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Selected Photos From Fathers Day Classic

Mott's Firebird, Outlaw's S-10, Reggie's Mopar Dragster, Silas Jr. - S-10, Slim Davis' Mustang & Eddie's Camaro

June 22, 2017

 

Barbara & Mr. Skip send condolances to the Neal family on the loss of their family member.

 

Race Photos On Bracket Masters Site

Photos are sorted by catagory.

June 21, 2017

 

Bracket Masters 12th Fathers Day Classic

The race was great! Everyone had a nice time, the rain stopped about 30 min. before time trials begin and the track was so hot it almost dried itself.

The Jr. Dragster racers finished in the morning and the kids were awarded metals for participating. The winners and and runner-up drivers got plaques.

The Big cars started around 4pm and each car was given two time trials before eliminations started. We did not have one oil down or major spill. All of the drivers are to be congratulated for bringing there well prepared cars out and shaving a lot of fun without holding up for track clean-up.

The annual raffle was held and the awards for Father and son and father and daughter of the year were given out.

June 18, 2017 (Fathers Day)

 

Friday Night Testing & Super-Pro R/U

The primary reason for going to the track was to test our carburetor adjustments and to knock the "new" off the tires. We had one issue with the carburetor accelerator cable, but we seem to have fixed it with some WD-40. It was sticking at around 4000 RPM when coming out of a burn-out. That was on the first time trial, but did not happen the rest of the night.

The tires worked very well. Not as much, if any, increase in MPH, but the 60' times were lower and very consistent. During eliminations, we had tow rounds of back to back 5.63 sec. runs.

During eliminations, we had to run some of our best friends in each round. We met Eddie Fisher (my old Camaro) in the first round of Super-Pro Money and we met Troy Collins (Vega) in the 2nd round. We lost to Silas Rogers, Jr. in his little S-10 truck in the final round. We split the pot and had a nice hand shake after the finals.

All in all, it was a very good night. We are ready for Fathers Day. Outlaw should have his truck ready for Fathers Day.

Outlaw reported that he feels the jet change was too much. He could smell raw fuel in the car. I am thinking about going down too 981 (lean) in the front and leave the 102's in the back. Our decision will be made after we pull a couple of plugs and look.

PHOTOS

June 10, 2017

 

Jet Change and other things

Today I removed the 98/98 jets and put 983 (rich) in front and 102 jets in rear. I normally go down in jet size in the Summer, but the car ran very good with the higher jets last year in the heat.

I reviewed weather data from last year, using "Effective Altitude" and found the car ran better with the higher jets. We will see how it does on Friday, June 16th. We will only make an exhibition pass on Saturday , June 17, 2017 at the Bracket Masters Fathers Day Classic.

The tires are still holding air. I have lost 0.2 lbs in the right tire and 0.1 lbs. in the left tire. That is in two days, sitting in an air conditioned space. Not bad. I normally lose abut 1.5 lbs. to 2.5 lbs. in two weeks. That was with tubes. These have no tubes.

I sold my old Dart Pro-1 heads today, along with the port matched manifold. Now I can pay for a new weather station (again). They also paid for my new tires. God Is Great!

IHRA and State Capitol Raceway made a good call on re-scheduling the race out too September 7, 2017 due to the weather forecast.

June 4, 2017

 

New Tires Mounted

My new Hoosier's (33 x 15 x 15) are on and they "appear" to fit. The drivers side, at the top, seems to be the closest point and may rub. I have good room at the front on both sides, down low, where Camaro;s normally have a problem.

This will be my first time running this size and the brand. I have always run 32 x 14 x 14S either M/TT or Good Year. I expect higher MPH and a little calmer with my 4.56:1 gear. Can"t wait to see the 80' time and ET. We may have to raise the rear body a little.

June 1, 2017

 

IHRA Race For This Weekend, Rained Out

The race has been rescheduled for September 7, 2017 - See IHRA.com or State Capitol Raceway web sites for details.

