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November 10th,2009

Our last race of the season.  Bittersweet, but probably welcomed by Jeff as this has been a hard race season on us.  Its funny because our very first race of the season was at King’s Speedway and our last race of the season would be there as well..  But racing on Halloween!  That is almost unheard of as you have never met a more superstitious bunch than race car drivers.

It was a day race and we headed out early (8:00 AM!), to arrive in Hanford at 11:00.  18 late models checked in for the last race of the season.  Kings Speedway had done a surprisingly good job with track preparation considering it was quite warm and we had figured the track would be dry slick.  It was pretty hooked up early on.

Jeff went out to hot lap and the car looked and sounded good.  When he went out for qualifying, we were not as impressed with the car because we didn't think he looked as fast as the other cars.  You could not hear the announcer state the times and the board wasn't working, so we went back to the pits and told Jeff we had no idea where he had timed in his group.  Come to find out he had qualified fast time out of his group of cars!  We were surprised, but figured it was because Jeff was so smooth, he just didn't "look" as fast.  Well smooth is faster any day of the week!  Jeff proved that.

Starting on the pole of his heat, he raced to a dominating win.  We were stoked as the car still was handling really well and Jeff declared it, "very driveable."  Once again, they made only minor changes to the car before the trophy dash, and hoped that the track would stay the same until then.  When Jeff went out for the trophy dash, he got a bad number pull, and ended up starting 5th.  We weren't hopeful for much of a change in position, as there hadn't been much passing in the heats leading up.  But Jeff raced around two of the fastest cars and placed himself in 3rd at the checkers.  This was great as it would give us a 3rd starting position in the main event.

After the trophy dash during the preliminary check of the car, they noticed that once again there was oil around the transmission.  The dang drive shaft had broken the seal again!!  They fixed it once again, and made a few other changes to the car so that it wouldn't happen during the main event. 

Jeff went out for the main event and had a great start.  The main event was the most uneventful of the night, with only one yellow flag.  As the track had dried out greatly through the day, there wasn't much passing, and Jeff finished where he started, in 3rd, behind the winner, Bobby Hogge, and 2nd place finisher Chris Shannon.

October 20th, 2009

Rough, rough weekend at Antioch Speedway.  While racing for the lead in the main event, Jeff hooked a rut in the racetrack and hit the wall HARD coming out of turn 1.  We are very lucky that Jeff is okay.  Unfortunately, the late model did not fare as well.

After such a rough weekend with the Super Late Model at Antioch, we weren’t even sure we were going to make the next race at Chowchilla.  We had less than 12 days to completely transfer everything from the super late model to the crate late model.  It would be a huge undertaking, especially with Jeff recovering from his Antioch crash!  But needless to say, Jeff and John worked their TAILS off getting that car ready.  John, we honestly could not have done it without you and for that, we are so grateful.  You are the true definition of a great friend and crew.

So, with the “new” car loaded up in the trailer we headed off to Chowchilla, feeling cautiously optimistic.  After all, we weren’t even expecting to be on the road to Chowchilla!  But Jeff had only ever run this car as a crate late model and slapping in the “big guns” would make the car handle completely different! 

Jeff went out to hot lap and really couldn’t tell much about the car’s handling.  The track was pretty greasy.  He left it alone and went out to qualify.  He qualified #1 in his group!  Hmmm, maybe this car wasn’t going to be so bad after all…  Qualifying in the number 1 slot put him on the pole of his heat race and he promptly won that as well.  Things were looking better and better! 

Jeff went out with the other five cars that had qualified for the trophy dash and lined up on the front stretch.  The Western All Stars does something really cute with kids from the stands.  They get 6 kids out of the stands and the kids come down onto the front stretch and pick the driver they want to “pull a number” for.  The number that the child picks for “his” driver determines where the driver lines up in the trophy dash.  If the driver that the child pulled the number for wins, that child wins a bicycle!  Well the same cute boy that had pulled a number for Jeff at Antioch, wanted to pull Jeff’s number again.  His name is Spencer and he was very excited to do so, and he pulled the number 1, putting Jeff on the pole!  Well after 6 hard fought laps, Jeff came through for Spencer and won the trophy dash and Spencer won the bike!  It was very exciting!

After the trophy dash is when things started going awry.  When Jeff returned to the pits, the guys noticed quite a bit of oil coming out from under the car near the transmission.  It seems that the drive shaft had broken the transmission seal and it was now leaking badly.  There was no way Jeff could run the entire main event without making some major changes.  Unfortunately, the changes that they had to make to the car were not optimal for the track conditions, but they would allow Jeff to finish the 30 lap main event.  Jeff did his best with the car that he had, but was only able to finish in 4th place.  However, we now know the car will run with the best of them, and we feel good about this car taking the place of our old super late model.  A small adjustment period at best and Jeff will once again be racing for the lead!!

