Woodburn LODRS Divisional Race #1 ~ 07-14-13 – Gregg Racing

Woodburn LODRS Divisional Race #1 ~ 07-14-13

If you’re following us here, by now you’ve seen the Pics of our Carnage from our Dropped Intake Valve that happened during our final Qualifying Pass late on Saturday. Parts failure is a constant threat when pushing our Equipment THIS hard. We normally do VERY well, in fact we have VERY FEW Parts fail, owing to a TON of Maintenance, however, someone said it best a long time ago ……… “Poop Happens”. It certainly did to us during Q3!!

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The Crew worked VERY hard, burning a LOT of Midnight Oil and a few Adult Beverages too, as they got our Hot Rod all ready for the Dance on Sunday- but, alas a repeat performance of our Win in 2012 was simply NOT to be, as when we started Her up for Round 1, it was pretty clear- something was DRAMATICALLY wrong. I was given the option to shut it off, but I decided to go ahead with the Burnout and then opted to Stage the Car, having a pretty darn good idea, it was NOT running right. BUT, if we shut the Car off- we were GUARANTEED a R1 Loss. If I took a Green Light and Stepped down on ‘er, there was a CHANCE, however small, there WAS a chance of a Win. We were Racing Shawn Cowie, who was coming back after a 2 ½ year absence, returning after a devastating Motorcycle Accident injury he sustained through no fault of his own back in Tennessee. (Sidebar- I saw a sticker on Joey’s Car {Friend and Competitor, TAD Driver- Joey Severance}. It said- “Enemies for 5 Seconds; Friends for Life” Very Well said.) With this sentiment in mind, although we REEEAAALY wanted to whoop up on Shawn pretty badly, we all felt that if it wasn’t ours to win that day, it would be good for Cowie to take it that day. He’s been through an AWEFUL lot. Along with most TAD and TAFC Racers, we too have carried a sticker on our Car in his memory and honor during his recovery. But, regarding our R1 pairing, Shawn COULD have Red Lighted, or he COULD have Crossed the Center Line, or he COULD have had his OWN problems ……… but- he did not. He made a GREAT pass. BUT – we DID put ourselves in a position to win and that was all we could do at that time. I often refer to it this way- “Swing at the Damn Ball!!” We swung. Sometimes you connect. Sometimes you don’t. BUT, always Swing!

Shawn went on to win the Event and we at Gregg Racing congratulate him and his entire team!

One more- Before every Pass we make, we do a Warm-Up in the Pits. This allows us to not only Warm the Motor up, but we’re also able to check the Ignition Timing, Fuel Settings, EGT’s (Exhaust Gas Temperatures) and a variety of other items to make sure they are just right prior to our Run. One other routine is for us to check the Reverser- to go between Forward and Reverse gear. This is MUCH easier said than done, as the saying goes. My Bride, Robbie, has had the “Driver’s” duties in the Pits for the Warm-Ups for many years now, and She has always found the “Forward and Reverse” chore to be the most challenging. There ISN’T any “Synchro” between Forward and Reverse. If the Rear Tires are spinning- AT ALL, She can DESTROY a $1,500.00 Reverser in a FLASH. There’s just not much “forgiveness” in the process. Oh yeah- NO pressure either. J And, the Clutch works like no other, being a Centrifugally operated one. Did I mention? No Pressure. She’s gotten QUITE good- My point is- it’s MUCH more difficult than it looks. Prior to one of our Qualifying Passes this weekend, and after completing a truly Picture Perfect Warm-Up, including the requisite “Forward and Reverse” test- Which Robbie ALSO completed Perfectly, Robbie NEW she’d “NAILED IT” and the Picture that follows is her “Candid Camera”/“Kodak Moment” reaction captured as it happened by Cheyanne Helvey, the daughter of our Social Media Guru, Julie Helvey. The raw emotion seems to say a lot about her feelings of success. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Thanks, as always, for following us here! Our next outing will be on July 26th and 27th, back at Woodburn as we go to a Night Race there- Nitro Flames under the Lights! WHOO HOO! Come join us, or at least follow our results and stories here. Thanks much and God Bless!

