On our qualifier night on Friday January 11th at the 27th Annual Chili Bowl Nationals, we started in the back of our heat race and got by 2 cars on a narrow track in heat 1. We started 4th in the 2nd C and had potential to transfer hanging onto 4th with a bad brake pedal, but the brake pedal went to the motor plate and I lost the handle in the end with no brakes at all. I pulled it off before I tore the car up. On Saturday we had to start in the 2nd row of the K Main due to not finishing the C Main on our qualifier night. We did find that the car has great potential, and I was honored to get to drive for Patrick Mewes of Burlington Iowa. We look forward to more races this season with Patrick at select Powri Midget shows. Again, I have to thank Patrick Mewes, Gary Bonar, Scott Bonar of Midland Performance, and Ned Fry for a great opportunity!
Also, here is a link to a video of our practice night on Tuesday January 7th which included Tony Stewart on the track with us.
We’ve added the first pass at our race plans for 2013.
D&M Racing is proud to announce that Matt Harms has teamed up with Generic Engineering Motorsports for the prestigious 2013 Chili Bowl Nationals. Matt will be driving the Fontana Engine/Stealth Chassis #3 midget owned by Patrick Mewes of Burlington, Iowa. On behalf of everyone involved with this venture, we’d like to thank Patrick Mewes, Gary Bonar, Scott Bonar, Ned Fry, and Midland Performance for all of their outstanding work! It has been a lifelong dream for Matt to not only drive a midget, but to also get the opportunity to compete in the Chili Bowl Nationals. Drivers from all forms of Midget, Sprint Car, Silver Crown, Nascar (Tony Stewart, and Kasey Kahne),Late Model and NHRA will be on hand for this huge event. There will be well over 260 cars on hand for this event in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The 2013 Chili Bowl is January 8-12. For more info, visit http://www.chilibowl.com/.
On the sprint car side of things, we are getting engines freshened, and chassis and parts tuned up for the 2013 season. We will be running more 410 races with the Midwest Open Wheel Association, and 360 competition with the Sprint Invaders. We are also planning to do some non wing racing in Indiana with the 410, and also get the 410 to Knoxville Iowa for some wing racing at that historic 1/2 mile.
Saturday September 22nd, we ran the 410 car with MOWA at 34 Raceway in Burlington Iowa. We drew the outside pole in a very loaded Heat race with some drivers who make a living driving sprint cars. I jumped out to an early lead until about 3 laps to go we hit lapped traffic. A driver who has been driving sprint cars for probably 10 more years than I’ve been alive took a better line in traffic and got by me. We were still happy to run 2nd in this case against such talented drivers. In the Dash, we drew a 6, but didn’t quite have the car tight enough and finished 8th. This would start us 8th in the A main event. I got a good start in the A main, but I felt someone get in the back of me which got the car sideways entering turn 1 on the first lap. This unfortunately resulted in a series of flips ending our night. It only tore up a few bolt on items luckily and we’ll have that car ready for next year! We hated that it happened, but we feel like we have a good handle on what that 410 car likes on setup. We hope to carry this over to next year! This Saturday night September 29th we will again be at 34 Raceway with the 360 car racing with the Sprint Invaders at the Season Championship for our final race of 2012.
Saturday September 15th, we ran the annual Tom Knowles Memorial 410 race. This was my first race back since my wife Kathie and I had the birth of our first child, Helena. My wife and the baby are both doing great! We started the heat race 4th in a pretty tough heat race. We would find a good line on the bottom and surged to 2nd place and earned a spot in the Dash with the 5 other fastest cars of the heat races. In the Dash, we finished 3rd starting us 3rd in the A main feature event. Only 20 cars out of the 32 that showed up got to compete in the A main. In the feature, we had some tire issues and backed up from running 5th to finish 15th. We were disappointed with our A main result, but found new confidence with a strong heat race, and Dash run against some very tough cars and drivers! This Saturday night we will be with MOWA with the 410 car at 34 Raceway in Burlington Iowa.
Thank you for the picture, Brittany