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November 19, 2006 - Bracket Master
We started a cold morning at State
Capital Raceway with a driver that was up and ready to
go early. We took the Jr. Dragster out of the trailer
and started our race day preparations, which included
warming the engine up. The methanol that the car runs
on keeps the engine cooler so we needed to get the
engine up to operating temperature. The engine idle
speed was erratic so we decided to do some additional
tuning on the carburetor and enlisted the tuning help
of one of our fellow racers.
We were at the track extra early because we
knew we had invited guest coming form two different youth
organizations. The first to arrive was about 12 Youth
(both male and female) from an alternative school in Baton
Rouge escorted by Mr. Robert Garner and a number of other
volunteers. The Second group to arrive was a group of
about 7 young men from the 100 Black Men Mentoring Program
escorted by Mr. Fred Sibley, Chairman of The 100 Mentoring
Program, and Mr. Ed Collins of The 100. We went over the
basics of Drag Racing and the design of cars including the
timing system used by track personnel to record the cars
speed and time while going down the track. There were lots
of good questions which included how were the cars
fabricated? What size was the engine? Why some of the
cars were shaped different and what about the difference in
tire sizes from the front to the back of the cars?
The Junior Dragster turnout was nothing
short of great. We started racing about 10:00 am and
our team had grown by about 19 members. Several of
our invited guests went to the starting line with us
and helped with the cars between round maintenance.
While others watched and had numerous questions after
each set of Juniors Dragsters made passes.
The pairings in the first round was
determined by the driverís reaction time during time
trails. Justin is 9 years old so we raced in the
younger age group. Justin had a bye run in the first
round based on his reaction time during his first of
two time trails. He won the second round of racing.
Maybe this John Force concept of a large crew was
paying off. We broke out in the third round and our
racing day for the Junior Dragster was over.
WE enjoyed having our guest and I think
the crowd at State Capital Raceway was the largest yet
to watch Junior Dragster Racing. What a morning of
August 5, 2006
The last time we were out the engine was
revving high and the clutch was engaged while trying to
stage. We shut the car off and returned to the pits. The
only thing that we changed in our normal routine was towing
the car a greater distance to the staging lanes. We
normally park closer and push the car to the staging lanes
by hand. We called the Clutch manufacturer and obtained
some additional information on the clutch setup. We
(Reggie Sr. and Skip) disassembled the clutch and inspected
all of the internal of the Drive Unit. Everything seemed
okay during the inspection, so the unit was cleaned and
We (Justin and Dad) entered the Jr. Dragster race
at SC Raceway. The turn out was light due to an all Jr.
Dragster race in Gulfport, Miss. Justin has to run in the Under
11 year old age group. Something new, we qualified based on
reaction time during time trails and was placed on a ladder. We
had drawn cards in the past to see who raced each other in the
We ran two time trails and the car ran without
any problems. In the first round Justin had to leave first and
his opponent Red Lighted.
This was Justinís first Round win in competition! We dialed the car in for the second round and Justin had to
leave first. He returned the favor from the first round and red
lighted. Justin run was only 0.002 off of his dial in. We
watched the rest of the rounds and loaded everything in the
trailer just as the rain came. The big cars were washed out
later that day.
August 1, 2006
We had a few items to correct prior to the
Race on August 5, 2006 at State Capital Raceway. The last
time we attended a Race (Jr. Dragster Challenge at No
Problem Raceway) we did not make the call due to a fuel
cell leak. We ordered a new fuel cell and installed it.
We also modified a clearance problem between the chain
guard and the Carb. Skip Holbert came by to help with
adjustments to the chain and Clutch Drive Belt.
We went Jr. Dragster Racing at No Problem
Raceway. The event was the Jr. Dragster Challenge
sponsored by OíReilly Auto Parts. During our pre-race
maintenance we put fuel in the car and the fuel cell
started to leak. We had the track announce that we were
looking for a fuel cell after we had attempted a repair. A
fellow racer came to our rescue, but the first round had
started. We watched the racing and will be back another
July 22, 2006
We went Jr. Dragster
Racing at No Problem Raceway. The event was the
Jr. Dragster Challenge sponsored by OíReilly Auto
Parts. During our pre-race maintenance we put
fuel in the car and the fuel cell started to leak.
We had the track announce that we were looking for a
fuel cell after we had attempted a repair. A
fellow racer came to our rescue, but the first round
had started. We watched the racing and will be
back another day.
June 18, 2006
took both the Jr. Dragster and my Duster and went racing at State
started the Junior Dragster up during time trails and went to the line to stage.
Dad was out front directing Justin so that he would stage straight.
Everything seemed okay, until the car started pushing itís way
through the staging lights. Justin shut the motor down as instructed
and we pushed him back from the starting line. I did not know what
was wrong and consulted our fellow racers, who stated that the clutch
may have gotten to hot and was locking up. We started the car again
after a few minutes and this time the engine started to rev without
pressing the gas peddle. When things like this happen its time to
pack up and call it a day. We took the car back to the pits and did
the required maintenance between rounds later that day. The car did
not run well, but everyone was safe so we had a good day of Jr.
June 10, 2006
Justin and dad went Jr. Dragster Racing at S. C. Raceway. The week
before the race we changed out the Seat Belts, Added a manual kill
switch per the new NHRA rules and added some roll bar padding. In
addition, we adjusted the hard stop on the gas peddle to allow the
carb to open a little wider.
Things went good on race day. The car went down the track two passes
in a row without popping. We ran two time trails and during
eliminations ran 0.003 off the dialed in time. However, Justin was a
little to quick off the tree and red lighted.
do you do on the perfect Saturday morning in May? You go Drag Racing
at State Capital Raceway (Formerly State Capital Dragway).
First the Track:
Improvements are under way to the track and surrounding grounds. The
stands are being painted and most of the roads into the pit areas have
been paved. There is a new PA system and new lights are being
installed to help brighten up the pits. I talked to the owner and the
new top end timing boards are here and should be installed next week.
The new owner plans on extending the timing tower and rearranging the
staging lines which includes paving the area of the track closest to
highway 190. There are also a lot of old familiar and nice faces
working at the track.
Jackson family packed the BMRT Jr. Dragster and 74 Duster and went
Justin was more than ready to continue driving the BMRT Jr. Dragster.
Dad spent part of the day Friday trying to make sure the car was ready
for racing. The Jr. Dragster is a real race car and must be prepped as
such. In the weeks prior to this race the Jr. Dragster has been to a
High School Car Show, a Middle School Career Day and a few other
ran three time trails, with mom and Toshia serving as crew members with
the two back. I am still chasing the tune up on this car. I go
through the required maintenance after each race, but cannot get this
car to run consistant for an 8/9 year old driver. I think I am going
to put some of the power back in the car and slow it down by adding
some weight. In the first round Justinís opponent cut a 0.001 light
and ran very close to her dial in. Our car and driver was not up to
this type of challenge YET.
Jr. Dragster Photos
Racing Page 1
Racing Page 2
Dragster Racing Page 3
at 9530 Dawnadele Dr., Baton Rouge, LA, has donated storage space to
house our Jr. Dragster. The U-Store-It is managed by Jean
and Bob Autenreath. The phone number is (225)
293-4558. Visit their web site: www.u-store-it.com
- Donated ALL of the oil that the Jr. Dragster
will need. Thanks to Mr. James Moore.
Pro Paint & Body,
9950 Hooper Rd, Baton Rouge, LA (225)
262-9000, painted the BMRT Jr. Dragster. BMRT Says Thanks To Keith and the Staff
at Keith's Pro Paint & Body! The excellent paint job was donated