Gregg Racing- Good Times with Good Friends at 260 MPH!
Nitro Gregg

Silverton Christian School Auction – Crew Dude Position – Gregg Racing

Our Hot Rod on Display ~ 
Crew Dude Position for Auction??

May 04, 2013

Silverton Christian School was the venue for the Gregg Racing Team to give back to our community as the Team worked VERY hard for a couple weeks prior to this charity event to get our Hot Rod all dressed up and ready to go. This Auction, held at the Silverton Christian School, a Preschool through 8th Grade Christian School in Silverton, is an annual Fund Raiser for the School and is VERY popular in the community. Most Auction items are a bit more “traditional”- i.e.~ a load of Bark, 1000’ square feet of turf, an Elk Hunting trip in Eastern Oregon, various Lawn and Garden equipment donated by many great local merchants who all support the School- Our entry certainly “Stood Out” as we had our A/Fuel Dragster prominently parked right out front, all 32’ of her Loud and Proud and on Display for the attendees to see what they were bidding on- and, in fact, to that end, allow me to share what that was! Here’s a copy of what the attendees saw on the handout that they all received, prepared just for them, describing the rather unique Auction item of- “Being a Crew Dude on an A/Fuel Dragster Team for a Race Weekend”.

  A/Fuel Nitro Dragster

Be A Crew Dude

On a 260 MPH, Nitro Dragster Team

  • Be a Member of an A/Fuel Nitro Dragster Team for a Race Weekend, with your Entry & Pit Pass Provided for the Entire Weekend!
  • Sit in the Driver’s Seat for a Nitro Warm-Up in the Pits as YOU Experience TRUE “Sensory Overload”, With the Smell & Feel of Nitro, as the 4,000 HP Rumbles Through YOUR Seat!!! Incredible!!
  • Be at the Starting Line with the Team, in the Restricted Area and FEEL the Chest Pounding Thunder When a PAIR of Top Alcohol Dragsters Leave The Starting Line!
  • Go to the Top End With the Team to Retrieve the Hot Rod & Driver
  • Get Your Hands Dirty, Working on the Car with the Team All Weekend
  • Receive a Framed Picture of YOU, Taken With the Car, Driver & Team
  • Awesome Food, Great Friends & Lifelong Memories- Many Experiences That You Will
    TRULY NEVER Forget!!!! Don’t Be a Spectator! Come and Be a Part of a Winning Team For a Weekend!!

The Auction went GREAT, with our Winner and Newest Crew Dude……ette being:…… K’Lynn Wiley. She won the Auction, made a VERY Generous contribution to the School and has made her choice as to which race to join us for- Her choice? The Night of Fire Race- July 26 & 27th. This is a GREAT choice, as you can’t EVER go wrong with Nitro Flames at Night!!

So, we’re welcoming K’Lynn to our Team for the Night of Fire Race in July! Please Come by our Pits and say hi to her! Please make her feel welcome, a part of the Team and Family! Check out the Pics from our Auction- it was a Great time for our Team!

We’re making big progress getting our Car ready for our first Race June 8th & 9th. Stay tuned for updates as Parts are arriving by the day! As always, Thanks MUCH for you interest in our program!

Gregg Racing….
Good Times and Good Friends…
at 260 MPH!!!! God Bless~

Goin’ Racing 2013 Pre-Season Updates – Gregg Racing

576612_443329129078004_1942510023_nWe will continue to provide updates to you periodically as to how we’re doing as we prepare for our 2013 Season. Actually, it’d be more accurate to say- “WHAT” we’re doing, as until we get back to breathing some Nitro Fumes out the Pipes, we’re kinda’ Jonesin’ – as any REAL Nitro Junkie ALREAY knows! But, to prepare for ‘13 with our New Hot Rod and all, as the saying goes……… NOTHING is easy- well, at least nothing worth doing. But, Jerry (that’d be Jerry Darien, just in case you’ve been asleep so far) told me long ago that I can always quit……… tomorrow. Someday, I’ll get around to that……… probably tomorrow. BUT, for today, we’re working diligently on getting all 10,253 details ready for the Season. This included the realization that it was time for not ONLY the New Hot Rod- (a Chassis Upgrade- a McKinney Car we acquired over the Winter in case you’re new to the Gregg Racing family), but also a recognition that we needed some serious upgrades in our Parts- in two major areas.

