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Photos by Daniel Mainzer Photography NASCAR has Daytona, endurance racers have Le Mans, crap-can racers have ChumpCar, and kids who race soap box have the All-American Soap Box Derby World Championships in Akron, Ohio. For a kid involved in gravity racing there is no bigger achievement than the three lane "show" at Derby Downs. This year Krider Racing and Speed:Sport:Life went to the big race to check it out. My son, Gus, was lucky enough to earn the opportunity to participate in the 2011 World Championships after getting a lucky break in the qualifying race in California, thanks to Alison Parman. The Silicon Valley Soap Box Derby, headed up by Chris Harris and sponsored by ASI, shipped Gus’s sleek blue and yellow Masters Division racecar to Akron. We shipped our tools FedEx and then grabbed a 2,400 mile flight to Ohio. Ford gave us a 2011 Ford Taurus SHO (all-wheel drive twin turbo charged hot rod) to cruise around Ohio. The SHO turned out to be the perfect ride for a racing family of four on a world championship adventure. The navigation system worked great for us out-of-towners who couldn’t afford to get lost and possibly be late for the race. The 365 plus horsepower engine mated to a six speed automatic transmission made merging onto the confusing Ohio freeways absolutely effortless. We loved the car and decorated the rear window to let everyone in Ohio know that California was in the house. One time, I jumped on the throttle and threw the heads of my family back into their headrests. My son said, “I wish my soap box car could borrow some of the SHO’s power for my race this weekend!” “Sorry, Son, gravity will be your only engine this weekend.” One derby dad didn’t agree with the “gravity is the only engine” sentiment and in 1973 affixed an electromagnet inside the nose of the derby car. This magnet would help pull the car out of the starting gate as the metal gate dropped down moving the car beyond the static moment of inertia and into kinetic energy mode. It may not sound like much, but when these races are won and lost by a thousandth of a second, anything helps. The battery which operated the electro magnet was stashed inside the headrest of the car (as seen above). The car is kept in the All-American Soap Box Derby history museum and is on display as a warning to other derby dads. Each kid had the chance to take two runs down the infamous hill before the race on Saturday. Our test runs went well with Gus coming across the finish line first in each practice. Gus’s car received a fresh aerodynamic paint job completed by the guys at Miracle Auto Body and Paint in Napa, California. The new aero work was proving extremely beneficial at cutting down drag and helping him slip through the air to be fast at the finish. Before the race the car endured a very detailed technical inspection. If the officials in yellow shirts found anything they didn’t like, they mandated the car be brought within spec while fixing the car directly in front of them. Once they were satisfied with the repairs, then the car and driver were weighed in (in the Masters Division the total weight could not be above 255 pounds). The job of a derby dad is not an easy one. You spend most of your time holding a heavy soap box derby car and making sure it doesn’t roll down the hill and hit some other kid. Our final practice run went great. The car seemed to go straight, and we didn’t appear to have any problems. Gus was happy with the car and the narrow one eighth of an inch we gave him to peek out under his helmet appeared to be enough that he could avoid the guardrails and stay within his lane, which is a good thing. The All-American Soap Box Derby has been running this event for 74 years and it is steeped in tradition. Hollywood star, Corbin Bernsen (best known for his role in the film Major League), wrote, directed and starred in a new film, 25 Hill, about the All-American Soap Box Derby race. Bernsen was at the race all weekend, headed the parade and even spoke at the awards ceremony. The race at Derby Downs is a weeklong event. Occasionally we had a free moment to run around Ohio and check things out. Cruising around in the Taurus SHO, we found the strangest local phenomenon (well, strange to us Californians) -drive through liquor stores! The folks at “The Brew Thru” would come right up to the window as we kept the old Taurus running and ordered two cases of Dos