May 30, 2017

 

Saturday At The Track (Bracket Masters)

Bracket Masters Racing Team had a team meeting at State Capitol Raceway on Saturday, May 28, 2017. Three new members were taken in, Rev. Malcolm Stovall, Joe Scott Rambo and Silas Jr.

Team members, President Tarrus Jones, Mark Washington, Willie Davis and Skip Holbert had their cars on hand to run in eliminations. All except Mr. Skip ran in Non-Electronics class, while Outlaw ran the Mr. Skip Camaro in Top Doorslammer class.

Outlaw won in round one, taking out Jessie Marceaux, who beat us just two weeks ago in the first round. We lost to Jessie's dad in the 2nd round and went into Super Pro. We won in the 3rd round of Super Pro before losing in the 4th round.

Mark and Willie did much better. Both team members won in the first three rounds and met each other in round 4 of Non-E, where Willie Davis and his Duster took out Mark's Chevrolet Wagon on a hole shot. Willie lost in round 5, but took home some money and a $$ Sticker.

All in all it was a very good day at the track. Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Washington and Mrs. Barbara were also on hand.

Photos From Saturday

May 29, 2017

 

Back On Track!

Skip & Outlaw took Mr. Skip to State Capitol Raceway Friday night and tried to get it ready for the Saturday race and to see how it would run in the heat. Not only was it hot, the Humidity was in the 80% area most of the night.

I changed the air bottle just before going to the track and on the second run of the night, the car did not shift. Of course we thought it was the air, and we did not worry about it after checking the bottle pressure and the air lines. We did not so a shift test. On the first round of eliminations, the same thing happed, no shift. Outlaw cut a f.000 R/T and we won the round anyway. When he returned to the pits, we found a broken wire in the air solenoid ckt. and that was the problem. This time we did the shift test and everything worked.

I the second round, we ran a dragster that cut an excellent light, while Outlaw was only .002 off on his R/s, the dragster ran dead on and Outlaw was .01 over (5.69 on a 5.68), we lost. The car ran perfect, everything works and we are ready for Top Doorslammer on Saturday.

May 26, 2017 ( A few PHOTOS)

 

Isadore "Avery" Johnson Graduates!

"Avery" graduated from Belaire High School last night, 5/17/2017, with a certificate for outstanding work in the Pipe-fitting area. Avery is one of the best welders that his instructor has seen in high school. Congratulations Avery!

PHOTOS- Avery Graduation

May 18, 2017

 

Race Weekend - Finally!

It was one of our shortest racing days ever. We had two time trials and lost in round one of Top Doorslammer and bought back into Super Pro and lost in the first try in that class. It was not our day.

But, as we always say, "If nothing is broke, it was a good day!"

The car ran good. I had changed the jets from 100/102, down to 98/98 and in the 76 degree temp., I don't think it liked it as much as the richer setup. I pulled a couple of plugs and they looked good, but the car was "popping on the big end after we got out of it. That did not happen in the past. With the higher expected temps. coming, I am going to leave the jets where they are for now. This is on the Holley 1250 cfm carburetor. I am also going to go back and fine some time slips from last year around that same temp. and compare the times.

May 17, 2017

 

Weekend Getaway!

After an awesome weekend last week, I am ready for some racing.

Barbara and I stole away for a one night trip to Beaumont, TX to have dinner at one of our favorite seafood restaurants, Papadeaux's. She has been talking about the BIG fantail shrimp for over two years and I have been thinking about the seafood platter. I had so much I had to get a "dogie bag" for over half of the items that came on the platter. It was, not only, plentiful, but oh so good! Barbara celebrated her retirement with a strawberry daiquiri.

We did enjoy our trip, the food and the overnight stay at the Hampton Inn, within walking distance from Papadeaux's.

Now that Barbara is retired, we will be taking more trips. I want to go over to San Antonio for a weekend. I hear that is a nice city with lots to see and do.

 

We Are Ready For The Races!

The car has been sitting for over three weeks and I have major gas on my chest.

