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For the past two consecutive years,
Spencer Low has won the SCORE/
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But although Spencer is one
of
the
most successful off-road desert drivers,
he has never
won
a closed-course,
· stadium-type race.
· Until his tenth attempt, this
August,
atthe
Jeep Desert Mini-Metal
Challenge at Riverside ..
Where Spencer Low, his Nissan
.;
Hardbody
and
his Goodyear Wrangler
radials charged to victory.
. Taking on the mud and the crushed
granite, the big, nasty, man-made
moguls and the infamous "Off-Camber
Hill;'
Spencer's Wranglers helped
him
take the lead
on
the very first lap.
And he n~ver gave it up.
The victory at the Jeep Desert
Mini-Metal Challenge was Spencer's
fourth victory
of
the year . .
And the tires are the same tires that
have taken
him
to so many victories:
Goodyear Wrangler radials.
· They're the tires engineered to -
take on the toughest terrain.
The
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toughest conditions.
So no matterwhat kind
of
truck
you drive, get a set
of
Goodyear
· Wrangler radials.
And
get
what
i(
takes·to do a land -
rush
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to
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Mini Metal ,Challenge,
fo
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7,
7S and 7 4x4. Larry
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took
the
lead late ,in the race in the Chevrol~t S-10, and ~e
went on
to
victory in the first appearance
of
his brand new desert race ·
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THE
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we
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to press.
Those
in
Sometimes,
when
it's
time
to
runnmg
w~ll
up
_ m
his
class. T · .e
discovered
that
he,
d
been
. attendance viewed the first Score/ HD RA series event
in
Colorado
as
ql,\ite
a
write
this
column,
my
brain
goes
spectators
w:orne~
that
the
ner?
munchin
on
the
end
of
one
of
success. But,· some
of
the drivers thought the·coursewas
(}Xtreme!y
qusry; the ·
into
neutral,
does
.a
lot
of
wo
,
uld
get m his way,
but
It
his
·
emer:ency
flares. . . . narrow trails hazardous because
of
the dustand'gotclia trees', plus there were
spinning,
and
comes
up
with
no
quickly
_
became
. apl?arent
that
.
At
the
Parker
race
about
four
·_
no passing
zones
in
some areas:They
'_
said it looked like the terrain at Barstow
ideas
at
all.
But
MS
Publisher
is
G h
cl
n
him
m plenty
of
· - with taller bushes and without the optional trails. The.
re;
were 126 cars
on
the .
~
regg a_
se:d
..
h. · B. · h
.,-
y· ·ears ago,
Matt
McBride
('
who
· · · · · · 1 · b h 76 f h
adamantthattherewillbe
.words. t t t
ten
startingline,andthesmootherthanusua terrain roug t percer1to t
em
. , ime ·
0
,
avm
· im. u_. . · has also
moved
on
·
to
simpler
home
fot.ar;i
official finish. · · · : . . . ·
In
order
to
dirime
th
e
pump,
so Gregg
did
a
wo
nd
erful
th
mg!
He
forms
of
· racing, like
the
ARS
Rob MacCachren won the race overall and
in
Class 1
in
his Chenowth,
to
speak,
I
ug
·
out
some
old
~lc;,wed
th
e r;ic~
ca_r,
pulled
over
series)
who
was
running
in Class Bob Richey drove t_
he
whole
way
in
his Racecoto
win
Class. 2,: and Morley
notes
this
month,
and
promptly
·
1~
ba
_ck
of
the
mtwitandrammed
2
at
the
time
, flew ·
off
a hill
and
Williams got his Chenowth home first
in
Class 1-2-1600, Among the 4x4s,
got
lost in a
welter
of
nostalgic h!m m
the
rear. All
up
and
~own
.
ended
u
arked
. i~-
the
bed
of
. Richard Bundy won Class 3
in
a.Jeep,
and teammate Emil Downey won Class
nonsense
.
pit
row
the
-
applause
and
whistles
Walker
-
~!ns'
·
truck
·
which
had
14
iri.
