Local Pull 7/20
My home town fair puts on 3 pulls each year, 2 during the fair and 1 a month later. Last night, they had 7200lb Street legal Gas and 8000 Street legal Diesel. Well, I just couldn't resist the opportunity to stop by and hook. However since I don't keep plates and insurance on my puller, they wouldn't let me hook in the class but did let me do a "Test" pass for the entry fee price of $20 of course.
Two years ago when I go into pulling, I ran this class since I was street legal. Back then, it was a gas/diesel 7200lb class, and I came in 3rd with a distance of around 280ft. Respectable considering the 2 that beat me were diesels at the ragged edge of "street legal".
So last night, after all the "stockers" ran (the best was maybe 278ft) they let Josh (another ITPA truck) and I run with the same sled as the "stockers".
I couldn't believe the difference in the truck from then to now! I had to keep looking back to see if the sled was attached! When I got the green flag, I cleared out the carb, put a slight load on the drivetrain, then put the skinny pedal on the floor board. The motor shot up to 6000 and by the 50ft mark, it was singing 7200 (man that is a sweet sound LOL). At the 200ft mark, the truck was still gaining speed! Then at about 250ft the rear seemed to float to the right so I drove'er right to collect it, and brought it back in line where I wanted it, gaining momentum the whole time. As I passed the 300' line, I saw the flagman scrambling to get out of the way. Then, something weird happened, I was expecting the sled to bring me to a stop, but instead it felt like the truck came up and was gaining speed, so I thought something happened to the sled and lifted as I looked back to see if it was still there and to see if the flagman was giving me the red flag. To my delight, the sled was still attached, and no red flag, so I came back in to about 1/2 throttle until the concrete baracade got real big, and let go of the go fast pedal and applied some brake. That was so freakin sweet, what a ride! In the 3 seasons I have pulled, I have NEVER had to lift or apply the brakes, I'm always fighting for every last inch. Even though I knew I was way over powered for the class, it still felt good to experience the ride. What a night for the Ford camp!
As I was chaining the truck back on the trailer. A young lady came over and informed me that she took second place in the class and wanted to know why the pull commitee wouldn't let Josh and I in the class. So choking back the urge to gloat a little, I politely informed her that it was because we didn't have plates and insurance, and on top of that, it really wouldn't have been fair to the drivers in that class. (besides, some chevy owner would have complained that we were too hot, LOL)
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