Post by Brandy Christiansen on Jul 19, 2010 12:48:01 GMT -5
Over the last week over 2400 tons of clay has been added to the track surface. Crews are working today to get it worked in and ready for this weekend. I will post pictures this afternoon when I get back from the track.
Just got back to Fernley after watching the first practice since the track was resurfaced. Bravo Lovelock. Fallon now has a track to compete with. The new surface, though not perfect yet, is a vast improvement. I walked the track and believe there are at least three groves of very sticky clay. I know that after a few races the surface will only get better. A big thanks to all that were involved in this venture. I honestly can't wait to watch a race there. It should be faster than has been seen there in a long time.
Post by macedoracing on Jul 22, 2010 8:37:07 GMT -5
After watching several laps being run, I have to agree with creiglow! I did notice , as many others did, that when the test & Tune came to an end, the surface was STILL TACKY, and would have made for GREAT racing!!!
I would ALSO like to thank the MANY people involved in preparing the new surface for the participants to compete on !
Hope to see a great weekend of racing on Friday & Saturday evenings!(7/23 &7/24) Ed
Post by honkytonkman on Jul 23, 2010 10:26:33 GMT -5
Good luck with the new surface. The first and second races, minimum, will be a struggle to keep the track together. Clay is great, but one or two soft spots will create huge ruts/holes and ruin an otherwise good track. Happened at Fallon last race. Also, it will take a few races to get those rocks out of there. We might be up on Saturday anyway with one or two cars. Can't make Friday due to working until 5:30.
Well it's Saturday Morning after the first race on the new surface. Let me tell you, best track I have ever seen at Lovelock. Traction was great until the last part of the modified race and then it was still not quite dry slick. Had they watered before the mod main it would have been a better surface, but with the time I understand why they did not do it. This track will the fastest in Nevada as soon as the prep people learn more about clay. It is tough to change half way through a season and get it perfect in the first or second race. Every track surface is different and once these guys get theirs figured out. look out. I think the car count will rise again if we all get the word out and do something to get people here to at least try it out.
Post by honkytonkman on Jul 25, 2010 21:37:09 GMT -5
I'm not too proud to eat some words. The track on Sat did not come apart anywhere and is a tribute to the folks that prepared it. As for the slick/not slick issue, if your car had good racing tires it may not have been too slick. Our little Rat Mod runs some old, hard recaps and we struggled to get grip. Also, there were a few rocks but didn't seem to cause a problem. Next time we come up we'll be ready with some good rubber. Also, our car had a brand new experimental (for us) suspension and we had no idea how it would run. Fortunately, the driver, John, has no fear and manhandled it the best he could. Had he not had that one little spin, the outcome could have been different.