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    95 days since I’d made a pass. Sometimes I become disinterested… we’ve got a greater plan with a big move in a couple years and truthfully I really don’t want to spend money on racing…. Monday is my big 55 and my gift to myself was to haul up to Vegas and make a few hits at the last test and tune of the year. Was a bit on the chilly side and spun the first hit, but the last two we managed some solid 9.3 passes. Was good to be in the car again. Probably pull the plug at this point until 2022. Already signed up for March Meet at Famoso and then Mopars and Muscle Cars at the strip :)
     
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      70aarcuda Master Hoader of SBM FABO Gold Member Legendary Member

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      Jay....Thanks for the help.....
       
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      that’s what we’re here for! ;)
       
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        Where are you thinking of moving to Jay.
         
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        We bought 3 acres in South Dakota about a year and a half ago. No more endless summer ;)
         
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          mmm, where are you now. i'm looking to move to AZ next year :D
           
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          We reside in Fort Mohave…. If you enjoy boating I don’t think there’s a better place anywhere to live. I’ve also been drawn in by the Mojave Desert and have logged many a day exploring its vastness. 5hrs from a great ski area, close to Vegas….. but oh man!! The HEAT!!
           
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            Less than a month and we’ll be at the hallowed grounds of Famoso Dragway. Probably my most favorite track anywhere. Wide, smooth, and long! This will be our fifth March Meet we’ve attended. It’s a really fun time being there, but definitely not everyone’s cup of tea. One hit Thursday, one hit Friday, and into E1 Saturday am with the hope of making it past that to Sunday. We’re first out each day so after that we’ll be planted in the stands watching the coolness. They started racing in Phoenix and Vegas, but sadly I skipped on those as the car is ready to go and I didn’t want to mess it up before March Meet . Serviced the trans (some metallic residue, but nothing huge). Also put the 4.30 gears back in to keep us below 8k crossing the stripe.
             
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            • racerhog

              racerhog RacerHog likes his Mopars

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              Fingers crossed you win on Sunday !!! Cheers
               
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              watch out for Gila Monsters. Ever seen one?
               
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              you make too much power , pill it down
               
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              I encountered one when I was just out of high school doing foundation work in Chandler, AZ.
              Scared the .... out of me.
               
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              Did you Red Light?
               
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              We’ll March Meet came and went and we stunk the place up. Had good lights on the time hits but we spun / hooked / spun. No Friday hit as the weather screwed with the schedule so straight into Saturday am with R1. Gave it all away on a red light and ran way over the predicted ET. ON TO VEGAS in a week!
               
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                Better luck in Vegas !!!
                 
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                I’m starting to question why I still have a race car. Vegas is my closest track at 125 miles, but they quit racing at night about 5 years ago. Hanging out in a sea of asphalt on a hot day has little appeal to me anymore. I only ran two events this spring. March Meet at Famoso and Mopars/muscle cars at the strip. Both 3-4 day shows. My “next” gig I’m planning on attending is probably my final visit to Sacramento Raceway for a Mopar event late in September. That’s a 9hr pull for us and approx 90 gal of fuel. I checked some schedules and just decided to pull the wheels off the trailer for the summer. My mindset currently is that I value the social value of these events over the actual racing. Guess I got 5mos to kill. Maybe I can find the motivation to pull the 904 and inspect it. It’s performing just fine, but were at mid 80’s in passes and for how basic it is I’m surprised:)
                 
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                  You should move East and enjoy some big money events, and snow. Lol
                   
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                  • racerhog

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                    If you leave it. You will miss it later down the road. You won't miss spending the money that's for sure! But man it sures plays with the racing itch. You miss the Competitiveness and the Racing Family. I sold out 12 years ago, to stay around for the sick wife. (Daily work and then the 2nd job taking care of her after the day job) I have only been to a hand full of events sense leaving the sport, and it just doesn't feel rite to not be in the drivers seat. The love of the racing family is always awesome to see and be around. Better to take a break and really think about it... Just food for thought. Cheers Mopar Brotha...
                     
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                      I thought a few times that possibly I could quit racing. Then I woke up sweating my azz off.
                       
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                      • Les Gibson

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                        After racing my 68 AMX for about 20 years I decided to sell out and take a break to raise my youngest daughter. That break turned into 24 years. Never attended any drag races during that time but we enjoyed attending the NASCAR Cup races a Loudon a few times. When the New England Nationals came into being the wife bugged me to take her as she had never seen the nitro classes run. I resisted as I knew what would happen if we went. Anyway, the bug caught hold of me and I got back into it 3 years ago. Now at almost 66 years old my body tries to tell me that I shouldn't be crawling around on the garage floor under the car any longer, but my brain says ignore that foolishness and wrench away! Glad I got back in because I really missed the competition and the fellowship with other racers.
                         
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                        • rumblefish360

                          rumblefish360 I have escaped the evil Empire State! FABO Gold Member

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                          Alllll right Lee!!!! To get’em!!!
                           
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                          Similar story except I stopped racing when my 1st child was born.. 27 years later, when the 2nd child finished college and moved away, I rolled the cars out of the back of the garage for their first dose of sunshine after all that time. Went to the Mopar show/race at Norwakk in 2019 and relit the fuse. Now 3 years later, I added the avatar car build for racing and am about to put the finishing touches on the 71 Demon. The 69 Charger, my 1st car and patiently waiting, will be next. That is how the 71 has 37k miles on it and the Charger 40k miles. I've owned them a LONG time but they've sat many, many years. That is slowly changing!!
                           
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