Equis. The patrons at “The Brew Thru” even gave the kids candy. It was awesome! America -give me alcohol, give me horsepower, give me convenience or give me death. Finally the big day came, and it was time to race. Over 500 kids from all over the country and even the world made the trek to Akron, Ohio, for the world championships. Teams from New Zealand, Canada, Germany and Japan were in attendance. Members from the Soap Box Derby International Committee approached us and asked if Gus would like to represent the United States of America in the Masters Division International race. The International race took a representative from each country and let them run in a separate competition to crown an international champion. Gus would be the only U.S. representative in the class. On Saturday, after a long hard day in the heat and humidity of Akron, the kids raced down the hill narrowing down the elimination brackets. At the end of the day all that was left was the finals. Kids sat in the shade and stayed hydrated while derby dads muscled the cars around the pits waiting for the next round. For the finals in the International Division it would be Gus Krider, representing the United States of America versus Makenna Laughlin, representing Canada. Makenna, from Peterborough, Ontario, was the 2010 Super Stock Division International Champion and moved up to the Masters Division for 2011. It was going to be a close race. When the gate dropped Makenna, number 36, driving the purple car in lane one, picked up an early lead. Gus, number 29, driving the blue and yellow car in lane three, drove straight as an arrow beaming for the finish line. At the line, whichever kid crossed first would be the 2011 International Masters Division Champion. At the finish it was Gus Krider who nosed across first, earning the 2011 International Masters Division Championship title for the United States of America! Gus accepted his congratulations from his biggest sponsor, Grandma Cindy, who owns C.J. Fix Co. Bookkeeping and Tax Preparation in Napa, California. We celebrated the American victory by taking our American made Ford Taurus SHO to Philadelphia, home of the Liberty Bell and home of the world’s greatest Cheese Steak sandwich at Geno’s. Congratulations to all of the kids who participated in the All-American Soap Box Derby, especially those kids from Northern California (pictured above) who represented so well. A special congratulations goes out to Veronica Harris, who finished second in the All-American Soap Box Derby Super Stock Rally Division. Great driving Vern! For more information on All-American Soap Box Derby check out the Racer Boy post on Speed:Sport:Life.com.
You are seeing the image correctly. That is a Plymouth Voyager road racing! The van, run hard by “The Soccer Moms” race team, traveled from Oregon down to Buttonwillow Raceway in Southern California to run in the 14-hour “Summer Sunset” ChumpCar endurance race. The van did quite well getting the kids to practice and put down some pretty fast laps. Hit the jump below to see how it faired overall in the ChumpCar race. Photo by VanHap Photography. The ChumpCar “Summer Sunset” event went from 9:00 a.m. for fourteen hours straight, through the heat of the day and beyond sunset with a checkered flag being waved at 11:00 p.m. Teams did battle in $500 race cars (everything from grocery-getter vans to Triumph Spitfires). As the sun set, Buttonwillow Raceway became extremely dark and teams had to rely on their headlights and bravery to get around the course. The battle early in the race was between the #93 Nissan NX2000 “Shark Car” versus the #38 Acura Integra of Big Sausage Pizza Delivery. The Nissan was dominating on track but had to come in for fuel every hour and twenty minutes while the Acura was able to go two hours without a pit stop. These two teams had battled it out before and the different strategies (raw speed versus fuel mileage) were looking to be an interesting fight throughout the day. Big Sausage Pizza Delivery hung a stuffed animal shark from their rear tow hook to bait the “Shark Car” into chasing them. The “Shark Car” of race team Clergy MC answered back with a three lap lead. About halfway through the long race some bum racing luck struck Clergy MC’s “Shark Car” as they lost a left front wheel in Riverside corner. They were able to make repairs to the car (with some tools loaned from the Big Sausage guys) and come back out to compete. However, the #93 team lost too much time and the win and the trophy went to Krider Racing / Big Sausage Pizza Delivery (sponsored by I/O Port Racing Supplies, Sampson Racing Communications and Carbotech Brakes). Below, Krider Racing holds their trophy proud after fourteen hard hours of racing. The race was filled with great competitors, a great crowd and some really interesting machinery. Below are the competitors listed in order of their finishing position: Finish: First Place Number: 38 Team Name: Krider Racing / Big Sausage Pizza Delivery Make: Acura Total Laps: 312 Fastest Lap: 2:23.785 Finish: Second Place Number: 30 Team Name: Thundercock Racing Make: Mazda (disguised as a BMW) Total Laps: 299 Fastest Lap: 2:31.126 Finish: Third Place Number: 14 Team Name: Zoom-Zoom Boom! Make: Ford Total Laps: 292 Fastest Lap: 2:25.725 Finish: Fourth Place Number: 18 Team Name: Parabellum Racing Make: Mazda Total Laps: 282 Fastest Lap: 2:35.619 Finish: Fifth Place Number: 42 Team Name: Old & The Wreckless Make: Ford Total Laps: 276 Fastest Lap: 2:36.006 Finish: Sixth Place Number: 84 Team Name: Barbarian Motorworks Make: BMW Total Laps: 269 Fastest Lap: 2:21.268 quickest lap for event Finish: Seventh Place Number: 69 Team Name: Racey Diva Make: Datsun/Nissan Total Laps: 255 Fastest Lap: 2:24.377 Finish: Eighth Place and the “I got passed by what?” Award Number: 52 Team Name: The Soccer Moms Make: Plymouth Total Laps: 233 Fastest Lap: 2:32.015 Finish: Ninth Place and the Chumpiest Chump Award Number: 66 Team Name: The Sex Pistons Make: Triumph Total Laps: 210 Fastest Lap: 2:45.651 Finish: Tenth Place Number: 55 Team Name: Das Cucaracha Make: BMW Total Laps: 193 Fastest Lap: 2:37.136 Finish: Eleventh Place Number: 15 Team Name: Top Gun Down Under Make: Ford Total Laps: 178 Fastest Lap: 2:30.008 Finish: Twelfth Place and the Maytag Spin Cycle Award Number: 26 Team Name: The Carpet Pissers Make: Honda Total Laps: 168 Fastest Lap: 2:34.478 Finish: Thirteenth Place Number: 93 Team Name: Clergy MC Make: Nissan Total Laps: 157 Fastest Lap: 2:21.822 Finish: Fourteenth Place Number: 98 Team Name: Gurney’s Fleagle Make: Toyota Total Laps: 153 Fastest Lap: 2:26.858 Finish: Fifteenth Place Number: 32 Team Name: Dirt Track Pirates Make: Mazda Total Laps: 141 Fastest Lap: 2:29.160 Finish: Sixteenth Place Number: 16 Team Name: Top Gun Mavericks Make: Ford Total Laps: 100 Fastest Lap: 2:32.443 Finish: Seventeenth Place Number: 6 Team Name: Strictly Legal Racing Make: Volkswagen Total Laps: 70 Fastest Lap: 2:35.962 During the event Matt Adair ran his Jeep Cherokee around the course as a camera vehicle for a future episode of GoRacingTV.com. For more information on ChumpCar races check out the Racer Boy post on Speed:Sport:Life.com.
Photos by Adam Haas Happy Father’s Day! Here is a quick update on the ChumpCar race this weekend. I’ll post a full report later. The last time Krider Racing ran the Big Sausage Pizza Delivery Acura Integra around Buttonwillow Raceway they were leading on the last lap and then had an epic roll-over at the "Phil Hill" turn costing them the race. The team came back to Buttonwillow with the same car and a new plan. The new plan was "don’t roll-over" and "win" the race. The ChumpCar 14-hour enduro would set the stage for Krider Racing’s return to Buttonwillow. It was a lengthy tough battle with some awesome racing and great teams in attendance. Steve Kuhtz, AJ Gracy, Randy Krider, Keith Kramer and Rob Krider all shared driving duties during the long event. As the checkered flag was thrown on the dark racecourse at 11 p.m. the #38 Krider Racing Big Sausage Pizza Delivery Acura headlights were the first to illuminate the flag giving them the win –the second ChumpCar win for the team. Huge thanks needs to go out to the Course Workers, The ChumpCar Crew, the Kramer family, the Nees family, Amanda Hargis and Stephen Young for crewing such a long race. Also thanks to I/O Port Racing Supplies, Figstone Graphics, Sampson Racing Communications, Carbotech Brakes and GoRacingTV.com. The Big Sausage crew weathered and tired after 14 hours of battling in the desert heat at Buttonwillow. For more information on ChumpCar races check out the Racer Boy post on Speed:Sport:Life.com.
