What a disaster Sunday was.

We thrashed till late Saturday to get the car on the trailer. Late night post indicated the race was on.

We awoke early to find out that the Flat Rock race had been cancelled. While disappointing, that was okay because there was another race at Spartan Speedway that was later in the afternoon.

Mid-morning post said “it didn’t look good.” And by late morning it didn’t look good at all. The racing was cancelled for the day.

Not sure when the modified will get out – but the Dwarf Car will be out at Flat Rock again on June 29th for the Steve Martin memorial.

2019 Season Starting – Sunday

The team decided to invest in an engine many months ago. This was to be used while the previous workhorse was being rebuilt. The delusion, at the time, was to make the opening ICAR race at Flat Rock Speedway.

That was too aggressive, especially with the race date being in April. Thankfully, for us anyway, the apropos occurred – namely April showers. The race was rescheduled for Father’s Day.

This provided time to get it fitted, new lines plumbed, and some of the maintenance done. Since Flat Rock is a ¼ mile we will leave the body work until after the race.

The car is all but ready to load into the trailer tomorrow. To make things better, the MCR dwarf cars are also running that day. The goal is to run both cars and have a blast in finally getting back out on the track.

Write-up will be posted after the race. For immediate information follow our Twitter feed.

2018 MCR Dwarf Car Season Results

2018 was meant to be an off year. And it almost was. I got introduced to the Hoffman Motorsports crew that is part of the MCR Dwarf Car group. They had a race-ready ride that just required me to show up with my helmet. It also had my favourite characteristic – the wheels are open.

I am admittedly partial to small wheelbase motorcycle engine powered vehicles. Add the slicks to it and I was completely ready to pilot one of these. I loved telling people that I had driven a dwarf car before – exactly 20 years prior – on dirt.

I chose Springport for my first race. I have a handful of laps there, to put it mildly, so I knew I wouldn’t need to get acclimated to the track. It was a fun jaunt, mixing it up “close enough” to the front of the pack. I could see the top 2 at the finish, just out of reach, and snagged the last step on the podium. It was interesting to be nearly as quick as the Modified (lap time wise) because the cars generate lap times in completely opposite ways.

The 2nd race was at Flat Rock. This is the only track within an hour of my house, so I have a lot of good memories from going there. The day was HOT, with ambient temperatures in the upper 90’s. The crowd was still strong though because there were schoolbus races. The night started good, timing .018 off the pole position. The race was even better, methodically marching to the front. Was able to hold on to the win despite a late restart that brought the field close. Victory Lane interview on the frontstretch was great, as was the cold water bottle I was handed.

Third race was at a track I never had visited, Angola. I hadn’t raced in Indiana since the prior year at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I loved this track because it is the traditional “appears out of a field.” I never did figure the track out but managed to snag a spot at the back end of the Top 5.

The final race wasn’t supposed to happen but got added anyway – the Michigan Cup at Springport. The pits were absolutely lined with cars. It was also absolutely filled with mud and water due to torrential downpours during the night and morning. I am not sure how we got on track, but we did. It made for some sliding. It took till the final lap, but again grabbed the 5th finishing position.

Overall it was a successful season – 4 races, 4 top 5’s. I can’t argue those results and can’t thank the Hoffman guys enough. I look forward to a handful of races with them this coming season. Most will be interesting, as they will be on nights where piloting both it and the Modified.


2017 was a fun, albeit different, year.

I bookended the year with my normal jaunt to the east coast to race at Wall Stadium in Turkey Derby. But everything else for the year was abnormal. Let’s look at the ways.

I traversed the country for races that spanned a weekend.

I was forced to turn left and right.

Races were not sprints.

Contact was frowned upon. Sincerely frowned upon.

I spent a week in Indianapolis, in a camper.
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Indiana on My Mind

It’s really happening!

Our last qualifying race occurred this past weekend at Grattan, and we successfully completed our requirements. The list was updated, and we have indeed qualified for Indianapolis! We will be crossing the yard of bricks, hopefully 19 times on Saturday September 30th.

We will be down in Indy for quite a bit of time. We will be practicing on Saturday the 23rd, with one qualifying session each day from the 25th through the 28th. Team Wrenchaholics will be well represented with two cars (team owner Cade Wilson also qualified). Luckily we also secured a GP garage for the week. Rolling out the front of the garage we will be looking at the scoring pylon.

It is hard to believe that all the plans have come together to facilitate this, as it seemed like a pipe dream at the start of the year. Now we will piloting an open wheel car at the open wheel mecca. Our class is large, 18 cars (almost triple last year’s count). We will also be racing with Formula Mazda (20 cars), so our grid will be substantial. It won’t be as large as in qualifying, when 30+ FE’s also join us!

Keep an eye on and for updates as we get closer.

Nervously yours,


Grattan Raceway – August 2017

Man, last weekend’s race at Grattan was a challenging one.

Despite never having been there before, our original plan was to bypass Friday practice in order to preserve the cars to get our “needed starts” on Saturday. That decision was validated when trailer modifications took longer than anticipated and the cars couldn’t arrive in time anyway. I arrived early, when through the amazingly easy check-in process (thanks WMR SCCA volunteers!) and watched 5 minutes of practice.

After that I got in a course walk. This was the first time I had walked a road course track, and brought back many memories from the days of autocrossing. I preferred to walk an autocross course 3+ times minimum; that wasn’t going to happen with a 2+ mile road course!

After that I headed back to my restel, or “restaurant/hotel.” The rooms were above the restaurant, which was very cool, especially in a quaint little downtown. After gorging self I headed out to a local dirt track, to make sure that I was still connected with my inner oval racer being.

Saturday morning we shoehorned ourselves into a spot, got both cars out and through tech, hustling to get on the grid for the first session (which doubled as qualifying). I struggled to learn that track, mainly because I was unable to get the car to stay in 3rd gear (again). After 5 laps and being a general roadblock I decided to park it for the session.

After discussion we decided we would pull the gearbox after the race. We discussed methods to “drive around the issue” and we headed to the grid just after lunch. Our race took off, and the issue remained. I was able to work around it a tad, but mainly just practiced going faster in the sections that 3rd gear wasn’t needed – to get confidence up through the twisty stuff.

On the 8th lap I came off the last corner heading up to the main straight and I noticed a large amount of smoke in the cockpit. Looking in the mirrors I saw a much larger plume of smoke. I got halfway up the hill and killed the engine to coast in to the pits.

The culprit, thankfully, was only a rear main seal. It is easily fixable, just not at the track. Given we accomplished our goal, the car was parked for the weekend and I became the de facto car chief for my teammate. This was good practice to learn the cars more, and to support his solid race – when he wasn’t spinning!

Enough for now, until the next update with big news. (And the big news isn’t that I won my first iRacing race in a street stock at USA International Speedway)