Our next race, believe it our not, is on Halloween, Saturday, October 31st, at Kings Speedway in Hanford.  This is also our LAST race of the season.  This is the last chance you will have to see Jeff run his car this year.  So get out there!!  If you don’t have any Halloween party plans yet, come see some great racing!  We’ll see you there.

October 20th, 2009

Rough, rough weekend at Antioch Speedway.  While racing for the lead in the main event, Jeff hooked a rut in the racetrack and hit the wall HARD coming out of turn 1.  We are very lucky that Jeff is okay.  Unfortunately, the late model did not fare as well.

After such a rough weekend with the Super Late Model at Antioch, we weren’t even sure we were going to make the next race at Chowchilla.  We had less than 12 days to completely transfer everything from the super late model to the crate late model.  It would be a huge undertaking, especially with Jeff recovering from his Antioch crash!  But needless to say, Jeff and John worked their TAILS off getting that car ready.  John, we honestly could not have done it without you and for that, we are so grateful.  You are the true definition of a great friend and crew.

So, with the “new” car loaded up in the trailer we headed off to Chowchilla, feeling cautiously optimistic.  After all, we weren’t even expecting to be on the road to Chowchilla!  But Jeff had only ever run this car as a crate late model and slapping in the “big guns” would make the car handle completely different! 

Jeff went out to hot lap and really couldn’t tell much about the car’s handling.  The track was pretty greasy.  He left it alone and went out to qualify.  He qualified #1 in his group!  Hmmm, maybe this car wasn’t going to be so bad after all…  Qualifying in the number 1 slot put him on the pole of his heat race and he promptly won that as well.  Things were looking better and better! 

Jeff went out with the other five cars that had qualified for the trophy dash and lined up on the front stretch.  The Western All Stars does something really cute with kids from the stands.  They get 6 kids out of the stands and the kids come down onto the front stretch and pick the driver they want to “pull a number” for.  The number that the child picks for “his” driver determines where the driver lines up in the trophy dash.  If the driver that the child pulled the number for wins, that child wins a bicycle!  Well the same cute boy that had pulled a number for Jeff at Antioch, wanted to pull Jeff’s number again.  His name is Spencer and he was very excited to do so, and he pulled the number 1, putting Jeff on the pole!  Well after 6 hard fought laps, Jeff came through for Spencer and won the trophy dash and Spencer won the bike!  It was very exciting!

After the trophy dash is when things started going awry.  When Jeff returned to the pits, the guys noticed quite a bit of oil coming out from under the car near the transmission.  It seems that the drive shaft had broken the transmission seal and it was now leaking badly.  There was no way Jeff could run the entire main event without making some major changes.  Unfortunately, the changes that they had to make to the car were not optimal for the track conditions, but they would allow Jeff to finish the 30 lap main event.  Jeff did his best with the car that he had, but was only able to finish in 4th place.  However, we now know the car will run with the best of them, and we feel good about this car taking the place of our old super late model.  A small adjustment period at best and Jeff will once again be racing for the lead!!

Our next race, believe it our not, is on Halloween, Saturday, October 31st, at Kings Speedway in Hanford.  This is also our LAST race of the season.  This is the last chance you will have to see Jeff run his car this year.  So get out there!!  If you don’t have any Halloween party plans yet, come see some great racing!  We’ll see you there!

September 20th, 2009

One thing that I’m not sure that a lot of people understand about racing, is that it really is hard to actually win a race.  The preparation that goes into a race car, let alone the preparation to get ready for the actual race itself, is enormous and I believe, beyond most people’s comprehension.  Jeff, at times, makes this look easy, but trust me, it isn’t.  That’s why, what he accomplished on Saturday is so amazing. 

By winning absolutely every race out at Ocean Speedway in the Ocean Late Model in 2009, Jeff avoided all accidents, dodged all flat tires, bypassed any mechanical difficulties, stayed healthy, stayed prepared, focused and ready and was good enough (or lucky enough at times), to put himself in the position for the win every single time.  Ask any racer you know and he’ll explain just how amazing that achievement really is.  I see it in his commitment every single day and am just blown away.

At the beginning of the season, our plan wasn't to compete full time in the Ocean Late Model series.  We had lucked into a great deal on a great car, but Jeff ultimately wanted that car to become his primary Super Late Model.  Jeff thought that by putting the crate motor in it and running at a track close to home (Ocean), we could work out any bugs that the car had before switching it over completely to the "big" motor.   Funny thing is, the car didn't HAVE any bugs.  It was awesome straight out of the box.  He won, and then he won again, and again.  And just when we were talking about maybe making this car into our Super Late Model, that program ran into some serious mechanical issues and the Ocean Late Model was all Jeff actually had to race.  So, he turned the majority of his attention to that.  It obviously paid off.

