'Shine Country Classic Day One Over, Mazda MX-3 Leads

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
shine country classic day one over mazda mx 3 leads

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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  • Akaishi Akaishi on May 22, 2011

    I think Yosemite Sam tried doing that "standing on the surface I'm sawing a chunk out of" in a cartoon once.

  • James Mackintosh James Mackintosh on May 22, 2011

    I'm sorry; how does one procure a 450SEL 6.9 for $500? What did I miss here??

    • NSF Racing NSF Racing on May 23, 2011

      The car had an engine fire. We spent more than that on gas to keep it on the track. The suspension was freaky, the sunroof had a hole in it, the transmission needed sprayed with brake cleaner between runs, 4-5 baseball size holes in the floor, power steering pump was shot and the leather seats were consumed with mold. You don't even want to know about the brakes. All the power windows were shot and the starter needs a 400 amp boost to turn the engine over. Simple, the car was a giveaway. We had a blast giving it a second life on the track.

  • MaintenanceCosts This class of car competes hard with Chargers/Challengers and modded diesel pickups for the douchey-driving crown.
  • 28-Cars-Later Corey - I think I am going to issue a fatwa demanding a cool kids car meetup in July somewhere in the Ohio region.
  • Master Baiter Might as well light 50 $100 bills on fire.
  • Mike1041 At $300K per copy they may secure as much as 2 or 3 deposits of $1,000
  • Sgeffe Why on Earth can’t you just get the torque specs and do it yourself if you’re so-inclined?!