Photo Credit Evergreen Speedway
What’s up everyone? I hope you are enjoying your week. I am bringing the race report from last weekend. Been a busy couple days at the shop getting the race car prepared for this weekend at Evergreen Speedway. The new car is spectacular. It is also a bugger to clean! However, my team from FINNISH AUTO SERVICES, LLC was on it first thing Monday. We then had the team wiping down every nook and cranny of that beautiful white chassis. Thank you to Andy and team from Superior Powder Coating for such great work (Yes, I had to put that in there this week for sure).
Listen, no jokes aside I’d like to start the report by confessing something, I cussed on the radio. Here’s the backstory. I had bet on Andy getting an earful from his spotter, and I drove into turn 3 way too hot. I was hoping to get a “lookin,” and at least a half of groove. Andy had been pushing up, so I thought I could pull it off. HOWEVER, that’s not what happened at all; instead, I wrecked my friend. Andy was clear and I wasn’t there at all. He came down, as he should have. I got into him, and turned him. Then I hit him again. His night ended, my night continued, but I was bummed under caution, and told the team, “Sorry guys, I tried too hard….” I ended with a profanity sigh. It is now the running joke at the shop of my “sh..” word that came out. I may be a pastor, but I am human, and that’s how I felt. I was bummed to wreck someone who’s helped me so much this year already. Sorry Andy.
Ok, enough of the stuff that caused me to swear, there was way more stuff that caused me to CHEER! First off, an exceptional group of men and women came out to help me this year. I couldn’t be more excited about what the future holds. Secondly, I’ve got, in my opinion, the best setup man in the business helping me make the #70 fast. Thank You John for your unending passion to not only build a beautiful racecar, but to see to it that it’s fast. Finally, I couldn’t have done it this weekend without all my sponsors. You know who you are: National Guard, Sound Realty, Genesis Auto, SIR Construction, Bethneibert.com, Potentialcoach.info, Finnish Auto, Deyoung INC, JZ Motorsports, Monroe Autowerks. It’s silly how much fun I get to have and how much support I’ve got to do it. Super grateful for a great year lined up.
Soldiers: Taking photos with the soldiers present at Military Appreciation Night. That was the most honoring thing I’ve ever done with a racing suit on. Winning is good, honoring soldiers is better.
Photos: I am building a new website for Knightrous Racing, LLC. It will feature really cool stuff. My designer Michelle was at the races, and she took photos for the site. Very Awesome.
Knightrous Apparel: No kidding, in the first weekend I nearly sold out. Ordered some more this week, should be here later in May. Get some, because it’s cool. And I am a tither, so your money goes to helping great causes!
Lead some laps: Got to lead in the first race, and that’s always cool. Had the weirdest thing happen. My car shut off on the backstretch early in the race. We think it was because of the switch extension, that was my diagnosis anyway. I pulled it off and threw it out the window, then no problems the rest of the night.
Charged: After getting the front end of a north bound…, aka. Lacrash, I started well back. The race car was really charging. I struggled a bit with the big motor cars and had some apologizing to do after the race, but for the most part the race car is really good in traffic and alone. Can’t wait to get it dialed in even more.
THE WEEKS FAVORITE MOMENT:
Actually it was the Friday before. I can’t describe to you all how cool it was to drive my race car. The White Knightrous was not, “Jeff’s previously own by (Fred, Roger, or John).” Nope, this car was built for Jeff. It was just a great feeling knowing that a handful of men and ladies sacrificed so much time and energy to build something like this. I am utterly convinced that if racing was easier we’d not have room enough in the pits for everybody that would do it. Frankly, it’s probably the toughest “hobby/sport” you could ever set out to do because it’s impossible to do alone, and it’s impossible to do without the help and giving of a bunch of people. So to all of you who neglected other things to give me that feeling, I am indebted to you. You are incredible human beings, and I only hope to repay you in some small way, if by saying something of value to you in the future. Thank YOU!
We finished 5th. Now I know for the most competitive out there that might not seem like a very good result. However, if you look at my last two years racing, 5th is like winning! The last two years I’ve been all but eliminated from the Championship on opening night, due to engine failures DNS, and crashing hard. I’m not saying I wasn’t without incident last weekend, because there’s a lot of improving I need to do. We’ve got work to do on the setup for the car. We’ve also gotta tune the nut behind the wheel, but since my achilles heel is often opening night I was pretty tickled to be out of there with a 5th. Now we can put our head down and get after the rest of the season. Beginning this weekend with 75 laps on the 3/8′s. Hope to see you all there.