Saturday was the last points race for the Ocean Late Models and it almost always is run on a day when the County Fair is also going on.  Jeff really doesn't like Fair races.  There usually are only a couple classes of cars and everything is rush, rush, rush.  Saturday was no different.  We went right from the heat race, to the trophy dash, to the main event, with hardly a break in between.  It was pretty crazy, but since we had already locked up the 2009 Championship, we were ready to celebrate regardless of what happened.  But there had been a bit of build up about Jeff making a new track record by sweeping the season and I knew he was feeling the pressure from that as well as from everything else.  He handled it really well, however, by going out and winning the heat in a dominating fashion.  He didn't push the issue in the trophy dash and finished 3rd, and immediately pulled off the track, so as to give the guys some time to work on the car as we were scheduled to run the main event immediately after the dash.   

Jeff went out for the main event and made us all sweat for about 7 laps as Kenny Nott took the lead and Jeff didn't even attempt to pass him during that time.  A yellow flag flew on lap 7 and on the restart Jeff took the lead and basically never looked back.  Though there were several yellows after that, Jeff managed to hold off whoever was beside him and took the very exciting win, and the sweep of the season.  I could not be prouder or happier for him.  The story from the Santa Cruz Sentinel below gives a few more details of the race:   http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/sports/ci_13391300

September 13th, 2009

Saturday was a big deal.  It was a big race.  We tried hard to act like it was just going to be another night at the races, but well, it really wasn’t.  The M. Maselli & Son’s 30th Annual Late Model race at Petaluma Speedway.  Jeff won it last year at the 29th running, and I could tell he wanted the 30th annual title really bad.

All the crew as well as a lot of our friends were making the trek up to watch this race as well.  As I said, this is a big race.  With $3000 to win as well as contingency prizes, almost all the big dawgs would be there to try and win this prestigious event.  We left early because we knew it would be difficult to find parking in the packed pits.  Luckily we had someone save us a spot, because 31 late models checked in.  Wow.  I knew Jeff wanted to win this event, but he was going to be up against some stiff competition tonight.

We pulled a really high number and Jeff was set to qualify dead last in the line up.  Because it was so misty and overcast on Saturday, we all decided that was a good thing as maybe the track would be less slippery by the time he went out.  It wasn’t, but Jeff went out with guns blazing and set 2nd quick time of the night!  That had him starting on the outside pole of his heat race next to fast time qualifier, Chris Shannon.  This would be a tough heat race.

10 laps later and we could tell that all was well with the world.  Jeff checked out in that heat race and won it by a large margin over Shannon.  This meant that he was one of the four drivers who had made it into the trophy dash.  Wherever Jeff finished in the trophy dash would be his starting spot in the main event - so the furthest back he could start was 4th!  Plus, the trophy dash had a purse of $500, so he wanted to finish as well as he could to take home some of the money!  Jeff started fourth in the trophy dash and again, his car was just beautiful!  He came forward to finish 2nd in the four lap race and took home $130 for that, plus that gave him an outside pole starting position.  This night was looking promising!

The crew only made a few adjustments to the car as it really was set up well for the track, and Jeff went out to line up for the 35 lap main event.  I was about as nervous as I could be, and I’m sure it showed.  I knew how badly Jeff wanted this, and I wanted it for him just as bad.  Well, we BOTH got our wish.  Jeff led every freakin lap of that main event and I don’t think he was ever seriously challenged.  He was just in a different class altogether.  It was so amazing and really something to see!!  Yep, he won the darn Maselli.  AGAIN.  According to the attached article, he is only one of 5 drivers ever to have done that.  I’m so proud of him.  He amazes me.  He truly does.   Congratulations Jeff.  You are one hell of a driver.

Here’s the story written by Harlan Osborne:
http://www.latemodelracer.com/lmr/2009/0912petaluma/

Next Saturday we will be back out Ocean Speedway in the Crate Late Model.  This will be our last race at Ocean this season and we are hoping to be able to win this last and final race.  If Jeff does win it, he will be the first driver in Ocean Speedway history to sweep a season.  Can’t wait for this one!

September 8th, 2009

We had a great time this weekend out at Ocean and Santa Maria Speedway.  Jeff's Mom was in town and got to see him race for the very first time and I think he did her proud.  There's a great  story in the Santa Cruz Sentinel with a write up about Friday night.  Please click here to read it:  http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/sports/ci_13280869

I think I want this more for Jeff than he does!!  It would be so cool to have a record at a race track for something that no one else has ever done!  I'm sure there will be a follow up story if Jeff makes this happen.  I'll be sure and post it if and when. 

On Sunday we made the long drive down to Santa Maria Speedway.  There were 24 late models in the house including  a lot of heavy hitters and regular runners.  We were behind the 8-ball for sure not knowing what set up to run or how the track was going to change over the course of the night.  It was pretty stressful, but Jeff, Ed and John worked their butts off and got the car in pretty good shape.   After changing everything that possibly could be changed on the car, Jeff finished 3rd in his heat race .  But then after watching the race track over the course of the evening, they ended up changing everything back to the way it was!  What a ton of work, but it seemed to work out okay because after lining up in the 7th starting spot in the A-main, Jeff came forward a couple of spots and ended up finishing 5th.   We were happy with that because the car doesn't have a scratch on it and we are ready to go again for next weekend. 