Photo by Jennifer Birtchie Summer is here and it’s time to kick the tires and light the fires for some racing. Problem is with this economy most of us don’t have enough coin underneath our seat cushions to pick up a spare Slurpee at 7-11 let alone a spare set of tires for an automobile race. That’s where ChumpCar comes along. Take your $500 beater and go racing. Not exciting enough to get you off of the couch and risk letting your Forza Motorsport ranking fall? ChumpCar has a National Championship and also races internationally, yup, Mexico, U.S. and Canada. How would you like to consider yourself an international racecar driver? This weekend Speed:Sport:Life will bring coverage from ChumpCar’s latest adventure -14 hours of Buttonwillow. Teams will be doing a solid day of battle, racing through the desert heat and attempting to survive the epic darkness with the checkered flag flying at 11:00 p.m. on Saturday. Set down the remote control and get in the garage. You have a lot of work to do to your Mom’s Camry if it is going to pass tech. See you at the track!
Growing up with the last name “Krider” means you’ll probably spend a lot of time at the race track while your dad, uncle, grandpa, etc. are up to their usual Krider Racing shenanigans (running hard, crashing cars and winning races). While most kids are enjoying a weekend of sitting on the couch killing zombies on Call of Duty you’re stuck at the racetrack doing menial tasks like cleaning wheels, sweeping out the racecar trailer and writing down lap times. But eventually, if you’re patient, it will be your time behind the wheel. Last weekend it was finally Gus Krider’s time to race and for the rest of family to crew for him. It was an All-American Soap Box Derby race in Palo Alto, California, and the results of that race are sending Gus to Akron, Ohio, for the World Championships. Gus picked up a beautiful cup trophy filled with jelly beans which he said, “taste like victory.” But his victory wasn’t an easy task, he had a lot of fast racers to overcome and last but not least (just like in any type of racing) luck was on his side. Gravity is the only engine in Soap Box racing and friction is the enemy of any racer. The trick as a driver is to find the smooth quick line on the track which means missing the small man hole covers and using the natural crown of the roadway. Since there was definitely a “fast” line on the track that meant that poor Gus was stuck hearing more than one long lecture from his “crew chief” dad. Eventually his dad finally shut up and then it was just Gus and track. He raced smooth all day and moved his way up the standings. In the semi-final race he had an epic close race against Vern Harris with the difference between the two racers only three thousandths of second. That win put Gus into the finals. The winner of this race would go Akron, Ohio, to represent all of Central and Northern California in the World Championships. His final opponent was Alison Parman in her beautiful beach themed car. Alison is a three time veteran of the World Championships and her car is probably the most fantastically built Masters car in the country. Gus won the first phase in lane two by three tenths of a second. During the second phase Alison came back with a vengeance and picked up a win in lane two by five tenths of a second giving her the win by two tenths overall. Gus had raced great all day but a trip to Akron wasn’t in the cards for him this year. But… any racer will tell you sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. During the awards ceremony Alison announced that she would not be making the cross country trip this year and she was deferring the local championship offer to attend the World Championship to the second place car, which happened to be Gus Krider. This revelation sent the crew into celebration. Krider Racing would be racing in the Indy 500 of the Soap Box Derby world July 23, 2011. Thank you Alison and the Parman family! To get Gus’s car from California to the World Championships at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio, the title sponsor of the Silicon Valley Soap Box Derby event in Palo Alto, California, Air Systems Inc. is shipping the car to Ohio. Thank you Air Systems! That saves us a very long tow. The biggest thanks needs to go to the Harris family and the entire crew at Silicon Valley Soap Box Derby for putting on an awesome event that so many kids had the opportunity to enjoy. Without people like this, who volunteer their time to make these events happen, nobody would have the opportunity to race. Stickers on the Krider Racing cars were done by Figstone Graphics. Gus Krider wants to thank his biggest sponsor, C.J. Fix Co. Bookkeeping and Tax Preparation in Napa, CA, -yes that would be Grandma Cindy. His sister Addy Krider, in the hot pink racer, finished 5th overall in the Super Stock class taking home another trophy for Krider Racing. This gravity only racing is actually starting to take off for the team, first the Pinewood Derby at the 24 Hours of LeMons and now Soap Box Derby. Who knew you could have so much fun without an engine? To learn more about All-American Soap Box Derby check out the full “Racer Boy” post on Speed:Sport:Life
