8.938 @ 148.07 MPH for Skip!

I can retire right now from driving! This feels better than the first nine second run back in 1999 when I got my first NHRA License (That’s right, my first nine was when I made my license passes).

Today, I came out of the trailer with a 8.975 @ 147.42 MPH. The second pass was the 8.938. I did not fair too well in eliminations. I had a horrible red light against my good friend, Charlie Robinson in Top Doorslammer.

The few little changes that I made, plus the excellent air, is what got me down in the eights. I had put the BG 1090 back on with 88 square jets (removed the Holley 1150 with 90 sq. jets), I had put the 1″ Super Sucker 4- hole spacer on top of the 1″ open spacer and reset the front shocks to allow the front end to come up a little more. I had also changed from regular 20w-50 oil to Mobil-1 15w-50 motor oil. I had removed the muffler inserts from the collector and removed a 1″ bar that went directly in front of each collector, possibly causing a restriction. For the first run I had 1.5 gallon of Sunoco Supreme gas in the fuel cell because that is what I have been running for the past 8 months. For the second run I switched to VP C-14 gas. I think the difference in times was in the lanes and the 60 ft. times, 1.292 vs. 1.270 sec.. My car(s) always runs quicker in the left lane at SCR. Don’t ask me why, I just know it’s true from racing there for over 21 years. The drive train was warmed up for the 2nd pass and the air (DA) was slightly better.

The engine (upgraded to 555 and overhauled by Skip) ran perfect all day. My small cam, .748/.748, small heads, Dart Pro One 345’s and small carb., BG 1090, did the trick.

I would like to install some 4.33:1 gears, which I already own, and purchase some new M/T slicks. I think those two changes would put me close to the mid-eights.

At the end of the day, I had a water leak from the water pump, behind the motor plate, that was caused by a broken bolt. This bolt supports the alternator and is the bottom bolt on the water pump. I will remove the water pump this week coming, remove the broken bolt and replace it with a new one.

I made several driving errors at the starting line today. All of which were due to lack of seat time over the past 8 months. I had made only 12 passes since July 2009 and none in the past 3 months.

I got my IHRA Chassis Certification today! Now I am legal everywhere.

Did I mention that I am the happiest person in Baton Rouge!?

Thanks to all the people that congratulated me today. It was greatly appreciated!