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Racing update from Hickory 4/2/2011   Leave a comment

The A-Best Forklift #8 Nascar Southern Modified Came from the back of the field and Led the race for 59 laps until an electrical problem caused the car to stall. They had the field easily covered and had a 9 second lead over the second place car at one point of the race. Their car started to missfire at high R.P.M’s due to low ignition voltage and causing them to loose some positions and then stop completely.

8 Nascar Souther Modified at Hickory Motor Speedway

Jonny Kievman shot to the front and led the next 52 laps before mechanical woes hit his car. Kievman later said the battery or alternator went away which forced his stall that brought out the caution on Lap 133.

The next race for the A-best Forklift team is April 16th at South Boston Speedway in Virginia. Watch for the team to do well at this race.

JONNY KAY AT TECH INSPECTION

Ken Satterlee Jr. and the A-Best forklift team going to Nascar tech inspection at Hicory Motor Speedway

 

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Posted April 4, 2011 by jayauto in Racing

Caraway 3/13/2011 race results   Leave a comment

The A best Forklift #8 Nascar Whelen Modified driven by Jonny Kay had a disappointing 15th place finish for our first race due to a flat tire. The tire failure was cause by a collision with another car while working our way through the pack of cars from about 15th place up to 4th when the tire started to slowly deflate.

Posted March 15, 2011 by jayauto in Racing

Practice / test at New Symrna Speedway in Florda for Speedweeks   Leave a comment

Our Nascar Southern Modified team practiced at New Symrna Speeway on Sunday Jan 9th. We chose this date because the track will have plenty of fresh sticky rubber on it from the Red Eye 100 Super Late model race run there the night before.
 
 
Dave Sears strapping Jon into the #8 Nascar Modified
 
     
Jonny Kay in the car for our test session at New Symrna Speedway 1/9/2011
 
#8 Nascar Southern Modified driven by Jonny Kay. Notice the 13" wide tires
 
 
Here is the speedweek schedule
45th Annual World Series
of Asphalt Stock Car Racing
Thursday
February 10, 2011
PARKING / PRACTICE / TECH
Friday
February 11, 2011
NIGHT #1
Super Late Models / NASCAR Tour-Type Modifieds / Ltd Late
Models / SK Modifieds / Crate Late Models / FL/IMCA Type Modifieds 
Saturday
February 12, 2011
NIGHT #2
S.A.D.E. SUPER STOCKS 50
Super Late Models / NASCAR Tour-Type Modifieds / Ltd Late
Models / SK Modifieds / Crate Late Models / FL/IMCA Type Modifieds
Sunday
February 13, 2011
NIGHT #3
ACT LATE MODELS 100
Super Late Models / Ltd Late Models / FL/IMCA Type Modifieds
Monday
February 14, 2011
NIGHT #4
ACT LATE MODELS 100
NASCAR Tour-Type Modifieds / SK Modifieds / Crate Late
Models / FL/IMCA Modifieds
Tuesday
February 15, 2011
NIGHT #5
SK MODIFIEDS 50

Super Late Models / NASCAR Tour-Type Modifieds / Ltd Late
Models / Crate Late Models / FL/IMCA Type Modifieds
Wednesday
February 16, 2011
NIGHT #6
4th Annual JOHN BLEWETT III MEMORIAL
NASCAR TOUR-TYPE MODIFIEDS 50 /
FL/IMCA TYPE MODIFIEDS 50

Super Late Models / Ltd Late Models / SK Modifieds / Crate Late
Models
Thursday
February 17, 2011
NIGHT #7
SUPER LATE MODELS 50 /
LTD LATE MODELS 50

NASCAR Tour-Type Modifieds / Crate Late Models / SK Modifieds
Pro-Trucks
Friday
February 18, 2011
NIGHT #8
26th Annual RICHIE EVANS MEMORIAL
NASCAR TOUR-TYPE MODIFIEDS 100 /
CRATE LATE MODELS 50
Super Late Models / Ltd Late Models / SK Modifieds / Pro-Trucks
Saturday
February 19, 2011

NIGHT #9
SUPER LATE MODELS 100 /
PRO-TRUCKS 50

NASCAR Tour-Type Modifieds / Ltd Late Models

We will race Friday the 11th (30 lap race) and Saturday the 18th (100 lap race)

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted January 10, 2011 by jayauto in Racing

Upcoming Race in Punta Gorda, Florida on 8/29/09   Leave a comment

Our A-best floklift race team will be racing at Charlotte County Speedway on Saturday night 8/29/09 there should be around 30 cars and it will be an exciting event filled race as usual. Here is the link to the Charlotte County Speedway website http://www.charlottecountyracing.com/ 
 

Posted August 27, 2009 by jayauto in Racing

Racing Report from 4/25/2009 Jonny Kay at Charlotte County Motorsports Park (Punta Gorda Speedway)   1 comment

 

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Our A-Best forklift team raced again on Saturday night at Charlotte County Motorsports Park www.charlottecountyracing.com. The results weren’t as good as we hoped. The car was undamaged, so I guess it could have been worse.
We qualified in fifth place out of 28 cars. We drew a 2 in the draw so we started on the outside pole. I’m glad the speedway went back to a draw rather than drawing for an inversion. This way it still gives the fastest qualifier the chance of starting in the front. Why try to set fast time in qualifying if you will not even have a chance of starting on the pole? (They were drawing from the numbers 4, 6, 8 and 10 to invert.)
The start of the race was less than stellar. The leader started on the back straightaway when Jon was still cleaning up his tires. Jon didn’t start and coasted around, reasoning that the flagman would not let that start go. To everyone’s surprise they threw the green flag and we were in 12th place on lap 2. We easily passed a few cars with no contact and when we got to Wayne Morris at around the 6th position we were looking for a lane to pass him. Wayne was coming out of turn 4 when his car seemed to suddenly slow down. We were right on his bumper, so the contact was substantial and his car spun around. For this bump, they sent us to the rear of the 28 car field.
We worked our way back up to 6th with only a few laps to go, but the tires were wearing out and the 5 cars in front of us were like a freight train and glued bumper to bumper with everyone afraid to make a passing move. We tried the outside lane and it didn’t work. There was lots of loose rubber and debris. We lost a spot to Travis Hanson in the 141 car. We were able to pass him back as well as another car to finish 5th.
We had a bit of extracurricular activities in the pits after the race. It seems everyone has forgotten that short track racing involves contact. We did get our NASCAR Modified chassis back and will be putting that car back together in the next few weeks. We will probably run that car next. I will post in advance when and where we plan to race it.   

