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    We had our 2021-'22 season opening race yesterday (9-11-21). After a brief memorial ceremony commemorating 9-11, 10 cars took the first green flag of the season. I took both of my cars to this race at Hillsborough Community College. Ryan Norden drove my purple "Silver Bullet" car #94 in the Open class and I drove the #13 converted go-kart in the Advanced Battery class.

    The Open class was very competitive with 5 cars running closely all day. Ryan finished in second behind our good friend and sometimes teammate, Rodney Schreck. I got a third place out of three cars in the Advanced Battery class.

    Since the last race I have made several adjustments to the go-kart to improve its handling. It performed pretty well, but I ran out of battery power at 52 minutes in both races. According to folks more knowledgeable than me about Lithium batteries, they need to be run through at least 5 charge/discharge cycles before they reach their full potential. I was using brand new batteries, so they did pretty much what was expected.

    I'll post some pictures later if I can get some from somebody. Since I was busy driving one car and servicing both between races I wasn't able to take any myself.
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    The Electrathon of Florida group had a race at Plant City, October 9, on the parking lot road course, but I didn't attend; I had another obligation that day.

    On November 6th we had our annual "Dash Races" at Plant City high school on their oval track around the football field. For the Dash Races, the usual 1-hour race format is suspended and we run short races of 20 minutes each. Instead of finessing batteries to last for a full hour, we are able to run at much faster speeds. Jerry Bristow from Indiana was here to drive my purple #94 car in the Open Standard Battery class. He easily dominated both Open class races and took first place in that class. I took the converted go-kart again to run in Advanced Battery class. In the first race I placed 4th of 4 cars, about 3 laps behind the 3rd place car. Rodney Schreck drove it in the second race and the key stock came out of the rear axle sprocket hub on the 12th lap, sidelining him for the remainder of that race.

    Every year at this event, between the regular races, the organizers have a race for sponsors and officials. Since I was entered only in the Advanced Battery class as a driver this day, I was able to drive my other (purple) car in the sponsor's race. Jerry had already run his first race with the batteries in the car, so we weren't sure how long they would last. When the green flag dropped I jumped into the lead. A few laps later, David Kocher, the teacher/mentor from Plant City, passed me. A few more laps and I passed him back. It was fun while it lasted... He pulled alongside a couple of laps later and we ran side-by-side for a few laps, neither of us able to get an advantage. Then my batteries started to wane and I began losing speed. David pulled away then and began stretching his lead. At the end he beat me by a full lap and a half. I finished in 2nd place with Todd Thuma right on my tail.

    All together it was a fun day. I think I may retire the go-kart, though. This was the third time I have run it and it simply isn't meeting my expectations. I already have a spare "Silver Bullet" chassis that I can finish up and then transfer the motor and controller from the go-kart to it. Time will tell; I need to give it some more thought...
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    And Lucky 13 just doesn't have "The Look" that your other cars have. fwiw!

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