New Tracks Are Awesome – Nelson Ledges

For the last 8 weeks the team has been working and racing hard.  The only weekends we did not race were rain outs.  The club race was rained out and Gateway was too but the preparation was done to get there.  The weekend of May 17-19, we had a chance to try a new to us track.  Dart Kart Club held their first race of the season at Nelson Ledges Road Course in Garrettsville, Ohio.   It’s been nearly 30 years since the last kart race there and we were very excited to have a go at it.  The track is similar to Blackhawk Farms in terms of style, long straights with sweeping turns an a few technical bits that should provide a weekend of close high speed racing, perfect for Animal Nation racers. 

The rain followed us form Illinois and the track was wet and green Friday morning.  The track crew worked quickly to dry the track and after a short delay it was open for practice.  Jason went out with instructions for a Sunday drive(he never holds back, sigh) and came back grinning and chattering about the speed and complexity the track.  It took him a few rounds of practice and some tuning on my part to get the kart really fast.  As the day wound down, we discussed possible changes for race day,  he was starting to slow as the tires wore out and fell off.  After much discussing, we choose to swing pretty big, changing gearing(up a tooth, less pull but faster), wheel width(looser kart), and put on new tires(more grip).  We hoped that the changes will keep him up to speed with the rest of the pack.

Again, the day started with rain, this time a few hours.  The track was ready for practice just before noon, and practice one gave us a gear change to drop the rpm again.  Then as the second round practice started a dog ran on to the track and a red flag halted the session.  Jason pulled around to the last corner to come off, the motor shutdown with a bang.  We don’t exactly know what went wrong but the rod gave way busted the cam, and damaged the case.  With only one real session available to tune now with a new motor, gearing, wheels, and tires, it was questionable if he would continue to be a front runner.  Jason is used to driving an kart out of tune, hopefully he could work through any issues as he races. 

Animal 350 Finish

Jason will be racing two classes with the Dart Kart Club, Animal 350 and Animal 370.  Both races will be 25 minutes, the only difference being weight.  The first of our day was race 2 in Animal 350.  Right from the start, Jason and his kart where with the lead pack the whole race and was battling for position every lap.   After race time ended the karts 2 by 2 and within 0.15 seconds as they crossed the line.  Jason set the fastest lap but finishing 4th, just missing 2nd by 2.6 hundredths of second.  In the day’s 370 race he was again in the hunt but a loose motor forced him to retire early but still finished 4th.  The karts were very fast and close, anyone could pull out a win this weekend, including Jason with a little luck. 

Sunday started no kart changes and two of quick rounds of practice.  The weather was just about perfect for racing warm track for good grip and cool air for great horsepower.  Jason got a great start in the 350 race moving up to third by the frist bend.  As the opening laps wound up so did Jason as he picked off second and then a took the lead.  He started to pull away as the pack battled behind him for second.  Jason continue widened his gap, no up to 5 or 6 seconds, as the 25 minute race reached the halfway point.   The karts behind stop fighting and started to together to drafting and pushing to catch up again.  As race time ticked down final minutes the pack caught up to Jason but he kept his foot down and this elbows out for the last few laps.  As they exiting the last corner Jason manged to have a half second game and crossing the finish for his first win of the season and as a senior.   Unfortunately, in the final 370 race he lost the draft and was in 5th place by a wide margin for most of the race.  Despite his gap, he ended up finishing 3rd as attrition picked off karts in front of him.

After this great weekend, we are taking some time off for Memorial day, but will still be hard at work in the garage as we prepare for the next race at Blackhawk Farms(Championship Enduro Series) the first of two races in June.   The turn out for Blackhawk is looking very good, there should have some great racing.  We are looking forward to trying to repeat last years great finish.  We are sad that we will be missing the Cup Karts of North America at Michiana Raceway Park.  Good luck to all the drivers wish we could be there too.