August 23rd, 2009

 We don't do too many back to back races.  They're tough.  Prepping two cars and making sure they're both ready to go, loading and unloading, traveling to each race track, making sure you have enough Red Bull's to get you through the second day...   But we did it this past weekend.  Racing at Ocean Speedway in the Ocean Late Model on Friday, and racing at Petaluma Speedway in the Super Late Model on Saturday.  Boy are we tired today.  But we're pretty happy with the outcome from the weekend.

 Ocean Speedway

 Had a great night considering what a bad number we pulled.  Jeff ended up winning his heat race even though he had to start in the rear, and our 3rd starting position in the main event had us thinking he'd do pretty well in that too.  Well, I was definitely a little worried as the main event got underway.  Jeff spent a lot of time trying to get around the 2nd place car and by the time he did, the front runner, Eric Van Hooser, had pretty much checked out.  Jeff began the pursuit and was reeling him in, but not as fast as I would have liked!!  The laps were clicking down, and I began to think that we were going to lose this one.  I shouldn't have worried OR thought that!  Eric got into lap traffic and well, that was all Jeff needed.  Jeff sliced and diced through lap traffic like a hot knife through butter (it was very impressive) and within about 1 lap, had the lead and was checking out himself!  He never looked back and was followed to the checkers by Joel Hannagan, Phil Priddy and Danny Scott.  This now makes it SEVEN WINS IN A ROW!!  Unbelievable!

 Petaluma Speedway

 Headed out to Petaluma the next day a little worse for wear, but excited about running the Super.  Quite a few more cars this night as I believe a lot of guys were there to tune their cars up for the big $3K to win Maselli Race on September 12th.  The track, while always tough to figure out, was especially difficult Saturday.  We knew we didn't have the right setup on the car after Jeff ran the heat race and finished 3rd.  He told us that the track was hooked up in some spots, slick in other spots, and the bottom was just plain muddy!  As I am completely clueless about car setup (well, not completely clueless, but you wouldn't want my input on car setup!), I stayed out of the way while Jeff, Ed and John threw the kitchen sink at the car to try and make it driveable. 

 I have to say that they pretty much succeeded!  Jeff's car looked awesome in the main event.  It seemed the harder he drove it the better it was.  It was a very exciting race, with Jeff right on Chris Shannon's bumper the entire 25 laps.  Jeff would have had to knock Chris out of the way for the win, and Jeff does not drive like that, so he settled for 2nd place at the checkered flag.  Also as a side note, our car weighed over 2700 lbs at the weigh in after the main!  Pretty heavy!!  The finishing line up was:

32s Shannon, 84 Decker, 70 Perivolaris, 72 DeForest, 59 Silva, 66 Arnold, 17s Rick Shafer, 22g Guglielmoni, c14 McGinnis, 56 Johnson, 42 Meazell, 83 Souza, 58b Ryan Shafer, 4r Restad, 4p Papenhausen

August 9th, 2009

This was the 2nd weekend in a row we headed up to Petaluma Speedway to test out the new motor in the Super Late Model.  Jeff had a pretty rough week after discovering a broken valve spring last Monday.  Running around trying to find replacement valve springs and the tools to fix the motor consumed the majority of his time.  We weren't even sure if we were going to make it for Saturday!  But after the outcome, we are sure glad we did!!

It was an interesting night at Petaluma, and there weren't as many late models in attendance as we'd like, but the competition there is fierce, with great drivers like Richard Papenhausen and John Silva running there regularly.  There were enough late models to run two heat races, and Jeff ended up finishing 2nd in the 1st heat race.  This meant we were in the trophy dash, but Jeff was not happy with the way the car was handling and so he and the guys made some changes to the car that they had never made before.  We went out with this set up to run the 4 lap trophy dash. 

Steve Curtis, of www.RaceImages.net really got something started on Saturday for the trophy dash.   Being the generous person that he is, he donated $50 to the winner of the late model trophy dash.  This started a snowball effect, and the next thing you know people were donating more money for the late model dash and then the dwarf car trophy dash and the modified trophy dash, etc.  Steve Johnson donated another $50 to the winner and then Papenhausen Racing donated $100 towards the other finishers in the dash, and it worked out that the winner received $100, with 2nd, 3rd and 4th receiving $50, $25 and $25.  Really cool!  We got into it as well and threw in $25 to the winner of the modified dash!   More tracks should do stuff like this.  It was a lot of fun and the drivers really appreciated it, you could tell.

Well, what was the best about all of the contributions toward the trophy dash, was that we won it!!  Yep, we took home the trophy AND the cash.  The car was better, but Jeff was still not happy with the handling, and he knew the track was changing.  He told Ed and John that he could not win with the way the car was set up, so more changes were made.  We crossed our fingers and Jeff went out for the main event in which we started 3rd.