'a similar Jeep. Rodney-Hall got the·
wiri
in
Class 4,John Cooley took
I
found
a
note,
for
exai:nple,
and
cheers
could
-
be
heard
as ·
ll
d
··
· h · Class 5 honors, and Andy DeVercelly won Class 5-1600, while Larry
reminding
myself
that
at
a Baja
Gregg
casuaily
diove
around
the
'
st
as e
JUSf
over
~
e
nr
. b k
to
Schwacofer won Class 6. In
mirii
trucks Manny Esquerra
gdt
theClass 7 title
500
several years ago,
Mike
car
and
went
on
his way . . -The .ffpmleobomyd°o
(rre
L "kac
the
forford,butitwasaJeepComan~heintheothertwoclasses:DaveAshleyih
·.
Gau
. gh_
an,
co~driving
··
wi.
th
Lenny
th
ghtl ss
spectator
came
to
a
O
ICla
on
ogg es. ·
1
e .
7S
and-Mike
Les
le
in
7 4x4. Walker Evans won Class 8
in
the
full
size
Dodge,
ou
de
.
··
·d h ed '
t1
'm·
eat
Barstow
in
1981.when
the
· · h
New
.
man
1·n
a
Clas
·s·2 car·,
arr
-1·ved t t t e
mov
and Rich
Mfo.ga
won the Challenger battle, and it
was
the.largest class at t e
s
unne
s
op,
an . n . ff· . I t , ,
to
·
speed
things
.
at
his
pit,
which
was
on
the
beach
off
course.
. . ' . 0 . l~la s,
rymg
. . . race. Russ Welch got the
big
win
in
Class 10; and Andy
Diaz
won Class
11
,
road,
near
. 3 Poles, in .a taxi. .
At
that
same
race I
remember
..
ul
p
lhn
.
post
~race tech_,
drtted
to
We'll have the (ull story next month. . . . .
,.
Mik
_ e,·· a_lready
..
attired
. in . his s i ·g S · L · , b" .
18
et
t e racers
vote
on
w
et
er
or
HARMONY
IN LAS VEGAS.
For
the past
few
years
both the Southern
ee
n , pence_r .
ow
s
ig
.
not
they'd
have
to
do
·a
tear
down
Nevada
Off
Road Enthusaists and the Silver Dust Racing Associati~n have
driving
S'uit
;"
st
epped
_gra
n
clly
out
wheel~r
stu
ck.
10
th
e
soft
sa
n
cl
1
~ in
the
1600
class.
Thing
was, they had a tough time spteading the.
ir
dates for races around the major-desert series
.
of
one
cab,
and
his personal ~ack
of
_
the
Pl!
area.
He
h'.1d
his
let
onl
the
first five finishers events, and
in
the meantime avoiding stepping on
each
other's races.
for
some
chase _
crew
hopped
out
of
l1ttle
Nissan
·
pre-runner
tied
to
rt
·
0
·s
to
have months·now,·
1:he
two
Las
Vegas, Nevada based groups
ha,ve
been discussing
·
another
. It
made
quite
a
hit
with
the
front
of
it, trying
to
pull it
vote
. ·
dwas
unamm
u combi'.ning their events
in
October. into o.ne.single event·on·the same day on
h
r lk · h. ·· E
11
, f
II
·no
tear
own.
·
t e
pit
ro
. in t e area. o_
ut
.
ventua
y
5?meone
ma
u
·.
I
th
.
ink
I've
figur-ed oui: why the same course:
On
the eve
of
our press date, the
w01;;d
came from Bert
Doc
Sauers,
who
drove
with. sized
4x4
took
pity
on
them
and
J ff M r h.
't
h d
to
Vaughan,
Pn
:sident_
9f
the Silver Dust Racing Association, t~ar the deal.had
· D I h
h'
h d · · h b k ·f h · e ac
erson
swi c e d h
SI
D 250 ·
tt
·
oc
ngram
int
e
same
race, was .