All of the gremlins seem to be fixed, but you never know until you actually put the car on the track and run it, but we think we have fixed everything.

After this weekend we will put new tires on the car. I want to try a set of Hoosiers for the first time. I have run only M/T for the past 10-12 years. I also want to move up to a 33" tall tire to raise my MPH and lower the finish line RPM. The car will be less violent also, although since we put the Anti-roll bar on, we have not had that problem.

Looks like we will get some rain on Friday, but with luck, it well pass and we will be ready for Saturday.
May 10, 2017

 

More Wiring Problems

I missed a loose connection on my power strip for the delay box and it was causing a intermittent loss of power to the delay box and to the by-pass push button (used to back up).

We are hopeful that this will cure all of our delay box problems. I must be getting old and forgetful to miss something like that.

I talked to "Outlaw" and we are ready to go out and test. The car and truck have been cleaned and polished and everything looks good. Now all we need to to run good. The carburetor seems to be running just fine after the cleaning and kit installation. Super responsive and very clean idle.
May 1, 2017

 

Everyone Be In Prayer For The Charles Coleman Family - His Wife Passed on Monday. Funeral Will Be Saturday, April 29th at 1 pm at the Saints Villa Church on Plank Rd. (Big Church across from the Airport, right down the street from Harding Blvd .)

 

Installed New Seat Belts...
April 26, 2017

 

Trying To Find Little Problems

During the last racing outing, we experienced several small problems that I had to look into during the past two weeks.

To solve problems 1 & 2, I removed the Holley HP 1250 carburetor and gave it a through cleaning . It had been in service since April of 2014 without giving any problems. I installed a new kit and made sure all the settings were where I wanted them. We have to go to the track to test it.

Did you know the Holley HP 1250 has a idle adjustment screw and spring in the center of the carburetor. It also has 4 small holes for air intake on that center flange between the four venture holes. That gives you four ways of adjusting idle (some people may count 7, but I say 4. I count the 4 metering block idle adjust screws as one, since I try to always keep them at equal adjustment).

The delay box problem is much more of a challenge. I do not want to send it back to Digital-Delay, so I got into the instruction manual and looked at all of the settings on my Mega 350 Delay Box. Digital-Delay just checked it out just over two months ago and it was good to go. I am willing to say at this point, I am doing something wrong.

The Mega 350 has 6 screens dedicated to the Bracket Racer. There is a "Pro" set of screens also, but I do not have to do anything with them.

Bracket Screen One is the screen that we deal with most often if we are just bracket racing. The other screens help you set up the box to allow multiplier hits at the tree, using one or two pushbuttons. You can also have a third pushbutton that is a "Bump" up or down pushbutton. I have a by-pass and two buttons that go through the box. I also have the bump pushbutton.

Setting up the Mega 350 is an adventure, and If you don't read the instructions frequently, you will forget how to do something. My only saving grace was, my old box was made by Digital-Delay, the maker of the Mega 350.

Anyway, I fixer the broken lead on my bypass pushbutton. I tested all of the other buttons and found one of them to have intermittent contact. I replaced that pushbutton. Everything else seems to be OK.

When I go back to the track, I need to test the box on a cross-over situation before I can say it is fixed.

While I was looking at all the screens, I zeroed out all the timing screens and made sure the things that are suppose to be off were actually off or blank. That would be everything to do with Throttle-Stop racing.

My brake fluid was about 1/2 full. I filled the reservoir.

April 22, 2017

 

Seat Belts

We received a new set of seat belts yesterday in the mail. Our seat belts were just replaced around October of 2016, so we should have had two years of use.

Last tome at the track we were involved in a NEAR accident where Outlaw stopped on the track to help a driver that had hit the wall and his car was on fire. We did not hit the other car or the wall.

As a result of that, our seatbelt tags were cut off and WE had to get new seat-belts. The SFI official at State Capitol Raceway tried to explain it as a requirement of SFI to remove the tags from any car involved in an accident on the track. The SFI official explained that the stress placed on the belts by Outlaw (any driver) when he stopped to help the other driver required him to remove the tags from all the cars involved.

