July 24th Barona, California

July 24 Barona , California
The two weeks prior to this race we had spent a significant amount of time rebuilding the motor on the car once again. We had bought and replaced so many parts on the car we didn’t know what the car had in store for us in Barona this weekend but we were anxious to know! We had bought a new crankshaft, valve covers, intake rockers, ball adjusters, rocker arm adjuster bolts, fuel pump clamp, burn down tubes, rocker shaft stand, rocker shaft, push rods, lifter, rings, intake valve springs, clutch arms, clutch base springs and bearings. So we didn’t have a very good idea on how the car was going to run at the race this weekend.
Barona is an 1/8 mile track, which we aren’t the hugest fans of just because it is hard to stop the car before hitting the kitty litter. But luckily the first pass went well for us! We were number 2 qualifier and we weren’t all over the place and we didn’t have violent tire shake which was fantastic news! The blower also made 18 pounds of boosts at 9 over!
We came back to the pits and serviced the car, then we started it. We heard a pop and then a flame came out of the zoomies and then the car shut off. Obviously the motor wasn’t happy and then we realized that the shoot cables were broken. Now this was one of our worst nightmares. We were so excited for the second pass, because the car had done so well on the first. And now a small thing like the chute cable breaking was stopping us? We were on a mission to find a fix for the parachute cable. We had already missed the second qualifying pass trying to fix the cable. Then Tom went around to the other racers asking if they had spare shoot cables. Finally we found one, thank you Hal Rishton. We were able to fix the cables in time to make the first elimination round. And even though we had missed the second qualifying pass we were still qualified number two!
On the first elimination round we ended up having to wait in the staging lanes for a while because an altered that was in front of us had gotten into the kitty litter. We had some time to talk to some fans about the car. Finally we got up to the line and we were ready to race, but at the end burn out, the car just shut off. So unfortunately it had to be towed off of the track. We were done racing for the night but we were hoping that we could pull it together for the race next weekend in Albequerque, New Mexico.
We met some great fans in the staging lanes.  Fans like the ones at Barona are the reason that we work so hard to run the car. They are a great motivation to keep us working hard out in the garage on those hot summer days.
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June 5th Fuel Altered Nationals Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona Fuel Altered Nationals
After spending the previous week rebuilding the motor, we were ready to make a comeback from the race in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Unfortunatly, with back to back races we were short of time putting the car together.  It took an all nighter on Friday that turned into an all Saturday morning to put the car back together   We finally had the car together by 12:00P.M.  With no time to spare we loaded up and headed for Tuscon.  Dad said on the way that the car probably only had three passes before it would be tore up again.  Apparently with the time we had he was not able to properly repair a damaged crank and we had to work with what we had.  As soon as we started the car in the pits for warm up oil began to spill from the oil filter. We immediately shut off the car to see what the problem was.  As a result of the mad thrash to put the car together the oil filter had been installed crooked and was cross threaded. We had worked to long and too hard to let one small problem like this keep us from running at one of our favorite races of the year. Tom (crew member) was determined to fix the oil filter and run at this race no matter what it took. We started the car again and the oil filter came off completely and oil was rapidly pouring out of where the oil filter had been. We turned off the car and once again Tom made some adjustments and put the oil filter back on, and we started the car and there was absolutely no oil spilling, we were thrilled. Tom had saved our butts.
First pass: well we did and awesome burn out, and that’s about it. The car shut off right after the burnout and had to be towed off of the track. We hadn’t realized that the fuel pump mount had broke the weekend before in the violent tire shake in Albuquerque. Ron Maroney saved us and gave us a fuel pump clam so that we could fix the mount.  Thanks Ron
The Second warm up In the pits was spectacular, the car was perfect and we had no problems whatsoever! We had a good feeling about our next pass. On our second pass we ran a 7.68. The motor was running great but we didn’t have enough clutch in the car, which is why we didn’t run as good of a pass as we had hoped for.  That was the end of the evening for us.
Tuscon has the best fans and even though we didn’t run as well as we wanted to we still had a great time.  We are looking forward to some down time so that we can fix many of the issue that we have with the car.
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Welcome to Team Voodoo Racing

I would like to take a moment and introduce myself.  My name is Faith Phelps, I am the daughter of the driver, Crazy Chris Phelps. I will be 13 in August and I enjoy drag racing, I grew up with it and I plan to keep it going  throughout my life.  My Dad has challenged me with the responsibility of helping with the blog for the Team Voodoo Racing website.  I’m excited about the opportunity to share our racing experiences with everybody.  Me and my dad will be constantly updating this blog to let everybody know what is going on with Team Voodoo Racing. I will have a new blog posted after every race, after any time that we take the car out to test or we just have exciting news.  Now on to the race!!

Albuquerque Raceway, Albuquerque New Mexico

Albuquerque was a really tough weekend for Team Voodoo Racing.  Our first warm up in the pits didn’t go as well as we had hoped. According to my dad we broke a lifter in the motor warming the car up before the first round.  Fortunately, the team was able to tear the top end of the motor apart,  repair the broken lifter and still make the call for our first pass of the evening.
When we made our first pass and we ran a 7.53, against Danny Levitz Jr, Who ran a 7.22. We were not happy at all with the performance of the car.  Dad said that we missed on the clutch set up which caused severe tire shake.  He had to pedal the car twice and ended up lifting at 1,000′.  Down at the pits we were crunched for time but we kept going. We broke another lifter and rocker arm adjuster. Thankfully we fixed it in no time and were ready to run our second pass!
On our second pass the tire shake was actually worse than the first round.  We still had too much clutch in the car for the track conditions. This caused the car to go into a violent tire shake, resulting in breaking the lenco, completely pulling twelve bolts out of the threads in the front case of the transmission and  breaking the lenco in half. To top it off we had also destroyed a few main bearings in the motor.
After working till about 2:00 A.M. Saturday night and then on Sunday morning we had fixed the lenco but we could not repair the crankshaft damage that occurred as a result of  the broken bearings.
The fans were great and we still had a good time but the car suffered severe damage.   No matter what we enjoy racing in Albuquerque.  We are hoping to make a great comeback next weekend, June 5  at the Fuel Altered  Nationals in Tucson, Arizona!
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