- 4/27/03 - Jeremy Herbert competed at Memphis Motorsports Park!
With the help of teammates, Reggie Jr., Toshia and Justin
Jackson. Mrs. Marva, Mr. Houston, Mr. Glend, "Father
Skip" and Mr. James all pitched in and helped with the team Jr.
Dragster. Jeremy entered the Jr. Dragster Trophy races both days
in the BMRT Jr. Dragster.
and "Father Skip" got a lot of help from the other racers at
the track and we met some very nice people. Two of the fathers,
Mr. Herkie Hill and Mr. Mike Lester, helped us work on our chain
alignment and sprocket all day Sunday. They got our monitors to
working that had never worked, and they taught us how to use them.
Mr. Hill provided a spare chain to make sure we were able to run during
eliminations. Mr. Lester provided many helpful hints on
tuning, lubricants and other things that he learned when his child
started. ALL of the kids running the other Jr. cars and their
parents were just great to us the whole two days. We really
appreciated the help and the warm welcome.
car popped the chain off on three of the passes that we made. When
the chain stayed on, Jeremy cut some very good lights (.016 .022 and
.076), his worse light, other than the one red light in the last round
he ran, was a .160 sec. RT in his first time trial. His best time was 11.04 off the
trailer. He had two runs of 11.08 during the course of the races,
although one was 11:50. On Sat. night, Jeremy won his first round in competition
when his opponent red lighted. Jeremy learned an important lesson
in driving at the finish line. He lost one race when he took too
much strip and broke out, and he lost another one when he let up too early, running an
8 second Jr. Dragster, and he got nipped at the light (11.08 on an
11.04)! He is learning and when we solve our chain and sprocket
problems, we will be ready to go some rounds.
Motorsports Park will put on an all Jr. Dragster event on May 30, 31 and
June 1, 2003. All proceeds will go to the St. Jude Children's
Hospital in Memphis, TN. They are expecting to have close to 200
Jr. Dragsters for this three day event.
4/29/03 - While Jeremy and I were performing
maintenance on the engine and fuel system while trying to solve the chain
problem, we discovered a missing bolt in the motor plate and on the
clutch. We found
several sources of looseness in the engine mounting system. After
several trips to Sears, Lowe's and ACE Hardware, in the specialty fastener
have made a secure mounting arrangement that will not let the motor rock
or roll. We have devised a oil drain system that will not spill oil
all over the motor plate when draining the oil.
We talked to several owners of Jr. Dragsters
in our area and were given many tips on how to keep from throwing
chains. Benny, of Benny's Automotive, who has campaigned several Jr.
Dragsters over the past few years, gave us a tip on sprocket hole
preparation. Relating that the sprocket should not be super tight,
but just a tad loose in the radial direction. We have made the
modification to the sprocket holes (two drill sizes larger than original)
that will allow the sprocket to move a few thousandths of an inch. We
were told to use new, longer bolts, captured by nylock nuts to secure the
sprocket to the sprocket mount.
5/5/03 - We discovered the clutch bolt missing
and loose parts inside our Salsbury clutch. We called
"James" at Cheetah Supply and he gave us instructions on
removing the clutch. After removing the motor, the clutch slipped
right off with no resistance. The key was missing! There were
visible cracks in the plate where the belt rides and the key had come out. The clutch
locked in place and the large slotted nut could not be removed using
regular tools and a lot of force.
5/7/03Mr. Keith Hunter, of PowerTrain
Automotive, an owner of two Jr. Dragsters, tried to help get it apart and
was unsuccessful. I called James back and ordered a new clutch
assembly (front), new belt, nut and tools to be able to work on the
clutch. We are learning the hard way! This may be the reason
for the erratic times, from 10:58 to 11:04, up to 11:50 and then back to
11:08. We are now waiting on parts and instructions on how to
maintain the clutch.
5/8/03 - We have had several interesting
conversations on the Polor Clutch vs. the Salsbury Clutch. Since we
don't want run any quicker than we have in the past, 10:50's, and our
kids will most likely weigh less than 150 lbs., we should not need the
Polor Clutch. The expense is not justified since our current setup
does not have a compatible motor plate for the Polor Clutch.
