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~

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…….