10.27.13 – “PICK YOUR PART NIGHT OF DESTRUCTION”
(skip all this reading and jump to the VIDEO if all these words are overwhelming)
The original plan was to run in two events – first a 25 lap endurance race, followed by a 20 lap “skid plate race”. I originally found out about skid plate racing from an article on Jalopnik (http://goo.gl/5cLGsl and http://goo.gl/TfQnSz).
Briefly, Skid Plate racing involves removing the rear wheels of a front wheel drive car and replacing them with flat metal plates that offer very little traction on a track. The cars slide and spin like driving on ice.
After some research, I found out the man to speak to was Robert Rice (the creator of this type of racing). I reached out to him about using one of his cars for an event. He was good with my plan to run in both the endurance race (with all 4 tires) and then the Skid Plate race, but reminded me that if the car didn’t make it through the first event, I would be out of luck for the second event . . .
So, Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd of 6,500, it was my chance to race. It was the track’s annual Night of Destruction with three demolition derbies, a trailer race, skid plate race, endurance race as well as an open competition race.
(This is the full race, see below for an EDITED version)
The starting order was randomly selected – there was no qualifying session. I ended up starting towards the back of the grid (there were 30 or so cars in the event and technically I started last) but even with a spin I managed to make up a lot of places. I ran into some major trouble at the end but I still managed to keep at least 6 places!