Thanks to all the guys at Animal Nation for accepting Jason as a young driver and working with us all these years.  We really love hanging out at the track and racing with you guys.  Thanks to Reagan at 4 Cycle Central and for the great motors and Jack Reall the advice and support. 

2019 Cup Karts Spring Nationals

The Cup Karts of North America Spring Nationals at Concept Haulers Motor Speedway is the 2019 kick off race.  This is a national level race with drivers from all over the US and Canada.  So far, we have been in our own little world for practice sessions, how do we stack up?  Not only do we get to race, but we can hang out with all our racing friends in meat space.  It feels good to be back at our second home on the road.   Jason and I really appreciated the personal feedback from our friends, fans and followers.  It is part of what makes the racing community great.   

This year Jason is racing a new to him 2015 Coyote Wide Track.  This the same model of kart he raced last year but only has one season on it it.  The old kart was well used and had been welded many times.  We have been struggling with finding the perfect setup on this kart and have gotten very close.  In practice, he is just about on pace with the front pack but is still battling some handling issues. 

The Bolins gave us a big hand with the kart setup and suggested some ackerman changes.  This setting is done at the steering column, by moving the distance of the tie rods to the column.  Closter to the column the faster the steering turns the wheels.  It also changes the twist of the kart in corners and can be used to help lift the rear tire during turns and improve kart rotation.  With that adjustment Jason picked up another half a second and moved closer to the front.  Some more on the topic of kart geometry

Despite arriving on Thursday night, getting on the track for for Friday’s practice was rushed due to delays at registration.  We rolled the kart up a few minutes after practice started but still got some solid laps in.  In the second session Jason spun in the hair pin and was bumped pretty hard by a following kart and bent his axle.  Without missing a beat a new one was installed for the third round. Then the gear carrier was left loose and spun off the axle key.  It had to be cut off and replaced.   Despite the mechanical issues, by the end of the day he was looking to be at or very near the pace.   As always there is never enough time to really get the kart dialed in.

Practice on Saturday started with a rear wheel failure during the second practice session.  This ate in to the valuable tuning time to adjust to the days warmer track conditions.  As racing started Jason qualified well starting heat one in 9th and finishing 7, in heat 2 he finished 8.  He was in the thick of battle in the second pack.   At the start of the feature he dropped a spot and spent most of the race in a 4 way battle for each taking turns in 6th.  As the laps closed he moved up to 8th and then 6th and 7th tangled in the hair pin giving Jason  6th.  In the last lap he a the 7th played late breaking chicken in the hair pin and Jason spun.  He stayed on the track but lost many positions finishing 18th.  An excellent race but a disappointing finish. 

Sunday played out in a similar way.  He qualified 9th moved up to 8th for heat 1 and 2.  Then in the feature he was bumped in the first lap and fell back to 15th and into slower more erratic traffic.  He did manage to avoid further difficulty while he picked up two spots to finish 13th.  He had the speed to run near the front all weekend and our efforts were dashed by bad luck. 

Mothers day weekend of racing with Championship Enduro Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway was rained out.   We are next headed to Nelson Ledges Raceway(Dart Kart Club) for the first kart race there in 20 years.   Jason will also be running as a Senior in two classes this weekend and is very excited to be in the hunt for the championship. 

Thanks Jim at Coyote Motorsports for the kart and tuning help,  Rob at Kart City Performance for the excellent motor.  Thanks for the extra seat time to Ksobiech’s, always interesting to try something new.  A big shout of thanks to the Bolins for giving us a hand when they were struggling on with their own issues.  The stickers on the kart were made by Seth from Hot Rod Designs, he does excellent work. 

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Racing School

Amidst all the kart practice Jason took a big step into a race car.  On April 23rd and 24th he attended the Basic 2 Day Lucas Oil School of Racing Course at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.  This class is for the true racing novice and is required for further instruction and race licensing.  While he does have lots of race experience he doesn’t have any practical car experience and this is a great way to get started.  He prepared for the class by first racing on this track for a few hundred laps over the last two years in his karts, getting some basic passenger manual transmission practice, and a more track practice in iRacing.  None of this will actually prepare him with the real life the physicality of a race car but he knows the track and have some manual transmission basics. 

