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Nice. Looks like you are having fun in the damp rain. That should mean more power.

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Well, dammit.

We had a truck that had way too much "forward bite", meaning when he got back on the gas out of a corner, all the steering went away but it would have pushed a wall down with no problem. Power, it seems, isn't everything. Especially at Martinsville.

Given what he had available, and only 50 minutes to acquaint himself with A) the truck, and B) the track, he did a great job. Just didn't have enough time to change everything that needed to be changed in order to get the most out of the thing for qualifying. It's the first race in a long time that had to send trucks home. Not having he practice yesterday killed us.

Had some very cool sightings today. Driver spoke briefly to Richard Childress. Got a good close shot of Jack Roush, and another of him with Jamie McMurray. Walked past Mike Helton, and watched as Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle, Scott Speed, and JPM walked by us. Kevin and Delana Harvick walked by a couple of times, who actually (indirectly) asked us to stop by and talk to them, but Kevin's schedule was too full to do that.

Got some great help and met great people with Mike Skinner's truck team. Then again, everyone we talked to was great. Skinner and his crew really went above and beyond to help out. Also chatted briefly with Brendan Gaughan.

Incidentally, JPM may be short, but he could probably bench press an entire car hauler all by himself. Holy shit.

Next step is to try to get NASCAR to approve our driver for 1-mile tracks and get to Phoenix before the season is over. Every development like this is a step on the path toward a full ride. The steps along the way can be frustrating though. We're getting there.

Anyway, I've been up before 5:00am the past three days, and ran go-karts last night (got beat by over a second a lap, and driver's laps were in the top 5 for the day against some fairly quick competition, but I'd have done well enough to race the "superkarts" if they were running them) at Grand Prix Greensboro - cool place.

Will nap now, and post pics of the truck qualifying and the first Cup practice later.
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Well, dammit.

We had a truck that had way too much "forward bite", meaning when he got back on the gas out of a corner, all the steering went away but it would have pushed a wall down with no problem. Power, it seems, isn't everything. Especially at Martinsville.

Given what he had available, and only 50 minutes to acquaint himself with A) the truck, and B) the track, he did a great job. Just didn't have enough time to change everything that needed to be changed in order to get the most out of the thing for qualifying. It's the first race in a long time that had to send trucks home. Not having he practice yesterday killed us.

Had some very cool sightings today. Driver spoke briefly to Richard Childress. Got a good close shot of Jack Roush, and another of him with Jamie McMurray. Walked past Mike Helton, and watched as Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle, Scott Speed, and JPM walked by us. Kevin and Delana Harvick walked by a couple of times, who actually (indirectly) asked us to stop by and talk to them, but Kevin's schedule was too full to do that.

Got some great help and met great people with Mike Skinner's truck team. Then again, everyone we talked to was great. Skinner and his crew really went above and beyond to help out. Also chatted briefly with Brendan Gaughan.

Incidentally, JPM may be short, but he could probably bench press an entire car hauler all by himself. Holy shit.

Next step is to try to get NASCAR to approve our driver for 1-mile tracks and get to Phoenix before the season is over. Every development like this is a step on the path toward a full ride. The steps along the way can be frustrating though. We're getting there.

Anyway, I've been up before 5:00am the past three days, and ran go-karts last night (got beat by over a second a lap, and driver's laps were in the top 5 for the day against some fairly quick competition, but I'd have done well enough to race the "superkarts" if they were running them) at Grand Prix Greensboro - cool place.

Will nap now, and post pics of the truck qualifying and the first Cup practice later.
Sounds like you guys actually did well, even though you didn't get track time.

I looked at the lineup. There were some serious folks at that race that undoubtedly took slots. But at least you got good seat time at the big show. So that counts.

Have fun today.

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