this momentum up as our plan is to run a full Thompson Season in 2017, but as we've learned with this car, anything is possible.

Reminder that she's still for sale, the whole operation, car, parts, and all, go with it.

Until May 21st, stay safe my friends.

On Board at Thompson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zZdurryU2I

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Mitch Bombard, driver of the #10CT Enduro, NEMST Car, Mini Stock,  is the writer of the weekly recaps, and expresses the views of his own from his viewpoint behind the wheel, and after watching video (if available).

To Da Front with Mitch - 3/7/17

March 6, 2017

     With the new year comes the return of To Da Front.  Granted we hope this year won't be a busy one, we will still keep up with our involvement and social interactions.  At this point in 2017, we have two starts on the books.  Both with our PT Cruiser Enduro.  

     On February 4th, we returned to Ransomville Speedway for their annual Hangover 150.  Last time we visited this facility it was blistering cold and we were racing in a snow storm.  This years edition we saw a mild swing in weather, and the snow turned to mud.  We made it most of the way and was running in the top half of the field when the car started to overheat and the windshield washer reservoir ran out of fluid.

     In order to check another track off our list, on March 6th we took a trip to Unity Raceway in Maine to compete in their anything goes enduro.  The intent was to run this race in the snow and that was somewhat the case.  For the most part, all but turns 3 and 4 were clean of snow.  Prior to leaving on the 4.5 hour journey, we caught and repaired a broken radiator, and the new radiator had also gone to the graveyard after this race.  43 cars started the race and we rolled out scratch, only to be lapped before lap 1 was even complete.  We had an intermittent problem with the car too as it would not get up to speed every lap and sort of fall on its face, until it kicked back to life and we were able to drive the thing.  The snow in the corner was about half a foot deep and the ruts took a toll on the field as there were maybe 8-10 cars still running by halfway.  We believe barreling through the ruts are what caused the new radiator to break as it was pouring coolant out from the bottom of the car.  Once the temperature was redlined, we pulled off figuring to save it for another day.

 

On Board at Ransomville: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hliMQA2rc0

On Board at Unity:  https://youtu.be/z4GBDqaxifw

**Andover Used Auto Parts, Biggins’ Auto Repair, So Sorry, Lucky Strike Lanes, Thirty Marketing**

Mitch Bombard, driver of the #10CT Enduro, NEMST Car, Mini Stock,  is the writer of the weekly recaps, and expresses the views of his own from his viewpoint behind the wheel, and after watching video (if available).

To Da Front with Mitch - 9/25/14

September 25, 2014

Description:  It's been awhile, but we've been busy.

 

Transcript: CLICK HERE

To Da Front with Mitch - 6/26/14

June 27, 2014

Description: We got dirty this week, both on clay, and with Hot Dogs.  Curious yet??

 

Transcript: CLICK HERE

To Da Front with Mitch - 6/19/14

June 25, 2014

Description:  Lots of fun racing this weekend, its good to be respected by tracks and promoters.

 

Transcript: CLICK HERE

To Da Front with Mitch - 6/12/14

June 12, 2014

Description: Short recap this week, nothing too eventful.

 

Transcript: CLICK HERE

To Da Front with Mitch - 6/5/14

June 5, 2014

Description: It has been a week. Here she is folks.

 

Transcript: CLICK HERE

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