Jason had a very special experience, he was the only student.  The school wanted to focus on the lapping students and since Jason was registered wanted to try out “Private Lessons” to see if it would work while they thought about possible pricing.  He had one on one instruction and the track to himself for two days.  Though he did share facility with the advanced and lapping school they were not on the track at the same time.  The only disappointment was he did not have a chance to interact with other students, but ultimately he had a better than basic experience and progressed faster than a normal class would have.  A private class is a great way for someone to fast track into the these cars. 

Day one started off with introductions. His instructor was Gerardo Bonilla.  Gerardo was a driver for Mazda during their early days with IMSA and raced Indy Lights and is currently a professional driver, coach, and instructor.   He and Jason quickly hit if off as they traded racing stories.   The initial class time was a great throwback kid kart days as they went over fundamentals: this is the car, this is how you corner, and these are the flags.  All good things to review in a new racing situation and it brings the driver focus in an unfamiliar situation.  Some of the pictures were the same ones I used as we prepared for his first race as we started kart racing.   I was completely comfortable to hand him off to such and experienced and relatable driver and teacher. 

With a smile, Jason stepped into the Ray Race GR-RSC and began getting familiar with the car, adjusting the seat and locating familiar and new controls.  He strapped in the 5 point harness and started a race car for the very first time.  He quickly felt comfort in the car as he found a new space to dwell.  After a quick clutch and shifting drill he eased the car down to the pits and on to the track.  For his first laps, Gerardo led him in street car(Dodge Challenger R/T) and Jason in his race car.  They started slow but quickly picked the pace up.  For the second session he and Gerardo took to the track for more follow the leader but this time both in race cars.  The third session was a breaking and segmented track session.   Jason had two stopping points on the track first to keep him slowed down but also to give him a pause to think about the segment his just finished and then prepare for the next segment.  The day was rounded out by a full on lapping session followed by data analysis and feedback.  Throughout the day Jason was able to process new information and instructions as he built his race kart skill set.  Each time out he was stepping up and incrementally faster.

The second day started with another braking session but with only one stop point, Jason had to work pretty hard to find the right touch.  Race car brakes are much more finely tuned then kart or even passenger car brakes.  Eventually, he was able to lock the breaks up.  The next two sessions were lapping with on course feedback followed by a data session.  The last sessions introduced starts, while he was familiar with starts from sprint karting he had never done it in a car on a big track.  Big track kart races are standing starts and his view from a car was very different.  The last session of the day he was able to lap the track for a full 30 minutes.  This where the lessons of the past two days started to come together and he became more confident in his car and skills.  He was able to put together a string of very consistent laps in the 1 minute 42 second rage.  This is a shows that he was at a point where he could start the real work of shaving time off to approach the advanced drivers who are running laps 1 minute 40 second laps.

Overall it was a great experience for Jason.  He was able to get in to a car and apply his skills.  At the end of day 1 he was got a 1:57 in, by the end of the last session he was consistently running 1:42.5 second laps.  This is about 2 second off the pass but the consistency is an important step to start refining lap times.  We will see what he can make of this and where it takes him.  It might be just be a one time event or it could be start of a career.

Bonus, This is Jason(orange) doing a demo of the speed limiter feature with RC Enerson(Red), Gerardo(white)

The next race is Cup Karts of North America Sprint Grand Nationals at Concept Haulers Motor Speedway.  We are looking to be in better shape this year having practiced a few times.  Hopefully, the recent coaching will be useful and Jason can move toward joining the front pack. 

Thanks to Neil, RC, and Rebecca Enerson and the Lucas Oil School of Racing crew for giving Jason this great experience.  Thanks Gerardo, an excellent instructor and would highly recommend his to any racing team at any level from karts to Indy Car.

