Alumi Craft Racers Show Speed And Consistency At Crandon
September 9, 2016
At the “Keys to the Big House” race in Crandon Wisconsin, a pair of Alumi Craft racers would compete with diametrically opposed goals. For the TORC Series Super Buggy points leader John Fitzgerald, he was looking for consistency. His goal was to get solid results to maintain his points lead and win the championship.
For Darren “Hot Sauce” Hardesty Jr, Crandon was an opportunity to go all out with no consequences. He was out to have some fun and make a name for himself on the track where short course racing was born. Both racers would accomplish their goals.
John Fitzgerald decided at the last minute to compete in the TORC Series. His early success and consistent performance gave him the points lead and opened the door to a championship run in Super Buggy. “We were on the podium for the first 3 out of four races,” said Fitzgerald, “Our strategy became consistency. It was more important for us to earn points than to win races. Coming into Crandon we had a decent points lead but contact with another car cut one of our tires and we got a flat. Instead of a solid result, we got only one point in Friday’s race. We are going way too fast out there to be banging wheels. The west coast guys were driving very aggressive, but it was fun racing against them.
The flat set us back and made the championship come right down to the wire. Now that we have the championship won, I can make the upgrades we should have done at the beginning of the season. We are still running the same engine from 2013. We plan to update the engine and change the rear pivots to Alumi Craft’s latest design. I also want to move the weight around a bit to make it stop and turn better.”
John Fitzgerald demonstrates both the performance and versatility of his Alumi Craft Super Buggy. When John says he will move the weight around, he means he will make adjustments to his car to change the weight distribution. Due to the smart design built into his Alumi Craft chassis, he is able to easily update the suspension and make changes to the cars handling and braking. The new engine will put out more power which will have to be compensated for. John will be able to take that extra horsepower and put it to the ground. The competition will have a much tougher time in 2017.
While John Fitzgerald had to play it somewhat safe in Crandon, Darren “HotSauce” Hardesty Jr. was unshackled. With no points implications, HotSauce could run wide open for a win, which he did. During Friday night’s race he was caught napping on the start and found himself running in the middle of the pack. The muddy track was a bit of an issue for him. He went through all 29 of his tear-offs, (thin plastic sheets that drivers peel away to clean the mud from their face shields) and spent the rest of the race driving nearly blind. He only found out after the race that he finished in fifth place.
“On Saturday I concentrated real hard on the flag man,” said HotSauce, “I got a great start and was in the lead after two turns. My Alumi Craft was unbelievable. It was so fast and so hooked up.” HotSauce never looked back; going on to take a decisive win.
It looked like he would go back to back after running out front again on Sunday, but he got tangled up with another driver in the final corner of the race. Darren admits he gave an inch but not much more. Darren got driven up the track and slammed into a steel pillar. Fortunately, his Alumi Craft kept him safe, and had already crossed the finish line in second place. The result was some broken parts but the car will be repaired in time for the next race.
Alumi Craft racers prove every weekend the performance, versatility, and superior construction provided by their meticulously crafted cars. Whether you are racing in the desert, prerunning, or competing on the track, Alumi Craft is committed to providing you with a competitive, safe and reliable vehicle that exceeds your expectations.
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