Mike Hill of Hitman Productions and Jimmy Bradshaw join forces at SGMP to overcome weather for incredible NT Racing!
After an 11 hours of travel time, Sticky Mafia pulled into South Georgia Motorsports Park (SGMP) under the threat of stormy skies. Met by the staff of SGMP, Jimmy immediately went to work assessing the needs of the track for this type of event. The Peach State Nationals combined both radial and big tire cars in order to bring fans the best of both worlds. But the prep work for such an event under the impending conditions would be tricky.
After a look at the track and the approaching storm, all parties decided to cancel testing for the evening and begin track prep when the rain had passed.
The rain continued until about 11am Friday, leaving behind a warm and humid day. As soon as the last drops fell, Jimmy and the track staff of SGMP were out on track assessing the existing rubber and beginning the work to have the track ready. This involved a considerable amount of drying. Racers were excited to be able to get on track about 4pm. The second car to make a hit on the track was a ProMod which ran a stout 3.77 and all involved knew the track conditions were there for a great evening of racing. Conditions on track continued to improve and by the end of 2 rounds of qualifying, the ProMod number one spot was 3.76.
Saturday dawned with windy and cold conditions with severe cloud cover. The track temperature remained low much of the day and that meant planning ahead for nighttime conditions with a cool track. No matter the weather, numerous drivers reported personal bests on Saturday and cars in Outlaw 632 were consistently going in the mid 4.20's. As the sun set, the wind died down, but the temperature dropped considerably. The event and track surface, however, continued to be competitive and was considered a success but promoters, racers and fans alike; even leading to a 3.69 reached in the ProMod category. Overall, tricky conditions, and working with both big and small tire cars did not affect the quality of the event.
Thanks to Mike Hill of Hitman Productions and SGMP's hardworking crew! We will see you at the next event!
Photos courtesy of: E3xtreme Media and Dana Bradshaw