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The 2019 Season has started

And like that the 2019 racing season has started.   We have been very busy over the last couple of weeks, preparing the karts for the season.  The sprint kart has been getting the most focus.  We have been tearing it down and building it back up.  On the road side, the his animal are out for some refreshment at 4 Cycle Central

Jason got this years first track time for some warm up laps and a shakedown of his Coyote Wide Track.  As usual this happens at Concept Haulers Motor Speedway, which will also be the site of the seasons first two races.  We have been working in the garage for the last few weeks waiting for the right weather.   It works pretty well but yet ready to set any records, some tuning is going to be needed and them some more track time and tuning to get it just right.

The next day he attended the Youth Races Show at the Southeastern Wisconsin Short Track Hall of Fame in Hartford, WI.  Because all his Animals where away we had to borrow a prop motor for the show, Thanks Holtz Racing!.  While there he met NASCAR Xfinity Driver Josh Bilicki, a former Badger Kart Club karter  He also won a Street Super Stand, something we also needed as the one man stand was showing signs of failure.  Thanks Joe Palmisano for putting this unique show on.

 

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Wild Duck Racing 2019 Schedule

2019 Tentative Schedule 

Wild Duck Racing has another busy season of racing planned for 2019.  Jason will be returning to the Championship Enduro Series(CES) for the full season road racing.  He will be adding some Dart Kart Club(DART) and World Karting Association(WKA) races.  He will also be sprint racing with Cup Karts of North America Championship(CKNA).  Expect to see Jason at a couple of club races for tune ups and just having fun racing. 

This year’s stretch goal will be attend Lucas Oil School of Racing in a modified Ray Formula GR11 car.

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InTech MaxTheTach: Vote For Jason

Here it is, the first of February, its still too cold and frozen to hit the track for some practice days, and race day is months away.   Thanks to InTech Trailers and RacingJunk.com we now have something to take the edge off parked kart syndrome.  You can plan out your dream race trailer from InTech Trailers and then find something racy to fill it with at RacingJunk.com.  You can even find parts and service vehicles there too.

Now for the part were Jason needs your help, race over the InTech Trailer Max The Tach voting pages and vote for Jason.   This is the first round of the voting for the top 25 teams.  For the last two years Jason has made the top 25 and then the top 10.  Lets see if we can get him all the way to the top 5 and on to number one.   Please follow the link and vote there are only 5 days of voting in the first round and your vote really helps.  

To Vote click on the banner below and select type Pribyl in the search box to find Jason, enter your email address, click submit and we are off to the races.   Don’t forget to share this with your friends and family.  THANKS!

Here are the videos we made for the MaxTheTach top 10 for 2018 and 2017. 

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Listen to the “Inside the Garage with Andrew Kurland” podcast

We have some exciting news, Jason was recently interviewed on ‘Inside the Garage with Andrew Kurland’.  Andrew is a up and coming NASCAR journalist and member of the Acceleration Nation(A NASCAR Media site) reporting team.  Jason’s segment is slotted amongst some of the greatest drivers in NASCAR.  Have a listen and share this and help build our fan base. 
 
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Here is a link direct to Jason’s Interview, though his introduction is cut off. 

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2018 Season Recap

The 2018 season was filled to the hilt with karting.   Jason was still Road Race with the Championship Enduro Series and the Dart Kart Club.  He returned the sprint track Cup Karts of North America, formerly the 206 cup.  Even the crew got a weekend of road racing in taking a spin in a borrowed kart for a weekend. (Image: crew chief) 

