Solid Start to 2018 Season at Sunset
May 20, 2018
The APC Racing Series opened it's 2018 season with the Kleen-Flo 100 at Sunset Speedway, as part of the track's Victoria Day Weekend "Spring Velocity" event. The Double D Racing team headed into the event with a new chassis for the 2018 season, and was looking to see if some of the team's past success at the track could be rekindled.
The day started out with a series of practice sessions. In the opening session, driver Rick Burbridge reported that the #2 West Brant Window World Chevrolet was handling fairly well, with just a slight push in the middle of the corner. Before the second session, the team made a bump stop adjustment. Rick reported that the car did not feel any better, so the team reversed the adjustment and opted for a panhard bar adjustment for the third session. After turning about fifteen laps in the third session, Rick reported that the car was very comfortable, with just a slight tight condition in the middle of the corners. The team opted to add a spring rubber to the right rear, and sit out for the fourth and final practice session in the day. Despite having a comfortable feeling car, the team lacked overall speed, timing in with the 24th fastest lap of the 28 teams in attendance.
With four brand new tires bolted onto the car for group qualifying, Rick was looking to improve on his speed and score a top-18 time to lock himself into the evening's main event. Rolling off in the first of six groups, Rick posted the fastest time in the group, with a fast lap of 14.329 seconds. This time would prove to hold up well, as Rick would remain in the top five through three groups of qualifying, before being bumped down the board by faster cars. When the dust settled on qualifying, the team wound up with the 13th fastest time, solidly locking into the main event with a mid-pack starting position.
As the sun set and temperatures were dropping, the field of 26 late models took to the track for the evening's main event. Rick would roll off from the 12th position on the grid. The outside starting position would prove fortuitous, as it allowed Rick to avoid a spin on the bottom in turn two on lap 6, bringing out the first caution of the event. Starting from the outside once again, Rick would take the green from the 10th position. Rick quickly picked up another position, and battled hard with the #51 of Mike Bentley for several laps, hoping to pick up the 8th position. Rick would eventually fall into line behind Bentley, riding in the 9th position until the second caution of the event flew on lap 19. Restarting on the inside this time, Rick was just as strong, swapping positions with Bentley to move into the 8th position just before another caution flag flew for a spin on lap 21. Restarting from the 8th position, Rick was hoping to gain more ground on the outside and move forward. On the restart, Rick was hit heading into turn one by the #5 of Jerry Artuso, causing Rick to slide through the turn attempting to save the car. Rick would get the car straightened out, but lost all momentum, falling to the rear of the pack as the field roared past. Rick would eventually settle into the 24th position, and began attempting a march toward the front of the field. The race settled into a long green flag run, and Rick began moving forward, jumping up to the 20th position by the midway point of the race. At this point, Crew Chief Dave Burbridge radioed to Rick that the leaders were on his tail, looking to put him a lap down, and Rick needed to pick up the pace. The driver of the Blue Deuce would heed the call, picking up a pair of spots in a single lap to move into 18th, and then another pair of cars a few laps later to move into the 16th position. On lap 70, Rick was eventually forced to give way to leader Brandon Watson, falling a lap off the pace. Rick would quickly tag onto the leader's rear bumper, following him around the track for several laps. While tailing Watson, Rick was able to pick off another pair of positions, moving up to the 14th position with just ten laps remaining. At lap 93, the caution flag flew once again, just as Rick was attempting to pass the #47 of Jordan Sims for the 13th position. Rick would have another shot at Sims on the restart, lining up on the outside of the #47 for the restart as the first two cars one lap down. Mayhem would break out on the restart, as a crash in turn two would take out a few lead lap cars, and Rick would sustain some left side body damage navigating through the chaos. With a pair of cars seeing their nights ended as a result of the incident, Rick once again lined up beside Sims for the restart, this time in the 12th position. For the final seven laps, the two cars battled door-to-door, with Rick eventually nosing ahead to steal the 11th finishing position as the checkered flag flew.
The Double D Racing team is now left pondering if a top five finish was in the cards if not for the restart mishap, but will shift focus to look forward to the next APC Series event, the Interstate Batteries 100 at Flamboro Speedway on Saturday, June 2nd. See you at the track!
Rick Burbridge to Appear at Motorama Show
March 7, 2018
After a long off-season, the 2018 racing season is now just a few short months away. To celebrate the nearing of the upcoming campaign, Double D Racing driver Rick Burbridge will be one of many APC Racing Series drivers making an appearance at this weekend's Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo at Toronto's International Centre.
Rick will be participating in the APC Series Driver's Panel on Saturday, March 10th from 11:30 to 12:30. Alongside several competitors, Rick will talk about the upcoming race season and what fans can expect from the team and series alike. Later in the day, Rick will also be making an appearance in the APC Series booth, signing autographs from 1:30 to 2:00.
