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Boise Divisional

The Boise Divisional was a blast for Chris and I. Chris had taken the car out earlier in the season for some testing, but this was my first chance in the dragster since October. This new car is a dream, let me tell you. I seriously doubt Chris could have built a better ride. It’s amazing!

Chris attempted to test on Thursday, but Mother Nature wasn’t having it. Friday started out a bit drizzly, but the clouds parted, the sun shown through and we were ready to rock. We ran a solid 9.11 (on a 9.15 dial) and I was feeling quite good about my first pass. As I’m heading back down the return road, I see everyone packing up the cars. I overhear that the announcers are warning of some possible wind gusts, as well as some thunder and lightening. I ask our good friend Ed to help me lower our 20 foot EZ Up and before I know it, the tent is lifted up by a gust of wind and ready to take me with it. The tent got the better of me and went flying through the air and then through the pits. Unfortunately it took down a neighbor racer in it’s path. The tent required about 10 guys to drag it back to our trailer (mid-wind storm) to attempt to collapse it.

Needless to say, it did not collapse well. Luckily we were able to save the custom canvas top. Hopefully with a few parts, it’ll be looking brand new again.

Saturday was a much better day, weather-wise. We got three passes in, all close enough to the dial. We also had a number of friends come out to visit. It was wonderful to see all the support in Boise! This is my pup, Kora, busy with her bone.

And Sunday was race day! I won round one and was paired with our friend Ed (my tent buddy) in round two. I was a bit nervous, being that Ed had beat me many times in the past. However, I snuck out with the win this time! Next up was another pal, Bob Woodruff. The winning streak continued and I grabbed one more win light. Round four was Trevor Harkema, and unfortunately our car lost some steam. I came up short and Trevor took the win. Four rounds on Sunday was more than good enough for an awesome weekend at the track. Chris and I had a wonderful time! We received so much support and a few win lights to dream of until the next time at the track.

Upcoming Races

Calling all Eastern Washington fans! EMDUB Racing will be at Spokane Raceway Park this upcoming weekend (July 30th-August 1st). We will be at the track Friday, Saturday and Sunday for a Lucas Oil Divisional race. Please check out Spokane Raceway Park for ticket information and directions. We hope to see some of you out there!

In addition, EMDUB Racing will be racing at Bremerton Raceway Park for a PNSCA race on August 14th and 15th. Please check out Bremerton Raceway for ticket information and directions. The following weekend, EMDUB Racing will be at Pacific Raceways for the Lucas Oil Divisional race. We will be at the track Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Please check out Pacific Raceways for ticket information and directions.

Please let Chris or Emily know if you need more information about the races. We would love to see some friends and family at the track!

Long, Cold Winter

It’s been a long, cold winter here in Washington. Not only is this evident from the bare existence that is this blog, but also from the lack of activity in our racing camp. I think Chris would agree with me that this winter has been especially hard on all of us. Here’s a little summary of our activities for the past few months.

I, personally, have been slaving away at grad school. This off season left me with more than my fair share of coursework and papers to grade, not to mention my thesis. Unfortunately, I’ve experienced some “technical difficulties” in the thesis journey. With a little blood, sweat and tears I was able to complete my 90 page document and submit for review last week. I’m currently preparing to defend this project next week in front of my colleagues and professors. Then I will be graduating with my Master’s degree on May 8th. I’m so excited to move onto the next phase of my life and get back to the track!

Chris has had a very different experience this winter. His off season was spent with doctors, surgeons and oncologists. As many of you know, Deb’s cancer returned last summer and she has spent the past year in and out of the hospital for chemo treatments, surgery and blood work. Fortunately, things are looking up for this amazing woman. Her numbers and scans look wonderful and we are all looking forward to the day when she’s off chemo. Only 8 more to go!

Now that they have settled into a routine, Chris has been able to get back into the racing mode. He’s been working diligently on the car and trailer. He’s completely redone our trailer and it looks absolutely amazing. But I won’t spoil his blog update with too much information!

In other news, we ordered a custom fire suit this year. It came back looking absolutely stunning. I might actually look like a girl out at the track! We also replaced a number of out of date parts on the car (belts, etc.). It may have been an unproductive winter, but we are most definitely back in gear – well, as least Chris is. I’ll get back into once I my defense is over and I’m free to enjoy life again. We’ll be out at Pacific Raceways in Kent, WA for a test session on April 17-18. You all should come on out!

More to come soon – I promise!

EMDUB

Spokane Raceways – Two Weekends in a Row!

EMDUB Racing will be in Spokane for the next two weekends! We wanted to extend the opportunity to everyone to come and watch!

Here our the two races we will be participating in:
June 6/7, 2009 (Saturday – Sunday) – PNSCA Race 5/6 – Spokane, WA
June 12-14, 2009 (Friday – Sunday) – NHRA Div. 6 Divisionals – Spokane, WA

I recommend the first one as you will get to see more of EMDUB Racing.
This race weekend (June 6/7) will be a double header. There will be a
race Saturday and a race Sunday. This race is with a local association
and has some stunning Super Comp racers. The second race weekend will be much busier, but it is a huge race and will be really exciting. This
weekend (June 12-14) there will be qualifying on Friday and Saturday and
the big race on Sunday.

