at NED Jr Dragster Divisionals
- August 18-20 brought over 300 Jr Dragster racers from the
northeastern US and eastern Canada to converge on Maple Grove in
Mohnton, PA. Zachary collected his best finish so far as a
semi finalist in the 8-9 year old category on Saturday night.
The fun started
Wednesday night for the Gospel Motorsports team with the arrival
of the Mikuni carburetor kit from Motivational Tubing.
Darryl made the conversion, but could not get the car to idle.
After making a bit of noise in the neighborhood through a number
of experimental starts, it was decided to use the test and tune
on Thursday to perhaps do more tuning than testing. The
prayer was put forth that night that a vendor may be available
so we could make the proper purchases of jets and adjustments to
the carburetor to match the motor.
Thursday morning to find the prayer answered in the form of
Craw's racing. It was then that the discovery was made
that you should not mix one company's carburetor theory with
another as the team fought through a series of test runs with
bogs, and erratic idles. Five runs were made, from a 13.01
to a 13.25, most with a very bad leave at the line and some
concern from Zachary that the idle did not settle down after a
rev and it would cause him to not be able to stop the car.
the rains which enabled the team to enjoy the culinary
joy of an egg, Canadian bacon, and cheese bagel with just a hint
of methanol aroma for good measure. We sat from 8AM until
4PM when they decided to call the practice day off. They were
only able to squeeze one run in, which was considerably slower at
13.46 with a .560 light. More quality time was spent with
the folks from Craw's Racing and a gentleman by the name of Ray
was incredibly helpful in making a few more carburetor
adjustments. We got it close and left for the day.
morning brought the whole team out in the new Gospel Motorsports
shirts. The day was started with attendance at the Racer's
For Christ (RFC) Saturday service where we heard the message of
Super Comp racer and Division 1 chaplain Dale Ressler. He
spoke from John 15 with a discussion of the vine of Jesus and
how if the branches are not maintained, they can grow too long
and they are out on their own, too distant from the vine of
Jesus. He brought forward the importance of bearing fruit
in our lives. Zachary received a few more RFC stickers for
the car which were applied to each side.
Gospel Motorsports breakfast sandwich, the team headed for the
lanes for the first time run. A .690 light and a 13.23 did
not make the driver very confident. The tuning continued
and to make a long story short, the idle mixture was made very
rich by various text references. The next time run was a
.018 red light with a 13.61 ET. Not surprisingly this gave
Zachary relief as the car left much harder.
First round was
against a slightly faster junior from Johnson Racing.
Zachary narrowly escaped a very off pace 14 second run when the
opponent went red at the start. After no real clue why the
car was almost 1 second slow, a new plug was installed, and a
small change made to the jets. The team took a chance and
dialed a 13.60. Zachary had the advantage at the start
with a .167 light to the opponents .212 and took the win with a 13.64 on the
13.60 dial-in. The third round came as dusk was starting
to fall and an extreme moisture was finding its way onto
everything. The dial-in remained at 13.60 where Zachary
had his best run, with a .063 reaction time to his opponents
.089 and ran a 13.602 on his 13.60 dial-in. This put
Zachary into the semi-final round, with only four cars
remaining. The humidity went up, and the run was against
the Sand Gator car out of Shippensburg, PA. Out of some
concern that the temp was falling and it would go quick, Zachary
dialed down to a 13.59. Zachary's reaction was slightly
off pace to the other runs with a .223 against the opponents
.052 and he ran a 13.62 and went out in the fourth round.
The team was ecstatic after the trials of the prior days to see
the success that could only come with the help of the Lord to
rid the frustration.
The team was
truly blessed with this outing and remembered to thank the Lord
for His victory in many ways. This was the first real
that promoted the Gospel Motorsports name and scriptural
reference to Proverbs that brought great discussion with another
racer that wanted to use their car to promote their faith and
also from the Track Manager, John Krupiak, who shared his
appreciation for the scriptural message. This helped to
grow the hope that this message can motivate others to bring
forward their faith to this sport.
Success - The long awaited Geezer race brought forth a
little disappointment in that Neil would be unable to race the
Nova in that class due to the rules being established for true
street vehicles and no DOT sticky tires. The Avalanche was
called into duty and was up to the task of carrying its "over
55" driver. Neil received his first round win at drag
racing when the opponent in round one left too early with a red
light. The next round would provide similar results
catapulting Neil to a semi final round. In that round, the
opponent was able to keep the light green crossed the finish
line first to take the win. In all, it was an incredible
success after trying to overcome the red lights of two races ago
and to get a more consistent reaction time. Neil had a
pretty good outing for a geezer, and at this race, we certainly
mean that in a complimentary way.
