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 Posted July 5th, 2011 09:42 PM   IP
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Bill and Becky Bethel have been gracious enough to let us schedule a practice retro Can-Am race at Fat Cat Race Track on Saturday, July 16th! If I remember seeing the sign on the door correctly, they open at 1pm on Saturdays. Tech will open at 3pm. Tech will close at 3:30pm followed immediately by qualifying and the race. I argued with myself(scary, huh?) about qualifying for a practice race but, in the end, I figured it would be good practice for them setting up the race computer. We're still working out a couple details, so stay tuned!
Remember, two wrongs don't make a right..... but three lefts do! Only you're a block over and one block behind!

 Posted July 8th, 2011 05:51 PM   IP
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Also, just so there's no misunderstandings, there will be a retro Can-Am race ONLY on July 16th.... no GTR race. A couple guys had expressed interest in a retro Can-Am race and Bill and Becky will get practice at setting up and conducting a race. When the "real deal" happens on Sept. 10th, we'll all be good-to-go.


Remember, two wrongs don't make a right..... but three lefts do! Only you're a block over and one block behind!

 Posted July 12th, 2011 08:14 PM   IP
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Get some laps in on this resurrected track, formerly of Action Raceway! Get your trigger-fingers workin' again before the series officially starts on August 13th. Hope to see you this Saturday at Fat Cat!
Remember, two wrongs don't make a right..... but three lefts do! Only you're a block over and one block behind!

 Posted July 15th, 2011 11:38 PM   IP
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I was there Thursday evening.
Practiced!
Got one car that works!
Will be there by 1300 (1 PM for all you civilians!).

Semper Fi, Gung Ho, & Oorah!
Sarge!

 Posted July 16th, 2011 08:49 AM   IP
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Thirteen bells it is, marine! Cya then!

WOOHOO!!! Race day!!!


Remember, two wrongs don't make a right..... but three lefts do! Only you're a block over and one block behind!

 Posted July 16th, 2011 08:06 PM   IP
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NEWS BULLETIN!!!

GETSO WINS INAUGURAL RACE AT FAT CAT RACE TRACK!!!

DETAILS TO FOLLOW!!!


Remember, two wrongs don't make a right..... but three lefts do! Only you're a block over and one block behind!

 Posted July 17th, 2011 10:15 AM   IP
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OK, here's how it went down. When I arrived, Bill and Sarge were cleaning the track. RATS! If ONLY I'd waited a while to show up. LOL Just kidding. Bill, you got no business doing that with your shoulder problems! Whenever we come to race, just let me in about an hour and a half before the track officially opens, and I'll see to it that it gets cleaned. YOU provide the materials. I'LL do the cleaning. YOU do the glue. Deal? Anyway people started trickling in and we began putting laps down to run the glue in; kinda stuck at first but it felt good by race time. There was some geezer there, seemed familiar with Bill & Becky and he was acting as de-facto turn marshal while we were practicing. Found out later it was "Travis", former proprietor of Action Raceway and original owner of the track we were playing on! Nice ta meetcha, Travis! By the time tech opened we had 10 racers ready to play, with Tyler, Denton, Garland, Waxahachie, Dallas and Weatherford all represented. As tech closed, Bill's phone rang. Fred Correnti's A/C had gone out and the repairman was supposed to be there early... yadda-yadda-yadda... we all know how THAT goes. I tell Fred, "Sorry, Fred, we're just gettin' ready to qualify; how long will it take you to get here? 35-40 minutes? Tell you what, if you're not here by the end of qualifying, we'll hold the race a few minutes 'til you get here, but you just get to slap your car down and race with no practice". Fred cranked up the Mini and peeled out! Time to start the very first qualifications at a new race track! I just LOVE being in on such historic occasions... my 3rd such occasion this past year, what with Waxahachie and The Black Mamba at River Oaks coming online recently. First up, David Berry of Tyler; David gets to be the FIRST to TQ at the new track(at least until the 2nd qualifier steps up! LOL). GO! Starting from the driver's panel, it's down the straight and through the bank. Then the deadman and through the switchback. He crosses the lap counter to begin his first timed lap and.... the relay trips and the power goes off! Huh??? Again. And Again. And again... same thing. Travis and Bill tried all different kind of variations of settings on the SRT system but we couldn't shake this bug. Finally, we just qualified "manually" in practice mode with one guy watching the clock, counting off the time("30 seconds left", "10 seconds", "times up"). Oh yeah, remember Fred? All the time spent messing with the SRT problem gave Fred enough time to show up just as we were beginning the manual qualifying! We gave Fred a minute-thirty to qualify... THAT was his practice! LOL ON TO THE RACE!!! I won't bore you with a lot of details; I'll let the individual racers fill in those gaps with their OWN stories. Needless to say, There was good racing. There was crashing. There were bent cars. A couple of tweaks with a newly up & running track(as would be expected). In the end, Lonny Getso was the first winner of a race at Fat Cat Race Track! Bill had Lonny sign his track with a Sharpie pen, a tradition he will have all race winners do at Fat Cat. Thanks to Bill & Becky for giving us a nice track to play on with our toy cars! Thanks to Travis for being Race Director! And thanks to all the racers who showed up from all over the DFW metroplex to make this first race a success!