The Cup Karts of North America had two series(North and Central) and Jason competed in both but did miss 2 in the northern series and 1 in the central series due to conflicts.  Sprint racing started off pretty rough both Jason and crew had to work through pains returning to sprint racing.  He finished just mid pack in a field of 16 at the first series race.   The kart went through a transformation as we made both small and big changes.  As the season progressed, Jason made moved in to top 10 and started to approach top 5 by the Grand Nationals,  If not for some mechanical issues he was on goal to finish the season as one of the top 10 Junior 4 Cycle sprint drivers.  He finished 4th in the CKNA Central Series, 5th in the Northern Series and 24th at Grand Nationals due to failed wheel bolts.  Thanks to Viking Kart Products for sponsoring the Junior Class this season. (Image: Post introductions at CKNA Grand Nationals)

Road Racing was another matter altogether, it’s was a complicated season.  The easiest class to deal with is the Dart 4 Cycle Junior class.  Jason ran unopposed in the class in his Animal Powered sprint kart.  He put in laps with the karts on the track and had some great races, the favorite was at Mid-Ohio with a Senior Super Heavy where they battled till last lap when the other driver was beset by complete chassis failure(Sorry Keith). 

Sprint Junior at both Dart and CES, Jason had some great competition.  The CES races he won handily but at the Dart races the winner was determined by who could field a consistent and reliable kart.  Jason won CES with Sprint Junior by a large margin, however, a single point margin determined his victory in the Dart series.

The highlight of the road season was with the Road kart with the CES and the Animal 370 class.   Jason ran as a Junior but raced with the Senior rules and was more about the progress of his racing skills than series points.  As a junior he was required to start from the back of the field and work his way up.  At the beginning of the season he could only manged to get his kart up to the second pack and move toward the front.   By the end of the season he was able to hang with the front back and started to attack the top five.  An impressive feat for a young driver.  (Image: Gridding at Gateway)

The season was capped off with a trip to the National Corvette Museum for the World Karting Association Road Racing Grand Nationals.  The team fought rain, cold weather, and a some motor issues during practice but Jason was able to fight off strong contenders winning each days feature.  (Image: Grand Nationals F1 winner)

This was a long season with many weekends on the road.  The team had many hardships fighting heat, cold, mechanical issues, and shaking the cobwebs out of the sprint driver but Jason remained positive thorough out.  It was definitely a season with many great memories.   We are looking forward to what 2019 has in store for Jason. 

Overall Series Results

  • Champion Championship Enduro Series: Animal 370 Junior 
  • Champion Championship Enduro Series: Sprint Junior  
  • Champion 4 Cycle Central Road Animal Nationals: Animal Junior 
  • Champion Dart Kart Club : 4 Cycle Sprint Junior 
  • Champion Dart Kart Club: Sprint Junior(Provisional)
  • 1st WKA Road Racing Grand Nationals F1 & F2: Animal Junior
  • 4th Cup Karts of North America Central: 206 Junior 
  • 5th Cup Karts of North America North: 206 Junior 
  • 24th Cup Karts of North America Grand Nationals: 206 Junior

Some Fun Statistics

  • 50 Races(Often 3 a day)
  • 55 Gallons(Drum) of 100% Methanol
  • 6500 Miles travel
  • 12 Quarts of Amsoil 4T
  • 12 Cans of Amsoil Break Clean
  • 10 Sets of kart tires, 6 Sets of Wheels
  • 5 Motors, 5 Rebuilds, 1 total loss
  • 3 Clutch rebuilds
  • 13 Tracks, 4 New
  • 18 Frozen Pizza’s 
  • 4 Pit Guests
  • 331GB of GoPro video(WildDuckRacing YouTube Channel), 3500 Pictures
  • 1 Guys, 2 karts, 1 Truck, a toy hauler, uncountable memories

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WKA Road Racing Grand Nationals

Drivers Meeting

The weekend of November 9th was the final race of the 2018 Season for the team. The WKA/KART-MARRS Road Racing Grand Nationals was held at the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, KY. This was a first race at this track and with the World Karting Association and with this years success in road racing our confidence was high.  However, we still needed to keep honest with ourselves. we still have a load to pull for more wins and anything could happen.  On the upside, we did not have any pressure from a series stand point, so really the plan for the weekend was to have fun. 