JONNY KAY A-BEST FORKIFT CAR AFTER QUALIFYING 4/25/2009 AT CHARLOTTE CO. SPEEDWAY

QUALFYING LINEUP 28 CARS

 

Jonny Kay wearing his new fire suit

NASCAR rules require a current and approved suit. 

On the way from Fort.Lauderdale to Punta Gorda Alligator Alley was closed due to wiid fires for most of the weekend. It was open for a short window of time and I made it through. The fires were burning right near the side of the road. The Alley was closed right after I got through so we had to come home the back way through Clewiston and down US 27.

 

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Late Models
1. 93 Brandon Johnson
2. 57 Joe Winchell
3. 11 Austin Kirkpatrick
4. 77 Tuffy Hester
5. 48 Johnny Kay
6. 51 Richie Anderson
7. 141 Travis Hanson
8. 36 Ross Chastain
9. 8L Sean LeMaster
10. 56 Wayne Morris
11. 8 Bobby Shelton
12. 23 Barry Bartlett
13. 77 Ed Leek
14. 46 Matt Cohen
15. 177 Eddie King
16. 70 Jeremy Gerstner
17. 14 Mario Maresca
18. 22c Dusty Cornelious
19. 50 Perry Lovelady
20. 82 Danny Maddox
21. 5 Joe Boyd
22. 36 Gary Padulla
23. 100 Dean Ferri
24. 22k David King
25. 19 Dale Dean
26. 10 Steve Dorer- DQ

 

Late Models
1. 93 Brandon Johnson
2. 57 Joe Winchell
3. 11 Austin Kirkpatrick
4. 77 Tuffy Hester
5. 48 Johnny Kay
6. 51 Richie Anderson
7. 141 Travis Hanson
8. 36 Ross Chastain
9. 8L Sean LeMaster
10. 56 Wayne Morris
11. 8 Bobby She

Posted April 27, 2009 by jayauto in Racing

RACING REPORT JONNY KAY a-best forklift Team 48 at Charlotte County Speedway on 3/29/2009   Leave a comment

We raced in the combined Super Late model race at Charlotte County Speedway in Punta Gorda Florida on 3/29/3009. The car was real fast, but a sight wobble coming out of turn four on our qualifying lap put Jonny 4th in qualifying. The track officials decided to invert the top ten cars, so we started in the 7th position. The car was working real well during the race and we moved all the way to second place behind Joe Winchell. Jonny Kay was right on Winchell’s bumper trying to pick his spot to get around him, when the caution flag came out with 9 laps to go. When the flag man gave the "one lap to go" green signal, I told Jonny (over the 2 way radios) to clean up the tires and get ready for the restart. Jonny snapped the throttle and jabbed the brake pedal several times (as we usually do) to clean off the tires and get a little heat back into them. Just then, Jonny came over the radio and said a control arm broke on the rear end and we were done for the night. Sure enough, when we got the car into the pits, the upper control arm of our three-link suspension had a broken rear Heim joint (a ball and socket joint used on aircraft and race applications for its strength and low resistance when pivoting). We were lucky it broke on the warm up lap and not during the race, or Jonny could have lost control of the car and wrecked. We are going to put the Heim joints on our normal maintenance / replacement schedule for the car. This $40 part probably cost us well over $3000. Hopefully we got our bad luck for the year out of the way.

 

 

 

 

  Jonny kay A-best Forklift car in tech inspection before the race on 3/29/2009

 

 

 

 

  Jonny Kay wearing one of our new Autobahn Performance Inc. shirts

 

 

 

 

Here you can see the broken Heim joint. Notice that the ball is still on the shaft for the upper control arm mount on the rear end. The Heim joint opened up and stretched due to the torque that was applied to it when it failed.

 

 

 

Dave Sears, Tami and Dan adjusting the tire stagger prior to qualifying

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted March 30, 2009 by jayauto in Racing

CRASH REPAIR REPORT AND MORE PICTURES   Leave a comment

 
 

Our A-Best forklift race team got together at our race shop and within a few hours had the car stripped and ready for repair. The chassis will need at least a new front clip and this needs to be installed on a special-made jig to ensure everything is in the exact location when the chassis is welded back together. Our Troyer chassis needs to be sent up to the North East for this to be done. We’re going to get the chassis back to New Smyrna speedway before speedweeks ends and one of the other racers or the chassis builder will get in up to the Northeast for us. Here are some more pictures of the crash damage. The chassis and other safety equipment on the vehicle worked perfectly in the crash and kept Jon from being injured.

 
 
 
 
 

front clip collapsed and bent upwards as designed

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 most of the accessories on the front of the motor are damaged: $$$! The motor will need to be checked out for internal damage.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

chassis designed to collapse and absorb energy to minimize possibility of driver injury

 
 
 
 
broken mechanical fuel pump with no fire!
 
 
 
 
 
 

broken transmission bell housing

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Posted February 10, 2009 by jayauto in Racing