Thursday, August 30, 2012

Not A Hobby! Getting the Car Scaled Out

So it looks like we are going to Kansas after all!! First night we’ll be in Hays, Kansas at RPMSpeedway. It’s going to be a great time with Sprint Car Mania including the 360 & 305 Sprints and even the School Bus races! The next night we’ll be in Park City, KS at 81Speedway. Hope you guys can come out and see us!

The gruesome-twosome working on the car. We’ve enjoyed having Gary (our Canadian friend) with us for the last few weeks. It’s been super beneficial to our team gaining his knowledge from his years around sprint car racing.  We look forward to having him in the pit crew this weekend too!
 The car lift came in handy while getting the car scaled out this time. 
 I had to be inside so they could get the true weight.
The new race shop is coming along. One day we’ll get the insulation and drywall all up. One board at a time while balancing racing, a business and marriage!
Be sure and follow our facebookpage for the weekend race updates!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Not A Hobby! Day 11-15

Well race fans its been a very busy couple of days. Thank you for the prayers, I’m feeling better than I was a few days ago after that nasty stomach issue. Yuck!
We finally got the toter home fuel injection completely installed on this past Saturday and had a blast doing the test drive! The computer fuel injection program allows us to modify the amount of fuel that is sent into the fuel injection which in return creates more horse power. The more horse power, the better it will be for towing. It also has a MPG (miles per gallon) setting that will help with the overall fuel mileage while towing. The program that was designed for our specific application will allow us more power, cooler operating temperatures, and better towing.
When we returned to the race shop I got out and was walking next to the truck and heard a loud noise coming from the rear of the toter… so it seems we now need brakes. Luckily the parts are in stock and we will have them installed this week. Guess it’s better we found out now.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Not a Hobby! Day 10

Possible turn of events for the location of our Labor Day weekend races.  

We have been invited to Aztec Speedway in New Mexico.
We have raced there several times when we were part of the ASCS Rocky Mountain division so we are familiar with the track. But we are weighing our options to decide which tracks present the best opportunities. Keep tuned in for further details!

It’s been a rough couple of days because I’ve been down and out with flu symptoms. Better now than on a race weekend!

Yesterday- 8/14/2012- Survival Day!

Happy Survival Day to us!

Hard to believe it’s been 2 years since our accident! 

Praise God for the protection He provides for us.We are still on the road to recovery and still dealing with doctors, insurance and lawyers but we are so incredibly grateful to even be here. We’ve come a long way putting everything back together again. We’ve spent a lot of hours customizing, rebuilding and making “Redemption”…Shadow Racing ready. 

Must admit as much as I love our new toter…I miss that duramax!
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Not A Hobby: Days 6-7

Great news! 
Shadow racing team is proud to announce that Sprint Car expert, Gary from Winnipeg Canada will be joining forces with Justin Wolf Medlock for the Labor Day weekend races. Gary is wearing red in both of these photos.
Q: Justin, are you excited that Gary will be helping for the Labor Day weekend?
A: Gary has been a huge part of my early success as a sprint car driver and I’m thrilled to have him on board.

Q: Gary is coming in from Canada!?
A: Yes. It will be a long canoe trip, but I’m excited he’ll be here for two weeks. :)

Q: How will having Hank, your crew chief and Gary benefit the overall race car set up?
A: Hank and Gary are the guys that can get us to the front and I’m looking forward to what they will come up with.

Q: Are you nervous that the part of the weekend will be with the Lucas Oil National tour?
A: Well, my first experience was a rough one being our first weekend out since our highway accident but the Lucas Oil Tour is a very professional group, the drivers are amazing and I’m looking forward to building future relationships with the national tour.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Not a hobby...Day 4-5

Yesterday was another long day in the Ironwolf shop and still working towards taking 5 days off for the much anticipated race weekend. Many things go through my mind as a race car driver/team owner/ marketing director/ dream chaser, and one of the biggest things is getting the funding from other companies. The race world is much like the everyday business day: calls have to be made, parts ordered, scheduling, maintenance, and plans to execute each. Today was a much needed day for lining up potential leads for the end of the month, and the next step is to schedule a meeting ASAP in hopes of it leading somewhere. The next few days will be filled with our race check list which I will post in the near future.

One of my biggest supporters of my racing career, from the days of being a 12 year old in a go-kart to now the 28 year old sprint car driver is that of my older brother Nick. He has always believed in me from day one and has never let me give up on my dream of being a professional race car driver. The countless hours and money he has invested in me makes me truly appreciate him as a brother, but even more as a friend. I'm excited that he flew in for the weekend and that we'll get to hang out in the race shop and bench race!

Today has been spent totally dedicated to IronWolf in hopes of freeing up time at the end of the month. The business has been flowing nicely and we love our customers and the great creations that we get to do with them.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Not a Hobby! Days 1-3

From Monday to today…I worked a total 36 hours for IronWolf and between Dad and I we worked a total of 12 hours on installing methanol fuel injection on the toterhome to gain a little more horsepower and fuel mileage. During these days I’ve also been working on a racecar set up for the upcoming races.  

You can see the computer mounted to the steering column. 

I am drilling the holes into the intake manifold for the fuel injectors. The things we do to save a few bucks to put towards the race car. 

Dad getting ready to install the computer. 

 We are excited to have this enhancement, hoping that it will shorten our drive times significantly. 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Sprint Car Racing...not a hobby!

Hey Shadow followers!!

I'm planning on documenting what it takes to get prepared for a sprint car race. I'll be posting blogs each day leading up to our 3 day Labor Day Weekend race events in Kansas. Follow along and see how much is involved, the time it takes and the devotion that is required. 
Please comment and feel free to ask questions!