I am running the 10 car this year with Johnny Harrah in all the BITD events. We have completed two races - I start and Johnny finishes. The first race was rough for us. The car was finished just in time for Parker and we had minimal time to test and tune. However, Primm was a different story and there were significant improvements in ride and handling.
Running Primm was a real eye opener for me. The car worked well so we could run it hard. It is very different from driving a full stock. It took a while for me to figure out that the whoops are really of no concern, and I can drive it as fast as the engine will pull through them. You really just have to work on keeping it on the road and not hitting rocks. I'm also much busier in the cockpit - shifting all the time and sometimes using the clutch. The car also has huge body roll and wheel travel, which takes getting used to. The HUMMER is very different - where we focus on not making any mistakes and saving the car to the finish. Course condition has a much bigger impact on stock trucks.
The Speed team is coming into it's own. Johnny is a good driver and we believe we will be the car to beat. We will be testing all next week and Thad Stump will be coming up to join us. I expect good things and am looking forward to moving into Class 1 next year. But I'm also ready to get back in the H3Alpha for the Baja 1000 and go for another Stock Full win.