When I first ran the sprint car we would tow from Central New York to Central Pennsylvania. It was about 5 hours or so. When we left at noon, we had no idea if the weather was going to change or if we would get rained out that night. As we made our way from the interstate through the PA farm lands, past Selinsgrove and on to Port Royal we would pass a lot of cows.
|Now there's an old wives tale that says if the cows are laying down, it's going to rain, so we'd look at the cows and guage our chances with the weather.|
After a number of trips to Port, Whip began to notice that if the cows were standing, things would go well for us and if some of the cows were standing and some were laying down, that things would go wrong. We joked about it a few times on the way home. "We had a good nite... Cows were all standing." Or "Some of the cows were laying down, THAT'S why we had the problem".
Well this went on for a number of weeks and it started getting serious. If we saw some cows up and some down, then it would get real quiet and everyone would just look ahead like they didn't see them. But we all knew we had mixed cows and it was a bad omen.
One nite at Port, Lynn Paxton was flying in the Boops Aluminum #1 car. He had won a lot of features that season. He was lapping me in the 4th turn and did a slide job that didn't clear. His RR slapped my left front and I ended up climbing the concrete wall and flipping a couple of times in the front straighaway. It happened right in front of the emergency crew and they were there immediately. It looked worse than it was.
I was trying to get out of the car, around the wadded up wing, and the emergency people were all over me trying to make sure I was OK. You know... the first thing they do is ask a bunch of questions to see if you got your bell rung. Well as soon as I got my helmet off, I looked right at the EMT and said "Damn Cows". "Are you alright?", she asked. "Yeah I''m OK". Who is the president? Huh? I'm more concerned about how they are going to tow the car in, but this EMT won't leave me alone. I'm sure she thought I was goofy. After a few minutes she realized I wasn't going to get in the ambulance and gave up but I'm sure she spread the story around.
After that, when we pulled in the pits, people would ask,
"How's the cows tonite?". "Just keep 'em standin'.... I'd say.
2003- Well the number thing never ends. We get to the first race in '03 and there is another 80. Even though I had registered the number first, they had registered us both as 80 and so I ended up running 80w. The other guy just chose 80 out of the blue, but he's going to stick with it. So be it, but he has to know he is just borrowing it.
AT the end of 2003 we bought a used car and it had 14 on it. I raced it as 14 at Rolling Wheels in October.
Update 2004 - I decided to avoid confusion and go with 180 for 2004. This will be the first time I've used this number since the go kart days.
The other #80s are not around anymore so we are going back to 80 for 2006.