So drivers, be aware of the rules., agree or not.
April 21, 2017

Wreck At SCR - Photos - April 8, 2017


Going Out Of Business!

Holbert Enterprises,Carburetor Repair, Web Design and Photography has officially gone out of business.

I will continue to maintain the web sites that I am responsible for, but no new sites. The photography was not doing anything anyway in the way of a business.

According to the IRS, everything I do is classed as a "Hobby" and not a business. This is the official notification. Last day of business was April 18, 2017.

 

Visit From Grand Daughter

Last week, Catherine "Chatty" Underwood and her husband, Samuel Underwood, with their daughter, Olivia and son, Preston, spent three wonderful days in the Baton Rouge area. They visited the homes of Barbara Morris and husband, McQuail Morris and the home of Ryland Gardner and Liz Herbert & son and they visited the home of Jeremy Herbert and Ophelia Taylor and their two boys.

The Underwood's are on their way to visit the home of Sam's father in Pensacola, FL and for a family reunion with his brothers and sister.

Sam and "Chatty" Underwood live in Waldorf, Maryland. Olivia is a "A" student and a 9 years old, speaks and writes Japanese. Four year old Preston loves cars and fire trucks. Preston sat in the Mr. Skip Camaro and did not want to get out.

PHOTOS

April 19, 2017

 

Saturday, Not As Good, But We Got Home Safe

The car continued to run very well but the track went away overnight. This is real strange for the traction to be better on Friday night than on Saturday for a points race, but that was the case.

We lost in the 1st round of Top Doorslammer, after we were the #23 qualifier, out of 28 cars in the class. We had to run the #9 qualifier.

We did a Buy Back into Super-Pro and had to run a beautiful 2002 Camaro belonging to Charles Oubre of New Iberia, LA. Charles had a red light start, giving us the win. The 2002 had dialed in a time just slightly slower than our car and had left first and stayed ahead of us for the whole run.

I turned around and did not see the cars cross the finish line. Before I could get away from the starting line, people were screaming and saying, "Kevin had a wreck"! I turned around and saw a big plumb of black smoke going up into the sky.

I ran to our pit and took off on the motorcycle for the top end of the track. On the way, I heard the track announcer say, both drivers are out of their cars and are OK. On the way, I called Barbara and told her we had had a wreck, but Outlaw was out of the car.

When I arrived at the top end, I saw the 2002 Camaro, still smoking, in the right lane and a part of the wall had been knocked over. Our car was perpendicular to the wall, on the left side of the track. We had run in the right lane and the 2002 Camaro had run in the left lane.

Outlaw saw me and came over and tried to explain what had happened, but all I wanted to know was, "Are you OK? How is the other driver?

Outlaw told me he had not hit the other car or the wall! He had stopped and run over to try to help the other driver out of the burning car. He talked about the fear of running to the burning car and trying to get the other drivers seat belts loose and helping the driver out.

After calming Outlaw down, a little, I located the other driver, Charles Oubre, and talked to him. He was busy on his phone talking to family and friends, but told me he was OK. I was very happy about that.

Later in the day, Charles came over and thanked Outlaw for helping him get out of the car. Very classy young man. Charles also knows another classy racer from New Iberia, Mr. Van Johnson.

We started up my 67 Camaro and drove it back to the pits to check the tires and to continue calming Outlaw. I was very proud of him!

We lost in the next round, but we were still very happy for the way out weekend came out.

PHOTOS

 

We Win! Friday Night Super Pro $$$

We were hitting on all cylinders Friday night as we went through 4 rounds and did not miss a beat. "Outlaw" took over after Mr. Skip made a test pass at 8.89 @ 150 MPH to test out his new glasses. I did not feel very comfortable and asked Outlaw to take over ( I did have a .017 RT for my only pass.