We could tell immediately that the changes made had improved the car drastically.  It was as close to perfect as we had ever seen the car at Petaluma.  Jeff could basically put the car wherever he wanted to on the track.  It took him about 10 laps to get past Richard Papenhausen, but once he did, it was all she wrote.  Jeff led the remainder of the 25 lap A main and won in pretty dominating fashion.  We were estatic because not only had the car performed beautifully, but the motor ran awesome!   That black cloud that was hovering over Morgan Hill has finally blown away.  Clear skies ahead.  Yahoo! 

August 2nd, 2009

Saturday brought a new venue for Decker Racing as we made plans to run out at Petaluma Speedway in the Super Late Model.  This would be our first trip to Petaluma since Jeff had won the Maselli in 2008.  We had put a new motor in the Super and wanted to see what it could do.  

Jeff was more nervous than any of us really knew as he went out for hot laps.  As you know, our last 4 trips out with the Super Late Model have been anything but stellar.  When you have that many motor issues in a row, you can't help but think it's going to keep happening.  He took the track for 5 laps and really didn't get a good solid run in as he was just too busy looking at the gages!    He came in, still very nervous about the heat race, but we were optimistic as he hadn't made it out of hot laps in a long time.  Plus the motor sounded great and really strong!

He went out and lined up for the heat race and it was on!  Jeff took the lead and I think surprised himself at how good the motor was.  He was never challenged and finished the heat race solidly in first place.   The announcer then said that one of the laps that Jeff turned, a 14.509, was the fastest lap ever recorded at Petaluma in a late model!  Yep, I think the motor is good.

The pill draw had Jeff starting fourth in the main event.  Jeff, Ed and John made quite a few changes to the chassis in an attempt to free up the car.  Again, it had been a long time since they had the freedom to work on the chassis and not have to worry about engine problems!   Jeff went out to start the main and we saw that they had not gone far enough in the changes.  The car was too tight.  Jeff went backwards for a few laps and then you could almost physically see Jeff adjust his driving style.  He started coming forward again.  The car looked good!  It looked FAST!  Unfortunately, Jeff was restricted as to where he could put the car on the track, so he stayed on the bottom where the car handled best and finished the race in 3rd place behind the winner Shawn DeForest and 2nd place finisher Paul Gugilemoni.  Yep, it was 3rd place, but to US it was a WIN!!  We actually finished a main event!  The engine is strong and competitive, and we are back in the game!  Hooray!!  

So thanks everyone for hanging in there with us.  Jeff and the team will do their best to put the #84 back in first place as soon as possible.  We'd also like to thank Steve Curtis of RaceImages.net and Lynn and Joe of L&J Photo for letting us use their wonderful photography on our website.  We love the pictures and love being able to post them for Jeff's website readers.

The current plan is to run the Super Late Model out at Petaluma Speedway again next Saturday, August 8th.   The weather was beautiful out there this past weekend and probably will be again, so come on out and see some racing and enjoy the sunshine!  

July 26th, 2009

Another Friday night out at Ocean Speedway with the Ocean Late Model.  We were told that the late model program was once again to be a shortened event due to the fact that the Mike Cecil Memorial race for the Modifieds would be running that night as well.  Basically, they were taking 5 laps off of our main event and we would not be running a trophy dash.  Bummer, but the Mike Cecil Memorial is almost always a great race and we were looking forward to watching it after our own main event.

We pulled a very bad number and had to start at the back of our heat race, but Jeff managed to get ahead of the other drivers and pull a win out of the bad pull, which was great!  Jeff was happy with the way the car felt, but made a few adjustments as he felt the track was changing somewhat. 

Jeff headed out to line up for the main event and it quickly became clear that his car was perfect and he was FAST.  He checked out from the field and by the time a yellow flag was thrown on lap 19, he had a half track lead on second place!  We thought there would only be one more lap, but we were surprised to find that they were going to run the entire 25 laps.  Didn’t matter, however, as Jeff won this main event in a dominating fashion, and with this win, it now makes it SIX WINS IN A ROW!  Unreal, huh?

Hopefully, our lucky streak will stay with us for our Saturday (8/1) trip down to Petaluma with the Super Late Model.  Jeff wants to get a few laps in (cross your fingers!) and see how conditions are out at Petaluma.  If you’re in the area, come by and say hello!

July 15th, 2009

"If it wasn't for bad luck, we wouldn't have any luck at all."

"When it rains, it pours."

"To finish first, first you must finish."

All of the above clichés pretty much sum up our Super Late Model season this year.  Sigh.  I've been told that everyone goes through these kind of seasons, but when it's happening to you, it's hard to look beyond your own disappointment.  Let's see:  Motor issues at Santa Maria (finished 17th); blew an intake manifold gasket at Marysville (DNS); blew the motor sky high at Chico in hot laps (DNS); and blew a power steering line in the main event at Chowchilla (finished 18th).  And our Super Late Model season had started out SO WELL!!    At our first Super LM race in Hanford, we finished 2nd in the main event.  At our next Super LM race in Chowchilla, we again finished 2nd.  We were on a roll big time!  Then all of the bad luck began… What do you do to get that monkey off your back? 

