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The 6th Cool Running’s is in the book after a damp start.
The local weathermen were right on target. Rain Friday and clearing Sat. Weather forecasters on the other side of the state said it was rain all day which cost us some of our out of town teams.
The first race went off on schedule at 10 A.M. with a slightly damp track but no problems from the damp. It was dry by the end of the first race.
We want to welcome Strawberry Crest High School to their first ever race. Electrathon of Tampa Bay loaned them one of the two old Plant City cars. Wharton is doing well with the other one.
They got the car about 10 days ago and just got it running with a replacement computer last Thursday after Ken and I worked with them.
They had wiring problems in the first race and didn’t finish. They got it working for the second race and had a respectable showing for not having had any practice or prep time. They should be 100% by next race.
Wharton High School had problems the first race but recovered to take a strong 2nd place finish in the second race just two laps down. They have a very fast car so look out for them in the future.
Brandon High School and Tampa Bay Tech continue to trade 1sts and 2nds between the Brandon 9 car and the TBT 242 car with TBT taking the overall 1st place in High School class on total laps. The Brandon team blew out 4 tires during the race so its a good thing they have quick change axels and extra wheels and tubes. The TBT 242 took 1st in the first race when Brandons 9 car batteries went down. Brandons 9 car took 1st from TBT in the second race by 3 seconds over the TBT 242 car
One of the high school cars ended up in the cones on one turn but the prize for the most dramatic event is split between the Brandon 14 car which blew out a tire in one of the front s curves and did a spin in the middle of the turn and the Electrocutioners 8 car which had a minor problem with the left front wheel when it went from about a 4 deg. camber angle to a 45 deg camber angle when a weld broke on the steering system. Made it very hard to steer.
The Electrocutioners 8 car equaled the track record of 77 laps in the first race and was going to try and break it in the second race. The steering broke after 19 laps and they had to withdraw.
Tiger Racing, out of Miami and the series points leader in Open Class, was tearing up the track during the first race when he blew a tire. He still finished the race with a respectable lap count.
The Electrocutioners 90 car took overall top honors with 74 laps in each of the races. Very fast, very steady.
The Hillsborough Community College Engineering Dept. 30 car had its best day this race season with two trouble free races. It was even ready to go for both races without last min. repairs or adjustments. The weak point now is the batteries. If they can get hold of some new batteries they will be a contender. The car has all the bugs worked out and looks real good.
The March race is up in the air. We are looking for a venue and will let everyone know soon.
April 26 is the Emerald Coast Electrathon/SkillsUSA race at the Five Flags Speedway Track in Pensacola. It is held in conjunction with the SkillsUSA State Championships. Last year teams from the southeast and Arkansas were there. This is the biggest race in the state and also the most expensive for local High School teams. Entry is free but travel and lodging expenses are a killer. Its only 460 miles one way. Local teams are working on raising funds to make the trip. With the expenses of acquiring the old Plant City cars Electrathon of Tampa Bay will not be able to help very much this year.