Maybe in a few years, but not now. Too much to learn before we try
to go faster.
5/13/03 - The parts arrived with instructions
on how to maintain the clutch. Jeremy and I read everything and
started to install the new clutch and our own engine stability
system. This will keep everything in place while the engine is
running and during the launch. We hope to participate in the Jr.
Dragster Challenge Race at No Problem Raceway Park on May 31, 2003. We hope to get in some practice before
5/17/03 - The Jr. Dragster work is
complete! We completed installing the clutch and mounting the
motor. We checked the alignment of the chain and belt and made sure
everything was correct. We are ready to go!
5/21/03 - Took the J.D. to Jason Wood of
Wizard Racing to have a few small modifications done to the Jr.
5/23/03 - We picked up the Jr. Dragster after
the modifications were completed. Jason installed a removable tow
hook on the front. He also modified one chassis bar so the clutch
can be removed without removing the engine. He also cut off the tire
guard part of the back panels so we can change oil and tighten bolts on
the engine and motor plate without removing those back two
Jeremy, Little Barbara and Skip went to a
large parking lot and tested the new setup. The car seems to be much
quicker! Just looking at it leave and talking to Jeremy, who was the
last one to drive before the clutch went out, says it has much more
pep. Maybe we will be back into the mid 10's, or quicker.
Little Barbara and Jeremy made several all out passes and did not lose a chain or belt.
We did experience another problem during our
testing, two engine hold down bolts vibrated loose. We had to cease
testing and go find new bolts for the engine. All the information on
the internet posted by other crew chiefs say to tighten EVERY bolt and nut
each time you go to the track. Some say to do it before each
round. Now I see why. During the clutch replacement, we
discovered two bolts that were loose in the motor plate and one that was
missing! We will be ready for the Jr. Dragster Challenge Race at
NPRP on May 31, 2003.
5/27/03 - Worked on the Jr. Dragster mounting
and cosmetic items all day. The new sheet metal arrangement allows
us to easily change oil and get to all the bolts that need to be torqued.
We removed all four engine hold down bolts and replaced them with longer,
stronger, grade 5 bolts. We also changed the graphics on each side
of the J.D. We now have a silver shadow on the red Bracket Masters
Logo on each side of the Jr. Dragster. This looks much better than
the old graphics. You can actually read it from a
Little Barbara and Jeremy took turns driving
in the old K-Mart parking lot. Everything worked well, except the
kill switch for the driver. After returning from testing, we
replaced the switch, changed the oil, ran gasoline through the system and
sprayed the cylinder with WD-40. We did a leakdown test on the
cylinder and had 8% leakdown. According to the ARC
website (Tech. Notes - "Does it Matter?"), our leakdown of
8% indicates something wrong inside the engine. Both kids say we now have more power than ever before.
Can't wait to see what times we turn.
5/30/03 - Took the JD to NPRP for Test &
Tune. Jeremy, and Sisters Liz, and Barbara went to the track. Jeremy took the first turn and ran 10.69 @ 59 MPH. Real
improvement from the 11 second runs in Memphis. Apparently all the work paid off. Jeremy
continued to have good RT lights, but Little Barbara, on her only run of
the night, had a .036 RT, the best RT of the night! The little car ran
very well in the three runs.
5/31/03 - Jr. Dragster Challenge Race.
There were at least 30 Jr. Dragsters on hand for the event.
Barbara did not attend, so Jeremy did all the driving and his Sister Liz
helped at the line and in the pits. The heat was almost unbearable,
but the cars seemed to perform better in the heat. We came off the
trailer with a 10.59 @ 60 MPH. Jeremy cut a .005 light on his first
pass. Before the day was over, we got down to 10.50 @ 60
On the second pass we threw the chain during
the burnout, but got it back on and made a good pass. During the
time between runs we tried to align the sprockets. On the last time
trial we did it again right after the start of the run. Between the
final time trial and the 1st round, we borrowed a Chain Break Tool from Keith
Hunter of PowerTrain Specialties, and Jeremy, Liz and I changed the
chain. This was my first time changing a chain! Those of you
that have done it know what a pain it is, and this one had no removable
link! Those of you that have not, please don't wait until you really
need it, to learn how to do it. I could talk about this
experience for most of the hour and 15 min. it took me to do it! I
got so frustrated at one point I almost gave up. That was when I
finally got it hooked up and found out it was too long! Then I made
it too short, then...