Well, if anyone can kill that dang monkey, it's Jeff.  I've never seen anyone work so hard for such little reward.  He just doesn't give up.  He is constantly out in the shop trying to get the car back together and back out at the track.  We have never had this kind of bad luck in his racing career, and he is determined to fix the problems and get out from under that black cloud over our heads.   I believe he will do it, and soon.

So stay tuned everyone.  Our Crate Late Model season is so far, the best it has ever been.  If there is one bright spot, that is definitely it.  We want to win a Super Late Model race before the end of the season, and if Jeff has anything to say about it, we will.  We are staying positive and focused.  We will be back, stronger than ever!  Our next Super Late Model race is at Kings Speedway in Hanford, CA on Saturday, July 25th.  Hopefully, all will go well.  You can also watch Jeff race out at Ocean Speedway on Friday, July 24th at Ocean Speedway in the Crate Late Model.  Thanks for hanging in everyone!  Jeff greatly appreciates his sponsors, fans and well-wishers.

July 5th, 2009

Just being silly with the headline.  But it is 5 in a row.  Wins that is, out at Ocean Speedway.  Pretty amazing huh?  The car was too!  We had to qualify against the clock this week.  They do this at least once a year with the crate late models out at Watsonville.  It's not to see how fast anyone is - it's just to do a "sound check" and make sure no one is too loud.  Oh well, we came in on sound where we needed to be.  And we qualified pretty darn quick too, even though Jeff had tried a different rear suspension and wasn't really happy with it!  Jeff and the guys changed the suspension back to our original set up as we found out that the officials had made a decision to invert the field and start all the faster cars in the back, and all the slower cars in the front of the heat races, and Jeff wanted the car to be as good as it possibly could be.  We started dead last in the second heat, but I shouldn't have been worried.  Jeff came through the field of cars and finished 2nd in our heat race, which meant that he qualified for the trophy dash. 

Four laps later the dash is done and Jeff has the trophy!  Nice!  We start fourth in the main event.  A lot of the cars looked pretty fast this week, and I wasn't sure that Jeff was going to "do it again."  But, once again, I shouldn't have been worried.  Jeff took about 2 laps to get to the front and then checked out, winning the 25 lap main event by a pretty wide margin.  So we brought home two trophies, or as we like to call them, "the twins!"  Jeff was followed to the checkered flag by Joel Hannagan, Ray Martin, Eric Van Hooser and Bobby Scott.

We're back to Super Late Model racing next week with the Western All Stars out at Chowchilla on Saturday, July 11th.  We had a great time out at Chowchilla the last time we raced there, and we think It's going to be pretty exciting Saturday as well.  Try to get this race on your schedule!  It's definitely on ours!  See you there!

June 12, 2009

Four wins in a row out at Ocean Speedway in the Crate Late Model.  Nice!  Jeff pretty much has it worked out in Watsonville.  It wasn't a pretty win, but it was a win nonetheless!  Jeff won the heat race that he was in as well.  So overall a very good night for Team 84, except for a really scary moment!  The excitement/scary part of the night was during the main event, the 70 car of Ray Martin ran into the catch fence in turn 3.  A couple of people were hurt, including one of our crew, Ed Sans III.  We all were really worried, however, Ed is now fine, but we got a total reality check - racing is dangerous, and you need to stand back from the fence!!  The other party who was affected was apparently hurt pretty badly and was taken in the Life Flight helicopter to West Valley Medical.  We hope that that person will recover fully and be back out at the races soon!

Coming up is another back-to-back weekend with the Super Late Model.  The Western All Stars have racing scheduled out at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, CA on Friday the 19th, and following that is a race at Antioch Speedway on Saturday the 20th.  Hopefully the car will run great and we'll have a good finish with NO mechanical problems!  We are SO done with mechanical problems!  So if you have a chance to get out and see one of these races, come on out and yell a little!  You'll hear us yelling too. 

Have a great week everybody!

May 22, 2009

Glad I'm able to give some better news this week.  We were finally able to run the crate late model again.  After two back to back rainouts at Ocean Speedway, we were more than ready to get out there and race again.  Nice track conditions, however the fog was heavy in the air and made the surface majorly slick!  Jeff however, made it look easy, winning his heat race, finishing second in the trophy dash and taking the win in the main event!  Jeff is seriously in love with this car - a 2007 Victory Circle that we purchased from Zack Forster over the winter.  He cannot believe how well this car drives and how comfortable it feels to him already.  I guess to a racer, that is more than half the battle.  Maybe we should consider converting this car over to a super late model...  Well, it's a thought!

