Chase Motorsports 195 Chili Cook Off race recap

CHASETHISTOO

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We had a great weekend. Arrived late thursday night in Lucerne to a cool high 80's low 90's temp. We set up shop and b.s.'d about the day tomorrow. Friday morning comes around and Pops and I hit the trail early hoping to get as many laps as we could before tech. We head out on a 50% lap to get familiar with the course. This is my first time racing in Lucerne. Everything goes great so my navigator Big Jeff jumps in with me and we do another loop to mark up the GPS. Everything is going great until MM29ish in the wash. I brake for a corner and the roof rack comes flying off the top of the car and lands on the hood. All the mounts broke clean off. Luckily that was the only mishap we had the entire weekend.

Raceday. I'm starting the race with my dad, Don, scheduled to jump in after 3. Car is working great and everything seems to be dialed so my nerves are at ease. We suit up while our crew checks and puts the finishing touches on the car. Jeff and I go over a few key notes and we jump in. As we pulled to the line Ron signals us to pull forward. I tell him I'm scheduled to start in the number two spot. Apparently Alex didn't show so I'm first off the line. Thats when my heart rate shoots through the roof! Nerves, what are those, what I'm experienceing is way worse than a case of butterfly's. The next 10 minutes are the longest 10 minutes of my life. I try to calm my self down by time the flag droped. As I get the 30 second signal from Bill I put on my game face and got in the zone. By time my crew gave me the first split time from MM4 I was in my groove and felt good. I ran fast lap of the race on my first lap and was blazing off onto my second. Ran a clean second and was on my way to a clean third when I got the call from main. Pops, "Hey, Jamie (My dads co and my brother in-law) and I were thinking and wanted to know if you wanted to stay out. You think about it and let us know." Me, "Can I answer now? YYYYYYYEEEEEESSSSSS!" Jeff and I couldn't beleive it! What was I going to say...no? I don't think so. Every lap I seemed to pick up a minute on Ron #119. I had already gone through MM21ish when I got the call that #119 had pulled into a pit and Mike #135 was now running second. At that time I had around 3 minutes on second but was sputtering on fuel. I took it easy making sure I made it to the pit. I pull in heading out on 4 and had an amazing pit. In and out in less than a minute with 30 gallons of F&L fuel and a complete once over on the car. 4 was another clean lap (there seems to be a pattern here). 5 even better. 6th lap we decided not to cut it so close on fuel so I came in for a 6 gallon splash. Skip "the fuel man" Johnson brought his A game and had us in and out in 20 seconds! Thats with the wives dumping water on us to cool us off. I was in absolute safe mode, I did not want to throw this thing away. I was in a conservative haul azz mode, what ever that means. It was like...do a 100+ in the straights, do 40- in the rough. The last thing I wanted was a problem. Comeing into midway on the last lap I got report that I had a huge lead. I backed it way down and cruised it to the teams 1st over-all victory, and my first personal win in a car. Not to shabby for my first year in a 1 car.

This team is growing and getting better every race. I want to throw a HUGE thanks to my Dad. Without him I wouldn't even have this opportunity. Thanks to my Mom and Wife for letting the race shop consume us and still having positive attitudes about it. Big thanks to my brother-in-law Jamie for giving up his spot so Jeff could stay in the car with me and have a quick pit. Thanks to the crew! These guys are 100% voluntary. They help in the race shop 2 nights a week and pull long hours out in the desert as well. We wouldn't have a team if it weren't for them! Thanks to Goodyear, this is the second race in a row with no flats, Ryan @ TCS for his awesome service and quick turn around, Brian @ Ultimate Customs for a motor that didn't miss a beat, Jeff @ McKenzies for his suspension setup, Sam @ Rancho, Brett @ King Shocks, Eric @ ES Motorsports, Clint @ PWR, Scott @ PCI, Sol Tek, F&L Fuels, J&M Contractors, Muir-Chase Plumbing, Astro Plumbing Supply, Inter Cooler. All these people helped us get to where we are today. Thanks.
 