1tc
e
on
~o
t e_ ac o t e
ng
Indy car racing.
lt's
less
trouble
. been made. SNORE's Yoco Locq race
an
t e- i ver · usf :
w1
run
on
a
mouritain
,i-oad
on
some
part
and
pulled
1_ t
out
backwards.. . for
him
:
He
ran in Class
8
_ in
the
. together on October 31, ·making
for
a bigger and bet_ter Halloween meet for
of
the
cour
·se,
and
could
see his
At
one
of
the
1000s
but
not
· ·everyone, drivers, workers, crews, the lot. . .
·;
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1983'
1000
and
·
running
in
third
.
•.
·The.
locat1
·on
1·s
the silt free course off the Boulder Highway. on Hig
hway
·
pit
.
He
picked
up
the
micro-
one
that
went
.
to
La Pa
z,
I I f
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h d
b
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ff
M
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pace
.a
ter
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wit
no
93·near.theE1DoradoPowerSta_tion
.T
h~route.willconsistofsixlaps6na33
P
one
a_n w_as singing,
"l
can
see· .
rem
em
er
e ·
ac
er
son
d · b ·
- · d .
dd
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hara
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·urse,wii:htheracestartingatt
en
irithemorriingafrera_nearlierdrivers
you
now
...
11
to
his
pit
as
he
went
telling
me
about
a
rough
time
he
sb
.
econ
gead
}'
sltuth
ent
Y
ke
tu
· m
to
h d h h d h h d H -
'S
I ·
II
ang,
an
re e rue meeting and tech inspection. ~qmbining the· two points coun_tin~ events
over
t. e si e. T ey
..
ear
t e :a . . e
got
past
anta
nes a
the
ri ht.
He'd
hit
a
stump
in
the
sounds a bit complicated; but itworks out
well:
Drivers can either enter the
crash
over
the
radio
. ·
nght,
and
up
the
narrow
rocky
-d $ · h . d b f d . - SNORE race or the Silver Dust race,
or
both if they want to pay a double
Then
there
was
the
time,
in
road
onto
the
big p. lateau 1·ust
at
sand
··
wThas
,.
.
an
ro
.
e':1
ahr
_a
1
~t
· r d
ti
r h
Id
I
·11
b h f' I · - · h
s·1
·d k
Th
h . I · . h"
ro.
ere
was
one
m
IS
pl entryree,an rea ygo·1ort ego .
tw1
et
e
ma
pomtsracemt
e 1ver
Barstow
in .
'83,
when
the
race
ar
en
·
as
e
ran
a
ong
m
1s
· d · Du.st
ser1·es,
and the penultimate race
in
the SNOR. E Yokoha_ ma _Series, with
· ·
' h _ • k d h
truck,
butra
iocommunications
started
near
-
the
Slash
X.
There
smgeseater,
epic
e t
ewrong
· J '
ffh
"t
hed
·d thatfinaleventscheduledforDecember5.Don'tcallusformoreinfo',
butdo
were
lots
of
roads
leading
into
frail,
got
onto
the
old
.road, ~nd
were
pooh
r
~
eCh
.
1
c a
fr!
de
call the organizers if you are interested
in
this
.truly
double points race. ,Call
and
out
of
the
start
/ finish area, f d ·h · If h · h
ed
out
to
t e pits
at
mero,
to
10
the SNORE Hot Line (702) 452-4522 or Silver Dust Racing (702}
. d . . . ou':'
im
,se
ig
ce~ter his· ·crew.
First
he
hopped
on
a : 459-0317. . . . . . - . . .
an
traffic was
something
of
a
where
the
runoff
from
ram
had
. .
tr
k d
th
h · g·
ht
a · · · · ·
problem.
At
the
end
.of
either
the
washed
out
the
ruts.
Now
he . ~dmi
uc
0
,.an
5
. h.
enpe
.
,es
caClua
· ss S ·
RIVERSIDE
FEEDBAC.
I<.