Our next race will be in the super late model out at Marysville Speedway on June 6th.  It's a long drive down there, but the crowd is always crazy into the races and makes it worth it once we arrive.  Also, we have been told that the track has been completely reconfigured and is much wider and racier, so it should be exciting to see what Jeff can do out there this year.  Please come out to see this race if you can!

May 10, 2009

Sorry everyone, but we don't have the best report to give after Saturday's run at Santa Maria Speedway.  We made the 3 hour trip down, and were excited to compete against the 32 late models that showed up.  The track was nice and tacky and the weather was great!  Unfortunately, that is the best news we have to report.  Our motor wasn't up to par, and we just couldn't get it to run like we wanted it to.  After trying to diagnose the problem and changing everything we could think to change, we still couldn't fix the issue.  Jeff managed to make the A-main by coming in 3rd in his heat race, and he did start 11th in the main event.  Unfortunately, the motor problem continued to plague us during the A-main run, and we ended up having to drop out of the race early so as not to further damage the motor.  Very disappointing!  Needless to say, it was a very long 3 hour drive home.

I hope we have better news to report after Friday, May 22nd, when we run the crate late model out at Ocean Speedway.  Wish us luck and if you're in the area, come watch the race!

April 19, 2009

It started off bad.  Really bad.  Friday morning the house had absolutely no hot water, and after further "diagnosis," it was determined that the water heater needed to be replaced.  Ouch, that was gonna hurt the wallet, but we now have plenty of hot water and can shower and get ready for the rest of the weekend.  Let's load the race car for the race tomorrow at Chowchilla, and relax for the rest of the day... NOT!  Started up the race car and a thin blue haze was coming from the back of the car... Sigh.  More "diagnosis and a fatal determination.  We're definitely not running this motor!  So much for relaxing for the rest of the day!

Jeff pulled our main motor singlehandedly, and installed the back-up, smaller motor.  He wasn't too happy about being down on power since it had been 4 years or so since we'd run Chowchilla, and he wasn't sure what kind of power we would need to run there.  But it was all we had, so it was either that, or nothing.  It took him about 4-5 hours, and it was in the car and running.  We loaded up the car, crossed our fingers and finally, were able to relax.

 Saturday and off we all go to Chowchilla.  The new track management had been advertising the "newly configured" 1/3 mile of Chowchilla so we had no idea what to expect.  When we pulled in, we saw lots of changes and improvements to the place, but the track really still looked the same.  When we finally went out for hot laps and dust immediately started blowing, we said, "Yep, still the same ole Chowchilla."  However, the dry conditions of the track could really work in our favor as we did not have our main motor in.  Dry tracks are notoriously named the great equalizers, as you cannot use all the power a larger motor has because you will just spin and buzz the tires and not hook up to the track.  We were down on power and had hoped for a dry track, and man, did we get one!  The driest anyone could ever remember!  Maybe we actually had a shot at this thing!

 24 cars signed in for the race, and we qualified fastest in our group of qualifiers.  We started on the pole of the heat race, but the car just wasn't where it should be and we lost the lead of the heat race to John Lowrey and finished 2nd behind him.  However, because we finished 2nd in the heat, that qualified us to run the trophy dash, so we would start no further back than 6th in the main event, depending on where we finished in the trophy dash.

 Jeff, Ed and John made some adjustments to the car before the trophy dash, and Jeff went out to line up for it.  After an extremely cute little girl pulled a #5 pill for us for starting position in the dash, we ran the dash and finished where we started, in 5th place. 

Jeff knew that we didn't have a chance of winning if we didn't make some major adjustments, so Ed, John and he threw the kitchen sink at the car hoping to make it better.  It actually became kind of funny all the changes they made!  Again, we hoped for the best and Jeff went out for the line up.  After the race got underway, we could tell that the changes that had been made in the car were going to help.  The car looked better than it had all night.  Jeff immediately picked up one position and then fell into the one line groove and stayed in 4th place for a while.  The next thing we knew, Jeff was putting his nose under the car running in front of him.  Could you actually pass on this track?  No one else was doing it, but it looked like Jeff was going to try.  One attempt, nope. 2nd attempt, shut down.  3rd attempt and yep, underneath and past Bobby Hogge.  Wow!  Now on to the next car.  Really?  2nd place was a really fast runner on this track.  But it looked like Jeff had a real handle on the track and on his car.  He made a few attempts, and the next thing you knew, coming off of turn 2 Jeff was flying past Alex Stanford!  He was now in 2nd place.  We were going crazy!  Jeff was making it look easy, even though we knew it wasn't.  Unfortunately, all the time spent passing the 2nd and 3rd place cars and put the 1st place car a little out of reach, and 30 laps was quickly approaching, so Jeff had to settle for 2nd place.  Settle?  We acted like he had won!  That was really exciting to watch. 

March 29, 2009

What a way to blast off and start the season; back to back race nights in only the second weekend of the season with racing at Ocean Speedway on Friday, and Kings Speedway on Saturday.   It's Sunday, we're tired, but really happy about the outcome of both races!

