Hello everyone. Hope all is well. It has been super busy at MSR lately. We have continued our research and development program. Most importantly we have been working on Matt’s bike in search of the shifting problem. We really think we have it fixed now. We are planning a test session one week from today in Rockingham to give us the assurance we need. Matt and I both really need to get some rounds under our belt this early in the season. I would rather be in with some comfort than be out working really hard to get in.
John Hall has been doing an outstanding job for MSR/Viper team. He has been winning rounds on Sunday and we all know that’s what its all about in drag racing. John’s family got to attend the Charlotte event and we all had a great time. I am sure his family will be around for the Englishtown and New Hampshire race. They are a great group of people and we are thankful to be working with him this year. Just want to say thank you to John on making us look awesome this year. Keep it up.
I have been making better runs down the racetrack. My main focus this year has been just that. I want to make four great qualifying runs that are straight and fast. That’s still a goal for Englishtown. On Saturday in qualifying I made a pretty good run and I was top of the sheet. I have been there a couple of times but I am going to try and make it a habit from now on.
On our way home from Houston we had to stop in Competition Trailers and get our awning extended and some good things like that. So on our way through Atlanta we stopped in to attend the Night of Champions at the World of Coca-Cola. As always we have such an amazing time with all the other Champions and with all the NHRA and Coke representatives. We had a very nice dinner and I got to shop with all the other ladies in the World of Coke store. I would like to say thank you for always giving us a very enjoyable evening honoring our drivers. Thank you.
I’m looking forward to Englishtown because it will be four long weeks we have had to wait to go racing again. I am ready right now. Another thing I am looking forward to is New York City. We were not able to go to New York last year. Matt and I are going this year and we are staying for two nights. I have never had more than four hours in New York City so I am sure by the next blog I will have a lot to talk about. Scotty and Susan Pollacheck will be joining us in New York City for our little getaway. It’s always great to spend time with your track family away from the track. Susan and I are going shopping for sure. Not sure what the guys have in mind. By then Matt might need to just relax after a busy weekend.
As you all know Scott Speed is Matt’s brother in law. He married Matt’s sister Amanda several years back. He competes in NASCAR these days. He had an opportunity to attend the X Games in Brazil to compete in Rally Cross. Not only did he compete in his first ever event in the X Games but he also won the GOLD. What a great accomplishment for Scott on his very first outing. Great job Scott.
Englishtown is less than two weeks away and I am super excited to say the least. Like I said I want to go now. I am confident we have Matt’s shifting problem fixed and we have worked out a couple of bugs with my bike. I think Englishtown will be our chance for this entire Viper/MSR race team to shine. John has been shining since Gainesville and now its time for all of us to shine as a team. I know we are ready. If you’re in Englishtown come by and say hi.
Hello everyone. I am long overdue for a blog to let all of our fans know what’s going on in our neck of the woods. We have been working extremely hard over the winter trying to find horsepower. With us having everything in house, it has made it so much easier. Most of the time the off-season is somewhat of a vacation. I think we worked just as much this winter as we do during the season.
We had a test session at SGMP one week before the Gators. We ran so well that we didn’t want to keep it a secret. So we posted it on Facebook. Not all the time when you run well in testing does it show when you go to the next national event. We had another test session before Gainesville at SGMP again. The weather wasn’t so nice to us. It was extremely windy and for the bikes that plays a huge factor. Matt didn’t get to learn everything he wanted to because we couldn’t make all-out runs due to the wind. We felt great though going into Gainesville.
We arrived on Thursday. We were very excited to see our racing family and friends. Thursday was kind of a learning day for us. We got a new truck and trailer over the winter and finding all of our stuff was a challenge at first. I bet I asked Matt a hundred times where things were. Only because I was the one transporting stuff from the old trailer and he was the one finding it a new home in the new trailer. Mark and Marshall Stockseth were so generous to get us the new trailer that is an absolute beauty. We can’t thank them enough for what they have done for us.
Friday and Saturday were the days that Matt and John Hall shined. They both made awesome runs. By the end of the day on Saturday John was qualified 6th and Matt qualified numero UNO!! Yes we were happy. I was very disappointed that I didn’t get in. I got bumped out on the last session. I just didn’t make good runs on the sessions that counted the most. Like I said I was disappointed, but I can assure you that I will be testing next week in Charlotte, and when we show up for Charlotte we will be pretty good.
Sunday wasn’t the day we expected. With Matt being number one we knew he had a pretty good bike to go a few rounds on Sunday. That wasn’t the case. When Matt attempted to shift into 3rd gear it didn’t go. It was an absolute shame. Devastated is a pretty good word to describe it. John Hall kept the MSR team alive. He beat Shawn first round and proceeded to 2nd round. John left a little early and our day was over. All in all, things went pretty well in Gainesville.
MSR was so happy to partner with Viper Motorcycle Company for the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series in 2013. The Viper Motorcycles are top notch and please come by our pit area and check them out. They are pretty sleek looking if you ask me.
Just want to say thank you to Viper Motorcycle Company, Mark and Marshall Stockseth, and NitroFish for stepping up and helping our MSR team out for the 2013 season. Also thank you to Colbert Seagraves of Viper Motorcycles for keeping all of us straight at the racetrack. LOL. That’s a very tough job at times.
We are proud to have John Hall part of our race team. He is so down to earth and just a funny guy. I really think our Viper Motorcycle team is going to be very strong this year. We can’t wait for Charlotte, which is our hometown race. All of our friends and family will be in attendance. Come by and see us.