When asked for his thoughts on the upcoming show, Rick commented "It's always fun to be part of Motorama. I've been attending for years, and last year I finally got my feet wet with some participation to support the APC Series, and now I'm back for more this year. It's been a long winter preparing a new car for the 2018 season, so it will be nice to take an afternoon out of the shop and catch up with some friends who we haven't seen since the banquet last fall."
Full event details for the Motorama Show can be found at www.motoramashow.com.
The "Big One" at Jukasa Brings Early End to 2017 Race Season
August 26-27, 2017
With a short turnaround after the last event at Sunset Speedway, the Double D Racing team put in some long hours to prepare the #2 West Brant Window World Chevrolet for the season's biggest event, the grand opening of the Jukasa Motor Speedway, featuring a pair of 75 lap events.
Saturday's on track activity at Jukasa featured three practice sessions and group qualifying. In the opening practice session, driver Rick Burbridge made a single run of about ten laps, reporting back that the car was a little bit loose on corner entry. The team made an adjustment for round two, where Rick reported that the car was more comfortable. In the third and final session, Rick made just a single five lap run to work in a set of tires for one of Sunday's 75 lap events. After the three sessions were completed, the team recorded the 21st fastest lap of the 39 cars in attendance.
With the high number of cars in attendance, the 26 fastest would lock themselves into the first event on Sunday, with the remaining teams heading the the last chance qualifier. When Rick hit the track, he put himself 6th fastest on the leaderboard. The team then held it's collective breath as the remaining cars hit the track for their qualifying attempts, all of whom were faster than Rick in practice. When the dust settled, Rick had recorded the 22nd fastest qualifying lap of the day, safely qualifying the team into the first event on Sunday.
Sunday morning dawned with a beautiful August sun, as a massive crowd of nearly 10,000 fans poured through the gates at Jukasa to see the day's events. When the field finally rolled off the grid for the first 75 lap event of the day, Rick would start from the 20th position. When the green flag flew, Rick struggled with a loose race car on the outside lane. Rick faded back through the field on the outside, and continued dropping positions until the first caution flag of the day flew on lap 9 for a crash in turn one. The Double D team took advantage of the caution to bring Rick down pit road and make a panhard bar adjustment to help tighten the car in the turns. When racing resumed, Rick began moving forward through the field, finding some speed after his handling adjustments. Rick was up to the 23rd position by the time the second caution flew on lap 23. The field would barely get going on the restart before another caution flew on lap 24 for a crash in turn two. Rick once again started from the 23rd position, and used the inside line to his advantage, moving forward and heading for the top 20. As the race passed halfway, Rick moved into the top 20. An exciting moment occurred just past halfway as Rick was battling the #27 of Mat Box. The pair approached the lapped #5 car of Paighton Jacobs. Coming off turn four, Rick attempted to use the apron to get around Jacobs, but got very loose, nearly losing the car and dropping a couple of positions while getting himself straightened out. Rick once again found his rhythm and worked his way back into the top 20. With the race looking like it was heading to the end under green, the caution flew with five laps remaining for a spun car in turn four. Rick was running in the 18th position when the caution flew, and moved up a pair of positions to 16th as two cars ahead of him opted to pit under the caution. When the field restarted, just one lap was put on the board before the #87 of Willie Reyns spun out of the pack coming off turn two, hitting hard into the inside wall on the backstretch and bringing out the caution once again. Rick would restart from 18th this time, and struggled on the outside. Rick would fight as hard as he could, but would fade back to the 20th position by the time the field received the checkered flag.
In between races, the Double D Racing team made a number of adjustments to the rear of the car, looking for increased speed in the 2nd event. The team was confident that the adjustments would lead to an improved result in the following 75 laps.
Rick would start the 2nd event from the 30th position, as the field was lined up based on each driver's fastest race lap during the 1st event. On lap one, Rick picked up a number of positions, until all hell broke loose as the field completed the first lap. Up in the top 10, the #72 of Shawn Thompson hit the wall coming off turn four, and a number of cars piled into the back of him. As the field attempted to scatter, a number of different incidents unfolded. Rick would attempt to sneak through the incidents in the middle of the track, but made contact with the left rear of the #15 of Derek Lynch. The contact would send Rick airborne, and as the car landed, Rick made significant contact with the #8 of Jason Parker, who was stopped on track after being involved in a separate incident. The crash resulted in a significant amount of damage to the #2 machine, and the team's day ended on the hook.
The cost of the damage from the Jukasa incident has forced the Double D Racing team to cut the 2017 season short. The team will now look to the offseason to fix the car and make plans for the 2018 race season. Stay tuned to the site as we head into the offseason for future updates.