The racing circus that is the 24 Hours of LeMons rolled into Infineon Raceway March 26-27, 2011. Speed:Sport:Life was there to cover the automotive mayhem represented by a 169 car Guinness Book of World record field of entrants. To get a real flavor for the event and be immersed in the car-nage we entered the Krider Racing Big Sausage Pizza Delivery Acura Integra. The weather forecast for the race weekend in Sonoma California was rain with possible showers. If we were lucky we might even get high winds and lightning. The wet weather was not optimal for the tires we brought which sent our team on a hunt for some solid rain tires. B&G Tires in Napa helped us get some deep treaded performance donuts. We rolled into the track on Friday and found the paddock slammed with teams. Ironically, open practice on Friday had a Ferrari club sharing Infineon with the LeMons teams. I don’t think there is an example of further sides of the car culture spectrum than Ferrari F430 racing owners with their eighteen wheel trucks filled with Italian tools (yes, they really do use Italian tools to fix Ferraris) compared to our team with a rusting car trailer and a 5 gallon bucket filled with half a set of sockets from Costco. Infineon was smart enough to keep the cars separated on the track, but we did share the paddock together. I think our entire LeMons budget for 2011 is still less than the cost of one wheel and tire on a Ferrari. When we lowered our trailer door we were happy to find out that the new tire rack we installed in the racing trailer from Pit Posse Motorsports didn’t fall down and scratch the hood of the racecar during the long road trip to Infineon. The last thing our LeMons car needed was more dents and scratches. Most teams jumped into the tech line at LeMons to find out if their roll-cage would pass inspection from the keen eye of John Pagel from Evil Genius Racing. Teams were anxious to find out how many laps LeMons Supreme Court Judges, Jonny and Phil, were going to bestow on their “racecars” disguised as “$500 heaps.” The teams stood in the garages sweating as they held on to fake Ebay receipts and fraudulent Craig’s List ads in attempt to explain how new coil-over shocks only cost 10 dollars in Uzbekistan. If the judges didn’t like a team’s theme then the judges may arbitrarily help with a theme, or maybe just spray paint on your car what they really think, like “Your Theme Sux.” While other teams suffered the wrath of the judges we decided to run some tire tests. We found that our tires worked great but our fire extinguisher managed to fall out of the mount and jump around the interior of the car making an awful amount of noise. Luckily the damn thing didn’t go off while we were driving. One call to Ken from I/O Port Racing Supplies and he set us up with a double strap extinguisher mount. The last thing you want while rolling into Turn 11 at Infineon at over 100 miles per hour is a loose fire extinguisher wedged under the brake pedal. Your day will be over quite fast. As "racing" luck would have it, we destroyed a lug nut while blasting tires on and off the car during tire testing. The guys at Phase2Motortrend set us up with new extra super lightweight aluminum lug nuts from Circuit Sports. Once we transitioned to the Circuit Sports lugs we didn't have any issues again. At the event we were filming an upcoming episode for GoRacingTV.com. We had a bunch of GoPro Hero HD cameras to get different shots. If you have ever played with a GoPro camera then you know that sometimes you take video for forty minutes and sometimes you take only a single picture within 40 minutes. Steve Kuhtz is a great crew chief and driver for our team but he struggled with turning on these cameras. I included the above shot because that is all we ever got out of a camera he attempted to turn on -one single picture of him looking at the lens… a bit confused. We sported the