While DUSTY TIMES makes-ever,y.effort to ·
first
or
secpndfap,
along
came
a ·
started
digging
and
piling
rocks,
rH,
e
otn.
athveb
.
dop
.
th
-. .· · · bring you
all
the news about.off road racing, sometimes_
we
·
iu,
_st can't get
s
1
ec_
tator
_ ve
__
hide,
. i·
ust
_
doodling
and
genera
II
. y
'_
working
very hard,
edsha
1
.
dm
te
teh
,don -
6
e spahr~\ enough facts tq
be
accurate. While
we
spent four
full
days at Riverside during
an
e
on
o e
own
ars
1s
the Se0re race,
we
did not·hear about a serious altercation in the pits until
a
ong,
on
the
co~rse,
which
was . trying
to
· dislodge
his
cat
. b .
bo
. . h h b . '
mudi
later. Apparently t. here were a series
of
incidents righfafterthe Heavy
fairly
wide
at
that
point.
He
was . ·
Aft
·
h"l
· h · b ·
utt
uncmg
on
t e u · f
·h-
er
ad
~
lhe
·d
ek
ecamede
He
finally
got
to
his
pit
and
was Metal Championship event involving Walker
Evans•
· crew and the ~tew o
..
in
the
pit
area,
and
folks
hollered
-
f"uhn
_gry,
an
..
,
dm
_ t
he
_ ar , ~tarth ready ·
to
lead
them
back-
out
to
Tom Haliburda.
01,1r
second hand report says it
star-ted
with.harsh
weirds,
and
yelled,
and
waved
at
him,
but
IS
mg
aroun
.
In
IS
gear 1or t e his
truck,
_
but
the officials then escalated later
i_n
the
pit areas_
to
actual assault. W_ho·started it, who
the
dimwit
either
didn't
see;
or
eITlergency
rations
that
he
knew
Id
't
l t
th
m
go
· . might be at fault,
we
don't know.
We
have heafd ,that Haliburda.
was
.injured
elected
to
ignore all
the
signals. . were
packed
in
the
kit. Finany, he
wbaocukw
··
anrds
. o·
en
the
ecourse. S
1
n'
.
in
.the fracas when it got d,owntb fisticuffs. It i_s a shame, but such problems· do
Then,
here
came
Gre
·gg .
f.
d f h k b h occur, particularly at shoi:t course r·
aces.
Apparently this was a similar trouble
d
oun
one
O
,t
e snac
ars
t
at
Jeff,
who
hadn't
ridden
a
bike
for
as
i:hat
between t_
he
Arcieros and Kevin Pence's people at Riverside
in
1986 . .
,
Sy
_
mon
s, in his
two
seater,
he
knew
he
d
brought
-along H d d
· ' a year,
went
to
a
on
a
pit
.
an
'
HAPPIER
RiVERSIDE
FEEDBACK.
The following ~~te from Danry
----•------!1111----------------111!111•
borrowed
a bike.
He
.
had
Steve · Ashcraft, who won the Challenger Class race at Riverside, got misrlaced out
CONGRA
TI.JIA
TIONS
.to
·
DAVID
i\SHLEY
~
Jeep
Comanch;e
for his victories
at
the
MTEG
LOS
ANGELES
COLISEUM
STADIUM RACE
and
the
HDRA·COLORADO
300
in Class
7s
·
CONGRATULATION
S.
to
MIKE
LES
LE
..
Jeep Comanche
Class
7
4x4
winner
at
th
e
.
HDRA
FIREWORKS
250
SCORE
RIVERSIDE
CHAMPIONSHIP
HDRA
.
COLORADO
300
.
Pqc4
from
LESLIE'S
DRIVELINE
SERVICE
416
East
Valley
Blvd~
Colton,
CA
92324
(714)
824-1561
Kelley
tape
his
spare
radius
.
rod
of
the stack intended for the 'Pony Express .column.
We
think it deserves
to
his
.
back,
and
he
took
off,ihto
. space.
"I
didn!t get time aft~r
our
win
at Riverside to voice
my
thanks to my
the
· wash,
to
rescue
his trucl<.
