Wednesday, September 24, 2003

MSOKC Race No. 12 - Four for Seven (2003)

Originally sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2003 4:18 PM

Conor had another great outing last Sunday. Except for the mosquitoes, it was a beautiful day. He drew the pole positions for the first heat race. He may not have been expecting the green flag on the first warm-up lap, because he dropped three places at the start. He quickly made his way into third, but neither he nor his main rival could get past the eventual winner, so he had to settle for third. Starting from the sixth position in the second heat race (of six competitors in his class that day), he made a successful pass going into Turn 1, several more on the next few laps, and was up to second by the start of the fourth lap. The eventual winner (Conor's main rival) had once again amassed a healthy lead by that time, so he had to settle for second. His heat race finishes earned him the second starting position (outside front row - Conor's favorite) for the feature. He made up for his poor start in the first heat race by passing the pole sitter (Conor's main rival) going into the first turn, taking the fourth place starter with him. Conor did just what he had to do and led every lap comfortably for his fourth feature win in seven starts (57%). Interestingly, when he is out in front by himself, his lap times aren’t quite as good as when he is chasing down someone in front of him. The fourth place starter was able to maintain his position, so some might have called it a boring race. It was just fine from my perspective...

Conor's next race is Sunday, October 5, 2003.