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Anyone race with uscra sunday? wha happened?
 

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I was there!!!!! I'll give you the whole report.

Arrived with on and off rain on Friday which turned to steady rain all through the night and to about 10am on Saturday. Only one person doing tech. It was under a tent, but getting muddier and muddier as the morning when on. Still raining for the rider meeting. I thought Sandy was kidding when she said to be careful because the only flags they brought were yellow and green.

Rain stopped right before practice. Track was wet for practice sessions. Overcast but the track was drying out by race time.

Last race of the day was Sidecar Race 2. A sidecar lost the cap to it's oil tank (it was safety wired). Oil got all over the deck and passender, but not on track. Rig pulled onto the grass in front of the area where they removed the concrete wall all the end of the chicane. Instead of waiting for the pickup vehicle, the rig proceeded up a dirt bank and back to the pit area.

The driver was gone when the track manager came around and gave the passenger (my son) an earful about the dirt area the rig drove across having been recently seeded and demanded that he send the driver to see him.

Sunday morning was foggy, but clearing quickly. First thing in the morning, the track manager had the driver out seeding and raking the damaged area. At the rider meeting they asked for more volunteers to flag because they were short handed. Almost all the flaggers were inexperienced. The also moved sidecar 1 to race 2 because they are the last practice group and it would give them a chance to make any necessary changes before the race.

Practice sessions when fine. First race was masters/supermasters. It went off without a hitch. 2nd race was sidecars.

Sidecar race was about halfway done when the same rig lost it's oil containment bottle. It must have been pretty full and it left a large amount of oil on the track. None of the corner workers saw it or signaled that there was any problem. The rest of the sidecars rode through it and spread oil over the track. The sidecars tried to signal the corner workers but race went to completion. In addition to the large area covered with oil, there was a line of oil around most of the track. I suspect the rig continued to lose oil through it's hose and caused the line around the track.

There was oil left all over the race line.

The track only had a couple of push brooms and some sort of oil dry. The club asked that anyone had brooms please bring them. After a few hours, the decided to let us walk the track and decide if we felt safe continuing.

The oil crossed and stayed right in the race line. There was a definite lack of traction where they attempted to clean up. After much deliberation it was decided that it just too dangerous to continue.

They mentioned trying to make the 2nd Canaan event a 3 day event to make up the missed day.

A couple of things to take away:

People need to be responsible for running a safely prepped bike.

They only had one person for tech inspection. He was overwhelmed.

Need experienced or better instructed corner workers.

The track needs to have proper preparation and supplies.



I ended up 4th in 200GP and 3rd in Super Vintage 50. I was in contention for SV50 and thought I could pass my son on the off camber curve leading into the main straighaway. I was wrong and went onto the grass. Kept it up and made it back onto the track but lost around 3 seconds.
 

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Sidecar oiled the entire track in race 2. By time volunteers got it cleaned up as well as they could was nearly 2pm. Racers and management looked it over and decided to cancel the event. It was the right choice.

I love the track, reminds me of back in the day. Many of the big bike fast guys like it too, some don't. The track is very lacking in amenities, but you just deal with that.
 

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And I got to spend the weekend with Jack. What could be better than that?
 

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Al, we were typing at the same time- I like your detail.

I wonder if that possible 3rd day would be a make up for this Sunday with no charge for the classes paid for but not raced???
I was just signed up for 50's at $90 and I got my moneys worth with the practice sessions. But some were out several hundred. It's the risk we take I guess.
 

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Al, we were typing at the same time- I like your detail.

I wonder if that possible 3rd day would be a make up for this Sunday with no charge for the classes paid for but not raced???
I was just signed up for 50's at $90 and I got my moneys worth with the practice sessions. But some were out several hundred. It's the risk we take I guess.
Yeah, I was one of those. Sunday was $210 for me and $90 for Matt.
 

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Interesting. I guess i'm just curious as to why and how this oil container failed so easily.
 

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The oil container was an old water bottle. The cheap plastic kind. That was the first mistake. The real problem was the motor pumping that volume of oil into a catch bottle in the first place. That motor has got some serious problems and never should have been on the track.
 

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The oil container was an old water bottle. The cheap plastic kind. That was the first mistake. The real problem was the motor pumping that volume of oil into a catch bottle in the first place. That motor has got some serious problems and never should have been on the track.
And judging by line of oil around the track, it continued pumping oil after the bottle was gone.
 
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