ROCKY START TO THE 2018 SEASON
(May 9th, 2018)
Friday Night, April 27th at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA kicked off the 2018 season for the H7 Racing Team. The car count was very low and it gave the team a chance to get things dialed in. Starting 6th in the Heat, McGee was patient and just made laps for the entire 8 lap heat finishing where he started. For the A-Main, the team made some adjustments to adjust for the slick conditions. With a 6th place starting spot, McGee made a quick move at the beginning to get by a couple cars and quickly positioned himself into the 3rd position. Fighting a loose race car, McGee was able to hold onto 3rd, but couldn’t reel in the top 2 and had to settle for a 3rd place finish to start the year.
The next night, the team then traveled to 34 Raceway in Burlington, IA. With a 6th place starting spot in the heat, McGee was able to move into the top 4 with a few laps into the books. With the track burning up and getting slicker, McGee was actually making a move into 2nd at one point. Although, eventually fading towards the end of the heat and finished in 4th. For the A-Main, we redrew a 5 for the 20 lap A-Main. With the track being around the bottom on a smooth and slick track it made for some close racing for the entire distance. The car was still unable to find traction and would battle for that 5-8 spot during the entire race but could never crack the top 5. When the checkered flew, the H7 machine would finish in 7th.
The following weekend on Thursday May 3rd, We were supposed to be joining the MLRA Late models at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA but Mother Nature had other plans and they were force to postpone that race for later in August.
The team took Friday night off and got back in action on Saturday May 5th in Burlington, IA at 34 Raceway. With one night under our belts, the weekly invert took place with point average. Therefore we started 3rd in the 2nd heat with 24 Modifieds on hand. The track threw us for a loop as we were preparing for a slick track and it ended up being a little rough and greasy. So our inside start didn’t work out very well. Without getting to the top quick enough, we slid back to 5th before we could finally get up a lane on the race track. After that, it was pretty much follow the car in front of you as passing was minimal. Without making the top 4 invert, we were forced to start 14th on the grid for the 20 lap A-Main. At the start, everyone got bunched up and we were forced into the backstretch wall, which probably lead to bending some suspension pieces on the front and rear. Although, we kept fighting on and it was a madhouse most of the race for spots 5-15 and nobody giving an inch. Still fighting an ill handling car, we could never get farther than 9th and after a late race restart we finished in 12th.
The car is put back together and ready to go for another weekend of action. This weekend, we will once again be back at Donnellson on Friday and then Burlington on Saturday for IMCA weekly action. Mark your calendars to attend 34 Raceway in Burlington on Saturday July 14th, as we will have our car on display and be signing autographs and selling merchandise that night. We are excited to have our car on display and show off all of our supporters that help make this happen.
To keep up to date with the H7 Racing Team, You can also view the schedule at https://h7racingteam.com/events/2018-2/. The H7 Racing Team website is updated regularly with team photos, results and any schedule changes that may occur to keep you up to date throughout the year. Race Fans should also check out the photo albums and videos that date back to 1985, which is the birth of the H7 Racing Team. Don’t Forget about Facebook or Twitter (H7 Racing Team) pages as well to get up to the minute updates or schedule changes.
Also, be sure to check out our YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/user/H7RacingTeam. There will be videos from 2018 as well as past years dating back to 1987.
Dean McGee and The H7 Racing Team would like to Thank all of their partners including Performance Bodies and Parts, LG2 by Owens, Lackey & Sons Monuments, Munson’s Pools and Spas, Glass Specialty WLC Inc., Roberts Tire Center, Bean Family Cattle, Triple E Farms, Full Tilt Fowlers, Sam’s Body Shop, Pilot/Flying J Truck Stops, BHam Signs and Designs, Yarmouth Filling Station, Allen Automotive, Bassett Wheels, Bell Helmets, Dirt Stars Racing Products, Driven Oil, DRP Performance Products, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, Friesen Performance, Hammond Motorsports, Holden Engine and Machine, JDR Performance Carbs KSE Racing Products, MD3,Out-Pace Racing Products, Precision Performance Racing Suspension, QA1 Motorsports, Quartermaster, Quickcar Racing Products, Ricochet Shock Guards, Schoenfeld Headers, Strange Oval, Traction Stands, Walters Web Design, Wehrs Machine and Racing Products, and Wilwood,
About H7 Racing Team Owned and operated by Mike Horton Sr and family out of Galesburg, IL. Dean McGee, the long-time pilot of the H7 machine has over 40 years of experience as well as many wins and multiple track championships along the way.
About Walters Web Design Founded in 2004, Walters Web Design specializes in automotive website development and graphic design. We use advertising and social marketing to help facilitate visitors and potential customers to all our client websites. “We take pride in all of our customer websites and we want each design to be better than our last. We feel this is what has put us above all the rest in our industry.” Walters Web Design is pleased to partner with the ‘H7 Racing Team’ for the eleventh year and we look forward to working with them far into the future