It was at our last outing in ’12 when we threw a Connecting Rod out on a Qualifying Pass at the 2nd Divisional Race at Woodburn in September and didn’t have a Spare Motor ready that I knew I HAD to do something about the lack of a ready spare Motor. I’d dodged this bullet of not having a spare Motor for 10 years, until that day. But, if I’d have had a spare Motor then, as fate would have it, we’d have made it to the Final Round. DOH! I DID have TWO spare Blocks at the Shop, but they didn’t match what I was running now, so it wasn’t practical to put them together anymore. They need to find a home somewhere else- as they ARE good pieces- they simply no longer fit MY program. So- It’s time for a 2nd Short Block. It’s only money.

483787_443329612411289_784128576_nThen, it became clear that I needed to upgrade Cylinder Heads also. Our Heads ARE good, but Brad (BAE- Brad Anderson Enterprises) now has BETTER Heads that DO seem to work better with the lower Nitro percentages we now must Run- they seem to help the Motor Rev up better at the hit of the throttle. It’s only money. HUMM- There’s a theme here! The GOOD news is I have TONS of it – I simply need to convert it from the Aluminum & Titanium form it’s currently IN, to the 100 Dollar Bills that we NEED. NO PROBLEM! Well, maybe a SMALL problem. So, how ‘bout YOU?? Wanna’ set of A/Fuel Heads, a KB Block or two, or a Crower Titanium 6 Spring Clutch? Okay, so you’re NOT yet ready to go A/Fuel Racing- I get it! BUT, you CAN follow what WE’RE doing as we’re setting up a “For Sale Stuff” page on our Web Site- Watch this Page on our site. In the meantime, we’ll keep you posted periodically with what we’re up to, as we ready our Hot Rod for this upcoming Season, our hands shaking, heads twitching a bit, all waiting to hear that Cackle in the Pipes and smell that Nothing-Else-In-The-World-Like-It-Smell- Nitro in the Morning! Here’s today’s Update- Oh Yeah- and as always- Thanks for your interest in our program- Nitro Gregg.

We have the Block that has been repaired from the ever-so-unfortunate Rod exiting incident I referred to above. It is waiting to be shipped back to us, having been repaired by its Manufacturer, BAE. We’re acquiring a second BAE Block from Jerry Darien – So now we WILL have TWO!! Jerry will be taking our New Block out to Brad’s, who will ship both back in one shipment, which should save a ton on freight.

We have been working on the New Hot Rod, but we are finding that there are SOOO Many things to Change/Build/Adjust- and even more importantly- to BUY, that it is going to take us longer than we had hoped for to get the new Car ready- along with the parts upgrades of the Spare Motor and upgraded Cylinder Heads we need ………. So, we’re going to need to run the Old Faithful, Wally Winning Hot Rod (outfitted with new BAE VIII Cylinder Heads, however) until the New Car is completed later this Season. This way, we will stay current on all the New Technology & Tuning Updates that come out each Year and we’ll learn how to go faster with our new Parts, all the while STILL Building our Cool NEW Hot Rod!! Another benefit is that it allows the Crew to both get their “Fix” and to stay sharp in their skills. BOTH are important- I’m just not sure which is MORE important- we’ll save that discussion for another day.

Be sure to check back with us, as we will have MANY more of these updates, all under this same heading “Goin’ Racing- ’13 Pre-Season Updates~” Lemme’ tip our hand now as to our next Update- Our Rear Wing is being re-fitted for strength and safety for the new Season. We’ll Post Pics and a story about an updated Emergency Parachute Deployment Cable System soon. You’re NOT gonna’ BELIEVE the DAMAGE that Tire Shake can cause to a Rear Wing! OMG!!!

