WEEK 11-4th

There is not another race I want to be on the podium more than the Washington 500, and it will have to wait another year. I finished 4th. Why is this race so important to me? Because my dad would take me to it as a kid and we would watch some of the best drivers in the country battle it out. It has a ton of nostalgic value to me, and that’s why I want to win it someday.

To sum up the race this year would be to say; our car just wasn’t that good. We did a bunch of stuff to it during practice, but nothing made it faster. We kept at it all day, but couldn’t get the thing through the corner. I opted to give up starting outside pole to try some more changes and went to the back. I got to the front by being patient and some carnage from other teams.

My funnest moment of the night was sliding across the grass avoiding a wreck and doing a perfect 360 without hitting anything. I felt like a drifter! Anyway, looking forward to the next race on August 15th.


Last night the city of Monroe held an event for the National Night Out Against Crime. Those in attendance got to witness over 20 “green shirted” people from The Rock Church with one purpose, which happened to be on the back of their shirts, SERVE. From setting up tents, to unloading cars, to dunk tanks, to handing out bottles of water, to dancing, to tearing down; the volunteers from TRC were everywhere to lend a helping hand. Not only did we help logistically, but we gave out over 1200 bottles of Quench. One young man, Cooper VanProyen, gave out 24 cases on his own. The Rock Church received many shout outs from the DJ at the event and were a huge part of making it a success! Great job to all the volunteers who served our community last night! Stay tuned for more SERVE opportunities.

WEEK 10-3rd

Week 10 took place on the 5/8’s track where speeds are high and getting through the turn fast is key to straightaway speed more than ever. The crate motor cannot make up the difference for an ill handling car.

We had a decent practice. The car was pretty stout all day, especially getting into the corner. I could hold the thing wide open for a long time. We made some changes to help the car get through the center and off the corner.

We had a marginal qualifying effort, 4th. I thought we’d be better, but the balance wasn’t quite right and it got loose off of turn 2. Although we were on .2 seconds off fast time we knew we had to work on it a little more.

Trophy dash.
Started on the pole, but discovered a loose plug wire the moment the green flag dropped. Bummer. We were 3rd. My fault. The engine builder stopped by the pits and I wanted him to check the plug to make sure we were tuned well. It didn’t go back together right.

Started on the pole again, but car was tight in turn 1 and surrendered the lead. Falling to second I realized I hadn’t heard from my spotter about 3 laps in, which is abnormal. Well, his radio failed. I am rolling in 2nd without mirrors (they slow me down) and I have no
spotter. I surrendered 3rd.

We settled into 3rd, a crew member on the infield took over spotting, and the race sorted out.

A caution came out on lap 12. We thought we had spotter fixed, but not quite. On the restart I got hosed. One car made it three wide in turn one and I was in the middle. Without a spotter I was bouncing off cars; 11, 94, and 16. By the end of turn 1 and 2 I was sixth. Yeah.

It was time to put my head down and battle. I was a little aggresive moving to the front because the leaders got a big jump. I didn’t have time to dilly dally in 6th. My car was not hurt and I needed to wheel it forward.

I picked off 5th and then 4th and then 3rd. I caught 2nd who was having the run of her year. Natalie was fast and although I caught her she was strong where I was strong. It took me too long to exploit her cars weakness because I was really tight from center off.

With 4 laps to go I got to her inside going into turn one, but couldn’t close the deal. She was bad fast and finished 2nd, I was 3rd.

I was especially pleased with the team performance, both cars in the top three is a first for us.

I was super pleased with Natalie. She drove well and proved she can run up front. She will be strong the rest of the year provided she keeps her car healthy. Very good job Natalie.

My crew is great and made some sacrifices to get up front this weekend. We’ve got some work to do in the shop to catch the 00 car of Naima Lang, but we are up to the task.

Next race is July 25th. 125 laps for us on the big track. I also have the opportunity to run 175 laps with the ASA Tour. If there were a sponsor out there interested in climbing on board for this race weekend we could race 300 laps together. Leave me a comment on here if
your interested.

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I traveled to Guam on Sunday, landed in Guam Monday evening. We had a great rehearsal dinner on Monday night and the wedding was Tuesday evening. They setting was spectacular, the couple adorable. They wanted me to share a couple pics I took with the new I phone. I got a video also,gotta love my new iphone!!!


Edits: 6/30/09 from Guam. That’ll teach me for writing on the plane, and then sending to the blog. I’ve got to edit for grammar and spelling…sorry.

We had a great car on Saturday, the best this year. I felt like we had a shot at the win more than any other race in ’09. Steve, my crew chief, was out of town, and Tony Smith, a friend and team member of Jeff Barkshire’s crew, filled in as crew chief for the

He and Steve put together a game plan, and it was successful. We qualified 2nd. Instead of a heat race we had a 5-minute hot-lap session. The car was better, so we gave it some more of what we did earlier.

As we lined up for the main the Street Stock class was under yellow because a hole opened up on the track, chunks of asphalt were breaking apart. The SS race ended and the officials thought we might be able to
run, but the hole on the front stretch was big. The track crews did their best to fix it, but it was right in the groove off of turn 4.

I started 6th. The first laps I was saving my stuff, staying clean and picking off positions. The yellow flew as we were coming to the stripe, lap 5. I was 4th overtaking 3rd and Natalie was 1st, she started outside front row, when the caution came out.

The caution flew because the hole opened up big time with softball size rocks punishing our cars. It was a dangerous situation for drivers and fans. Imagine a rock getting into the cockpit or one bouncing like a ball off a car and into the stands, bad deal.

The night ended and I thought, “Oh what might have been.” I really appreciate the track taking care of us this night. It is yet to be certain how this race will impact the season as NASCAR will have to decide what is fair, but the speedway offered us some tires for later in the year which they didn’t have to do. I also understand the fans were given some half price tickets for another show.

It’s too bad Snohomish county won’t pave their race track. It’s a convoluted deal, but with the revenue the county makes off of racing I’d think they could fix the best track in the NW. Sadly, If they don’t fix it racing days at Monroe are numbered, an industry cannot survive long when it’s infrastructure is crumbling.

Did you know that fire departments train at the speedway? Police departments also train at the track. The county exec and council authorize many ton trucks to run drills on a very old surface loosening the bond between asphalt and subsurface.The track is an asset to our county generating serious revenue for Monroe and Sno-county.

It’s not our 2800 lbs race cars hurting the track surface. It’s the years of neglect by the county. Maybe Fred Meyer will let us race in their parking lot?

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