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Old 09-03-2018, 09:59 AM
cooverwatch cooverwatch is offline
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congrats Will.
I was watching the race and you were mentioned on TV for helping out with the repairs. pic and all.
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Old 09-03-2018, 10:31 AM
Jonathan Holt Jonathan Holt is offline
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I was watching the race last night with my brother and I saw your picture. I told him “I know that guy.”
I’m sure you had a great experience.
Congratulations on a fun weekend.
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Old 09-03-2018, 10:36 AM
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Kerry Pinkerton Kerry Pinkerton is offline
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How cool is that!
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Old 09-03-2018, 12:58 PM
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Thumbs up congrats Will !

that is great !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was watching also.
and now a TV celebrity too.

Next a Hall of Fame car builder?

good for you
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Old 09-03-2018, 03:55 PM
RockHillWill RockHillWill is offline
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I Just got up this afternoon, I did not get to bed until 4:00 AM, but would not change it for the world. I had no idea how much I have missed the smell of high octane gas, tire rubber and the sound of screaming Banshees that is a result of the cars running so close to the wall as they pass by mere feet from your ears. The '72 Dodge is a replica of a car that I restored for Richard Petty that was put in the Smithsonian Institute. Under hood picture is of the engine tuner and the team engineer. Shown under the right rear fender well is a picture of the track bar adjuster mechanism. Several pictures show the car going thru the three inspection stations, including inside the 'tent' where lasers measure the car from multiple angles. The circular wheel covers and the temporary round 'decals' are there to not improperly influence the lasers while in the tent. The picture of Jeffrey and I standing and on the pit wall are the photos that I attended the race for, and that was to replicate the photo that was shown on the Charlotte Observer front page when Dale Sr. qualified for that first race in 1978. Other pics are from the atop the pit box. The picture of us opening our pit uniforms to display the 'Damn I'm Good' are also in honor of a well known photo that shows Dale, Sr. opening his shirt like superman to reveal that t-shirt to some other drivers. One picture shows Jeffrey passing the pit area at the start of the race. Other pictures show the car during the race, pit photos and loading the car early in the morning. I think that this was the first race for this team using Jeffrey Earnhardt as their driver, and the plan is to use him for the rest of the year. The car ran with great consistency but near the rear of the field and Jeffrey was doing a great job of running smoothly and not interfering with the faster cars until a pair of cars spun in front of him and forced him into the wall. I was very impressed with the demeanor of both the owner and the crew chief and how the crew responded to adversity. I hope they work this out to be a regular ongoing team.

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Old 09-03-2018, 06:07 PM
Peter Tommasini Peter Tommasini is offline
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Now that is what I called FUN!! ..Will you look good in the race team colors

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Old 09-04-2018, 08:48 AM
Rex_A_Lott Rex_A_Lott is offline
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Thanks for posting up the pics and the commentary. Keep on having FUN!
Barry Duckworth
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Old 09-04-2018, 09:45 AM
Refuse1 Refuse1 is offline
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Great pictures Will. Thanks for posting them. Glad you were able to be at the track with your paint scheme. I bet it was a blast to be there on top of the pit box during the race !

It was very cool to see your picture on TV during the race and to hear the commentators giving you credit for the origin of that iconic Cup Car from the past !!!

Nice job !
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Old 09-04-2018, 12:30 PM
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Will: I am so glad that you were able to do this. I know how hard it is to be away from a sport that you love and was such a big part of your life and who you are. I am smiling along with you.
I have a question for you. One of your photos shows the brake caliper mounted on the bottom. I have never seen this before. Is this common in Nascar? Is the purpose to lower the center of gravity a little bit more?
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Old 09-04-2018, 02:57 PM
RockHillWill RockHillWill is offline
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I did notice that the cars that I saw all had the brake calipers mounted down there. I suspect that it not only lowers the CG but a quick look at those long truck trailing arms it is apparent that they provide a nice directional air flow for cooling the calipers. I think that is a good thing. That picture was taken to show the workings of the linear actuator that operates the vertical chassis position of the panhard bar. The driver can rotate it up or down between pit stops to provide more or less 'bite' on corner exit by a switch on the steering wheel. The crew chief is always sure to advise the driver to reset the location to '0' so a better understanding of the chassis changes can be discussed right after they were made.
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