Gregg Racing~
Good Times With
Good Friends at 260 MPH~

Dalmatian Mascots – Nitro & More Magg! – Gregg Racing

For anybody who HAS a Dog they Love, ever HAD a Dog they Loved and, most importantly- one that Loved them back……. This Story is for you!

Nitro Dalmation DogAllow me to introduce you to two Girls who have had a PROFOUND impact on my life:
NITRO~ AKA: Gregg’s Nitro Methane Lawrence & MAGGS~ AKA: Gregg’s Maggie Mae Reagan Lawrence

For those of you who’ve followed our Racing at ANY time and ESPECIALLY if you’ve EVER been by our Pits in the last 15 Years, you’re WELL aware of our love for Dalmatians- actually, for the FIRST 15 Years, it was actually DalmatiaN- as in ONE! THEN, that all changed……………………

Maggie and Daisey-1You see, in 1996, BEFORE Disney introduced the Movie “101 Dalmatians”, Robbie and I went together and picked out the most WONDERFUL Puppy- actually, in fairness- SHE picked US, as I knelt there looking over a large litter of one of the cutest sites in the world- a bunch of goofy Dalmatian Pups- and then it happened- She climbed into MY Lap- it was Love at first site. I can feel the Tears welling up even NOW, all these years later, just thinking about it! OMG, did she weave her way into our Hearts! So, She picked us and it was SET! We registered her with the AKC- “Gregg’s Nitro Methane Lawrence”. Nitro Dog, for short, went EVERYWHERE with me, traveling with me to make Sales Calls for YEARS riding “Shotgun” in the Dually. I’m QUITE confident that She TRULY BELIEVED that the Dually REALLY DID belong to her- although (for complete clarity) – she actually never did make even ONE payment on that Truck! But, to HER, it was Home away from Home, stocked with Fresh Water in a “Spill-Proof” (kinda’) Bowl; 2 or 3 reserve supplies of more Water; Her Bed- Two- one Front AND one in Back, Dog Treats (Yep- PLURAL) and several of her favorite Toys. We were CLOSE, although I never wanted to admit it, but HOLY CRAP, Batman, I had truly Bonded with Ole’ Nitro Dog! Nitro had heard all my woes; she’d been with me in all the good times and had Loved me faithfully through all the bad times. Since the earliest days, I’d taken her in for EVERY shot, extra checkups, medical needs and wants, hopes and dreams to Hoffman Veterinary Clinic on Lancaster Avenue here in Salem, Oregon. Dr. Shimek and I became friends over the years, although Nitro never seemed to bond with him NEARLY as much as I did. (I think this had SOMETHING to do with the fact that EVERY time he saw Nitro, he shoved a Thermometer up her butt! I know that would affect MY desire to bond AND even to want to come BACK, if I were her!!) Nitro NEVER lacked for care, she received the very best food, $100.00 a gallon Shampoo (she had a “Skin Condition”) and even special “Ear Cleaner”. She lived a long life, receiving an exceptionally “Clean Bill of Health” at each and every visit, even outpacing her Breed’s Life Expectancy by years. Until………

In April of 2011, just shy of her 15th birthday, Nitro had a seizure and Robbie and I KNEW something was seriously wrong. I reluctantly took Nitro Dog in to see the Doc. After YEARS of providing me GREAT news, against all odds, today was different. Dr. Shimek was now somber and even he began to choke up just a bit, as he told me that he feared that Nitro had Cancer- and if he was correct, it was a fast growing type. The diagnosis came back the next day and the News was VERY Bad. I will tell you that this Big Tough Nitro Racer- Cried. I remember distinctly looking into those Big Brown eyes, as I could see the Pain growing in her each day as she became weaker. I knew we wouldn’t have long. I hurt profoundly too.

