Posted by: Michael Ray, Gottspeed Racing Buell

Hello all of you crazy nitro breathing NHRA Full Throttle fans. I hope you all have been enjoying all the action from the start of the season. I know I enjoyed Pomona, I thought it was so cool seeing Courtney Force winning her first round of competition as a rookie and Jeg going to the finals was awesome. Watching it was great, but I can’t wait for my turn to make my first blast of the 2012 season.

Since I have had some time away from the track I have been spending as much time with my wife Jennifer and my family as much as I can. It’s really hard to be gone from them so much during the racing season but Jennifer is really supportive of me chasing my dream that it kind of makes it a little easier to spend so much time apart. Lucky for her she’s got the puppies Stinger and Ava to keep her company at the house.  These two dogs are the funniest little animals in the world and they really do make going home everyday exciting because the just FREAK out and go crazy when you open the door. Jennifer and I always joke around saying that they are our “practice” kids. It’s so funny when we go to my parents for family night. My dad has a yellow lab named Pete, well our dogs know him as uncle Pete, so when we load up and ask the dogs do they want to go uncle Pete’s house. They get all jacked up and it just makes Jennifer and I laugh. Jennifer and I have such busy schedules with her fight company and my racing, we just aren’t ready to have children yet, so these little guys are just what we need for right now. Jennifer and I made a deal to wait until we’re 30 to start having children, so I got a few more years before we write that chapter. I thought peer pressure would go away when I got older, NO WAY seeing all my friends with their babies makes it tough to wait. 

A few weeks ago we hosted a BBQ contest here at the shop and we really had a blast. The shop sponsored us with buying all the meat, which was really nice. We cooked two briskets, ribs, chicken, and beans. It was more work than I thought; usually when I’m cooking at the house I throw the meat on a few flips here and there, a few beverages and bam it’s done. So we pulled an all-nighter or at least we tried, I took a nap around 4:30 in the morning and the rest of the guys faded shortly after I did. Uncle Hal came out and we had the new camper fired up watching the Bud Shootout from Daytona, so anyone that knows Uncle Hal, knows it was a good time. 
In a little drag racing news we are loading up and heading east as I type this.   The week before the Gators everyone gathers at the fastest track in the south, South Georgia Motorsports Park. I really look forward to this test session because there are a lot of bikes there and you get to see all your buddies that we haven’t seen for a few months.  Plus the crew at SGMP does an amazing job getting the track ready and keeping it fast all week. I’ve never been to SGMP when it wasn’t as well prepared if not better prepared than the tracks we compete at every week. From there we will head a few hours south on Thursday before the race to go set up and go through tech. It will be weird this weekend not seeing Angie in her leathers in the staging lanes. As you know she is not running this year, as of yet. I know that as a team we are working together to get her back out on the track ASAP. But our awning won’t be short of bikes, Joey Gladstone is renting the bike that I rode last year from Matt. I ‘ve never had the opportunity to meet Joey, but I’ve heard several good things about him and his riding abilities so I know he will be a great addition. Also we got Brandon Pettitt coming on board this year full-time with us as a crewmember. I got to work with Brandon when we tested in West Palm, he is awesome and another great addition to the team.