Darryl found the
other end of the red lights in round one with a .003 red in the
Nostalgic 2 class. The weekend brought a interesting mix
of classic show cars and a nitro show that included names from
the past including the Hemi Hunter nitro dragster, jet funny
cars, and an awesome 56 T-bird with wheel stands on the gear
changes like the days of old.
celebrated the birthday of Debra Hoster's, Darryl's sister, with
her first visit to a drag race. Also with her were her
friend Ed and daughter Kelly.
Blues - On August 13th, the Gospel Motorsports team attended
the Maple Grove points race in Jr. Dragster. After two
time runs that produced red lights, and a pretty wide spread on
the ET, the crewchief decided to make a small change to the
carburetor which was a big mistake. A little more RPM,
created a very strange lean conditon mid track where Zachary
slowed to an 18 second run. Since the team has found that
they are the last of the Jr racers that runs a Tillotson, it was
decided to discard the carburetor in favor of the preferred
Mikuni...more on that later.
Weekend - July 22-24 brought the teams traditional
attendance at the Super Chevy Show at Maple Grove. The
weekend started off with a Friday night race that brought
a first round loss for Darryl to a racer who ran on their dial
to the thousandth of a second for a total margin of victory of
.0095 of a second. That proved to be the tone for much of
the racing that weekend as Darryl lost the first round in
Saturday's race by a .0043 margin of victory to Lonnie Horst in
a double breakout run. Neil raced the truck on Saturday
and also went out first round.
Sunday the team
attended the Racer's for Christ service where Pastor Dan Laterza
and his wife Claire provided the message. After the
service, we talked at length about our hopes for the Gospel
Motorsports team and learned that the track chaplains do much
more than offer a Sunday service.
the bonus race on Sunday and made it through the first round but
gave way to a much quicker and consistent car in round two.
We Do Race
the Truck - Saturday, July 9th brought a new driver forward
in the Gospel Motorsports team. Neil Schueck, aka Grandpop,
took a few laps in the Avalanche, aka tow vehicle, to prepare
himself for the upcoming Geezers at the Grove event on August
14th. Three times runs were permitted due to a smooth
running schedule at the track. The first
being the quickest with a 17.01 at almost 80 mph. It was
decided that deep staging would be best to cut a light and on
the last time run, an .090 was achieved which is pretty great
for first time out, an unfamiliar vehicle, and never using a
practice tree. First round proved to have too much
reaction though as a 17.10 was dialed, but the red light came on
as truck crept very deep into the lights. Four runs were
good experience for the race, but that would not be the end of
the day for the Avalanche and Grandpop.
Zachary had a
good outing, while still not advancing in the race. First
time run yielded a 13.22, followed by a 13.23. Anticipating that it would go quicker, a 13.20
was dialed for eliminations. Zachary left with a very
respectable .059 reaction time and ran a 13.23, only to have his
opponent drill the tree with a .005 light and 9.56 on a 9.51
dial-in. It was a very tough loss for Zachary, but his
gain was in reaction performance.
Motorsports Nova had a less than predictable Saturday, with ETs
that ranged from
11.66 to 11.83. First round of Heavy Eliminator was
against Mark Sabo, a veteran Maple Grove racer in the Defiance 9
second altered. The Nova was dialed at an 11.69 against a
9.62. While leaving the line first with a .016 to .040
reaction time advantage, the Nova was .05 off the dial, running
an 11.73 to his .01 over 9.63. The spread at the finish
line was .0041 seconds, or a matter of inches at 129 mph.
We decided to
grill a leisurely supper, when Zachary heard the call for the
Dash for Cash race, which is open to first round runner up
racers. Both Grandpop and I decided to give it another go.
We were soon to find out that the attendance was sparse and we
were only joined by one other racer, George Walleigh in his 10
second '55 Chevy. As it turns out, I had to run Granpop in
the first run. After more push when power braking, the
Avalanche went red again, and forfeited the race. In the
final, I dialed 11.71, somewhat unsure what the car would run to
George's 10.24. After leaving the line with a .032, the
win line came on in the Nova's lane with the opponent's red
light. We agreed the Dash was fun and also more practice
for next week and it ended up being a blessing to the team after
having lost a number of runs on red lights.
Consistency - June 25 brought forth a scorcher with 93
degree weather. Zachary and Nate's friend, Kyle, came
along for his first experience at the drag races while Grandpop
took care of the starting line duties during the time runs.
