By on May 21, 2011

It was a hot, muggy, rod-throwin’ day here at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, South Carolina; when the checkered flag waved to end the session, only 36 of 68 starters were still moving under their own power.

Still, somebody has to be leading, even with a near-majority of entrants sitting in pools of oil and broken engine parts. As of now, the race leader is the Hong Norrth Mazda MX-3, which took the overall win at the Southern Discomfort race a few months back. Zero black flags, zero breakdowns.

The Index of Effluency battle could still go any of several directions tomorrow. The Nissan Stanza wagon of Team Sputnik leads Class C by a good 20 laps, the NSF Racing Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9 remains in the game in spite of breakdowns every quarter-hour, and the Greene County Moving Company S10, complete with couch and handtruck in the back, is making a strong IOE bid.

Meanwhile, the Tunachuckers’ 1975 Ford LTD Landau remains in the IOE conversation, but just barely, after managing just 43 laps today. The culprit was their varnish-and-rust-filled factory fuel tank. The solution: a fuel cell purchased from a nearby dirt-track roundy-round racer, with the LeMons-rulebook-mandated bulkhead separating the fuel cell from the driver manufactured using a piece of sheet metal cut out of the car’s roof. Now that’s ingenuity!

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