 Ocean Speedway, Watsonville Ca.

Friday night Jeff again joined the Ocean Late Model racers out at Ocean Speedway.  He had almost an exact replica of the previous Friday night; finishing 2nd in his heat race, winning the trophy dash and dominating the main event. The track was much better this week than last week.  The new clay is definitely starting to lay in.  A great start to a great season out at Ocean.  

Kings Speedway, Hanford Ca.

Saturday our plans were to run the Western All Stars event out at Kings Speedway.  This is a very special event to us as it was the "Gary Jacob Memorial" race as well as being our first WAS Super Late Model race of the season.  However, the race track at Hanford has not necessarily been kind to us in the past and the last few races there we have not finished that well.  We had coined it the "Hanford Curse." 

Our team loaded up and made the almost three hour drive to Hanford and were happy to see close to 30 late models had made the event.  All the serious competitors were there:  Bobby Hogge, Mike Johnson, AJ Kirkpatrick, Chris Shannon, etc.  We had to bring our A game.  And bring it Jeff did!  He qualified 2nd overall, and won his heat race finishing in front of some pretty stiff competition.  This of course qualified him for the dash, and he did fantastic in that, starting 5th and coming forward quickly, and passing cleanly 3 cars to finish in 2nd behind Bobby Hogge. 

The main event was the last race of the night to be run and the track had pretty much dried out by then; however, we had a front row starting spot and took advantage of that start to hold on to the 2nd place position behind Bobby Hogge at the checkers.  Jeff had to hold off some serious challenges for this position by Mike Johnson, Richard Papenhausen and Chris Shannon, but when the race was over, you could not argue that Jeff had one of the best cars of the night and is one serious competitor with the Western All Stars. 

March 23, 2009

Took the 2007 Victory Circle out for its maiden voyage at Ocean Speedway on Friday to race with the crate late models. Jeff had never driven this car before and was excited to see what it could do. We pulled a bad number and started dead last in our heat race, but Jeff being the great driver he is, moved a few cars (and a couple of tractor tires) out of his way to finish 2nd in the heat, putting us in the trophy dash. 4 laps of exciting trophy dash action later, and Jeff had the trophy in hand for this race. Nice!

We watched the track as we were the 2nd to last race to run and man the track was just messed up! It looked like something from Off Road Racing! The ruts and holes were just incredible to see. I personally was very nervous about Jeff running this race. I never doubt Jeff's ability, but when you put a car on a track like that, well anything can happen and I was really afraid for all the drivers. But my fears were for nothing, as Jeff led, and WON the 25 lap main event in confident and dominant fashion. Yeah, the track did a number of a lot of the cars, including ours, but the trophy made the car look beautiful! Can't wait to see how the car does next week out there. Hopefully the track is a little more solid and smooth.

Next weekend is back-to-back racing with Friday at Ocean Speedway in the Crate car and Saturday at Hanford Speedway racing with the Western All Stars in the Super Late Model for the Gary Jacobs Memorial. Going to be a long weekend but hopefully an exciting and successful one. Come out and see one of these races!!

March 20th, 20009

Welcome to JeffDeckerRacing.com’s new webpage, and our 2009 season of racing!  We’re really excited about the new format and look! First off, before anything else, we want to express our extra special thanks to Ed Sans III, the creator and designer of our new webpage, as well as our newest crew member!  We absolutely could not have gotten this off the ground without him.  Thanks Ed!!  Also, thanks to the guys - John Cipparone,  Don Wanser and again, Ed Sans III, for their big contributions in time as well.  Jeff greatly appreciates you giving up the past few  Friday nights and helping out.  It really looks like we're going to have a good team this year. Secondly, we’d like to thank our sponsors for their patience while we upgraded our site.  We wanted to make sure that you get the best and most exposure you possibly can from our website.  We believe that you will be impressed with the new layout and you will be able to find information more quickly and easily than ever before.  Also, we’d like to make sure we acknowledge our long time sponsor, The Pink Poodle.  They have graciously agreed to ride along with Decker Racing again in 2009, and we are very excited about that.  Thanks guys!  Also back as sponsors in 2009 are Pinnacle Home Builders, Joe Wadell’s Backhoe Service, S&S Automotive, and Kaeding Performance!  Thanks to all of you!!  We will do our best to “do you proud” this season.
Please show our sponsors support by patronizing their businesses; and when you do, make sure you tell ‘em, “Jeff Decker sent me!”  Now….. back to racing!  Yep, it’s here!  Our first race will be on Friday, March 20th out at Ocean Speedway in the Crate Late Model.  We have purchased a 2007 Victory Circle Late Model that Jeff will be testing out at this first race.  Can't wait to see how it runs. The following weekend will be our first back-to-back race, with a show at Ocean Speedway on Friday the 27th, followed by a Western All Stars Super Late Model show at Hanford Speedway on Saturday the 28th.  If you're close to either location, plan on coming out to see how we do!

 

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