First we would like to apologize for the delay in getting the update to you, things have been very crazy in the Fire & Ice Motor-Sports household. The 2006 season in now over and we finished 8th place in points with the Central New York Pullers. Overall we are pleased with how we did this season, it was one of the rougher seasons that we have had. The higher fuel prices made us reconsider how many of the pulls the whole team went too, because when everyone goes it means taking two vehicles. This really upset the Jr. crew members since they have been going to the pulls since they were little and the number that they were able to attend this season was greatly reduced. The weather this summer also had a great impact, we ended up having three pulls cancelled due to the rain, and a couple of them were delayed for a little while until it stopped raining.
See the results page for a recap of how we did this season. Without your support this season would have been much more difficult, so THANK YOU! We hope to see you again next year. Any questions or concerns please contact us.
July 20, 2006
The season got off to an interesting start in February when one of
the four pulling tires we ordered from Missouri got lost in shipment.
We had three tires arrive via FedEx, but the last one wasn't with them.
About three weeks later the last tire arrived after being located in
Salt Lake City, UT. Then came the car shows, we picked The Joker up
from the paint shop at 7:30am the morning we were headed to Syracuse
for the Carquest Motorsports Expo. We made it to both car shows like
we intended the one in Syracuse and the World of Racing Motorsports
Expo in Binghamton the following weekend. However due to the close call
getting it from the paint shop we were unable to have it lettered for
the shows. Luckily TM Paint & Graphics came through for us at the
last minute with a sign that had our sponsors on it that we put next
to the truck at the shows. After the car shows we managed to get the
truck lettered for the season.
We had hoped to get the axles and gears changed before the pulling
season started, but due to work demands and other complications that
came up we have not been able to get that done yet. The first pull of
the year was supposed to be at Wild Wheels Weekend, Mt. Upton, June
3, 2006. Unfortunately Mother Nature did not cooperate and the pull
was canceled due to the rain. We managed to get the physical inspection
done on the truck that day and took it to get the engine puffed the
following weekend so that we were all set for the season. Between Mt.
Upton and the next pull in Brookville, PA we managed to get the hydraulic
steering put on and in working order. This has made the truck a lot
easier to steer! June 24, 2006 we made the 6 hour trip across PA for
the pull. Overall the trip wasn't bad and we finished 8th.
The next weekend was supposed to be the Fun Pull for Wild Wheels Weekend,
but once again Mother Nature had other plans and the Flood of 2006 hit.
This canceled not only the Fun Pull but also the pull we were supposed
to have in Owego, NY July 8, 2006 due to them being flooded. Out of
4 possible pulls we had managed to pull at one so far, hopefully the
weather will not cancel any more this season.
Then came the unexpected discovery on 7/8/06,we had taken the truck
off the trailer to get another vehicle; and when we started the truck
to reload it on the trailer for the following weekend we had a geyser
of water come out the right side header. This is not a good sign! After
checking it over we found that the exhaust valve on #8 cylinder was
bent, along with a damaged push rod and rocker arm. We figure that it
happened during our run at Brookville and in a way having to unload
the truck saved us from doing more damage to the engine. Luckily the
piston was not hurt so it was just trying to get the head fixed in time
for the pulls at the Syracuse Nationals. The damaged head went to Doug's
Speedshop in Binghamton on Monday July 10 and they were going to try
and get it fixed in time for us to get the truck back together. Fred
(Beth's dad and chief mechanic) went to get the head Thursday morning
7/13 and then came back and started working on putting the engine back
together. Through a lot of work the truck was back together and running
by 8pm, it was then loaded and we headed for the Syracuse Nationals.
Friday night 7/14 Bill (Beth's brother and new co-driver) pulled The
Joker for the first time in competition. He did a good job and finished
11th. After the pull they looked over the truck and discovered that
we had a u-joint that needed to be replaced before pulling the truck
the following night. So Saturday dawned and the guys worked on getting
the bad u-joint out and a new one in. Hoping that it would stop raining
so that we would be able to pull the truck that night. Luckily the rain
stopped and the pull went on. The sled was sent heavier and it was harder
to get the sled moving but Bill managed a 10th place finish 7/15. After
the pulls we have had The Joker is currently 10th in points for the
Central New York Pullers.