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September Blackhawk - Season Finale!

It's just FOUR weeks away... the weather should be MAGNIFICENT...

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I just heard that Brian Hall will retire from racing after this weekend...
wow, really!? wats he gunna do?
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We'll be there with the Evil Red Duck...maybe the Fuzzy Yellow Duck...and our newest family member... he doesn't have a name yet but is a shiny red-and-white 749!

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Parallax Racing will be there in full force for the first time this year. Hoping to finish my first racing season on a positive note... actually make that 4 positive notes.
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Parallax Racing will be there in full force for the first time this year. Hoping to finish my first racing season on a positive note... actually make that 4 positive notes.


first time out this year! i'm actually kinda neeeervous but i've signed up for the GTU as a race start practice/extra session. my leg can't handle 25+ mins out there so i'll do a few laps and hopefully it'll get me comfortable in race situations so i can do some damage in the afternoon sprints... but i'm not expecting all too much against the guys that have been gridding up all year. we'll see!

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We're going to have to get out there and knock some knuckles with all you'ds.

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OH damnit... we'll be at ACC.

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F' no... I know better than getting in the shark tank with you guys...


ok I might run the Gixxer in a secret event..

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good luck guys!! Germany... Blazin' Hot laps & Team Parallax, kick some ass!!

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thanks dude, have fun at ACC tell spooner and Loui dog I said hi...

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Well Kids, this was it for this year.
I'm happy I started going to the track this year and even more happy I tried my luck in racing... two events were a good start for me.

I saw most of the usual / known suspects out there.
Kim O., I belive we ran into each other a few times, but I was my normal dickhead and didn't say hi! You were a good starter, your 749 was next to me at the start of the super twins.

Farrell is just amazing to watch. He and Hall had a running on each other, just unbelievable - Farrell on the ZX6 vs Hall on the ZX10 / ZX6 and Farrell still itching a win in every race he entered. Just some good racing.

Congrats to everyone who was out there, Jordan, Alex, Greg, Ed, Dustin, Brian, ... don't remember everyone when I'm writing...

I was pitted with the Team Squid guys, thank to all of you for the help and the hints on stuff!
one 8th, two 4th, a 3rd and a 1st for me...

I made some mistakes ( yea tire pressure is very important ) and learned that my endurance needs to be worked on, ok that beer belly needs to go as well... The cold weather made my nose running and the visor fogged up a lot, this caused a bit of hassle as well...

I had a lot of fun and could run some fun and challenging laps.

Well one thing is sure for me, I will set out to run the whole 2011 season if I can!

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I managed to put it on the box in all 3 of my sprints and was almost always in touch with the leaders (except my last race when my tire was toast. we made a gamble that didn't quite pay off). I took 2nd in MW SB after a BATTLE with the overall AM points leader who has been racing all year... over 12 lead changes and I even snuck in my personal best time of :12.5 which *might* have been the fastest AM lap of the day! He kept getting way better drive outta 7 and motored past me every time down the front strait, pulling at least 3-4 bike lengths on me every time, and I kept diving back under him into T1, the bus stop, and T6. I think he has video, it should be a thriller to watch and a blast to relive. Unfortunately, Dave was unable to make it last minute. After fighting with a lot of set up and traction issues on Saturday, I consider the weekend a huge success! A special thanks to Turn One, especially Joe, who helped me all day Saturday and Sunday with all my traction and set up issues i've been having lately. I'll explain everything in a full breakdown of the weekend soon.

also, congrats to alex on his GTU win! it was a pleasure to meet you and i look forward to many future battles. it's a bummer that your back-of-the-grid position in the sprints seemed to keep you from getting in your groove again, but i'm sure you're gonna be flying next year - especially when you start to slap on the baller suspension parts we were talking about

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I made a last minute decision to see if I could end up with top 5 in the region. Since I had no plans of racing this year and only did a few rounds, we'll see where the points stack up. As usual, I was gridded in the last position. I have some crazy video trying to get through traffic. I ran up on some other riders and wasn't setting up a pass, so when they checked up, it was a scramble of self preservation.

The LWSS race had me end up third behind the usual fast guys. I couldn't get through the traffic quick enough. But eventually squeezed through and found myself with open track. No one ahead or behind. One of the experts came up to me in post race inspection and said I "stripped the paint off his bike when I went by, like I was on a mission." A compliment I was glad to hear.

