It has been a while since I did a GNCC race, other than Crawfordsville. Last year, that was the only one that I did. Weird. In 2008, GNCC is all that Scott and I did. We did all the GNCC races, and not many local races. Last year, the opposite – we did mostly local races and just the Ironman in Crawordsville. This year, I am trying to do a few GNCC races, a few National Enduro’s and as many of the local races as I can.
So, Mat Herrington (414 Racing) and I loaded up his van and headed to Ohio for the John Penton GNCC race. Mat has been having a fantastic season. He is on a roll of finishing 1st, 2nd or 3rd at local Harescrambles in the AA class. So, it is time for me to shoot for my best GNCC result and for Mat to take his early season form and try it against the GNCC crew.
Mat has a Ford panel van, much like Scott’s. But, it has a couple of things that Scott’s does not.
- arm rests on the seats
- Sirrius/XM radio
- Cruise Control
- really comfortable back seat that you can lay flat on to take a nap
It’s amazing how much difference something like Cruise Control can make. I really had forgotten how much of a difference it makes to drive with Cruise control. It is so much more relaxed.
We did not leave until 9pm on Friday, with the intention of driving all night. It was a LONG night. Mat drove until 1:15am, then I drove till 4:30am. Mat slept while I drove, but I still had not slept at all until when Mat got back behind the wheel at 4:30. I slept then till really when we arrived at the track. Felt good, and I can tell you that the couch does sleep well.
Found a radio station in Indianapolis that really rocks. Rock 95 (although it showed up at 94.7).
We arrived at the track at about 8am, in time to see the morning quad race. The morning race had nearly perfect conditions. Just after the morning race, all hell broke loose. We started into a pattern that rained just about every hour for the rest of the day. The afternoon race was an absolute mud pit.
Now we are in the hotel, and looking to get to sleep very soon here. Tomorrow is going to be an absolute mudbath. My bike, my gear and everything else I expect to be ruined.
Here is a video from the last super mudbath GNCC at the John Penton. This is my day tomorrow.
That is it for me. Another post will come after the race.