Life at MSR has been crazy the last four weeks. From Matt and I finalizing our deal that we will be racing this year, to doing motor work for more horsepower, to getting things ready for a teammate, it’s been crazy. Oh, and I forgot to say, we are going snowboarding with the Wilsons and the Speeds for a couple of days as well.
Matt and I are very pleased that both of us will be racing the 2013 NHRA season. Last year was a great year but a hard year for me. My dream and love is to be on a Pro Stock Motorcycle letting the clutch go at every national event. Last year the funding wasn’t in place for me to do that. This year it is and I am so excited to get back on the bike. I am sure I’m a little rusty but as soon as we go testing in a few weeks it will all come back to me. The hardest thing was being at every event last year and not being able to race but all in all it turned out with a positive outcome. We have not directly announced who our sponsor will be yet but it will be coming in a couple of weeks. We are eager to get to Gainesville and start this Mello-Yello season up right.
We have been steady working at the shop trying to get all of our motors done with updates. As of now I think we have six motors complete with updates from Matt’s motor at the end of the year. We have also starting a few more things in the research department that will be very promising as well. We have 3 motors to finish before testing. Our team plans to test the second week in February in sunny south Florida for 3-4 days.
At the beginning of the month Michael Ray decided to explore other options with another team. We wish Michael Ray the best at Star Racing. So now we have a bike that is available for the year. Well we all know that Matt Smith is known for qualifying three bikes at many events. Matt has received numerous phone calls regarding being on our team. Matt has talked to one rider in particular and they are in the process of reviewing things. When things are finalized then we will be releasing that information to all of our fans.
As some of you may know I have a love for snowboarding. It’s one of those things that I can do just to relieve stress and it’s my personal get away. Last year with the temperatures being warmer than usual we didn’t get enough time to go. This year is a different story. We are leaving out in the morning heading for Wintergreen Resort. I am so excited. I put my headphones on, crank the music up and hit the slopes. After we arrive home I will be in race mode so watch out!!!
Just wanted to say thank you to all the fans, friends, and family who have been supportive to our team. We are so ready to start this 2013 season. I hope to see many more Wallys in our house this year.
We have closed this year and from a performance standpoint I think we made huge strides in the Countdown. I was pretty pleased with our performance. Pomona is always a fun but sad race. It’s fun because we get all dressed up for the banquet and get to hang out with all of our friends. It’s sad because the year has come to an end and we will not be with our racing family for several months. It’s our time though to go home and find horsepower so our team can be more competitive the next season.
After arriving home from our 41-hour journey across the country we started working again at the shop. Matt was determined to find out what happened to his bike in Pomona. We investigated the problem and the conclusion was just a parts failure. As I always say the planets lined up just right for it to happen. We worked for a couple of days at the shop and then the following week we had to attend the PRI show with IDG.
At the PRI show we met with some new companies that could possibly help us with our race team as far as parts and new technology. We are eager to test these new parts in a test session hopefully in January. Matt and I also had a little fun with WFO radio. It’s not often that we get to do interviews together. They usually get interesting and it did. It was quite fun because if he says anything I don’t like I can always just grab his leg to try and make him start laughing. It’s all in good fun.
The PRI show is a Thurs, Fri, and Saturday show. So Matt and I were getting ready for bed on Friday evening. I was tired simply because I was getting over a cold I had earlier in the week. He told me he has a surprise for me. I really didn’t have any idea what it was. I am the person that finds out all the surprises only because I take care of all the bills. If there is a charge for something then I start asking questions quick. Then I do some investigating. Well I will say he totally surprised me with a trip to the Caribbean. I wanted to get away for a few days. It had been a long year with lots of hours at the shop. So my next question was when are we leaving. He said Monday. I said oh my goodness. I didn’t bring clothes, shoes and anything else I need for a cruise. He said you have enough clothes to survive and he was right.
We departed on Monday on Royal Caribbean Cruise lines. Our scheduled stops were Haiti and Jamaica. Haiti was absolutely beautiful. We got off the boat and enjoy some time relaxing in the sun and doing a little bit of shopping from the local folks. They always have the most unique things at the markets. We made a purchase as we always do when we travel to different countries. Then it was back to the boat. There was an unexpected emergency with one of the passengers on the boat so we didn’t make it to Jamaica. She had to be airlifted from the boat. I hope she is doing well. We stayed at sea for two days so Matt and I decided to learn to surf on the FlowRider. Man was that fun. After the second day on the FlowRider Matt was pretty good. I wasn’t too shabby either. It was a great vacation away after our very busy race season. Thanks to my awesome husband for surprising me. He pulled that one off without me finding out. Good job Matt!
So our 2013 season has officially started. Even though we still have one month left in 2012 we are working hard at the shop to find more horsepower to run upfront next season. I can assure you all the other teams are doing the same thing as well. It’s been a great season for MSR. We can’t thank the Gottsacker and Ray families enough for the support they have given this team all year. We had a great time this season and hopefully next season will only be better.
Just wanted to say thank you to everyone that supported our team all year. Viper Motorcycle Company, Colbert Seagraves, Mark and Marshall Stockseth, RedLine Oil, PJ1, Wilson Concrete, WorldWide Bearings, CP Pistons, Brad Tuttle, FireCore Sparkplug Wires, ARP, IDG and Affliction have helped us have another successful year of racing. We couldn’t have raced this year without all of you. 2013 is right around the corner. I will be catching you up on what’s going on in our neck of the woods very soon.