We finally found a tune up that would produce numbers within the
12.90 index with the addition of 35 lbs of left over furniture
stability weights (for Granpop's sake we could say the car is
now well furnished, except that they are IKEA weights instead of
first time run, Zachary almost reached a perfect light with a
-.001 reaction time and a 12.88 ET. We removed the last
two degrees of advance in the timing and readied for the next
time run. Zachary stayed focused with an .054 reaction
time and the car clicked off a 13.16 ET. We had seen the
car tend to go quicker through the day, so we agreed to dial a
13.10 in the first round of eliminations. Zachary ended up
drawing the number two person in points, Eric Peterka.
After the burnouts, Zachary staged. After what seemed like
an eternity, Eric pulled into the beams with his 7.91 dial.
Zachary left first with the handicap. Once both cars were
off, it looked close, but then we heard the release of Erik's
throttle to his win. Eric had covered Zachary on the tree
with an .083 light to Zachary's off pace .296 reaction time.
The Gospel Motorsports Jr. Dragster ran a 13.105 on its 13.10
dial which was good experience for the tune up. Each week
becomes something learned.
The red lights
have continued to plague me in the elimination rounds.
This week was no different, only striking in the first round of
eliminations. The Nova showed consistent form by running
11.77, 11.77 and 11.76 in consecutive rounds. After the
day finished, it was a reminder that this needs to be for fun
and not to supplant the blessing we have been given with the
opportunity to be at the races.
One Bad Tune
- On the way to pickup our crew Sunday May 8th, we opened
with discussions to remind us of last week's lesson about Gideon
and also to talk about baptism and the invisible nature of the
spiritual baptism that Jesus gives us as opposed to the baptism
with water that John provides. We praised with a bit of
Third Day as we rode what seemed like a short journey compared
to the ride to Cecil in the rain.
We arrived at
the track just before 8, unloaded the trailer and got teched in.
After the quick runs a Cecil, we put the motor's timing at only
2 degrees advanced in the junior. However, a few
adjustments to the carburetor yielded a lean condition and a 20
second run on the first pass. Zachary was less than
thrilled with his crewchief at this moment. Because of oil
downs that would be our only time run so we took our best guess
at the fuel mixture and dialed a 12.96. Zachary of course
thought is should be a 13.2 something, but I was sure we had a
better handle on the tune up than that. In first round of
eliminations, Zachary hit a decent .135 light against the
competitions .092, but the car only ran a 13.48 due to being a
bit too lean on the primary side. After an "I told ya so"
from Zach, our neighbor and fellow racer Rich Pennington was
nice enough to loan us a Mikuni carburetor to give a few other
options for the next race.
The Nova fared
slightly better in eliminations as we tried to dial in the car
to run without the mufflers and take advantage of the new rules
to run as quick as 11.50. We survived first round of Heavy
Eliminator with a .042 light compared to the opponents off pace
.296. This gave enough buffer at the finish to leave off
what would have been a big break out run, running a 12.03 on an
11.84 dial. Considering we were running almost 2 tenths
quick, we dialed an 11.68 the next round, but the driver failed
in his duties again with a .021 red light, this being the second
consecutive second round red light loss ending any hopes of
redemption of the crewchief through driving. However, this
day set both the ET and MPH records for the Nova running 11.691
and recording a 118.56 MPH in the time run.
Cecil - On
Sunday, May 1st, Gospel Motorsports headed to Rising Sun,
Maryland to face the competition at Cecil County Dragway.
The crew members were awakened at 5:30AM and after a bit of
nourishment, loaded into the truck at 6AM to head southbound.
The long drive gave us a chance to have a little praise session
with the Third Day Offerings II CD and a little lesson how
Gideon rescued Israelites from another round of their forsaking
God for other gods and how we should not forget God, especially
to continue to worship him on Sundays, even if we are at the
Rain started to fall at departure and
fell steadily until we
were fifteen minutes from the track, while we remained hopeful that
the forecast would be accurate and the weather would clear.
As it turned out the program at the track was delayed but still
on after the efforts of the Cecil County crew to dry the track. This gave the
Gospel Motorsports crew much needed
time to settle in after a 2 hour ride. We also took the
time to inspect the track, covering both sides and also a review
of the finish line and turn off roads. As we had time, we also ventured into the Dragway's souvenir shop to
which Nate asked why they had evil hats for sale. His
reference was to the skull and crossbones that adorned a few of
the items on the shelves. It turned out to be a rather
tough question to explain and we accepted that some people felt
the need to wear scary things to intimidate their competition,
but it reminded me of seemingly harmless mascots of various
sports teams set out to intimidate the competition by
threatening appearances. We moved on, confirmed that tech
would occur in the staging lanes and we waited for the call for
first time runs.
we met a great gentleman by the name of Hooper who is also a Maple
Grove regular with his big car, but runs the jr. program at
Cecil. It turns out that we had pitted near Hooper at past
Super Chevy events and he has a very nice custom purple pickup truck
from 1930-40s vintage running Heavy Eliminator. He was a great help
to explain the program at Cecil and to ease Zachary's nerves.
