By Mike Garrison
Race Report from Joseph Quagraine - JQRacing:
This past week end I attended the Toys for Tots race at Thunder Alley in California. The track has a lot of elevation change, big jumps, and a bumpy curved sweeper of a straight. The track is run wet, and during the day it dries a bit during some of the heats. The surface is soft when wet, and a bit loamy, so it gets really bumpy. The bumps at this race were really sharp and edgy, and cars were bouncing around.
Cody King TQed with his new Serpent, Colin Herzig was 2nd, and I was 3rd. In the first round my engine was too rich and I was a bit slow. My car felt good, I was just a bit slow, about 0.5s a lap. In the 2nd round I ran soft impacts instead of the S gridirons I ran in the first round, and they felt too edgy. I made a mistake early on and knew I wasn’t going to improve my time. I knew that come the main I would be strong, because my car was very good.
In the main the start was crazy intense. There was a lot of crashing, awesome passing, and some aggressive paint rubbing. After the first few laps of ups and downs I ended up in about 7th place, and set about catching the leaders. At about the halfway point I caught and passed King, who later had some problems and dropped back, as Herzig continued to lead. With about 6 minutes to go I caught and passed Herzig too, and managed to win the main. It was a great main for me.
- Joseph Quagraine JQRacing
- Colin Herzig HBRacing
- Don Vinkemulder TLR
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