Route 66 Test & Tune
The weather was testy all day with intermittent rain. However the weather map showed clearing in Joliet. Due to bad Friday traffic, I arrived at Route 66 a little later than normal. The track was pretty quiet so I went directly to Race Control. I learned that, so far, only ten cars had registered. Soon that number increased and eventually the total was around 50 cars. While not a great number, there were some very nice cars and I was able to get some nice images. There were some interesting moments when a silver/gray with orange stripes Camaro got a little sideways after launch and was coming straight for me. I was a little undecided whether to jump off my ladder or take the shot. I took the shot!
When it came down, it veered more to the right and came within inches of scraping the wall. Also, there was an older Funny Car, however it was experiencing some electrical/mechanical issues. Eventually, they did get it to the line, but it broke down again and was not able to make a run.
Here are some more images from tonight. The first image below is Marv Cresson, who was at Rt. 66 on his birthday, racing!
Another interesting car was the purple '57 Chevy, "To Hell & Back", of Dale Letterly (sp?) (See Above). It did some great wheel stands. When I spoke with Dale, he stated he had been splitting transmissions. After working with Strange Engineering, they discovered his drive shaft was too long and was causing the problem. The driveshaft was reconfigured and now the car is running great.
To see all tonight's images, please click here.
Next up, is Saturday's Rockett Brand Racing Fuel ET Bracket Series with the NHRA King of the Track. Also the NHRA Junior Drag League will be running.
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