Just seen on Twitter that Tim Shaffer and Cody Jacobs have parted ways with DR Racing. Sure didn't see that coming.
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Posted 16 August 2019 - 01:39 PM
Tim said he knew nothing about it until 10:00 this morning. He is as shocked as everyone else is.
Posted 16 August 2019 - 01:40 PM
According to BillV's stats he ranked 5th in the country with over $100,000 in earnings. That stated, he has currently earned less than half of his 2018 totals. This separation might fall under the category of what have you done for me lately?
Posted 16 August 2019 - 02:12 PM
The 2018 total is a bit skewed, as he won $100,000 with one race at Mansfield, that got rained out this year. He won a Outlaw show at Williams Grove 3 weeks ago, and made the feature at Knoxville, so the results have not dropped off too much.
Posted 17 August 2019 - 06:19 AM
Will be interesting to see who will be in the seat. I don't know what the owners points gets them at years end from WoO or if they will even stay on tour. Finding a quality crew chief isn't going to be a easy task either.
My guess. Dale Blaney, the 11 car had someone else in the seat for knoxville. I can't see why they did that but I would think Dale was scratching his head on that deal also.
Posted 17 August 2019 - 07:38 AM
Dale didn't want to go to Knoxville. Just wants to run All Stars and local stuff
Posted 24 August 2019 - 09:00 PM
You got it, one of the best sprint car drivers on the planet finally came to the realization that crate models are the future of local and national racing! He's just getting ahead of the curve!!
Posted 26 August 2019 - 03:28 PM
Maybe he got tired of driving and just wants to steer a car for a while.
My dad drove late models in the early 70's at North Hills, Butler, Mercer, Blanket Hill, and occasionally Tri City. We won the last late model track championship at Blanket Hill.
Posted 26 August 2019 - 05:03 PM
just some old stuff I wrote found again and felt like posting:
I think I'm on solid ground with this having discussed it with a nationally known Big Block Modified racer last year and a nationally known owner manufacture of a Big Block chassis brand this year. Both last year and this year after listening to my theory expressed to me they thought I was correct and they were in agreement with me.
Though I get beat up by a few bleacher creators on here there are also others who express to me they enjoy my writings, so it is what it is.
Why do cars 4 wheel drift?
There are just two reasons for a 4 wheel drift the first is it's a driver problem created by going to fast for the grip available and including chopping off a corner or just slightly chopping off a corner.
The second reason is grip has been lost from the left side tires.
Generally you will not see cars get into a 4 wheel drift on tracks which are normally slick or lacking grip or at tracks which normally gain grip. In those cases it's generally accepted by racers that speeds at the track will be lower and in general cars will be setup initially as best as possible to handle a reduced grip lower speed track.
I'll assume those reading understand what chopping off a corner is, it's cause and results. I'll also assume those reading understand how a drift can occur simply because a driver is trying to go too fast and puts the car beyond available grip. What follows is why those setting up can put a car into a 4 wheel drift when at a track which goes from grip to less grip or even slick.
I'll start with the idea if you have the hp and the turning ability up front to steer your hp, with a late or modified it's often if not the norm to dump weight on the right rear(RR) and go. As long as the RR is able to hold in, you can put the power to it and go because of applying weight to the RR via cross and wedge. When that occurs you will see the left front(LF) being carried off of or only slightly engaged with the track during acceleration and even in turns.
That's fine put the power to it and who ever has the most power and the better racer driving the car wins. But when the track starts to slick up or the RR begins to go away something needs to be done to compensate for loss of ability to put the RR to the ground with power and go.
What is done next is because you still need to put all the possible power to the rear tires and your now beyond or slightly beyond what the RR is able to do for you, so you have no choice but to bring more into the picture the left rear(LR) to assist in acceleration. If the track has not yet gone to slick when you bring the LR on board more for acceleration, you also will need additional turning ability up front to handle what is now two rear tire trying to drive the car straight when you need to turn. It means when a track shifts to slick you not only need to bring in the LR tire to maintain acceleration, you also need to bring in more the LF tire to help turn your car.
In total when the track looses grip you need to engage and use your left side tires more.
At this point the tracks loosing grip or the RR is going away and were adjusting to be able to use the left side tire more, to compensate for the loss of grip.
What happens next and leads to the 4 wheel drift problem is adjustment or compensation to use the left side tires is over done. If you bring in the left side tires too much or you make mass adjustments knowing you have to get more out of the left side and the track continues to loose grip, you can and will now loose all grip at the now over taxed left side tires.
When you loose grip at the left and the right side tires are already at or beyond their limit, you have lost grip at all 4 wheels. Your left side tires have lost grip because you asked too much of them and since there not working all weight goes to the right and the rights if they were working even a little, now quit working. The end result is your in a 4 wheel drift condition.
That's the scenario and the reason cars can get into a 4 wheel drift when a track goes from grip to slick. I see PPMS as a good example of where the scenario can take place.
The fix is the driver must slow down because the car has been adjusted to over use the left side tires. What's missed in what I've presented so far is it's not realized when making setup considerations. when a track slicks up there is only one thing for certain. That one thing is ...
Posted 26 August 2019 - 08:49 PM
Possibly/probably nothing, maybe a lot. Being I was at Mercer Saturday and Sandusky Sunday I can't place a value or relevance on it for you.
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