Savannah Double National - More of the Rest of The Story
This was posted earlier on the forum:
Chuck made an excellent report. Here is some more of the rest of the story:
Saturday morning - Clint came into the pits early with the left rear hub slid over against the body work. Dan
did his usual superman work, jacked it up and fixed the hub back where it belonged. Tried to start the 493
(out of used snowmobile) and it was locked up. After spending the next several hours swapping the motor
with an old down on power motor, later (after the race) tore the bad motor down to the crank and found one bad
bearing. Barely made it in time for the race. During the race Clint and Jim Elder entered turn one side by
side and literally touched wheels (no marks anywhere else on either car) and since Jim's was the outside
car, he slid off the track.
Sunday morning - Greg Riehle was driving real slow with a bad motor on the far left side of turn 2 when Clint
came up on him, Clint went to the far right side of the track to clear Greg but Greg turned right and hit Clint
in the left rear wheel, bending the axle in three places. Greg said that he never saw Clint. We took the axle
to Formula Cars East trailer where they very graciously allowed us the use of their shop press to spend the
next hour straightening the axle to the best of our eyesight and straight edge - no dial indicator
unfortunately. Again, we got it ready just barely in time for the race. Clint said that it vibrated but he
could still focus and it did not upset the car - wow!!!
Tom Hastings in the red car with no brake pedal went fast in the straights and long curves but slowed way down
to make it through the few braking areas that Roebling Road has. He was on a big right hand sweeper at the end
of the race when a passing FF slid left and ran over Tom's right front knocking Tom off the track. The right
front side pod is wiped out and there is a big tire mark across the top of the nose.
As usual, Dan McMahan has again done a superman job preparing the cars and keeping them running during the
event. Sunday night he was wiped out.
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