Part of the fun was leaving Wednesday night with the plan to arrive Thursday and visit the corvette museum.   Before that the first stopping point was Indianapolis and spend some time with some of the Xona Software team, providers of automation software and sponsor for some personal thanks for supporting the team.  Thanks!  Dave and Mike.  Then off to Walmart for a cold night.  The weather for the weekend was expected to be very cold, below freezing over night and low 40 for most of the day, in the 50s by Sunday.  The worst weather looks to be on Friday with some morning rain, at least snow was not expected. 

After a stop for some extra propane to heat the trailer, Thursday morning, we drove on to Bowling Green, KY to the National Corvette Museum.  We last visited the museum a few weeks after the sinkhole had opened up and swallowed a few of the rarest cars the museum had.  Jason was very excited to see the all of the Corvettes but now with the eye that appreciated a finely crafted racing machine.  The new exhibit for the sinkhole story was great but also really sad because they could only restore 3 of the cars the rest were too badly damaged or were so unique that the parts are unavailable and it was better to retain the cars history.  Jason even got a turn in the race corvette simulator, which he of coursed grinned through.

Friday morning brought the first of the weather tests for the weekend, it was raining.  Thankfully,  it let up around noon and we were able to take to the track for a few hours and learn and tune.  Jason started around a 1:55 and by the end of the night was down to a low 1:53.  The day was not with out challenge, we had to replace the motor due another blown gasket, the good news is the new motor was fresh and strong.  We did do some scoping out of the other drivers and Jason seemed faster but race day can be another animal when it comes to speed.  After practice we went out to dinner with some other drivers including Mid-Life Karting Crisis host and Wild Duck Racing supporter T.J. Hollingsworth.  This was great change of pace for us and had a blast swapping stories. 

The weekend was cold.  Cold is good for the motor give us a little more horse power but hard to use that power because the tires and track are hard and slippy.  We adjusted the kart and Jason put painters tape on his gloves in an attempt to block the icy wind.  The feels like temperature at 70 mph is always colder just like a blustery day.  The days schedule was compressed because of the cold and Jason’s race was moved to the second of the day.  He started on the pole for his class and would be taking the 4th of 5 starting flags to add to stress of the start.   At the drop of the flag he was off and #110 managed to pull in front but Jason was ready and took the lead in the first corner.   #110 dropped back and Jason was pursed by #71 who was a few seconds behind.   Jason pushed on for the 25 minute race and didn’t give any ground running fast and clean.  Still in the lead he in the closing laps he extended his gap and sealed the win at the checked flag.  We wrapped up the day with some quality time in the trailer keeping warm and discussing possible kart changes for Sundays race. 

Sunday started cold but warmed nicely by race time.  We decided to change the rear gearing for a bit more power on exits and adjust the front end to find some more grip.  Since is was so cold during practice his lap times were low but did show improvement with the changes.  His race was moved to the first of the day and he started on the 2nd flag.   Again on the poll, he had a great start but the #110 kart jumped to the lead and pulled away until the 5th corner where Jason made up ground thought the technical part of the track eventually making the pass a few corners into the lap.   As they came down the front straight, #110 caught and passed Jason just before turn one but well past the start finish line, this was a good omen for a win.  This repeated until Jason made a single move to block the #110 pass, but the next lap #110 passed on the other side.  Jason remained behind for 2 laps but close until he passed #110 as their kart succumbed to mechanical issues.   At that point Jason was able to continue on completing the final two laps cleanly winning again.   See Speed Hive Results for lap times other interesting statistics. 

Stay tuned for the karitng silly season and we wait for the 2019 schedules to come out.  Thanks, to my Dad who would have loved this trip so we took extra enjoyment in his memory.   Dave and Mike at Xona Software for a great product and supporting us.  T.J. at Mid Life Karting Crisis for the videos, Amsoil, and Hoosier Tires.  Reagan at 4 Cycle Central for some powerful and consistent Briggs Animal motors. 

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