number 138 for this event which meant we needed fresh number panels from Figstone Graphics. We also installed a fresh set of endurance racing brake pads from Carbotech Brakes. When we rolled into tech we gave the judges a LeMons themed inspirational poster. The poster was a hit and rumor has it that the poster now graces the walls at LeMons HQ. After taking a quick look at our Integra the judges said, “So this car is a prior winner, and a prior car that was on its roof.” My first thought was, “Oh crap! Here come some penalty laps.” Then they laughed and said, “Were letting the fast cars run this weekend, Eyesore Racing, Evil Genius, POS Racing, Metro Gnome. We didn’t give any of those teams laps. Go have fun.” Sounded good to us! Friday night we cruised around, drank heavily and partied with the teams in the paddock. We swapped lies and stories with other teams and held flashlights while guys pulled off miracle motor swaps. We did a few team interviews for the GoRacingTV.com coverage. Watching the video footage later, we realized due to the party getting quite rowdy, that this episode would have to be rated NC-17 which Errol Tucker from GoRacingTV.com said was not going to happen. Maybe we can do a Director’s Cut? The next morning we found out why they didn’t give any previous winners any penalty laps, there were so many cars on the track, going fast was going to be quite a challenge. There were 169 teams that registered laps with their transponders –a Guinness Book of World record submission. Before our team can head out on a weekend long endurance race they are subjected to an extremely long (and lame) speech from me. The speech goes something like, “drive fast but don’t crash” and “save the car but make lots of passes” and “have fun but let’s win!” Rumor has it nobody listens to a word I say, they just look at their watches to see who will win the money pool –a competition about on how long my speech will actually be. In their defense, the speeches do go bit long… sort of like this article. I found a spot high up on a Sonoma hillside where I could spot most of the track. Armed with new radios and headsets from Sampson Racing Communications I was in perfect position to watch over our first driver, AJ Gracy, who owns Performance In-Frame Tuning in Napa, CA and is our team car chief. Since I was set up with a radio I could continue my ridiculously long pep talk. Traffic was insane during the race. AJ did a great job staying out of trouble, had a reasonably uneventful stint and brought the car in for our second driver, Rob Diehl. During our first driver swap, the team fueled the car, did a four tire swap (rains to drys) and added new cameras to the car. The pit crew of Stephen Young, Tim Jackley, Swayne Mason, John Linbarger, Sun Massera, Rachel Kuhtz, Anna Kaufman, Amanda Hargis, Tim Bringman, Dan Bordeau, John Persico, Karen Long, Ryan Hackett, Dan Olguin, Adam Haas and Lori Carter did an outstanding job getting the car back on the track quick. They also kept us out of the grease. Trouble and the judges are what you want to avoid at LeMons. This poor guy had to write hundreds of sentences on his car for spinning out in the rain. This car passed us a couple of times, but since it was sitting still for sentence writing we got those laps back and then some. My brother, Randy Krider, was the final driver for our team on Saturday. The team did another perfect pit stop and we were on the track and moving up the standings. We went all weekend without a penalty and without even trying hard or driving too aggressive we were sitting in 9th out of 169 teams by the end of day one. Saturday night they had a “Cheaters Pinewood Derby” and we entered a couple of cars: a camera car for the GoRacingTV.com footage and a beer can with wheels called “Miss Budweiser.” When the smoke cleared our beer can won first place and we earned this badass trophy which represents the scales of justice with the rulebook on one side and our cheater car on the opposite side. You can see the sweet taste of victory video here. The pit party on Saturday night was absolutely epic. So epic, in fact, that most of the Krider Racing crew got blackout drunk. A team rolled around the pits in a limo with a roll-cage in it passing out vodka soaked gummy bears. The results are viewable in the photo above plus one crew member mistook my RV hallway for the bathroom and peed on the floor. The details of that little incident can be read in