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!