Due to the forecast of snow and scheduling conflicts, few TrailDamage.com members were in attendance for the Ice Races this time. In fact, Julie and Bob S. were the only ones to make it.
The drive out to the races was somewhat slow at times on I-70 due to the weather, but not too bad. There were no accidents, so traffic kept moving at all times.
The Our Gang club allowed for a somewhat extended period for practicing, allowing for the late arrival of some due to the congestion on I-70. This fortunately allowed Bob to get in one practice lap on the track -- a double-sock configuration he had not seen before.
Soon after the practicing was finished and Bob was parking his jeep for the driver's meeting, Julie's cherokee pulled up alongside Bob's Jeep. Bob was wondering if he'd see anyone from TrailDamage.com, and was happy to have found Julie.
After the driver's meeting, the Women's Street Stock Bare Rubber races began on the double-sock track while the Competition Bare Rubber races began on the other track. The snow had coated the ice all over, so the races looked to be fun -- we were sure to have better traction than we normally did with all of the snow on the ice surface.
Julie did well in her heats, managing to win multiple times, and finally came out with fourth place. In one of her races she swung a little wide, and we wondered if she was going to get knocked out early, but as luck had it her competitor overshot her turn at the same time, allowing her to come back and win the heat. Overall, she put in a great showing, with consistent racing.
When it was time for the Men's Street Stock races, Bob was called up not too far back from the first racers with his relatively low number selection. There were a very large number of competitors in the men's races, approximately 20 to 30 drivers. In Bob's first race, he won. This was his first real win since he first started competing in the Ice Races in 2004, so he was quite happy about it. The joy was short-lived, however, as he was knocked out by about a car length in his second heat. Regardless, he was happy to have done better than ever in the past, even with his poorly set up (for Ice Racing) rock crawling rig.
After the races were complete, the tracks remained open for an hour or so and many of us continued to race practice laps. During the practice racing, one Subaru went too far off track and got stuck in the snow. They were promptly pulled out by one of the Competition racers, with three other guys pushing in the back.
Julie and Bob got to race in a couple practice laps just before calling it a day. Julie made sure to show that her Cherokee is still the best on the ice, as she beat Bob both times (nevermind that cone she knocked over the first time).
With the day over, Bob and Julie bid farewell and headed home.
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