Pee Wee

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Way to go guys!
It was fun watching all of the pieces fall into place and the day being yours.
 

mrmatt

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You looked great out there! Congrats on the big win!
 

LRS1972

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I posted this on the M.O.R.E. site but wanted to say it here as well.

What an amazing day for the CHASE MOTORSPORTS team. First off the line, fast lap, and first place! After turning wrenches on the Class 1 car since last December I was given my first opportunity to co-drive the first 3 laps with Travis. After leading the pack through lap two with a good lead Don Chase radioed in an offer for us to both stay in the car and finish the race. We jumped on the chance. Our pit support was excellent as always. I now know how much it means to look out of the car and see your own guys ready and waiting in case they are needed. I will have a new sense of worth when I'm back out there all day in the dirt hoping to lend a hand but also wanting the car to go right by me with no problems to report. Our fuel stop after lap 3 went flawless and we were in and out quick. I can't thank the guys (and girls, wives, mothers, sisters) enough for being there. There are too many names to mention. Also a HUGE thank you to Don Chase for giving me the opportunity to co-drive with his son Travis. It is a day I will never forget. I have learned so much from you guys over the last couple of years and had a great time doing it. I not only feel like a part of the team but also a part of the family.

As Travis stated above thanks to everyone who helps with the car, this would not have been possible without you. Thank you M.O.R.E. for putting on such a great event.

Big Jeff
 

LRS1972

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You guys were hauling the mail all day long. I have a video of you guys through MM15..... jst been too laxy to post up! Congrats!

Dude put it up! Please! My wife shot video of the start, first and second pit and the finish but I don't have anything of us moving.
 

Shoyrtt

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Congrats on the win! I was at RM 8 for the first two laps and you guys were haulin! Sean Dunn told me he tried to put the extra $ in the pot, but Jim said no one else ponied up.:confused: Maybe next time.:)

Speaking of next time, when is the next race? Any chance you might make it out to Lucerne again in two weeks for the MDR 250 for a rematch?:D

Again, congratulations!

Jim
 

LRS1972

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Congrats on the win! I was at RM 8 for the first two laps and you guys were haulin! Sean Dunn told me he tried to put the extra $ in the pot, but Jim said no one else ponied up.:confused: Maybe next time.:)

Speaking of next time, when is the next race? Any chance you might make it out to Lucerne again in two weeks for the MDR 250 for a rematch?:D

Again, congratulations!

Jim
Thanks man, I can't wait to see some video. When we were at tech we asked the girls in the MORE trailer if anyone had ponied up for the bet and they told us no. We were there at about 7-7:30 pm. Not sure about the MDR. We were palnning on running the Holiday 200. It's really up to Don and Travis. I'd sit next to Travis anytime so I hope so!

Sorry Sean didn't finish. We were really surprised to see him in the pits when we came around on lap 3. Even more surprised to see Kincaid out in the rough and moving.
 

CHASETHISTOO

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Congrats on the win! I was at RM 8 for the first two laps and you guys were haulin! Sean Dunn told me he tried to put the extra $ in the pot, but Jim said no one else ponied up.:confused: Maybe next time.:)

Speaking of next time, when is the next race? Any chance you might make it out to Lucerne again in two weeks for the MDR 250 for a rematch?:D

Again, congratulations!

Jim
Thanks! We not only felt fast we felt smooth. Everything just fell into place.

As far as the side money goes its no big deal, we tried. Next time though.

We wont have it ready for the MDR race mainly because we are throwing all our consetration towards the Powder Puff race. We have to get the car ready for that.

We will be running the Holiday 200 at the end of the year tho. Hope Sean shows up for that.
 

CHASETHISTOO

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You guys were hauling the mail all day long. I have a video of you guys through MM15..... jst been too laxy to post up! Congrats![/quote]

If you get a chance post it up. I would love to see it.

I have a little one my wife posted from the start and two from main:





 
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