Onward to Ohio
Hey motorsportsunplugged.com readers. The Brothaman is back on the blog after a little hiatus. We’re in Cleveland, Ohio today at Ohio Technical College for our annual Matco Tools Motorsports day at OTC. It’s always fun here because OTC is one of the best vocational schools in the country with more than 1,100 students. The students that graduate from OTC would make perfect candidates to work on an NHRA race team and we’re looking for entry-level technicians each off season.
It’s been a busy few weeks. At home, I’m still working on the house. The garage is about finished, but I still need to get the floor done. I’m debating on whether I should polish and grind or use an epoxy finish. We’re also having a new entry way and front door installed on the house. Let me tell you, my wife is over all the construction at the house. Thankfully, it should all be done in a month or so.
Last weekend at Bristol, we had a pretty good weekend. We fought Mother Nature all three days, so I want to thank the fans for being very loyal and sticking around, especially on Sunday. We started about four hours late after morning rain showers and still had a strong crowed at Bristol Dragway. I always say NHRA fans are the best.
Bristol was a good race for us. We qualified No. 1 at Bristol Dragway last year and lost in the semifinals. This year, we started fifth after a strong opening day of qualifying on Friday, and then went to our third final round of the season and lost a real close race to defending series champion Larry Dixon and that Al-Anabi team. Those guys continue to have our number, but we’ll keep plugging away. Our DSR dragsters are running great. Our Matco Tools team has two wins and Spencer Massey and the FRAM team has two wins also after winning back-to-back races at Topeka and Englishtown. The Sarge and the U.S. Army team have had some bad luck. They’re running great and will win real soon. It’s going to be a fierce battle to the end at Pomona for that 2011 NHRA Top Fuel championship.
We finally finished up at Bristol around 9:15 Sunday night. We were on the road heading home by 10 and I got home about 5:30 a.m. It was a long day, let me tell you. Considering I flew and it took me 18 hours to get to Bristol due to bad weather in Atlanta, that 7.5-hour drive home was a breeze, especially since I got to sleep most of the way. LOL I do not like flying into Atlanta. Just saying.
We left again Tuesday morning about 7:30 when my boy TY swung by the house and we drove five hours East to Stow, Ohio to spend the afternoon at Matco Tools’ headquarters meeting with the employees and having some 2012 strat planning meetings. It was a good time and we finished off the evening by going to the Indians/Rockies game at Progressive Field. My boy Anthony Kruczek from OTC even got a foul ball. It was a fun night.
After doing OTC, we did some TV work to promote the Norwalk NHRA race this weekend and then it was time to get my grub on. My crew chief, Brian Corradi, owns a pizza shop. It’s like his job. Brian owns Master Pizza in Middleburg Heights, Ohio near Cleveland, and let me tell you, it’s pretty darn good stuff. If you live in Ohio, and I know it’s a big state, and are near Cleveland, go visit Master Pizza (www.masterpizzanow.com) and tell them to hook you up with the AB discount.
We’ll do some more sponsor stuff on Thursday morning before we head over to the Kalahari where I’ll meet my wife and three kids. I’m going to sign tool boxes for Matco. Matco came out with this awesome tool box that has our dragster on it, so I’m going to sign the boxes for the customers that bought it. The family loves Kalahari because it has a huge water park. My kids are like fish when they come to the Norwalk race. They don’t even come to the track. They spend 10 hours a day at the water park and in the pools, but they have fun and that’s all that matters. Norwalk is a really cool race track. The Bader family has built a great facility that’s probably the most fan-friendly track we visit. One of the big draws is a pound of ice cream for $1. Yep, you read right, $1 for a pound of ice cream. Let me tell you, I’ll eat a pound a day. After pizza and ice cream, I’ll have to fast for a few days.
After the race we may test some clutch stuff or if that doesn’t happen, I’ll be back at Cedar Point with a group of NHRA drivers and the family for an afternoon of fun. Thanks again for reading and God bless.
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