For both races and all days the gates open at 8am, racing starts at 9am, except for Saturday, June 6th – the gates open at 1pm and racing starts at 2pm. My class usually doesn’t get a pass until 9:30 or 10am because they send slower cars down the track first to put some rubber down for faster cars. However, I recommended getting there early.

Here is all the pricing information you need:
June 6/7: $12 entry fee
(http://spokanecountyraceway.com/events/drag-et-drag-racing-series-7-lol-pnsca/
June 12/13/14: Friday – $15, Saturday – $20, Sunday – $25
http://spokanecountyraceway.com/events/nhra-lucas-oil-drag-racing-series/

Here is the website to the track for direction information:
http://spokanecountyraceway.com/

Hope to see you all out there!

EMDUB

Boise Divisionals: This Weekend!

Hey Fans!
We will be out at Firebird Raceways in Boise this weekend, May 1-3rd, for the Boise Divisional. Time trials will start at 9am on Friday and we should get 2-3 runs in. Time trials will continue at 9am on Saturday, where we should get another 2 runs in. First Round will be at 3pm on Saturday and the race will continue on Sunday. If you are interested in coming out to the race, I suggest coming out on Saturday. Tickets will be sold at the track and should be around $20.

Hope to see you out there!
EMDUB

Firebird Raceway
8551 Hwy 16
Eagle, ID 83616
208.938.8986

2009 Summer Schedule

It’s finally here! Our 2009 summer racing schedule is finally together. Please feel free to check out the dates and hopefully we will see you all out there!

April
April 10/11 (Friday and Saturday) – Testing – Bremerton, WA

May
May 1-3, 2009 (Friday – Sunday) – NHRA Div. 6 Divisionals – Boise, ID
May 9/10, 2009 (Saturday – Sunday) – PNSCA Race 1/2 – Bremerton, WA

June
June 6/7, 2009 (Saturday – Sunday) – PNSCA Race 5/6 – Spokane, WA
June 12-14, 2009 (Friday – Sunday) – NHRA Div. 6 Divisionals – Spokane, WA
June 19-21, 2009 (Friday – Sunday) – NHRA Div. 6 Divisionals – Seattle, WA

July
July 17-19, 2009 (Friday – Sunday) – NHRA Northwest Nationals – Seattle, WA
July 25, 2009 (Saturday) – PNSCA Race 7 – Mission, BC

August
August 1-2, 2009 (Saturday – Sunday) – NHRA Div. 6 Open – Medicine Hat, AB
August 15/16, 2009 (Saturday – Sunday) – PNSCA Race 8/9 – Bremerton, WA

September
September 12/13, 2009 (Saturday – Sunday) – PNSCA Race 10/11 – Woodburn, OR
September 25-26, 2009 (Friday – Saturday) – NHRA Div. 6 Divisionals – Eagle Point, OR

October
October 29 – November 1, 2009 (Thursday – Sunday) – NHRA Las Vegas Nationals – Las Vegas, NV

Car and Trailer Makeover – Part I

img_0433-edit.jpg The trailer has begun its makeover and I must admit, it is looking great! It returned from its paint job with a fresh coat of white paint. This was great because the previous graphics on the trailer bled through to the paint. Since the prior graphics included flames, the white coat was covered in orange and yellow streaks. The outside of the trailer looks great and it really changes the whole look of it.

Next is the interior. Chris just dropped off the trailer at Kirschner Trailers in Woodinville, WA and it will spend a little vacation there for about a week. This is good on all ends. When the trailer came back after a weekend paint job, it was received with a resounding, “It’s BACK??” Like I said before, the trailer is not a popular item around the neighborhood. Luckily, the guys at Kirschner were great and said they could install many of the items we were concerned about in the time that it there. They are going to install an E-Track along the interior walls, so that we have something to connect the bungee cords and restraints to. Since the trailer moves so often, EVERYTHING has to be secure in the trailer. But we didn’t have a great way of locking up the gas cans, chairs, air compressor, etc. They are also going to install bogey wheels at the back of the trailer. These are to help with the tail end of the trailer and it’s tendency to hit the ground if Chris has to maneuver a tough turn or hill. So, instead of ruining the bottom of the trailer, the wheels will help the car along. The roof is going to be checked out, along with the breaks, just for safety. And finally, they will be installing a winch in the trailer. This is to help Chris with removing and storing the car when I’m not around. Chris had intended on installing the winch himself, but the guy at Kirschner had some great ideas on it, so we are going to let him give it a shot. All in all, the trailer should come back with an array of new accessories and looking great!