Lonny Getso 235 laps
Richard Hofer 232 laps (TQ - 5.5815)
Kyle Stokes 224 laps
Mike Barnett 224 laps
Fred Correnti 220 laps
Chris Tanner 219 laps
David Berry 214 laps
Vern "Sarge" Bell 202 laps
Patrick Norwood 201 laps
Pete Shick 186 laps
Kraig Beck 125 laps (fastest race lap - 5.6484)


Remember, two wrongs don't make a right..... but three lefts do! Only you're a block over and one block behind!

 Posted July 17th, 2011 10:26 AM   IP
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I'd also like to give credit where credit's due. I saw Kyle Stokes working on several racer's cars at different times. I know those racers had a better race as a result; thanks, Kyle!


Remember, two wrongs don't make a right..... but three lefts do! Only you're a block over and one block behind!

 Posted July 17th, 2011 11:12 AM   IP
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Congratulations to all the winners. It's great to see a good turn out at the first race at Fat Cat. Congratulations on your win Lonny.
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 Posted July 17th, 2011 11:25 AM   IP
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Sounds like you guys had fun... See you in Wylie in August. Speaking of Wylie, I guess this would be your 4th track breaking in.
Ryan



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 Posted July 17th, 2011 12:05 PM   IP
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You're right, Ryan; I thought of that very thing when I was out walking the dog. While WMS has been around, the races on Todd & Liz's "new" King track was a first-time event also.


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Remember, two wrongs don't make a right..... but three lefts do! Only you're a block over and one block behind!

 Posted July 17th, 2011 12:06 PM   IP
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Fat cat is a fun race track. Thanks Bill and Becky for having us over.

 Posted July 17th, 2011 01:01 PM   IP
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I'd also like to give credit where credit's due. I saw Kyle Stokes working on several racer's cars at different times. I know those racers had a better race as a result; thanks, Kyle!




Richard, you beat me to it.
Kyle was a great help to many including myself. I had not looked at this car in 6 or so months & Kyle went out of his way to help get me ready. Unfortunatly I had contoller issues & Kyle even helped me with that.......when the race was over.lol
Kyle you are a good man & a good slot car friend! Thanks.

Patrick

 Posted July 17th, 2011 09:02 PM   IP
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And to add what Patrick said, the track was great!
I had gear problems and got smacked around some also!
(Not going to remember that I got my controller off the track but forgot my car. Went by me and into the wall infront of me and before I could say: Pull that car, it got sent into the next wall!!! LOL)
Found out afterwords that my motor mount was broke loose from the frame before the end of the race.
And Kyle did not send me into the wall, someone else did.
Got lots of help agricultural racing.
But, it was all fun!!!

Thanks Bill & Becky! for bringing back the first track I raced at since 65!

Semper Fi, Gung Ho, & Oorah!
Sarge!

 Posted July 17th, 2011 10:01 PM   IP
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WOW! Great turn out guy's. Keep rock'in.
When faster is not fast enough!
and fastest is still not fast enough!

 Posted July 18th, 2011 06:12 PM   IP
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And Kyle did not send me into the wall, someone else did.


Well, er.... uh.... (looking down, shuffling feet)... that may have been me, Sarge. You know how it is.... your car slows and for a second you wonder what could be wrong.... then the realization hits you just about the time you hear "Rider!"... WHAP!! Too late. Sorry.

Remember, two wrongs don't make a right..... but three lefts do! Only you're a block over and one block behind!

 Posted July 18th, 2011 10:07 PM   IP
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Hey! Don't worry!
It was all in fun!
Lots of good, close racing!!!

We'll all have to do it again soon!

Semper Fi, Gung Ho, & Oorah!
Sarge!

 Posted July 20th, 2011 08:54 PM   IP
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Hey, guys! Many thanks to all of you for coming out to race! I admit, it was a little nerve wracking when qualifying didn't pan out as expected (yes, even though it was a practice race), but all in all it was a blast and watching everyone enjoying racing just made our hearts sing! Check out the pictures on the webpage. I added a new menu item labeled "Race Photo Album". Should have taken more, but at least it we have some.

Thanks so much to Sarge and Richard for helping clean the track and to Travis for walking us through our first race.

Again, thank you so much. We not only look forward to seeing you for the next race but welcome you to come in ANY TIME! Great group of guys and we're honored to know each and every one of you.

Becky & Bill Bethel

 Posted July 20th, 2011 10:27 PM   IP
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Becky and Bill, thanks for letting all of us come out to such a great place to race. I had a great time and I can't wait till the next one!


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 Posted July 21st, 2011 06:53 AM   IP
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Thus spake "The Winner"!

I guess he DID have a good time!


Remember, two wrongs don't make a right..... but three lefts do! Only you're a block over and one block behind!

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