Speed Week 2013 Salt Report
Wednesday Aug 7
The salt opens at 7am tomorrow morning - Thurs Aug 8. Tech inspection, Registration and the Sales Trailer opens at 10am and will stay open till 5pm. The Fuel truck's hours are also 10 - 5pm tomorrow.
The courses are looking great - drying out nicely and very smooth. Everything is laid out and ready to go. See you all on the salt tomorrow!
Below photo: Course 1 at the 3 mile mark.
Below Photo: Some of the SpeedWeek 2013 Workers
Monday Aug 5
Lots of activity on the salt today. Courses 1 and 2 have been drug and are looking promising. The surveyors spent the whole day with us to ensure our mile markers are accurate. Pits were laid out, rebar has been installed along the front row, and the old announcing tower got a coat of paint. Temperatures are in the low 90s and we had a nice wind this afternoon to aid in drying everything out.
Sat Aug 3, 2013
Salt Report Aug 3rd - Our first day on the salt! The salt condition looks like it ultimately benefited from all the rain over the past couple of weeks, and the additional tonnage pumped back this year. The courses are dry, but still a bit mushy off the end of the road. The top end of course one is looking particularly promising. The temperatures are in the low to mid 90s during the day and we have a nice breeze to aid in the drying process. The dragging crew arrived this afternoon and will begin their work tomorrow morning.
July 29, 2013
Salt Report July 29 - Our salt spies report that while the end of the road is a little damp, the courses are bone dry. Weather for the next week has temps in the 90s and no more rain is forecasted. Our next report will be from the flats themselves. The first team arrives Fri (Aug 2nd) evening.
July 16, 2013
Salt Report - July 16 - As of early this evening the courses were dry and the only puddle was at the end of the road. The rain of 4 days ago has all but dried up. Courses still look good. Another storm cell went through later this evening. Temperatures are in the upper 90s for the next week. Shouldn't be a problem.
The Pre-Trip Team of Bill Lattin, Miriam Macmillan, Jim Dunn, Jim Jensen, Chris Douglas and Alastair Macmillan, has just arrived back from a 4 day trip to groom the salt in preparation for SpeedWeek. We were joined by USFRA members Larry Volk and Garry Wilkinson. The team found great salt conditions – nine plus miles on Course 1, eight plus miles on Course 2, five plus miles on Course 3 and four miles on Course 4. The depth of the salt varied considerably, but the 600,000 plus tons of salt pumped back by Intrepid this year, appears to have made a difference. Of course the weather conditions the salt flats experience in the next 40 days will play a big part in what we eventually get, but it is a good start. A huge thank you to the group who worked flat out for two days – 7am to 5pm, locating and marking courses, and dragging many, many miles. We also took the opportunity to touch base with lots of businesses in town, putting up posters, and continuing good public relations.