ULSB was going to be different. I was going to do everything I could to find the 3 seconds I needed to beat the leader. The start went well, we sliced through the experts for the first few corners. I was behind the leader for while and then he came up on the bike I struggled to predict passes on last race. Not again! I worked by and was on the hunt. Then as typical, I get motored down the front straight by my usual nemesis. I catch him going into turn 3 and I don't think I even touched the brakes. Tipped it in and dragged pegs, knees and toes as I screamed up the inside, dove under the next bike in the bus stop and put my head down. The first rider came up after the race and said those two passes were so well done he was cheering for me in his helmet as I went by the other bike. He was held up just long enough that I didn't see him again. I started chasing the leader who had a huge gap. I started to reel him in. He took a look back and dropped the hammer. I continued to close the gap, but was missing shifts, apex's and was trying to ride "FLAT OUT." I figured there's no pride in tossing it away, so I spent the last 2 laps in tow to a second place. It was a great time and a great end to the race season. One that dropped lap times, increased confidence in my riding and tires. Best of all, I look back on the race season with zero crashes.

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That race weekend was a blast. Took the win in GTU. I managed to catch and pass 2nd and 1st on the last lap and set the fastest lap of the race with a :13.1. I didn't have very good starts in the sprints races and didn't find my pace, but ended up with a 4th and 3rd in MWSS and MWSB. I probably should have raced in one more since it was the last of the season..

Congrats to Germany and snowbizx too! I finally got a chance to meet you. It was also nice to meet some of you other guys, cool group of people.

Jordan - I wish that I would have been up there with you, because I'm sure it would have been a good race. Also, congrats on the 12.5, that's haulin.

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Another Midwest season comes to an end. A great time was had by all - Many, many thanks to Mark Stiles and Scotty Ryan for getting the suspension on the "Yet To Be Named Duck" dialed in. Lucas took 2nd in LW Formula 40 AND Thunderbike... and 3rd in SuperTwins (we figured he was the biggest guy on the smallest bike in the class). He'll be doing some serious fabricating over the winter to get the seat and footpegs moved back to better accommodate his 6'6" frame.

We didn't have enough time to prep the Evil Red Duck or Fuzzy Yellow Duck... so it was decided that Lucas would get to play. I figured I'd just hang and be "Pit Tootsie", but was asked to work so it was back up to the bridge with the gang, waving flags and turning boards. Not a bad way to spend a day at the racetrack.

Germany, next time stop by and grab a cookie... Duc riders need to stick together!

Congratulations to EVERYONE - there was some awesome racing going on out there!!

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I managed to put it on the box in all 3 of my sprints and was almost always in touch with the leaders (except my last race when my tire was toast. we made a gamble that didn't quite pay off). I took 2nd in MW SB after a BATTLE with the overall AM points leader who has been racing all year... over 12 lead changes and I even snuck in my personal best time of :12.5 which *might* have been the fastest AM lap of the day! He kept getting way better drive outta 7 and motored past me every time down the front strait, pulling at least 3-4 bike lengths on me every time, and I kept diving back under him into T1, the bus stop, and T6. I think he has video, it should be a thriller to watch and a blast to relive. Unfortunately, Dave was unable to make it last minute. After fighting with a lot of set up and traction issues on Saturday, I consider the weekend a huge success! A special thanks to Turn One, especially Joe, who helped me all day Saturday and Sunday with all my traction and set up issues i've been having lately. I'll explain everything in a full breakdown of the weekend soon.

also, congrats to alex on his GTU win! it was a pleasure to meet you and i look forward to many future battles. it's a bummer that your back-of-the-grid position in the sprints seemed to keep you from getting in your groove again, but i'm sure you're gonna be flying next year - especially when you start to slap on the baller suspension parts we were talking about

yeah, you were booking through 4 and 5. smooth, consistent and fast all day. like i told you i could see your back tire was smoked in the last race. two distinctive stripes were visible as you went into 5.
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thanks man, yea the tire was toast.

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So I started typing a race write-up - and it somehow turned into an entire novel haha! If anybody wants to check it out, you can read it here:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/notes/par...58463244181858

And as always, thanks to the Gron4 crew that continues to do what they've always done - shoot great photos! I'll upload more onto facebook when I get the full batch, but here are a few teasers. Thanks guys!









Find your own pictures from the event at http://www.gron4.com/2010/092610/

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