IH Racing Win - 8/18/07

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  1. Tom Mandera

    Tom Mandera Dreams of Cub Cadets

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    The Monster Truck show came to town this weekend (ho-hum), but since everything else keeps getting postponed or canceled thanks to all of the fires going on, I figured I'd go ahead and make the long 7 mile tow to the Fairgrounds and put on a show for my friends in the stands.

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    While registering, I asked how many "mud bog" (which is usually a short, wet drag strip - not a bog at all) competitors (including a few 2wd cars) had signed up, and what the competition looked like.

    My friends running the registration thought I had a good chance at winning in the mud, even though I didn't bring any paddle tires down, so I tossed a second $30 into the pot and signed up for both.

    The Tuff-Trucks ran first, and I was in the middle of the line up, and after my run had a short-lived stint in 1st place that was edged out by the guy behind me.

    I was then third through the mud and pushed all of the water out - there should be a picture of it above. The engine got some water and sputtered a little.

    Somewhere in the mud and goo the electric fan quit working, but it didn't really matter.

    I don't know if my second tuff-truck was faster or slower - I tried for faster, including landing the first jump with the throttle pinned (I ALWAYS lift on a landing), but the track was too sloppy to make the hard left turn.

    It didn't matter.. a nice late 80s Suburban won.. it was a stocker, fresh off the street, and.. well.. drive it like ya stole it. It was bouncing from corner to corner out of control when it came across the finish line.

    What did work to my favor was reversing the running order for the mud.. I was third from last on the second go 'round.

    Pulled up.. clicked 1st/low-range.. held the brakes as much as I could (it pulls through 'em easily enough) and then brought the motor up on the converter as much as I could and then hammered it, immediately shifting to 2nd gear.

    There'd only been a few 4-second passes up to that point.. so I finished in 3.74. Someone after me managed 3.8x.. which meant I held 1st place.

    As far as I can remember, I think that's my first 1st place finish, and all I won was money, no trophy. ;)

    Still, I'm happy.

    Now to clean the Scout and prep it for the 9/15-16 races at the short-course track in Acton (Billings), MT.

    Powell Wyoming comes after that in mid-October on that club's private race course just east of Powell.

    I couldn't have this much fun without my sponsors, so my thanks to:
    Montana GSE
    Super Scout Specialists
    Back Country Binders
    Mike's Offroad
    GRT

    ..and of course, thanks to my wife, Michelle, for most of the pictures, and my sister, Paige, for a few more, and the rest of my family for putting up with me (including my 13 month old that didn't care for the noisy Monster Trucks and spent most of her time at the swings in the nearby park with grandma)
     
  2. WesV

    WesV Y-Block King

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    Got some vid of the mud racing Tom???? Congrats on 1st place!
     
  3. Scott Sinner

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    Yee Haw,

    Good Job Tom!
     
  4. Mark Ashford

    Mark Ashford Moderator.. or something Staff Member Moderator

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    Man, I wish there was a race worth a darn only 7 miles from me :stuart:



    sounds good, I'm going through withdrawals myself. the past couple events that have come up have all coincided with a pre-existing trip, event, occasion or what ever....


    O-well, there's always next year :D
     
  5. Tom Mandera

    Tom Mandera Dreams of Cub Cadets

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    No video. The camera was there, but no one to operate it. :(

    The 7 mile tow was rough, Mark - I didn't even have to stop and put gas in my Travelette to get home. :D

    After I get the thing washed, I'm going to finally get a ladder bar installed which should quicken it up a bit - I worked on it all day Saturday, but ran out of time.

    There's plenty of racing in western Montana, Mark.. only around 500 miles for you..
     
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    Way to go, Tom! Nothing like a win on your "home track"!

    Roy
     
  7. jimraelee

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    Way to go... Nice win...
     
  8. John Fleck

    John Fleck Farmall Cub

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    Good job Tom, all thoes bruises, scrapes, cuts, and burns now all seem worth it ....right:smartass:


    Congradulations
    John
     
  9. CareyWeber

    CareyWeber Diesel Herder / Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Great job I think it would be fun to do a lap or two in your racer. :gunsmilie:

    Carey
     
  10. scoutboy74

    scoutboy74 Lives in an IH Dealership

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    Nice job. In one of your pics, it almost looks as though you're jumping over a Heep product. I had to do a double take on that one.
     
  11. Tom Mandera

    Tom Mandera Dreams of Cub Cadets

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    For the most part, there's a standing offer to anyone willing to show up, to go for a ride.

    Just about anyone can ride shotgun, and once I've satisfied myself you're mentally stable and capable of driving within your limits and the vehicle's, there's a good chance I'd entice you to take a turn behind the wheel. :)

    The good news is, the vehicle is now to the point where I can dish out a ton of abuse and it holds up - in the Tuff Truck on Saturday you see the starting point, then there's a good sized jump followed by some "speed bumps", then a U-turn, and two big jumps in a row.

    It used to be that I'd have slowed for the big jumps and taken it easy over them to make sure it'd handle the landing - but on Saturday I just kept my foot in it from the moment the flag waved - I didn't worry about getting my launch "just right" so the landing would be "just right" - I just stood on it, and the Scout dealt with it.

    So.. for anyone that manages to catch up with me at a race.. come by.. introduce yourself, and bring long sleeves and long pants and, the day's schedule permitting, let's go for a ride.

    Billings, MT on 9/15 & 16.. Powell, Wyoming 10/13.

    That might be it until February or so in Cascade, MT.

    If my schedule permits, I hope to head over to the Just IH show in CdA in June or July - they had some barrel racing the last time I was there. It really isn't set up for it, but it makes a lot of noise and throws a lot of dirt, and that's fun enough right there. :D
     
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    sweet! nice pics:stuart:
     
  13. Hutch

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    Nice work Tom! Glad to hear the scout is holding up to more abuse too. I'm heading back down to Tucson real soon here, otherwise I would catch your Powell Race.
     
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    Keep posting pics. I'm jealous, but love seeing them!:rockon:
     
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    Congrads!!!!

    And no carnage.?.?

    :rockon:
     
  16. Bruce Shealy

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    Can you come to my local fairgrounds and race so I can watch ? Great job Tom,..Congrats :gunsmilie:
     
  17. Tom Mandera

    Tom Mandera Dreams of Cub Cadets

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    I'm going to need some more sponsors for the fuel bill.. at this point, it's $1 for every mile I go from home ($.50/mile, but I gotta get home, too) and South Carolina is a good hoof from here.. but it HAS been 27 or 28 years since I've been there..
     
  18. jeff campbell

    jeff campbell Lives in an IH Dealership

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    kool beans man! nice job.,jeff
     

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