My Mom also knew the inevitable was coming and she wanted to step in and try to bring some much needed joy to our lives. What brings more joy than a puppy! She called me one day, SO EXCITED and told me, “I wanted to surprise you, but I CAN’T wait- “YOU NEED TO COME UP WITH A NAME FOR YOUR NEW PUPPY!” There WEREN’T any Dalmatian Puppies anywhere in OREGON, so she’d found one back on the East Coast! While I wasn’t sure I was ready for another Dog yet, I knew I’d better GET ready, ‘cause she was a commin’! My Mom wanted to have the new Puppy to have time together with Nitro Dog, for Nitro to “train” the new Puppy- but time was so short.

The day came and we went to the Portland Airport to pick up our new arrival- who was arriving on a Red Eye flight! When we saw the Dog Crate and opened it- to our utter amazement, there were TWO Dalmatian Puppies in it! My Mom was SUCH a softie that she’d ordered TWO Puppies- one for US and one for HERSELF!! So, immediately, we went from ONE Dog to THREE! We named ours Maggs in keeping with our Racing theme. Mom named hers “Daisy”- not having QUITE the passion to name her DOG after A/Fuel Dragster components!! Go Figure!!

Hoffman Sign- 2011-05-13Upon arriving at our Vets office, Hoffman Vet Clinic, for Maggs first visit (and the obligatory “Thermometer up the butt probe”- for Maggs, obviously!), we were welcomed, with the most wonderful surprise – The staff welcomed Maggs arrival by announcing it to the world, or at least to all those who traveled on Lancaster Avenue for about a week, by changing their reader board sign to read “It’s a Girl! For Gregg & Robbie” We were STUNNED & Overwhelmed! We Love those guys! Everybody should be so blessed to have a Vet like Dr. Shimek at Hoffman here in Salem! WOW! I’ve included a Pic of the sign they did for us, as it meant so much to us!

One of the Pictures in our Photo Album shows a VERY small Maggs the Dog on our Bed with a very sick Nitro Dog. We had them together for 3 days before Nitro’s time with us was at an end. Nitro has a virtual “shrine” here on our property. Although deeply personal, I’ve also opted to share a picture of the board I used to cover her in her grave, on which I wrote a deeply personal message. I’m sharing it here with you all, as it means something to us, as I suspect it will to anyone who has walked through similar circumstances.

Christmas of 2011 saw one MORE addition to our Dalmatian family as Santa HIMSELF delivered yet ANOTHER addition to our brood. My Bride, Robbie now has her OWN hound Dog, aka, Dalmatian Puppy. Owing to the Christmas delivery, she was named “Holly” Dog.

 

We miss Nitro constantly, however, our lives are QUITE full of Maggs & Holly who are the BEST of Buds, as they romp and chase each other ENDLESSLY- our manicured Yard notwithstanding. Okay, so it was NEVER COMPLETELY “manicured”, but it was a HELLUVA’ lot nicer than it is NOW!! But, our home is FULL of two Dogs who Love us unconditionally EVERY day, good times or bad, as we Love them too. I’m thinking that’s the way God designed it. Probably what he had in mind for US too, huh? May we Love each OTHER just the way Nitro, Maggs, Holly & Daisy Love us- Unconditionally, Faithfully and always FULL of UNRESTRAINED Joy to see us!

To those new to Gregg Racing- we are all about RELATIONSHIPS- so Thanks for checking us out! We are THANKFUL for YOU!

Gregg Racing~
Good Times with
Good People (and Great Dogs!)
At 260 MPH!
With a Dog’s Love~ Nitro Gregg~

New Car Arrives – Gregg Racing

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So ~
There’s a Hellova’ “Back Story” that will follow soon, as Gregg will be sharing the details of how our New Car actually came to be! Please allow me to ‘whet your appetite a bit here- Our story will begin with a trip to the 2011 IMIS show in Indy that Gregg and Jerry Darien attended after researching options to actually BUILD twin cars. By the time we’re done with our story, we’ll be speaking of Bob Vandergriff and his Crew Chief Rob Flynn, along with Robert Hight (and the John Force Racing Organization), and then we’ll conclude our journey, (‘er…..That’d be the 11 month saga we’re speaking of here, NOT the band from the 80’s! Lol!!!) with none other than Joey Severance!! We now have our new Chassis, and it is a virtual “Twin” to one that Jerry Darien has! More about that to follow also! Please stay tuned & we’ll fill you in on this IMPROBABLE story!! Relationships MATTER, in WHATEVER you’re doing – This is CERTAINLY true in Drag Racing!!

