Well those poles in Socal's fishbowl can be extremely detrimental to a car.
Last night's A-main, I was spun out halfway through the first lap and had to fight my way back to get in striking distance with the leaders. As I was going through traffic, I caught up to an orange Losi and we went 2-wide thru the sweeper with me on the outside. Typically, I try to keep a tight line everywhere on the track (below the first hashmarks and on they yellow). Anyways, going onto the straight, I habitually tightened things up because I usually motor on most cars...but not this one
We went door to door down the straight below the yellow line! And my car was drifting even lower. Because I didn't want to "twitch" and risk losing control, I just let the car go where it wanted and by the second to last pole, the orange Losi had less than a foot between me and the boards. At the point of turn in coming off the straight, my car turned in as usual at the apex (the pole) and the losi...Well if you've ever heard a homerun hit with an aluminum bat...you get the idea. For sure I thought the guy suffered a chassis breaker but he kept going. Later I explained to him what happened and he was cool with it. If I was in his position, I would've lifted earlier. Near the end of the main, KS checked out and I was in second so I slowed down for third in order to pick a fight
. As third came up, I tried to accelerate but found myself in the "Bermuda Triangle of Interference" and had no throttle. My car received an enima from third place and after the tangle, he came out ahead. All in all, good fun.
So the moral of the story: Enjoy racing because fun is what it's all about.