Good show Friday night with TEN SpeedSpec cars and the return of the Cavacos (with Matt showing his dad how it's done in qualifying). In the A Main, the top four drivers averaged 13.9 over their Top 20 laps. That's close.
The B Main was won with 27 laps and the A Main with 26. BUT -- there was a small change made to the track configuration before the start of the A, which added about 1/2 second to lap times.
With all due respect, I'm gonna ask that people DON'T do that again. If you're going to change the track, do it at the start of the evening. Don't do it before the start of the main, and don't do it without telling anyone. There were a lot of wrecks in the A, and I wonder how much (if any of it) was due to the reconfiguration.
The debate over motors continues.
Doug dropped in a 13.5 at the end of the night and was flying. And then Bruce hit the track with a 21.5 in his stock SpeedSpec and absolutely pwnd him. The moral of the story? Doug kinda sucks.
Alright, no, that's not really the moral. The moral is, there's more speed to be found in the SpeedSpec class with the current rules package. Here're my takeaways from last Friday night:
-- We can tweak the rules. Bruce is OK with lowering the weight limit a little, if someone will figure out the weight of the pieces on a stock SpeedSpec that can be easily/safely removed. That will be a subtle improvement in the power-to-weight ratio.
-- Bruce and/or Joel are going to start running SpeedSpec. That'll give us a rabbit to chase. It's the American way, people: Competition improves performance.
-- We really need more knowledge transfer from the experienced guys. Best thing I ever saw when I was running Short Course: Someone put together a list of all the things that can be adjusted (e.g., shock springs, shock oil, weight distribution, gearing, etc.) and the results you'd get by adjusting each of those things. A list like that would really benefit everyone
in the SpeedSpec class, especially newcomers.