Hey you guys have any free time you can lend me, My last weekend Pulls
What a week I had. We had Pulls on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Left the house at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday for Amhurst WI, Pulling Bad to the Bone and ShaZam on the trailer, got there at 6:00 p.m. got all inspected and signed up for the class. As it worked out the Super Stock class was the 5th class that night out of 6 that they had.
The first few classes got to work the track up so it was getting better for the Super stock trucks, But it was still a little sloppy and it showed in the first run that stopped at 260í on a 330í track so the sled operator lighten the sled up some to help the show. As the night went on the track was getting better with each truck that ran. I ended up being in the middle of the pack for the line up so I thought I might be OK. But as it turned out it didnít work as good as I thought it would. Bruce was the 6th Truck to pull in the class and Pulled the sled 301.25íPutting him in 3rd place after this pull with Donny Skinkis sitting in 1st place at the time with a 310.20í, When it was my turn to pull I took to long to get up to speed and even though the run sounded good it fell short at 297.30í As I went to the end of the track to watch the rest of the trucks pull they just seemed where I was slowing down there picking up speed. With the last 4 trucks in the class taking over the top 4 places knocking Donny to 5th and Bruce to 8th, I finished 12th out of 25 trucks. Which isnít too bad I guess.
OK so itís now 9:30, so I went and drank some beer with the fellow pullers till 12:00 the headed to the truck to sleep for the night. It was getting kind of chill out so I fired up the generator and plugged in the quartz space heater I have in the truck to warm thing up some, Drank one more beer and once the truck got toasty I shut the generator off and went to sleep.
Be fore I knew it the sun was coming up and the birds where chirping and it was cold out, so I fired up the generator again to heat the truck up again, but it only ran for about 5 minutes and it ran out of gas, So I figured it was time to get up get something to eat and then head to Rosholt WI which was 14 miles north west of Amhurst. So found this cute little breakfast restaurant had some eggs and potatoes then found a gas station and filled up the generator and Grunt truck with fuel.
Pulled into the fair ground at Rosholt at 7:30 a.m. and took a nap off and on till 10:00 then got up and took ShaZam off the trailer and went thru the valves found everything ok there. Dropped one ľĒ nyloc nut and couldnít find it for nothing in the hay field I was in.
So I had lunch on the grounds and pretty much wasted the rest of the day in between rain showers drying off ShaZam and keeping her looking good. Pull didnít start till 8:00 p.m. but I could see it feasible to drive home 135 miles then135 miles back when the towns where only 14 miles apart.
So for the most part there were only two things that I had issues with at this pull. 1st the track was built in some what of a valley where you start with a little down hill then hit the bottom and ĺĒ of the track was Up hill. So as it turned out the promoter of the pull just happened to be a tractor puller I knew. And I was talking with him and asked if they ever thought about running the other way towards the gate in the fence. He said hey we been running it this way for 20 years but heíd be willing to try something different as long as the sled guys where OK with it.
Which is my 2nd issue with the pull, the red Tractor tracks sled which with his rackers down the sled seems to jump and jerk as it goes down the track So as luck would have it they showed up and agreed to run down hill, Cool and then when I asked about the rackers he said itís all heís got to slow us big trucks down. But I told him to letís try something new, those racker are doing nothing but wreaking your sled and our Trucks. I told him to pull the rackers up and put chains under the pan. So he pulled the long 20í chain out of the box and was going to loop to from one side of the pan to the other, but that acts just as bad as his rackers loading and unloading as it goes down the track, So I suggested to run the chains thru the holes he had in the splash shield and let the chains drag in a line 2í apart under the pan. He said heís try it but didnít think it would work.
Well after the 3rd truck in the stock class he said itís working better then heíd thought it would and had to reset the box to go up slower. For the most part he said he really didnít think those little chains would do what they did to the sled but it made it nice to pull again.
But any ways the night went good and I finished 5th in Super which is where I seem to be stuck in the club, and I took 3rd in Modified.
So with the pull over it was once again beer drinking time, And John had a camp fire going and chairs around the pit so we sat there drinking till 2:30 then headed to the truck and fell a sleep for the night. 5 a.m. Got up and headed home for a shower and to see the Misses had breakfast and headed to Shakey Lakes to set Ėup the registration booth for the pull there. Tractors started at noon and lasted till 3:00 and the trucks started at 3:30 and I have to say it went pretty good for the day. And then at 5:30 the sled broke a shear pin and it took an hour for the boys to get that fixed. We finished the last two classes for the day and then we had a few cocktails over by the trailer. I finished 3 in Super and 5th in Mod for the day. And Iíll be real here I was dead beat tired. The plan was to stay and listen to the music and drink beer till 11:30 then sleep over night there and head home in the morning. But I wimped out and went home to sleep the night in my big bed instead.
See part two to finish the story .. Seem I have it to long today