Thursday, June 25, 2009

Another So, So Weekend, and Rain!

On Saturday, June 13th, Butch and the Lambert Racing #27 headed to Mercer Raceway Park for a regular event. The show started over an hour late due to poor track conditions, and Butch was fortunate to start on the pole of his heat event on the very rough track. No one really went anywhere in the heat and Butch picked up the heat event win. Madison did the re-draw for the feature and put her daddy 3rd on the grid for the event. He started the race out strong and jumped into 2nd at the start. He was biding his time and closing in on the leader as the race went on. On lap 8, Max Blair caught up to him going down the back stretch, then proceeded to "door" him in turns 3&4. The contact sent Butch up towards the wall and also allowed another car to get by. It was apparent that the hit caused some sort of damage to the handling of the car, as he fell back to a 6th place finish. Butch and the crew were pretty upset about the contact from Blair, as, quite honestly, it was completely unnecessary, and wasn't the first time it has happened.

The team re-grouped for Sunday, June 14th at Tri-City Speedway. A bad bill had Butch starting 7th in the heat event, but he did a nice job to race his way to a third place finish. The invert zero for the feature event saw him start from the 6th hole. Overall, there was not alot of passing in the feature, he advanced a few positions only to be passed by other cars. In the end, we took home a 7th place finish and for once the car was in one piece.

This past weekend, with rain in the forecast and still a bad taste in our mouth from Mercer, we decided to attend a family graduation party in lieu of racing at Mercer. It was a good call on our part, as they rained out shortly after hot laps. We had originally had Pittsburgh Motor Speedway on our schedule for June 20th, but the carnage they have been having there in the crates kept us away. Another good call on our part, as only 7 of the 19 cars that started the feature finished last Saturday. Tri-City Speedway was closed this week for an ATV race.

This weekend we will be attending the World of Outlaws Firecracker 100 at Lernerville Speedway. We had already committed to our camping spot and tickets when the FASTRAK Northeast Tour event was announced for Roaring Knob, so we will not be attending the Tour race. I guess you could say it is our mini-vacation before our very busy month of July. We will be in action this weekend on Sunday at Tri-City Speedway on June 28th. The Wexford Racing #27 Emod is also finally ready for action, so Butch will be pulling double duty, driving both the crate and the emod.

We will kick July off at Expo Raceway on Wednesday, July 1st, as the FASTRAK Northeast Tour event is being held in conjunction with the Trumbull County Fair. We have never been to Expo, but it sounds like a great place! Friday, July 3rd, we will make our first trip of the year to Raceway 7 in Connueat, OH for another FASTRAK Northeast Tour event. We will spend Saturday, July 4th with family, then head to Tri-City on Sunday, July 5th for an Emod only show. July also has four more FASTRAK Northeast Tour events throughout the month at McKean County Speedway (7/11), Dog Hollow Speedway (7/17), Tri-City Speedway (7/19) and Pittsburgh PA Motor Speedway (7/25). The only questionable event for us will be the race at Dog Hollow and that will depend on Butch's work schedule. We will end July with a trip to the famed Eldora Speedway for a FASTRAK National Event.

Last chance to order shirts/sweatshirts this week!!!

Until next time...

Friday, June 12, 2009

More Ups and Downs

The 2009 season is barely three months old, but Butch and the Lambert Racing Team have already had their share of ups and downs and this past weekend was no exception.

It was a homecoming of sorts on Friday, June 5th as Butch returned to Lernerville Speedway to run in the Pro Crate Late Model event. He took the green flag for the heat event from the third spot and looked to finish there until a bad restart handed him the pole position. He pulled away to a significant lead to pick up the heat event win. For the feature, he drew the 5th starting spot and it was a really good race. He quickly raced his way to third place in the caution filled event. As the race went on, the leader broke, but Butch had been racing side by side and didn't get the spot at the line. Instead of restarting 2nd, he was relegated to third and put up a hard fought battle to capture a second place finish. We were very happy to come home basically in one piece with a top 3 finish.

With no racing at Mercer Raceway Park on Saturday evening, we headed to Tri-City Speedway on Sunday for a regular event. Butch started his heat from the outside pole and quickly took the lead. He cruised to his second heat event win of the weekend with a hard charging Max Blair nipping at his heels. An Invert Zero line-up was pulled for the feature event, putting Butch on the outside pole beside Mike Pegher Jr. As soon as the green flag dropped, it was apparent there was a problem. For the first few laps, Butch dropped to 4th, then charged back to 2nd, only to drop back again, this time to 6th. With only 5 laps on the board, he pulled into the pits leaving all of us to wonder what happened. Our initial investigation found a problem with the carburetor, forcing us to load up for the night. He was credited with a 12th place finish.

Monday evening the team dug a little further into the problem and found metal in the oil, which is not a good sign. The engine was pulled and given to Mike Ingram of Ingram Engines to check out. He discovered early Wednesday that a lifter had come apart. Not something you would expect to see in a motor that only has 14 nights of racing on it. Needless to say, we were pretty disappointed. The good news is that we will have the engine back in time for next weekend and will run last year's motor in the meantime.

This weekend, we will be racing at Mercer Raceway Park on Saturday Night and Tri-City Speedway on Sunday night.

We are also pleased to announce that we have new Butch Lambert Racing T-shirts available for order for only $10! We are also offering tanks, hoodies, sweatshirts and long-sleeved T's. Please contact me if you would like to place an order!

Until next time...