Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 Highlights

2017 was a roller coaster ride for sure! There were enough ups and downs to keep us all on our toes. Looking back on the year, even though things didn't always go our way, we made some amazing memories as a family.

Thank you to Tri Star Racewear, Ultimateqm, Flash Products, MPI - Max Papis Innovations, WAR Ink Graphics, Dale Raber, Ron & Rita Stanley, and the Loden Family (Stephanie Loden / Nick Loden Racing) for all being part of an amazing 2017 racing season!

Now, we'll move forward to do it all over again in 2018!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

2017 Midwest Thunder - Mini Indy

7/1/2017 (Mini Indy): We raced Jr Honda and Lt 160 for the first day of the Midwest Thunder regional race at Mini Indy Speedway in Indianapolis, IN. The MWT races use a heat race format for qualifying, instead of timed laps like we are used to. Dillon rose to the challenge in his Jr Honda, winning his heat race and securing the pole position for the A Main.

In the Lt 160 heat race, Dillon started in 4th and fell back to the rear on the start. He was able to make it up to 6th for the finish, but ran out of laps before he could do anything more. This put him starting 6th in the C Main to try to make it into the feature race. Unfortunately, he ended up in a wreck in the C Main and Ron wasn’t able to get the car fixed before the work laps were up, so that ended our attempt to make it into the Lt 160 feature race.

In the Jr Honda feature, Dillon started on the pole and a good lead on the field, but a caution ended up bunching everyone back together. After the restart he and the 2nd place car started swapping the lead back and forth, unfortunately this allowed the 3rd place car to catch up to them and the 3 cars ended up wrecking. Dillon ended up having to restart at the tail of the field and was able to work his way up to 7th in the handful of laps remaining.
 7/2/2017 (Mini Indy): We raced Jr Animal for day 2 of the Midwest Thunder regional race at Mini Indy Speedway. Dillon was able win his heat race after starting in the 6th position, once again locking himself in to start on the pole of the A Main. He finished 2nd in the A Main, finally landing a spot on the podium at this track for the first time.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

2017 June Race Recaps

6/3 (NCQMA): In Jr Honda, Dillon qualified 2nd, but they inverted the top 4, which put him starting 3rd. He took the lead early on and managed to hold off some stiff competition to keep it to the end, getting his 2nd Jr Honda win in a row! We are so proud of him!
In Jr Animal, Dillon also qualified 2nd, so he started 3rd in the feature. He was able to stay in third for a while, but the car was just too tight and eventually he fell back to finish 4th. In the past, trying to race with a too tight Animal car would have resulted in him either flipping or just backing out completely and riding around. We were so proud to see him being smart and driving through it the best he could. Dillon has really come a long way in his driving abilities since we started racing.
In Lt 160, Dillon qualified and started 6th. It was a tough race with lots of wrecks and his arms were really tired after his other races. He hung in there though and ended up finishing 4th. Overall it was a good day and we are very happy with how well Dillon did!


6/6 (NCQMA): For our Summer Series Tuesday night races, all starting positions are set by pill draw in order to make these fairly quick evenings. In Jr Honda, Dillon started on the pole. On the start the rest of the field got jumbled together which helped Dillon pick up a huge lead on the rest of the pack. Unfortunately as Dillon got ready to start lapping cars, one of the other drivers stopped on the track causing a caution. They restarted with the field bunched back up and Dillon and the 2nd place car pulled ahead. Just as they got ready to start lapping the back of the field, the same car stopped again, resulting in another caution. The next restart kept the cars closer together and Dillon and another car ended up getting together, sending Dillon from the lead to the back of the field. Unfortunately some cars in the middle of the pack didn’t take off on the start, so Dillon had to get around them before he could start trying to close the gap with the leaders. He managed to catch them, but ran out of laps before he was able to do more than that. He ended up finishing 4th.

In Jr Animal, Dillon started on the pole and led for a while but then had to go to the back after getting together with another car. He managed to make his way back up to the lead, but it started to sprinkle rain with just 2 laps to go. The decision was made to pull all the cars off the track. Shortly after that, they sent them back out to resume racing. This was nerve-wracking as now Dillon would be trying to hold onto the lead with dirty tires. Fortunately, he was able to hang for those last few laps to take the win!

In Lt 160, Dillon started 5th. He looked pretty good and managed to make his way up to 3rd at one point, but he’s still not quite used to racing 3 cars yet, so you could tell that his arms started getting tired close to the end. He ended up finishing 5th.

6/24/2017 (NCQMA): In Jr Honda, Dillon qualified 2nd. In Jr Animal, he qualified 4th and in Lt 160 he also qualified 4th. They inverted the top 2 drivers, which put him starting on the pole for the Jr Honda cup race. Dillon held the lead for about the first half of the race, but unfortunately he and another car got together, which meant they had to go to the rear. He was able to make it back up to 4th, finishing just shy of getting a cup.
 In Jr Animal, Dillon started 4th. He made it up to third when he was able to take advantage of the top 2 cars getting together and took the lead. We were so excited that he got the win!
 In Lt 160, he started 4th and ended up in a very exciting flip when he spun out and had so much momentum that it carried him on over. He was able to continue the race, but had to come off the track when two other cars wrecked in front of him and he had nowhere to go. He went back out and ended up finishing 5th.
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