RMLRA Newsletter August 19, 2010

posted Aug 19, 2010, 6:35 PM by Admin RMLRA

The end of the 2010 racing season is slowly drawing to a close. While the last scheduled RMLRA race will be ran at Colorado National Speedway on October 2nd, there will be a few more opportunities to race later in October at the road course at PPIR. Information on those races will be announced in later Newsletters. So far this season we have ran seventeen feature races with two rain outs and one cancelled.

This week the Legends will return to Big Country Speedway in Cheyenne, WY. for a Saturday night of racing. There are no scheduled races for the weekend of August 27-28.

Not mentioned in the last Newsletter, was driver #57 Jason Stewart. He is also heading out to college this fall. Jason is headed to the University of Colorado in Boulder. A mechanical engineering degree is in his sights.

Last Saturday night I had a chance to talk with Ron Oneil at Big Country Speedway. Ron is racing a Late Model, black and orange paint with the #0 on the car. He told me that he races the #0 in memory of his son Garret, whom he lost earlier this season in a bicycle accident. Ron won his third consecutive feature in the car and climbed out of the car. While standing on the door, he bent over and kissed the #0 on top of his car and thanked God and Garret for riding with him during the race and bringing his sons number to the winners circle. Ron had told me earlier that the Late Model would have been Garret’s next race car. Ron also mentioned to me that he considered racing the Legend car but was unable to do it. The car and all parts have been sold. The memories will last forever. God bless this family.

I received the following message from the #25 Legend Racing team. Adam is expected to be active racing the #25 Legend next season. He has had the car on the track this season practicing and getting used to the car. He will turn fourteen soon and will be able to get his license and start racing.

                                                 Taste of Colorado
Adam Pechman #25 car will have a booth at the 2010 Taste of Colorado
Friday September 3rd from 4:30 to 8:30 stop by and say hi.
Adam will have his legend and a few of his Quarter midgets in the booth
Check out his Fast time award and trophies after coming back from the
2010 Grands Nationals where they put all three cars in the A mains.
Adam will be handing out info about Quarter midget and Legend racing.

                                              Racing from several rows back

Remember when you started your first feature in a race car? Chances are that you were not on the front row, and all you thought about was the butterflies that was in your stomach and all you wanted to do was get through the first two turns, and stay out of everybody’s way, on your way to finishing the race. I think I can say that we have had a lot of first year Legend racers with us the past few seasons and some are headed to the front rows for better starting positions. Several of the tracks that we race on have you start in the position that you finished in your heat race. Sort of puts the driver in the position to drive his car to the front for that good starting position. There are a few who are taking their time and learning to get a feel for racing their Legends. That goes back to the old saying, to go fast, sometimes you have to run slow. Keeping the car in one piece and rolling the car onto the trailer at the end of the night is the goal for many of these drivers. For those cars that have not been to the track this season the RMLRA hopes to have you racing soon. Racing a Legend is a lot of fun and it does involve travelling to race tracks. I can remember my first season of racing, when very few people had trailers and pulled their cars (1949 Chevy) to the track with the aid of a tow bar bolted on to the front bumper. This was the early version of street stocks. You might say we raced locally in those days. Not a lot of bumping in those early days of racing. If you messed up the front end you might not be able to tow the car home until Monday when the track reopened for the workers at the track. Those were the days. Legend racing in Colorado has been good to many a driver who has climbed into their cars. You don’t see a lot of open trailers any more and for sure no one brings the car to the track with a tow bar. Racing has changed even to the point of installing water coolers in the trailers for those hot summer days. The racing season is long and you can race as much as you want with our cars. The biggest problem is we live out west in an area of the country, where you do have to travel many miles to race. 

Just a reminder to make your motel reservations in Gering for the Rocky Mountain Classic. As mentioned before we race in Gering on Friday night and then travel to Colorado National for Saturdays race, and then on to Big Country for Sunday night. This schedule has been changed from previous years and may change your plans on traveling after the races.

Motel 8, Gering 308-635-1600

Monument Inn, Gering 308-436-1950

Comfort Inn Gering/Scottsbluff 308-632-7510

Have fun race safely. I will see you at the Rocky Mountain Classic.