Maple Grove Report

Maple Grove Results

We left at 10:30AM Tuesday and drove until 1AM. Parked at a Rest Stop 50 east of Nashville.

Left at 9AM — and it rained most of Wednesday. While stopping to dump the holding tanks at about 3PM (in the middle of Virginia) — I checked the tires. I'd checked them about 60 miles earlier when I got fuel and they looked good — but now the wheel on the front of three axles on the right side had most of the tread chewed off. So we get out the drive on jack and get the middle tire on it, but the front tire still touches the ground. Naturally at this point the skies open up and it starts raining hard. Get the floor jack out and jacked the front tire off the airbag — but the lug spinner that is always in my trailer is gone. Go for my 1/2" breaker bar — and it too is gone. Naturally, no one took it out of the trailer and didn't put back!

I break the lugs put on by superman by jumping on the end of a 1/2 ratchet — and we get the tire off. Get the spare I bought with the trailer down from the attic of the trailer — and while it looks like the same wheel — the lugs nuts don't go into to the wheel (like a slick) so only 5 or so threads is holding each nut on. Then it is obvious that the tire is shorter. Instead of a 235-85-16 the spare is a 215-75-16. So I'm pissed and off it comes and the one showing cords back on.

I get on the CB and there's a Flying J service center 3 miles up. So I drive 45mph while everyone is honking at me and get to the Flying J. "Nope — we don't carry that size". After I ask who might he gives me a couple of numbers and tells me the WalMart ten miles back from where I came from might.

So I make the calls — and no one has anything. I look at the tire — and while it has air — there is zero rubber left on the tread and the steel is frayed and almost gone. It is after 5 — and if there was Goodyear within 50 miles — they'd be closed. I decide to chance it and drive to Walmart. Nope they don't have one. So I drive back past the Flying J and drove another 24 miles — to the next exit. Nothing in between except dead deer in the road. We go back to the Flying J and start getting on the Internet and making calls. After about 30 calls — no one still has that tire size.

I go into the Tire center at Flying J and explained that I'm from Texas — but will likely be living there at the Flying J — because I can't get a break of finding a tire. I asked how long it would take them to order one from Goodyear (they're a dealer). They can't do that because corporate doesn't authorize ordering that size.

I ask — can you think of anywhere I can get the tire. Nope! So I said — "if I offer $20 if you can find the tire — would you try harder?" Two calls later and she's found a LT (light truck) of that size at her father's NAPA store 40 miles away — and he'll wait until I get there if I leave now. While I need a trailer tire that holds 105 pounds of air — a light truck that holds 75 is going to have to do. I explain that my tire might not make 40 feet — would someone deliver for $50. He says he's by himself and can't do that. I asked if he knew of any kid that wanted to make $50 — and he said maybe his grandson. Sure enough — the kid wants the $50 and will be there in 90 minutes. Flying J tells me that they'll mount it for $25.

8:30 the tire shows and I get in line for the tire change. 9PM — I'm told that they won't do aluminum wheels. 30 minutes I argue — to no avail. I tell them I won't hold them responsible for damage — and both mechanics are adamant that they won't do it and they don't give a shit about my plight.

I finally get the lady to call her boss at home to tell him that I'll sign off on waiving damage. He says that he's ok with that if one of the mechanics says they'll do it. Both mechanics get pissed that she called the boss — one refuses and the other says he doesn't want to do it — but that she forced in in the corner. I tell him outside that I'll give him $20 if he can do it without damage — as he looks spiteful over this.

We get back on the road at 10PM and drive until 3AM. Got up at 6AM and got here at noon Thursday.

Friday it rained all day. We managed to get the cars teched in — but no qualifying happened.

Saturday we get a TT pass, and two Qualifying passes. Dallas' car is dead on. My car launches, dies, then goes like a raped ape for the rest of the pass. I'm getting a 140 MPH — but the car is only getting 9.6s and I need a 9.50. I spend the night looking for vacuum leaks, replacing gaskets, changing wires, etc.

Sunday, I draw Jeff Millward in the Other Woman — and he's tough. His car has been on the money and he's always good on the tree. He knows I've been having trouble — but I tell him I found the problem. He and I have run each other 4 times before — and are 2 & 2. My car does the same thing — but I stay in it and Jeff sees I'm going to catch him — and stays in it. He breaks out with a 9.9X on his 10.0 dial and I win. Dallas wins his round too.

Next round I have Doug Duell — and I'm his bitch as he's 3-0 against me, and I've beat myself in every race. After playing back my tachometer — I'm seeing that it is dying at the exact same RPM as my launch chip. So I launch my car with out the linelock (4-speed car) against Doug. Since I was in the right hand lane — I have to look over to the left at the light and my tach is on the right. So I have to launch my ear. I generally launch at 5400 — but must have launched at 6500+ as the car went straight up in the air — and I spun my tires through 2nd gear. I catch Doug just before the line and felt like I was going to break out — and lifted. I was wrong and Doug Won. Doug went on to win the event for NSS. Dallas went against Andy Warren — and they had a great race. Dallas put a fender on Andy at the end — and broke out at 10.98 vs Andy's 11.0. Andy went on to win NMC.

We left the track at about 3PM Sunday and drove all night (1640 miles) — getting home at about 6AM Monday.

NSS  Results Below.