the Man Overboard column in the Santa Maria Sun. Due to the number of radios we had I was able to try to find the drunken pit crew early Sunday morning. Some replied they were too drunk to volunteer to work for free on the racecar all day long. How dare them!? My dad, Jim Krider, was in charge of corralling the crew before each pit stop. His list of available guys was dwindling as more crew dropped out due to vomiting and diarrhea from being hung over. He and I brainstormed about the best way to do the first pit stop with limited resources. Maybe we would have the driver get out and fuel the car himself? Steve Kuhtz put down a solid early Sunday stint without any problems. I stayed in contact with him thanks again to Sampson Racing Radios and we worked together to find a nice yellow flag for a driver swap. Keith Kramer, my driving partner last year (we earned the NASA E3 2010 Western Endurance Racing Championship in his Nissan Sentra), waited patiently to get in the car to try to move us up the standings. Eventually a nice yellow flag came out and we did our pit stop. Even after 12 plus hours of racing, the traffic was still thick on Infineon. Keith was careful to move through traffic without any fender rubbing. As the race unfolded we started to really watch our position and fuel mileage. We had moved up to the top five and we wanted to make sure we didn’t run out of fuel (we lost a ChumpCar race in ’10 at Infineon for that very reason). We used a laptop and our nerdy spreadsheet to keep track of stats but the backlighting near the computer made the screen impossible to see. Our solution to the viewing problem was to use a laptop hood to block the sunlight. We scored a great one from Photodon.com. It works so we can see our screen in any condition (and also keeps other teams from spying on us). We had been watching the leader board all weekend waiting to see the number 138 make an appearance. If finally did on Sunday. We were sitting in third with only a few hours to go. With our team short on crew, suddenly a miracle arrived at Infineon. An old racing partner of my dad from go-kart racing back in the '80s, Craig Bulleri, arrived to watch the event. He had his three sons Nick, Jeff and Andrew Bulleri along with him. Apparently in order to be a Bulleri boy you must sport the beard. Before they could argue, we outfitted them in Krider Racing Nomex, slapped helmets on their heads and stuck a fuel can in their hands. We came in for our last pit stop. They gave me some gas (like they were seasoned pros) and I jumped in to bring the race home. The number 187 motorcycle powered Geo Metro Gnome was absolutely screaming around the track. I did everything I could but I had nothing for them. During my stint I think I may have lost two laps to them, only to get one back due to a penalty they incurred. With the race coming to an end our strategy went from “save the car” to “BALLS!” The other car on the track that I couldn’t make any positions on was the number 760 BMW of Team POS Racing. These guys drove an incredible pace from lap one to the final lap. I kept waiting for them to put a wheel off and find themselves in the penalty box, but it never happened. They drove awesome and when the checkered flag dropped it was Team POS first, Metro Gnome second and Krider Racing Big Sausage Pizza Delivery on the final podium position. Phil Greden, Jonny Lieberman and Jay Lamm from LeMons held court during the awards ceremony. Team POS earned $1,500 dollars paid in Russian rubles and a sweet bottle of $1,000 tequila. The event was a great time. Finishing third out of 169 is an incredible accomplishment (the entire podium was previous LeMons winners –POS Racing -Buttonwillow ‘10, Metro Gnome -Thunderhill ‘09 and Krider Racing -Altamont ‘08). The crazy part about this event for our team was we had the “perfect race” which I have never had in my life. In this event we didn’t have a single mechanical problem, we didn’t get a single penalty, all of our pit stops were solid/quick and that only netted us a third place finish. Crazy. The next adventure for the team will be a 14 hour one day enduro at Buttonwillow Raceway in Central California with the hardcore racers of ChumpCar on June 18, 2011. See you there! The new episode on GoRacingTV.com will be out shortly (after we bleep out all of the curse words). And last but not least a huge thank you to the crew! Photography by Adam Haas, Rob Diehl and Amanda Hargis.