(July 19th, 2017) Wednesday July 12th, was the Annual Knox Co. Fair Race in Knoxville, IL. It was a hot one with rain on the way. Everyone knew it, but yet they drug their feet. With only 7 UMP Mods in attendance, we elected to start in the rear of the UMP Race. This was a chance to get some track time, make some money and most importantly put our car on the track a little extra for our great sponsors from the area that don’t normally get to see us. For the 6 Lap dash, we would start 8th and finish 7th. We ran well, just didn’t push the issue because it was hard to pass and there was no point in tearing up the car. For the IMCA 6 lap dash, we started 3rd. We would get a crappy start and this allowed the front row to get a couple car lengths out in front. It would pretty much stay that way the entire distance and we would finish 3rd. Once again passing was limited and there wasn’t a reason to push it, so we ended up 3rd. With the $1,000 Race of Champions left to run, we would start 3rd. The track tried to rush things along, but the storms were moving in. As we were set to roll onto the track, a storm warning was issued and they cancelled the race. We were able to get loaded and get out of the track just as it let go.
The car was in good shape after Wednesday, but we elected to take Friday night off. Saturday night, July 15th, we once again went to 34 Raceway in Burlington, IA. The temperatures both on and off the track were hot! The track had plenty of grip in it and the racing was up top around the cushion. We would start 4th and jump into the 3rd position. With a couple laps in the books, McGee had a good run in 3 and 4 and had to check up for the p2 car. This sent the H7 into a spin and 2 other cars piled in. McGee was able to drive away, but had a LF flat to deal with. McGee would continue on and was able to survive with a 4th place finish after the 8 lap heat. For the A-Main, McGee was on the board for 8th, but ended up starting 7th when taking the green. This would be trouble for the start as the top side of the speedway was the place to be and McGee would lose a couple spots to start. After a couple yellows, McGee would gather the H7 back up and put it into the 5th spot at the halfway mark of the event when another yellow flag would wave as there would be a fight in the pits between a couple modified drivers. Back to green, McGee was able to maneuver into 4th place, but that would be short lived as he would get pushed off the track in turns 1 and 2. McGee would gather himself, but lost 2 spots in the process. He would continue in 6th and running the rim as things got tight coming out of 4 a few laps later. McGee would get pushed to the wall and he would have to back off again losing another spot. With the top 7 running close, everyone was dicing up and the last lap was going to get interesting. Then going into turn 4 coming to the checkered p4 took out p3 and caused everyone to go scrambling. We were able to make it thru the mess unscathed and after a couple DQ’s; we would be scored with 4th. Disappointed with the finish, but Thankful that the car wasn’t tore up any worse than it should be considering the tempers and how some guys were driving.
This weekend, once again look for the H7 Racing Team to travel to Donnellson, IA and Burlington, IA. We have had some brake issues and hopefully we have that figured out with the help of Spike from Wilwood. We would also like to Thank our Friends from Triple E Farms as they were there to help during the Fair Race last weekend. We appreciate all the help and support from all of our great sponsors and we are looking to put together a strong finish to the season.
Don’t forget about our website, (www.H7RacingTeam.com) Facebook or Twitter (H7 Racing Team) pages to get up to the minute updates or schedule changes. Also, you can check out action on the team’s YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/user/H7RacingTeam. There are also videos from this year as well as past years as well.
Dean McGee and The H7 Racing Team would like to Thank all of their partners including Performance Bodies, LG2 by Owens, Lackey & Sons Monuments, Munson’s Pools and Spas, Rheinschmidts Carpet and Furniture Gallery, Glass Specialty WLC Inc., Roberts Tire Center, Bean Family Cattle, Triple E Farms, Full Tilt Fowlers, 61 Chop House, Pilot/Flying J Truck Stops, Liquid Nitro, Eibach Springs, BHam Signs and Designs, Gitcha Sum Apparel, Friesen Chevrolet, Wilwood, QA1 Motorsports, Holden Engine and Machine, Bassett Wheels, Quickcar Racing Products, Wehrs Machine and Racing Products, Fast Shafts, Precision Performance, Hammond Motorsports, Schoenfeld Headers, Quartermaster, DRP, Out-Pace Racing Products, Strange Oval, KSE, Allen Automotive, Walters Web Design, Bell Helmets, Driven Oil, Ricochet Shock Guards, JDR Performance Carbs and MD3
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.
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