Ultra4 KMC battle in Bluegrass Bedford Kentucky- # 33 RECAP
We arrive early to Kentucky and had the car ready to work and beautiful weather...Man did that change!
I was able to pre Run the course and get in about 15 practice laps on the short course because we had hard charger goals.
Little after practice we had some severe weather roll in and completely gummed up the course. We made a parade lap with a few other in our class to clean off the course a bit to help everyone gain a better chance at a realistic qualifying time. Well that didn’t seem to convey to the entire field. We ended up qualifying towards the front and the swampy short course was a disaster to say the least. The last few to qualify by all means had a huge advantage.
We managed to pull off a mid pack qualifying run, it was slippery and I hit a huge puddle mid qualifying course covering my helmet and I wasn’t able to gain vision until the checker flag.
Knowing the weather and track conditions would only worsen, we decided to call up a local rock bouncer and get a set of rental tires for race day. Yes... 43” Interco Sx Stickies...being a free agent has very few perks, but being able to run any tire race day seemed to open up options for these conditions. tires hooked up well, So well that we started off and made it right up the first hill climb without issue.... until we reached the top and another car was struggling and eventually slid backwards into me shoving me off into the Woods hillside, with trees binding me into the mountain. It took me an hour to untangle and use multiple winching tactics to loosen the car and then get it back into course. Anyone there knows these slick hills were a challenge for the best of mountain goats to traverse, yet alone winch.
Once back on course and up the hill, I was able to snag a tree that simply wouldn’t give up a tug a war battle and I was bound to it. Just After snapping winch line trying to up root the tree a car came through willing to full slack snatch me off the tree. (Thanks Car 4469) got back into the car and finished my one lap, that was my run at The battle in Bluegrass