We are in need of a new set of tires. I am looking to try a set of Hoosiers for the 1st time. I want to move up to 33" tall at 14.5" wide. We now run 32 x 14s x 15 M/T tires. My limit is on the fender well, on the outside top. I have a lot of room in the inside. A different wheel backspace would work to take advantage of that tub space.

During eliminations, we took out two dragsters and a little truck before meeting "Bubba" in The Lizard". Outlaw cut a better light and took the win running a 5.57 @ 124 MPH, on a 5.57 Dial-In. We were super happy with our win!
April 9, 2017

 

Racing Weekend Is Here!

State Capitol Raceway has its 2nd big racing weekend with all classes, Super Pro, Non-E (Mod), Quick-16 Top Doorslammer, Jr. Dragster and Motorcycle.

The Camaro is ready for Top Doorslammer! All the maintenance has been done, we added new driving lights and everything is clean. We have a new Weather Station, that I must learn how to operate and the weather looks like it is going to cooperate.

We plan to run on Friday night to test our lights and get a few "good" runs in the computer.

April 6, 2017

 

Lacey Is At Rest

Wonderful words were spoken, songs of praise were sung and everything turned out very nice. Befitting for a man that has lived such a peaceful and wonderful life. Bro. Johnny Tate spoke on behalf of Bracket Masters Racing Team and did a wonderful job. Lacey was a Charter Member of Bracket Masters Racing Team, Inc.

It would be fitting to say that as a racer, Lacey loved his 1957 Plymouth GTX, with a 440 Mopar engine, he named it, "The Tank". Every year he would bring it out to the track and run in the annual Fathers Day race and that was all the racing he needed each year. It should be noted that in his last race, July of 2016, Lacey won two rounds and he was so happy. Lacey was on his game and the car ran flawlessly. That made all of the team very happy!

There has never been a more caring teammate than Lacey. He would help anyone and it made helping him a pleasure. He would call team members just to say hello and check on your family. We will miss the smile and loving nature of Lacey.

Team members and close friends served as pallbearers, active and honorary, during the service and internment.


March 29, 2017

 

Lacey Has Run His Final Race

J. Lacey, member of Bracket Masters Racing Team, passed away shortly after noon on Friday, March 17, 2017 at Our Lady Of The Lake Hospital. His family was in attendance.

Lacey Arrangements:

Visiting will be at Hall Davis & Son Funeral Home, 9348 Scenic Highway, Friday evening, 3 - 7 pm, March 24, 2017.

The Funeral will be at Ebenezer B. C., 1915 Fairchild St., Baton Rouge, LA, 70807, at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 25, 2017. Internment at Southern Memorial Gardens

Car Update - Driving lights

Driving lights have been installed below the grill area on the Camaro. They are two small, 6 LED lights that should help me see the grove on the track at night and help me get back down the return road at night..

The lights are very small, measuring about 3.5" W x 2.75" H. They may weigh just over a pound total. I had to run the wiring and add a switch to the inside on the left side of the dash. I did one of my special wiring jobs and I have them so either one can be disconnected.

 

New Weather Station

Tired of "breaking out" and "not running our number", I finally purchased another weather station. The old one, a TAG Weather Station, was real simple and predicted great, if you put in only "good runs". My TAG was broken more than it was in good working order and I had to send it back to the factory several times. I just gave up the last time it failed, about 5 years ago, and we have been "weather guessing" every since.

Now I have purchased a new weather station. I will not mention the brand name yet because this is the second one I have purchased in the past two weeks. Different brands. I sent the first one back because it was not very user friendly. This new one is more like my old TAG unit, but it has many, many, more functions and programs. . I am about half way through the owners manual, after a 2 hour Dr. office wait today.

Many racers are upgrading to the stationary weather station that is used in the trailer and communicates via pager or cell phone with the crew in the staging lanes. This is the top of the line in prediction equipment.

After I go to the track and get some "good runs" (4-5 runs) entered, I will let you know how the prediction program works.

Shout out to "Anthony" in Texas!

