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CNS Legend Season Opener - 4/9/2011

posted Apr 11, 2011, 9:40 AM by Scotty Scott
Last weekend was the season opener for the RMLRA.  The first race of the season was at Colorado National Speedway in Erie, CO.  It turned out to be a great day for weather and we were pretty fast most of the day.

CNS is now using the transponder system and all of our lap times and results will be listed on the site each week.  It looks like it is going to be a great system and we should have a lot of fun tracking it.  You can see our lap times and results here all year ( http://LariatRacing.MyLaps.com ).

Using MyLaps, we could see that we were the 5th fastest during the first practice so we were pretty excited about the day in general.  Our pill draw was not great and we started our heat race on the inside of row 4.  I was a little pinned into that spot until traffic spread out and we ended up finishing 7th out of 24 cars.

Unfortunately, that meant we started the main in row 7.  That left a lot of work to do.  There were several crashes and cautions for spins.  We passed a few cars as the race went on and worked our way up to 5th place.  The car kind of changed a little on entry to the corners at about lap 20 and I bobbled going into turn 3.  At that point, I dropped to 6th.  The last few laps, Chris Cooper and I raced for that spot and he edged us at the line by .02 seconds to drop us to 7th. 

I was a little disappointed by the finish because I felt like we had the car to finish higher but the mistake I made dropped us back.  Hopefully I will become more consistent as the season goes on. 

We raced the old BF Goodrich tires this weekend, really because I'm a little worried about when there will enough Federals to run the rest of the summer.  The BFGs are allowed for the first two weeks so we are using them for those two.

We are also checking into a possible LF brake issue.  Jim Stevens said he would see a puff of smoke off of the LF tire late in the race, about the time the handling changed on entry.  I suspect that the brake caliper stopped releasing.  The calipers are known to have that problem when they get hot.

Already looking forward to the next race, 4/23 at CNS.
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