Jake Swanson 2nd Place Hard Charger @ Chili Bowl

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Swanson Motorsports competed in our first ever Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals this year, it was quite an adventure to say the least. Monday night practice went very smoothly, and the whole team was very excited and eager to race on Friday. However, Friday didn't go so well. An issue occured with a bad timing pick-up sensor which caused the engine to bounce between 2&4 cylinders inconsistently. Unfortunately, the problem made the car very difficult to drive, and Jake ended up climbing the inside berm and flipping down the back straight. Luckily, Jake walked away with only a concussion.
    Thanks to the whole crew, and some very generous help from fellow racers, Jake was able to get back out for Saturday. The team had their work  cut out for them though, Jake would have to start in the very last main, the K main. In order to transfer through a main, you must finish in the top 4. From there, you must start at the tail of the next main. Jake was able to transfer through 2 mains, in the 3rd main (the I main) he missed by just a nose, and that was the end of it.
    "It was a thrill to try to come from the very back, and see how far we could get in such a prestigious event. It's just too bad we had such bad luck on Friday," says Jake. The team ended up recieving the 2nd Place Hard Charger Award for passing the 2nd most cars out of everyone at the event.
    "I would like to thank all of my sponsors for their support and making this event happen for us; Lucas Oil, Goodwine Glass, Honda Racing, PBH Indy, CP Crower Performance, One Day Signs, Ego Tactics, K&N, Oakley, and JDR Graphics. A special thanks to Ty Hindman, Alex Frazin, Skeet Bushor, and Shannon McQueen Racing for their help. I sure hope we can do it again next year with all the knowlege we have now,we will be strong."
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 January 2012 11:21 )

The Month of September

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September 2011 Calistoga, Silver Dollar, Bakersfield, Ventura Midget Week

    The madness started on September 3rd and carried until September 17th. It was an incredibly busy couple of weeks for the Swanson Motorsports Team. It started off with the long drive up to Calistoga for a two day show on the 3rd and 4th for the Louie Vermeil Classic. Stoga is an extremely large half-mile track. It’s a lot to ask out of our little Honda, but to remain in the points chase we had to make the best of it. Night one proved to be promising. We finished 11th place, but the track was a little too stuck for the gearing of the car and that hurt us. And then it was on to night two. Unfortunately luck was not on our side for this one. We found a fuel line that had been split down the side and it had to be replaced before the feature. While fixing the problem, a piece of debris got in the new line and clogged the main pill. The debris caused an extreme amount of pressure and made all of the fuel lines split, ending our night.
    The following Thursday was Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico California. I had to fly home for school, but my dad and uncle Kirk stayed in the hospitality of our friend Jeff Wahl and his brother. They were able to prep the cars there for Chico. I was excited for this track, not only is it a favorite of mine, but we had some new setup tricks we were going to try. They worked awesome. We won the heat race by a ways, and the car couldn’t have been more perfect. The invert put us starting 5th. Sadly, bad luck struck us once again. As soon as the green flew and I jumped to the gas, the coupler that connects the driveline to the rear end gave out, ending our night just like that. It was unbelievably disappointing.
    We had just 2 days before Bakersfield. Luckily, thanks to the #7 McQueen Midget team, we were able to get a coupler for our rear end and get it in and good to go. However after our hotlaps session, rain began to dump down and the race was cancelled.
    The following Saturday was back to Ventura. I was hoping since after our last run there went so well, maybe we could pull off another good finish again. We had to come from last place due to a bummer heat race, but I was able to get another solid top 10. We couldn’t quite get the handle on the #05 Stealth Chassis, but we made the best of what we had.
    I’d like to thank all of my sponsors for their continued support; Goodwine Glass, Lucas Oil, Orange County Tank Testing, Crower Performance, HPD, K&N Filters, Oakley, One Day Signs, EgoTactics.net, and Zanzabuku Sports Lounge. Be sure to check back for more race reports soon. Lemoore Raceway is October 8th, and the it’s back to Ventura on the 29th!




Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 October 2011 21:57 )
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