 

New Tires - Front

I purchased a new set of M/T Front Runners for the car. Better safe than sorry.

The plan is to let the granddaughter, Barbara, learn to drive the car this season (Outlaw will be busy with his truck). We will slow it down to around low eleven's or high ten's for her to get use to it and then let her get her Competition Drivers License.

Oh by the way, I cannot wait to line up with Outlaw (in the finals) so we can take home the money!
March 23, 2017.

 

Lacey Has Run His Final Race

J. Lacey, member of Bracket Masters Racing Team, passed away shortly after noon on Friday, March 17, 2017 at Our Lady Of The Lake Hospital. His family was in attendance. Arrangements are incomplete at this time.
March 17, 2017

 

Team Member, J. Lacey, is in OLOL Hospital in Baton Rouge. Lacey is in ICU. Several members of his family are with him and he has been visited by several friends. As of the morning of 3/16/17, he has not regained conscientiousness since being taken to the hospital on Wed. morning.
March 16, 2017

 

Liz Has Baby!

7 lbs. 5 oz. and 21" long - It's A Boy! Jamari Earl Lee Tucker was born approximately 3:35 am on Wed. March 15, 2017. Congratulations Liz.

We know this little boy will be a standout at ALL sports! His mother was great at every sport she played, Softball, Volleyball, Basketball and Track and his grandmother (Melinda) was a very, very fast track star. My vote is for Baseball and Basketball!
March 16, 2017 - PHOTOS

 

"Lock-In" Motorcycle Race at State Capitol On March 18, 2017

A motorcycle event, with a 6.0 Bracket for the big cars, will be conducted on March 18, 2017. Come out and support Phillip Deen, sponsor of the race.

FLYER Motorcycle Event (with) A Big Car 6.0 Index Bracket

 

 

Myeshia Talks!

Shortly after our visit to on Saturday, Myeshia said her first words in months. She said, "Momma" and she counted to four. She also listened to a conversation about blocking a call and wrote the correct procedure for blocking a call on a iPhone. This is great!
March 8, 2017

Family Time!

Jeremy Herbert, grandson, graduated from ITI Technical College with an Associates Degree in Process Technology on Friday, March 3, 2017. Many family members attended to support and cheer him on. Jeremy has accepted an offer for a position at Dow Chemical Corp. Congratulations Jeremy! PHOTOS

Granddaughter update

Many family members traveled to New Orleans Saturday to visit with Myeshia. She is doing well. She can communicate by writing now, and she really writes well! When asked, "Who is that ?" , she wrote, " My grandfather, "Father Skip"! She is giving the "thumbs up" and OK signs and she gave me a Hi-5 when we agreed on something that excited her.

We are very happy with her progress and pray that she will continue to improve. The facility at Touro, in New Orleans is suppose to be the best at brain rehab in the area. They have her standing, with support and making good progress on trying to get her left side back to normal.

We would like to thank everyone for their prayers and well wishes.

Car Time

I changed the oil last week and that became an adventure. The new headers are too close to the oil filter and would not allow a filter wrench to get on the outside of the filter to screw it off (without loosening the headers). This was not the case with the old headers. We only need about 3/8" more to clear. After using a VW ring compressor, I got the old one off. I found that the K&N BBC oil filter has a 1" socket fitting on the bottom. This is what I used for a replacement of my Fram HP-4 filter.

I also warmed the engine and checked the setting of the valves. Only two were a little too tight, #8 exhaust and #4 intake were both .002" tight.

I also greased the front end (4 fittings).

March 5, 2017

 

Opening Day @ State Capitol Raceway

Mr. Skip Camaro ran the quickest and fastest times ever and had the best 60' time ever for this combination with "Outlaw" driving on Saturday at SCR. We had a (break-out) 5.507 @ 124 MPH. We had a 60' time of 1.239 sec., all personal best for this combination. That would have been very close to a 8.71 pass in the quarter mile.

PHOTOS

Feb. 28, 2017

 

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