As I mentioned earlier, I finally made it to Goodguys. I've been wanting to take the Chevelle to Goodguys in Scottsdale for several years. Which is two shows every year, that's a lot of events missed. Either the car wasn't completely assembled or missing something. Well, it's still not finished. But it's running and driving.
Friday my wife and I got up early to make it to Scottsdale for the Goodguys Southwest Nationals. We wanted to get there early to get a spot for the Duel in the Desert autocross. Most of the spots are for competitors already qualified from winning earlier events or picked up enough points to have qualified. There are usually 10 or so spots for people like me to show up and compete to try to qualify.
When we arrived the staging area was already full. We set up our pit area just outside the gates. I didn't feel too bad. Brandi Phillips and the PCRods C10R and Matt Alcala were right beside me. I took a walk through the pits and had a little doubt creep in. It looked like all the fast cars showed up to this event. Most of the big names that run Goodguys and OSUSC events were there. Besides the 21 cars prequalified there were about 30 plus other cars trying for the 11 open spots. There were some serious cars there. I thought this might be a short race day.
My first lap out was a 70.029. Not too bad. The pros were in the 64s. My next run I got down to the 69s. The announcer stated they were going to start cutting the field down. The first cut was 73.00. Hey I made the first cut. The course was really tight and very loose. My car was skating around fairly badly. I asked a certain orange Camaro driver for a little advice on shock adjustments and if she was doing any coaching this weekend. I did a little tweaking and the car got a little better. Later in the afternoon I picked up my driving coach for a lap to see how bad my line choices were. She's a very fun person to have ride with you. It's like having cheerleader in the car. You hit the straights and she's yelling GO!, GO!, GO! Look for your turn in spot, wait for it, Now turn! GO! GO!, GO! I got so into it, I over-cooked a turn or two. But it was a blast! I was grinning from ear to ear. My wife wasn't too happy. I lost a little time from my last run. Apparently she's competitive. Lol. My coach pointed out a few more changes and gave me a few more pointers. Much appreciated.
Towards the end of the day they cut the field down again. This time he cut off was 70.00. I was suprized I made it through both cuts.
Saturday we got to the Scottsdale a little earlier. Unfortunately it still wasn't early enough. Oh well. At least we were in good company. He C10R and now DSE Staci Tucker was out there too. At least I got to walk the course this morning. My first run was decent and I dropped a little more time. Cold temps and a loose course had everyone fighting for traction. They cut the field again getting closer to the fastest 32 that would go to the eliminations. One more run and I shaved a little more time. They made their final cut, and I made it. The officials rearranged the pits and put us inside by the BFG tire archway and gave us stickers for the car.
We got a few more practice laps before the eliminations. I was looking for time but clipped a few cones ruining the runs. During the drivers meeting they showed us the elimination brackets. I was set to go up against yesterday's driving coach. Yep, no pressure! I knew she was going to have a good run. I tried to pull out al the stops but ended up locking the fronts coming into the hard left handed and went wide and off course. Oops made that a little too easy for her.
A little oversteer going through the timing lights.
My wife says this looks like the Camaro is a predator waiting for its prey to make a mistake. Lol
This is not good for a quick time.
To be continued...