First time run
was called and we suited up and headed to the lanes. A
note for future reference is to not use the small entry road to
the lanes as a tow strap does not yield enough turning radius
without significant manual adjustment by picking up the nose of
the car, which served to give the crewchief more exercise. While waiting in the lanes, we noticed a very
cool car painted in an American flag scheme with the lettering
"Jesus Rocks". We got to our chance and Nate bravely
stayed on the 4-wheeler while we went to the water box.
The car fired and we attempted a small burnout but Cecil had so
much traction compound that I found it difficult to walk and no
doubt put a pull on the small horsepower jr. cars. Zachary
seemed to have a tough time keeping the car held back with the
brakes, and he crept up in the lane when staging. He left
with a slight red light and ran a 12.91 at just over 50mph.
This was the fastest run thus far, and right on the 12.90 bump
for an 8 year old.
commented that it stumbled off the line, so crewchief decides
that we need to fix this before first round of eliminations.
Completely forgetting that this is bracket racing and
consistency is everything. A quarter turn adjustment to make the secondary a bit richer.
Seemed harmless. One great feature about Cecil is that
they pair the 8-12 year olds together for first round, which
prevents the first round loss to the 18 year old with 10 years
experience. We drew a car dialed 10.20 and Zachary
decided to dial 12.91, which seemed logical. He took off
with a .190 reaction time which bettered the opponent's .278.
However, when the lights came on Zachary had significantly
broken out with a 12.27 at 51mph. It turns out that fixing
the stumble brought the car back to a 2.6 second 60' time.
Zachary seemed not too concerned over the loss and pretty
thrilled about the quick ET. However, he is way under
index and will require a return to the retarded timing which was
bumped up 6 degrees prior to this race to step it up.
We had a great
lunch in the sun on the trailer ramp and packed up and headed
for home a little after 1PM. The rest of the crew slept
soundly on the way home and Nate awoke just as we got home and
announced that he really like Cecil and the black cars??
Opening Day - Maple Grove Raceway's season opened on March 26th with sunny but
chilly weather in the 40s. The Gospel Motorsports' junior
dragster made its inaugural run with Zachary
Moser piloting. The first pass produced an ET of 13.65
seconds at 43 mph. Increasing the RPMs to 3000 at the
start yielded a 13.28 with
just over 45mph on the second pass. Zachary selected a
13.45 dial-in and proceeded to his first round of eliminations
opponent dialed an 8.92. Zachary did a great job of leaving the line
with a reaction advantage and on a double breakout run, the
Gospel Motorsports team received the victory. Both
dragsters were sporting the Racer's For Christ logo and either
outcome would have brought glory to the Lord. Second round
of eliminations found a quick competitor running 7.92.
This race ended the day for the Gospel Motorsports' jr dragster
as the competitor had a better reaction time and covered the
race at the end of the track.
The team was quite happy with the day with one round win and
achieving ETs within the index of 12.90.
Motorsports' Nova made it as far as the second round in the Heavy Eliminator class.
In the first round, a press of the brakes at the finish line to
prevent a breakout started to put the car sideways at 113 mph.
Thankfully, the correcting hand of the Lord put the car straight.
It was a reminder that this sport needs the safety equipment
that can only come with faith in Jesus.
In the second round, the opponent's .001 reaction time to an .050 finished the day.
to Grandpop and Gramm Schueck for their help with tending to all
the team members on race day and for Grandpop's help tuning the
dragster and getting the trailer ready to fit all the "stuff" on
to campaign in 2005 - A 1999 Motivation Tubing Jr. Dragster
was acquired at the end of 2004 to compete in the 2005
NHRA Jr. Drag Racing Series at Maple Grove Raceway. The
dragster will be piloted by Zachary Moser, an eight year old in
his first season racing. Elapsed times are limited to
12.90 in the eight mile. The driveline is a Briggs &
Stratton engine running on methanol through a Tillotson
carburetor. A Comet clutch is used to apply power to the
M/T 19x10 slicks. The dragster is the first car of
hopefully many to wear the Gospel Motorsports logo.
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