That’s right, our beloved SuperCherokeeBird took the highest honors in 24 Hours of LeMons racing, the Index of Effluence. This is an award for showing up with the vehicle that has the least right to be anywhere near a race track (let alone on it) and doing so much better than expectations that people are left scratching their heads and muttering to themselves. And that’s exactly what we did.
Despite being out of the running for about two hours due to a pretty gnarly mechanical breakage (the rear axle decided that it didn’t want to be attached to the left side leaf spring anymore…at 85 mph) and a couple trips to the Penalty Box because of passing under yellow flags, we still pulled of a 14th place finish. This put the team second in our class, and had the race been just a little longer, we could have reeled them in too. Additionally, we were just one position from taking the “Least Horrible Yank Tank” award (highest finishing American car).
Of course, what made the weekend so awesome (besides the amazing caliber of racing, fun race track, great friends, and a race car that was unbelievably quick, reliable and rewarding to drive) was winning the top prize…which came with a check for $1501.00, a dollar more than 1st place gets. This is just to remind everybody who the real winner is: Petty Cash Racing!