Qualifying:

Top Speed 150.75 7066 John Dimino 7055 B/FX '66 Impala Chev 427 Stephanie Dimino Collegeville Pa 9.501 7270 A/NSS '64 Plym Savoy Mopr 535 Jeff Millward Columbia Station OH 10.009 7017 B/NSS '63 Dodge Polara Mopr 426 Joe Ewing Evansville IN 10.509
7681 E/NSS '65 Belvedere Chry 440 Jeffrey Hoblick Flushing OH 12.055
7106 B/FX '64 Thunder Bolt Ford 514 Jeff Roell Poughquas NY 9.559
7022 B/NSS '64 Thunderbolt Ford 427 Skip Koester Columbia Station OH 10.563
7193 E/NSS '63 Savoy Dodg 440 Cliff Sebrina Conowingo MO 12.08
7851 A/FX '64 Fairlane Ford 427 John Dimino Jr Norristown Pa 9.347
7601 B/FX '65 Coronet Mopr 580 Dave Schultz Richmond TX 9.634
7066 A/FX '66 Coronet Hemi 426 John Dimino Morristown Pa 9.412
7047 B/NSS '67 Fairlane Ford 427 Geary A. Bates Wintersville OH 11.74
7050 B/FX '65 Comet Ford 517 Kurt Neighbor Twinsburg OH 9.461
7777 A/NSS '64 Ply Wagon Plym 540 Doug Duell Newburgh IN 9.943
7464 C/FX '64 Dodge Chry 572 Joe Midile Medina OH 9.686
7434 B/NSS '69 AMX AMC 401 Lenny Mockalis Melrose CT 10.413

 

Eliminations:

ROUND 1 7681 E/NSS 4 Jeffrey Hoblick FlushingOH '65 Belvedere Chry 440 0.072 12 12.035 109.33 7047 B/NSS 11 Geary A. Bates Wintersville OH '67 Fairlane Ford 427 0.115 10.5 10.53 124.11
7050 B/FX 12 Kurt Neighbor Twinsburg OH '65 Comet Ford 517 0.047 9.5 9.528 134.02
7106 B/FX 5 Jeff Roell Poughquas NY '64 Thunder Bolt Ford 514 0.054 9.5 9.549 138.87

7193 E/NSS 7 Cliff Sebrina Conowingo MO '63 Savoy Dodg 440 0.049 12 11.979 112.88
7464 C/FX 14 Joe Midile Medina OH '64 Dodge Chry 572 -0.001 9.75 9.871 134

7601 B/FX 9 Dave Schultz Richmond TX '65 Coronet Mopr 580 0.148 9.5 9.816 143.46
7270 A/NSS 2 Jeff Millward Columbia Station OH '64 Plym Savoy Mopr 535 0.034 10 9.971 130.23

7851 A/FX 8 John Dimino Jr Norristown Pa '64 Fairlane Ford 427 0.15 9.25 9.249 145.5
7434 B/NSS 15 Lenny Mockalis Melrose CT '69 AMX AMC 401 0.034 10.5 10.424 120.55

7777 A/NSS 13 Doug Duell Newburgh IN '64 Ply Wagon Plym 540 0.177 10 9.897 135.97
7022 B/NSS 6 Skip Koester Columbia Station OH '64 Thunderbolt Ford 427 -0.074 10.5 10.457 128.08

7017 B/NSS 3 Joe Ewing Evansville IN '63 Dodge Polara Mopr 426 0.036 10.5 10.551 123.02
7066 A/FX 10 John Dimino Morristown Pa '66 Coronet Hemi 426 0.007 9.25 9.364 134.38

7055 B/FX 1 Stephanie Dimino Collegeville Pa '66 Impala Chev 427 -0.038 9.5 9.67 123.06
SINGLE 0

ROUND 2
7017 B/NSS 3 Joe Ewing Evansville IN '63 Dodge Polara Mopr 426 0.042 10.5 10.514 124.18
7193 E/NSS 7 Cliff Sebrina Conowingo MO '63 Savoy Dodg 440 0.007 12 12.051 110

7851 A/FX 8 John Dimino Jr Norristown Pa '64 Fairlane Ford 427 0.221 9.25 9.287 143.81
7681 E/NSS 4 Jeffrey Hoblick Flushing OH '65 Belvedere Chry 440 0.152 12 11.955 110.31

7777 A/NSS 13 Doug Duell Newburgh IN '64 Ply Wagon Plym 540 0.053 10 10.132 116.01
7601 B/FX 9 Dave Schultz Richmond TX '65 Coronet Mopr 580 0.075 9.5 9.763 138.31

7055 B/FX 1 Stephanie Dimino Collegeville Pa '66 Impala Chev 427 0.039 9.5 9.615 125.06
7050 B/FX 12 Kurt Neighbor Twinsburg OH '65 Comet Ford 517 -0.007 9.5 10.636 90.68

ROUND 3
7055 B/FX 1 Stephanie Dimino Collegeville Pa '66 Impala Chev 427 0.149 9.5 9.584 125.29
7017 B/NSS 3 Joe Ewing Evansville IN '63 Dodge Polara Mopr 426 0.049 10.5 10.494 125.06

7777 A/NSS 13 Doug Duell Newburgh IN '64 Ply Wagon Plym 540 0.101 10 10.005 132.14
7851 A/FX 8 John Dimino Jr Norristown Pa '64 Fairlane Ford 427 0.075 9.25 9.305 142.29

FINALS
7777 A/NSS 13 Doug Duell Newburgh IN '64 Ply Wagon Plym 540 0.05 10 10.124 114.16
7055 B/FX 1 Stephanie Dimino Collegeville Pa '66 Impala Chev 427 0.067 9.5 9.738 121.92

 

My guess is that puts Stephanie 'Princess' Dimino in first, Doug in second, Skip in third, and Dave Schultz in fourth. Joliet is the next race. There photos of the aple Grove event at:

 http://www.streetlegaltv.com/photos/showgallery.php/cat/534

 

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