Wednesday, August 15

Well, we are still trying. Today only resulted in one run. We got out around noon and ran a 157. This time there was a 6 mph head wind to deal with so we are thinking it was around the same as before. The car is ready to go for a run first thing in the am. They run better when it’s cooler due to the air being more dense than later in the day. Hopefully we will be able to get another run in later, we’ll see how it goes.

We do have the top speed in the class that we are running in. There are 5 others, the next one is at a 159. The funny thing is that some of our competition sure does like our car. We could probably have switched some over to our pit crew. It has become a little challenge between us which makes it fun.

For those of you unfamiliar to the timing process, it’s not as simple as it may sound. The course we run on is considered the short course which is 3 miles under power. The overall track length is 5 miles. Speed is measured 3 times. The first mile is not timed, it is only for acceleration. The second mile, the average speed is measured. Then, your instantaneous speed is taken at the 2 1/4 mile. Then you also take the average speed of the third mile. These are the three times that are recorded. You may have actually gone faster but it’s taking your average, not the max. Not as simple as going out there and flooring it even though we’ve had much encouragement to do so!!!

I did enjoy when the announcer gave our name ( they announce all cars and speeds on their own radio station). He said it and then commented, “I don’t name em’ folks!”

Till tomorrow, wish us luck!! – K

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10 thoughts on “Wednesday, August 15

  1. Jerry Feagley

    Great Blog! The Blond B…. looks great. Oh! and the car too! Seems like it is running well. Looks like Andy and crew are all having fun. If you wanna hit 200 just put a little more tang in the flux capacitor.

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  2. Angie Gracie & Olivia

    So. . . Is Thursday your last day of running? And Friday is for record holders only? What’s Saturday?

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    1. vonwelker Post author

      Correct. Records only tomorrow. Event is over after that, no saturday. Then we have to try to figure out where everything goes to bring it home! Event only runs over one weekend due to the casinos not wanting all this taking up their money making days. It’s not like the racers are here to gamble.

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    1. Linda

      I agree Ashley, tractor history is great, but this is awesome! Crew and especially Andy- you did an awesome job at the fine details, research and prep. I am soooo proud! I really enjoyed the trip and am very thankful for the experience. I’m ready for the next one! 🙂

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  3. Butch Howe

    You can hear the runs on internet by going to landracer website. They are streaming the radio broadcast live. I listened to your run.!!!

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