Gregg Racing ~
Good friends & Good Times at 265 MPH!!

Woodburn Dragstrip Season Opener – Gregg Racing

 

This Post was ready to go shortly after the conclusion of the Woodburn Season Opener, however, the accident in Mission (see Post- “Stan’s Unlucky, Lucky Friday”) took precedence.  That behind us now and Stan on the mend, I did want to report on how our first outing went, so…. Here Goes!

2012- Season Opener~  May 19-20 

We had a major thrash getting our old Gal ready, as we were making plans to have a new car for this season.  After countless hours of devoted work from Stan and Mike along with help from our faithful Clutch Guy Jake, we finally arrived with VERY high hopes for the 2012 Season Opener at Woodburn where we were pleased to have our whole team together again for the first time this year.  An acknowledgement of the Team it takes to put this Show together seems very appropriate here-

  • Stan Wise ~  The one who knows more about where everything goes on this program almost than I do.  Dedication, Passion and Faithfulness OOZE out of Stan.
  • Jake Vaage ~ Kick Butt Clutch Dude- This guy KNOWS how to make a Clutch Flat- That’s “MISTER Flat” to you!
  • Mike Cady ~ Our 10 Year Groupie, Now Crew Dude who’s doing an AWESOME job- Pure Passion.
  • Keith McCurdy ~ We’ve been doing this together a VERY Long time- Great Friend, and a WEALTH of Engine Building Knowledge.   Very Cool Cat Under Pressure.
  • Shelly (LouLaBelle) Kinney ~ My Niece and our Data Entry Specialist.  She enters all the VOLUMES of Data this Car generates into a VERY Cool Spreadsheet I developed.  Tedious and Important Work- She’s VERY Good!  Now, she’s learning Motor work!
  • Mom (Irene) ~ Feeds us all as if we were at a 4 Star Restaurant!  Unbelievable Food- and its WONDERFUL to Race with your Family!
  • Robbie (Gregg’s Sweetheart & His Bride) ~ Packs the Chutes, Fuels the Car & Cleans the Oil Pan.  She knows more about what to look for in the Bottom of an Oil Pan than 90% of the Veteran Racers I’ve been with.  She makes my Racing worth doing- Faithful & NEVER Complains.  I should be more like her!

That’s our Team- These People invest COUNTLESS Hours on our A/Fuel Dragster Program and make it all possible.  We have a Car that consistently is safe and that “nothing falls off of”, all because of the hours invested by these people.  I owe them a debt of gratitude and wanted to express my Thanks Loudly here!

On to The Season Opener~

Woodburn Season Opener-2012- Launch

The Car has a fresh Motor this Year, with new Sleeves, new Rings and the same Tune-Up it had when we ran the 5.420 ET 264.39 MPH last year.  I knew that having a fresh, tight motor would make MORE power, but no one could help me determine how MUCH more.  Our first hit of the year showed this to be true, as we went “up in smoke”, completely blazing the tires.  I have one Pic of that Run I’m posting here that is telling, in that is shows the front tires off the ground, so it WAS trying.  If it had the front tires up (as it did), transferring the weight to the rear tires and STILL smoked the tires (as it ALSO did), then, well, then we were simply WAY off in our Power to Clutch settings.  Darn.

Compression and Clutch changes were made and we’re ready for Sunday and…….., and…… and I want the WEATHER Man’s Job!!!  That’s the job where you can be wrong 60% of the time and STILL keep your job and get paid pretty handsomely!  The forecast was for a pretty nice day.  We woke to anything BUT a pretty nice day!  The constant rain forced them to call the event, leaving us to only wonder what coulda’ been!  Darn!  Nothing’s hurt and we’re ready to go!  We will schedule an Outing to come back and Test soon.  Stay Tuned, as we’ll announce when we’re coming back for testing…….