Leeroy Racing, #86, Vlad “The Impaler” Bolovic
Conversations with pitcrew
“Now Vlad, I know we aren’t that competitive on ovals so don’t expect you to place well.”
“But don’t slack off though, give 'em hell and race like there’s no tomorrow!”
“Got it Chief”
Vlad fires up the Maverick and heads out onto the track, hoping to place well but knowing that the winner of the season is already decided…
Race start to lap 35
“Bloody hell! This car is so slow… I can’t even catch the mid-pack.”
“Well, changes will have to wait until next season’s car! Stop bitching and make the crowd want to watch you, NOT that candy ass Maesima up front”
“Kay Chief… I’m a leader, not a loser, a leader, not a loser, a leader…”
Laps 36 to 70
“Chief… This mantra ain’t workin’. I just can’t get past!”
“sigh Vlad, you’re too high in the corners. You always do this when you’re scared of being spun… You wanna go home to Moldova and work on cheap, tiny Bogliq’s for the rest of your life?”
“No way Chief, you know that!”
“Then stop looking behind you and PUSH!!! Make 'em nervous 'bout where you are and use that slab of iron and steel to make 'em FEAR you!!!”
“I’ll try Chief… Wish me luck!”
“Son, do or do not! There is no try!!! 'sides luck is for amateurs and you’re a pro kid! Now make your own luck and don’t call again until you’ve done it!”
Before this session was over, the Maverick took over leadership of the back group of racers!
“Chief, I did it.”
“Excellent work. Now hold the line and keep pushing for position! Don’t give up…”
Laps 71 to 105
“Vlad! Watch out for Spront! He’s slacked off so focus on him! He’s the weakest link!”
“laughs It’s a Moldovan game show. Called “the weakest link”. Signature line when a player was eliminated was “Goodbye”. sighs Tough crowd…”
“Not funny Vlad. Just do what I told you, OK?”
“10-4 Chief chuckles”
Laps 106 to 140
“Vlad. Safety check. You doin’ OK kid?”
“So bummed out right now… Everyone’s so aggressive and I’m feelin’ the burn! I can hardly breathe without feeling like I’m having an ASCAR shoved down my throat!”
“You’ll be fine. You’re just feeling the mid-race heat. Good drivers cope with it, great drivers push back and push through!”
“Gotcha Chief, I’m gonna be fine, just fine…”
Laps 141 to 175
“Go high Vlad, the key is to go high!”
“I see it Chief! They’re dozing off on the job!”
Vlad then finally passes Spront and scores the Tariz as an unexpected bonus!
"Nice work kid! keep it up and you’ll be nipping at the heels of the mid-pack next!
“Thanks Chief! grins”
Laps 176 to Finish
“We don’t have far to go but I reckon you can catch Kostyrov and Hollerhousen if you really push it!”
“Will do Chief!”
The Maverick gains on the Deshevo every lap, Vlad drafts Kostyrov and bursts ahead but is unable to surprise the CTFM car, who baulks Vlad just enough to frustrate his chances of getting past in time before the end of the race.
“Bloody hell that was close! Great race Vlad! Everyone has been talking about you and your racing skills!!! I cannot be prouder of you and your efforts than I am today, unless of course you manage to win the championship next year… Wink, wink!”
“Thanks Chief, that race was incredible! Hopefully this means we’ll get a second season… But Damn!!! That Maesima is dominating! Dale’s living the dream!!!”
“Don’t worry about that now, you’ve done good kid! Now bring in that Maverick so we can hit the after-party!!!”
Post race after-party
Team Leeroy Racing chose to stay overnight and join in the closing ceremony festivities. Vlad cheered on the podium winners, they’d done well and deserved their wins. Vlad made a special point to stand next to Bonkarenko in the group photo and posed with him for the press. By now Vlad had totally forgotten about the incident and only wanted to make a new friend!
Vlad, Bonkarenko and whomever else wanted to come along, went back to the Leeroy Racing pits where they had a Nu-wave dance party with as many grid girls as they could round up and, needless to say, everyone had a great time…
The End - Almost!