RFS Motorsports SNORE 250 race report

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Well, to say it was a long day might be an understatement. We started the morning off with a bad battery on bank 1 and the truck was not happy about it. We changed the battery before the start and we were off at 8:31 am. We started 5th in class and behind all the 5/1600 and 9 cars. What a mess that was trying to pick through all the cars. We ended up picking through all of our class and the 9's by mile 17. We were through all the 5/1600 when we came up to the 2nd place 5/1600 car of Pat Dailey at mile marker 22 in a whoop section. There was a lot of dust so we had to get right up on him. Robert was in the driver seat and we followed him for 1/2 mile and he finally moved over, or so we thought. We went to pass on the left and he dropped back down from the enbankment into the whoops where we were passing. We ended up running over his front tire with our rear tire and took out his hood and it through us up in there air over him, perpendicular to him. Everything was in slow motion so I thought we were going to go over on this one.

Well, here I am in the air, trying to downshift into first and counter steering to get out of what I thought was a for sure rollover. We landed in front of him and I hit the gas pedal and we go flying off the course out into the dezert. Some how I manage to keep the truck on four wheels and we try to avoid all of the turtles at the same time. I could only imagine what was going through Robert's head as he sees us flying through the air in front of him with only our under carriage showing. We turn back on the course and start to go and discover we had damaged the suspension.

The car now was standing up on every bump. We pull over and discover that the impact of hitting them or landing, not quite to sure, has broken the rear right coil over spring and bent the shaft. Now we decide to limp to pit 2 to try to salvage the race. We do not have a spare coil over so we take the one off our 4 seater. Now this one is 2" shorter and a lot lighter than what is on the truck. My pit guys make it work and now we are off again.

We make it back to main pit and check everything out. The first lap has taken us 3 hours to complete, ouch. We check everything out and decide to move on for the points and try to make up some time. We baby the truck through the 2nd lap and the shock holds up. This lap takes us 1:37:00. Faster but still not making any ground on the leading truck. He is really hauling the mail.

Lap 3 we really kick up the pace. We are moving a fast as possible with the smaller shock on the back. We clock a 104 mph through pit 1 and 106 through pit 2. The truck is running good and we are in the grove. Oh no, here it goes again. At mile marker 47 we show 11 volts on battery one and dropping. Our stupid Alternator is having problems again. We thought the problem was corrected during prep but it comes back to haunt us. Our first battery runs out of juice and the Motec starts acting up at mile marker 54. We switch to the second battery and we barely make it back into the pit. This lap takes us 1:27:00, very fast for the shock that we have on it. We go to use our spare alternator but it doesn't fit. Turns out the spare alternator was not machined right by the company that sold it to us. We are out of luck with the spare. My guys work on the alternator and they get it to work again.

We decide to try out lap 4 and move on our way. About mile 8 and the volts start dropping again and the Motec starts acting up about mile 15. We get to mile 22 and the truck just completely shuts down. She has had enough and we cannot get her to start again. That was it, we were done. We got out of the car and walk back to check point three. Still was a great run for the problems that we had throughout the race. Thanks to my crew for getting the repairs necessary to move on and put us into first place in our class in points

Turns out that we had suffered some damage to the battery tray when we hit Pat's car. One of the clamps were damaged and grounding out. The truck suffered some damage to the suspension including a bent trailing arm. When we finished there was a noise coming from the rear end, the motor and we think the motec might of fried. I sure hope not. The truck is getting completely torn down and everything is getting rebuilt for the 1000.

Sorry Robert and Pat, we thought you saw us when you pulled to the side. Please put up the in car video. I know that will be awesome to see! After talking to you guys I know that it was just part of racing. I should of gave you a bump but I didn't because I thought you were driving Pat. Thanks for everyone's help getting the truck back into the main pit. Thanks to our sponsors and SNORE for a great race. This now makes 6 races in a row without a flat on our GT tires!!!
 

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A few shots I have a you guys.

I won't repeat Tree Bar stories.





And your Bienvenido, for getting your truck back to your pit. I thought those guys were going to cash it in for casino money.:eek::D
 
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RFS Motorsports

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A few shots I have a you guys.

I won't repeat Tree Bar stories.





And your Bienvenido, for getting your truck back to your pit. I thought those guys were going to cash it in for casino money.:eek::D
Could not get the photos to open Trey. Not sure if it is my bad connection at the hotel I am at?
 

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Not sure of the problem. I see them. Maybe a problem with the host, check back later.
 

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I can't wait to see the vid either!! It sure was hairy, it happened so fast, yet played out so slowly!

It's weird that we couldn't hear the siren behind us, because it was very loud when you reached the rear quarter panel, but by then, too late.

Glad you saved it, racing incident or not, it woulda been a real bummer if anyone got hurt.
 

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I can't wait to see the vid either!! It sure was hairy, it happened so fast, yet played out so slowly!

It's weird that we couldn't hear the siren behind us, because it was very loud when you reached the rear quarter panel, but by then, too late.

Glad you saved it, racing incident or not, it woulda been a real bummer if anyone got hurt.
It was a weird deal because it looked like you gave moved over for us. Boy were we surprised when we saw you guys come back down. It was all just part of racing and the outcome was without injuries or the vehicles heavily damaged.
 

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What was the deal with the donuts in the staging area before the race? Just wondering.
 

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What was the deal with the donuts in the staging area before the race? Just wondering.
They told us to go get in the 5 spot. Then they told us to get in back of the line. Then they told us to go get in the 5 spot again. Was getting old but just spun the truck around in a 180 instead of fighting the ibeams.
 

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I'll check our in car footage tonight. Hopefully it got it because at some point during the race, the camera turned off.
Hopefully it is on there. It was at mile marker 22-23. It will be some incredible footage. Love to see what Robert saw.
 

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A few shots I have a you guys.

I won't repeat Tree Bar stories.





And your Bienvenido, for getting your truck back to your pit. I thought those guys were going to cash it in for casino money.:eek::D
Can't open them either....
 
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