After the trailer comes back from Kirshner it is time to work on the flooring. Chris found some great flooring at Costco for pretty cheap and will be laying it down in the next month or so. It is a snazzy looking checkered print (of course) that fits quite well in terms of sizing. Then we are going to put a metal diamond plate towards the rear of the trailer. When the car is either moved out or in the trailer, one needs to raise the front of the trailer up (thus creating an angle) and the car slides in/out nicely.img00080-edit.jpg However, there is a point in the trailer where the bottom the chassis rubs on the floor of the trailer, even when it is raised. And if it were not raised, the car would simply bottom out, making it impossible to move the car. This, over time, has ruined the flooring. Therefore, we are hoping that the metal plate will a) look beautiful and professional and b) reduce the amount of damage to the car/trailer during the storage and removal phase. And after that, the trailer will look perfect for EMDUB Racing.

On another note, I have to hand out a big ‘Thank You’ to two of my fans. Andriana and Jesse drove out to the Bremerton track (quite different surroundings from Woodinville) for the Saturday Test and Tune. It was great to have supportive fans out there. Since we are so new to this sport, we can get so wrapped up in the mechanics and technology of it all that we do not enjoy the time at the track. We are slowly learning to walk around, meet new folks, and get a feel for the community. Therefore, it was great to have the two of them out there and Andriana took some cool pictures that I will get posted soon. Hopefully she can convince some more people that the track isn’t such a bad experience. Actually, I think she might have actually liked it by the end! Thanks for the support guys.

Update on the car coming soon!

Time and Space

Time and space, space and time. There is never enough of these two when it comes to drag racing.

Space: As fans, space was only needed for hats, sweatshirts and seating at the race. But as a participant, there is a much larger need for space. Items that need to be stored:img00066-edit.jpg Dragster, trailer, fuel, safety equipment, tools, spare parts, hitch, weather station, electronics, quad, etc. And where is all of this supposed to go? Beats me. Just for a moment, follow me through our thought process of purchasing a car just a few months ago. Car – 22 feet long, but it goes in the trailer. Trailer – 30 feet long, but it goes into storage. Tools – Inside the trailer, which again, is in storage. Storage – $80 a month, 3 miles down the road. Sounds like a plan to me. Oh, wait. We forgot that we might actually want to use some of these items when we are NOT racing.

So, Chris gets home from his 3 day drive from California to Washington with the car and after some maneuvering, gets the truck and trailer into the driveway. Now, this trailer fits. However, not much room is left for anything else that would frequent the driveway. But hey, we can make this work. Chris measures the garage and concludes that the dragster will fit in one of the spaces. Great news considering the frequent rain and freezing temperatures of the Northwest. This is where we run into our first setback. One of the largest sellers of the dragster was the fact that it was a narrow chassis built for a 5’4 female. However, I am currently in California finishing up school. So, who is going to get the car out of the trailer? Apparently the solution is my 13 year-old-brother. Scared yet? I am. My new dragster, my baby is being driven out of the trailer by my little brother who has never sat in a dragster in his life. I distinctly remember exchanging money with the Frank Hawley office in Pomona for a similar experience, but hey… Go for it, Mike. After a Austin Powers-esque turn in the driveway (nearing a 10 point turn), the car foundimg00077-edit.jpg it’s home in the garage. And it’s all in once piece, whew!

Happily ever after… right? Wrong. It’s been almost a month and the mystique is wearing off for everyone but Chris and I. Neighbors are tired of hearing the dragster run, the Homeowners Association is upset about the trailer in the driveway, and the family is tired of maneuvering around the dragster in the garage. Options? Keep subjecting everyone else to our passion, or find a location where we can work on the car and trailer that isn’t the driveway or garage. Hopefully the answer is the latter; I’ll keep you updated.

Time: I knew when we started out on this adventure that my life is insane. I thrive on a busy schedule and am constantly mapping out my day or week to keep it all organized. Those who truly know me realize that I have a bit of an obsession with organization. But it keeps my life on track and fulfilling. I am currently in my last semester at Chapman University and will graduate on May 17th with my peers. Not long after, I will pack up my belongings and schlep them back to the Northwest (ironically, in the trailer). I begin work and school in the Human Development department of Washington State University in mid-August. So, where does drag racing fit into this equation? Well, I hope to spend the time between the move and the beginning of school with the car. My goal is to enter as many Test/Tunes as possible and simply spend some time in the car and at the track. Hopefully this will prepare me for actually entering races later in the year.

Time in the car is also another important factor. It’s the nature of drag racing to keep the actual time on the track minimal. This is due to the necessity of keeping the large number of cars moving through and of course, less time on the track means a quicker elapsed time. Therefore practice is easier said than done. I spend time each day practicing my reaction time and mentally going through runs. But nothing can substitute actual time in the car. Chris and I have hunted down all of the Test and Tunes in Washington State and hope to make as many as possible. Plus, I love nothing more than sitting in that drivers seat.

New slogan: “Will race for rent (for the car, not me).”

Stick around!