We made it to round one and after being paired
and selecting the lane we wanted, we won our first round of competition at
NPRP! The other driver, Shane, drew a big red light. We will take
it! It goes in the win column! The car and the chain performed
flawlessly. In the second round we fell to Lyle Mock, who ran dead
on his dial with a two, and had a .017 RT. Jeremy had a -.008 red
light! All in all we continue to learn a lot and improve.
We met some more very good racers and nice parents. Everyone was very helpful (thanks Mr.
Fremin!) and all of
the racers are very good sports. Shane came over to our trailer and
congratulated us on our win. Lyle Mock was especially nice, allowing
us to chose our lane when he actually had lane choice. We stopped by
his trailer and talked to him and his parents after we lost. We came
home very satisfied with our performance. Maybe we will win more
rounds next time out.
10/10/03 - The BMRT Jr. Dragster participated
in the 4th Annual Louisiana Drag Classic on Oct. 4, 2003 at No Problem
Raceway Park. There were 19 Jr. Dragsters trying to win the
$1,000.00 purse. We had 8 of our Jr. Dragster kids helping with the
little dragster: Barbara, Liz and Ryland Herbert, Reggie II, Toshia and
Justin Jackson, Preston and Aaron Johnson. Jeremy Herbert was the
designated driver for the day. Mr. Reggie Jackson and Mr. Skip
Holbert were the crew chiefs.
Jeremy had two good practice runs, we did not
lose a chain nor did anything else go wrong for a change. All of our
hard work and maintenance had paid off. During time trials, Jeremy
had back to back 10.74 sec. ET's with .080 and .020 RT's. Jeremy won
round one when his opponent turned on the red light. In the second
round, we dialed in a 10.74 and ran 10.71 for a breakout loss.
Jeremy did exactly what he was told and stayed in it all the way against a
high 8 second JD.
The kids really enjoyed helping with the
maintenance and taking care of the Junior Dragster, towing it to the lanes
and making sure the driver was safely strapped in.
12/6/03 - The Jr. Dragster kids and BMRT kids
attended an "Appreciation Pizza Party" at the Airline Hwy. Pizza
Hut in Baton Rouge. Eight youth and 7 team members attended. A
good time was had by all and everyone has more than enough to eat.
The menu consisted of 3 types of pizza, cheese sticks, bread sticks, hot
wings and several pitchers of cold drinks.
Each youth gave a brief talk about themselves
and the things they like to do in school. Reggie Jackson, Director
of the Baton Rouge SMART
Program, Mrs. Marva Hawkins and Skip Holbert,
each gave a short talk to the youth.
9/4/04 - The Jr. Dragster kids turned out in
force for the Louisiana Drag Classic. Due to Jeremy Herbert growing so
tall during the past year, his sister, Barbara Herbert was given the driving
duties. Barbara cut a .007 green light in her only time trial and then
went into eliminations where she tried to cut down the tree again but ended
up with a red light. The little car ran excellent all day and we were
all very proud of Barbara. Jeremy was her Crew Chief, taking care of
all the safety equipment and giving her moral support. We had 9 kids
at the track, all helping in some way: Barbara, Jeremy, Lizzie, Ryland,
Toshia, Justin, Preston, Aaron and Melissa. They are all ready for
another Pizza Party.
Nov. 23, 2004 - The kids finally decided to have
their Pizza Party while they were out of school for Thanksgiving break.
There were 13 kids and 5 adults that took part in the party. Everyone
had a good time and had plenty to eat because it was "All You Can Eat"
buffet at Pizza Hut!
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