Mr. Mad made it to the semifinals. Tery Red/SportsMap
The Dirty South No Prep Racing Series San Antonio is the largest event in the USA of its kind.
Not to worry SportsMap is in the house!
This is a crazy event. No prep? Talk about hubris, machismo, bravado!!! No glue? No tractors to evenly administer the adhesive?
Seriously, this event entails no track preparation, which is usually how the cars hook up for a smooth pass and to win rounds. The better prepared the track is, the better traction racers have, the faster your pass may be. It is definitely safer, to be sure. Also of note is the meticulous detail given to ensure safety for driver and fan alike.
However, this event in my words is The Robin Hood of Street Racing. The idea was built as a novel way to knock out the high rollers in the Sportsman Racing World. The establishment of this class was a long awaited venue to give the small fry the upper hand.
To give you an idea of how insane this is, we asked mult -champion , King of the track, veteran racer A.D. Rigmaiden to try out this No Prep Series in the SportsMap Black Camaro.
He quickly realized what No Prep really means as he swayed to and fro as the Camaro was wicked not just off the starting line, but shimmied all the way down the track . He says he felt as though he were in a Funny Car! "This event definitely requires practice and mental readjustment," A.D . said.
Keep in mind that Matt Hagan , two-time NHRA Funny Car Champion was none too happy after the NHRA changed the track prep solution. He stated that there's a lot less grip, everyone's smoking the tires and blowing up. Fast Jack Beckman, Antron Brown, and J.R. Todd have also mentioned their concerns about this change.
Please understand. The NHRA did not discontinue track preparation, they changed the solution from 75% track compound 25 % alcohol, to 65 % track compound to 35 % alcohol. This seemingly simple readjustment has some of the pros troubled. Yet other arenas of racers seem to be thriving with No Track Prep.
Now to the point, there are infamous racers who are legendary because of their mastery of the slick, non-stick asphalt jungle. Mike Murillo (& Mustang LaFawnduh), John Doe , Kayla Morton- Hamilton and Chris "Boosted "Hamilton, (another amazing husband &wife team).
And of course the John Force of Street Outlaws, "Birdman." Yes. James "Birdman" Finny. Just to name a few.
There were also veteran racers of the side by side like Ray Curly Top with a sweet 67 Nova, Mr Don with his cool Blue El Camino (Driven by D.D.) who came to get their feet wet in this No Prep event.
They are the Guardians of The No Prep Galaxy. Their Social Media status is why they pack the stands. These are the ones who put in the work. They eat, sleep and breathe the mechanics of the beast, the strategy of the track . They are major gear heads. They are the guy/girl next door who always gave you a jump, clued you in on the miss in your engine, and changed that tire for you when you were stranded on the side of the road.
Could it be possible that the pros could learn a thing or two from the No Prep Series ? Only Time will reveal.
Big Tire: Birdman
Most Honorable Mention: Mr. Mad made it to the semi-finals in Curly Tops sweet 67 Nova. Not bad for your first rodeo A.D.!
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As the Astros prepare to play their first game of spring training against the Nationals this Saturday, we're starting to see reports about how the players approached the offseason, and what tweaks they made to improve in the 2024 season.
Cristian Javier is a player Astros fans are hoping bounces back this year, as his ERA jumped from 2.54 in 2022 to 4.56 in 2023. Workload was thought to be one of the main factors causing his regression, he dealt with a dead arm last season and threw more innings than ever before (162).
Another explanation could be the pitch clock. This was another new element all pitchers had to deal with last year, and that also likely played a role in his struggles.
But according to The Athletic's Chandler Rome, Javier believes he was carrying some extra weight last season. Add that to some mechanical issues he was experiencing, and his struggles in 2023 make a lot more sense. And to be fair, he wouldn't be the first person to get a little fat and happy after winning a World Series.
Cristian Javier said he lost around 15 pounds this offseason. He acknowledged that some of his struggles last year could be attributed to some extra weight he was carrying around in addition to the already-documented mechanical flaws he had.
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) February 22, 2024
In an effort to get back on track in 2024, Javier said he lost around 15 pounds this offseason. With the pitch clock not going anywhere, pitchers need to be in better cardiac shape than ever before.
Hopefully this modification helps Javier return to form and put up jaw-dropping numbers like he did in 2022. This rotation needs Javier to be the dominate pitcher we all know he's capable of being. With Justin Verlander behind schedule and Framber Valdez trying to bounce back from his own down year, Houston will depend on Javier like never before.
The Astros are certainly counting on it after giving him a 5-year, $64 million contract last season. Javier will definitely be a player to watch this spring.