He
. r_
ace
crew, ·engine·b':iilder Kenny Burris and his car prep_ cre,w headed
by
John
said
he
fell
off
only
once
on
the
Hoffman. It
is
a special compliment to Kenny that his motor
weAt
. head W .
way. head with
Al
Ai:ciero's FAT motor, and the seco
nd
placing
Don
Hati rnotor
He
and
his
co
;driver,
Todd
,
in
Dwaine Walters·car. Bob Mount and Yokohama
furnishei:I
our tires·, and
fixed
the
truck
and
·
started
back Rick Hasseto at Shock Tech, the shocks. The second half
of
this season
we
out,
but
by
n~w
it was
dark,
arid have received some support from Christopher Norris and _
hi
~
nt!W
co.mpany
· Moto Colour. This
is
a company' involved.
in
children's coloring books_for the
the
bike
had
no
I ight:
So
Jeff
rode
-off road industr
y.
By the
way
,
Al
Arciero bei_
ng
in
the Challenger Class for tl,e
in
front
, using
the
truck's
lights Riverside race
gave
us
a good target to shoot
at
. Thanks
Al!
My
last
to
find his way
He
foll
otf
three
compliment
goes
w S.
al
_Fish
.and the Score crew for the special spotlight they
times
on
his
outward
trip
.
It
was
gave
the·Challeng~r Class by r'unning them
by
th
emse
lves
on Sunday.
We
all
rough
for
him
, because
the
bike
· app
re
ci
a
te
the exposure". '
··
..
was
so
·tall
that
he
couldn't
touch
DEVOTED DESERT RACERS h
ave
.heard a _lot of flack lately abo4t
wh
o
the
·
ground.
.
stepped on whose
~oes
on a section of racecourse on the east
.side
of
.
Baj
a _
. FiQally . _
he
.
recognized
·
his
. Californi
a.
Bri
e
fl
y,
Score International has been tr
ying
to design a challenging
surroundings,
and
knew
that
he- course
for
the
19
87
Baj
a 1000.
Orig_inall
y,
.they
came
up with
a_route
and
an
was
almost
back
at
th
e pits,
so
he ·unoffi
cia
l map that portra
ye
d a grueling, 900 plus-
mil
e route that had
all
the
went
on
ahead
and
rode
in,.
not
·
usu
al trails
in
northern
Baj
a a
lor.1
g with the dreaded silt beds around -Punta
realizing
that
ba
.
ck
behind
"
him
_; Prieta and a trip through the g
un
toting population aroun.d
El
Arrn
;
Jt
wa9
not
a cour
se
that would attract the· casual racer, who-might
feel
that· if
he
. were
his race
truck
had
come
to
a
halt
f ·s
·
go
in
g
to
drive over 900 miles through the ·
less
attractive areas o
aja
with a
broken
transmission.
He
- California that
far
south, he would only do so if the race.went
all
the
way
to
La
returned
the
bike,
foun_d
his
pit,
Paz
..
In
fact, the 1986 route to
La
'.
Paz
was
shorter tha_n the proposed 19
137
and,
when
the
truck
didn
't
come
. route publish'ed last summer: · · · . · · . . · .
in,
gathered
the
crew
up
·
and
~ · · Meanwhile
LoY1
Peralta and
his
partners mov
ed
aheadwith plans
for
.
headed
back
out
.. His ·
crew
now
their San Felipe .
\:,ased
race. on Octob_er
3,
1987exploring some
new
trails
hustled
around
ai:id -
set
tci-
' ·
well
south
of
San Felipe for-thei, double loop race course. The course
was
changing
the
-traqsmi~sion in
the
·marked for
pre-rum.:,.ing
before
LabQr
Day.
"·_
. · · .
gravel wash.
Jeff
was r~ally tired, . So what,' you might say; there
is
plenty
of
room
in
Baja
"for_ everyone.
and
as
the
weather
began
to
coot
Sure there
is,
but not on the same course at the same time. It seem.s
we
were .
h
I d d h I · not alone feeling that the proposed
Baja
1000 cqurse
was
far
too severe;
going
e ·
_snugg
e
own
in t e grave ·
in
.a circle. So, last September Score's survey team put together a
new
route-, a·
which
had
been
warmed
·
by
the
couple· hundred miles shorter. The only problem
was
.they used several·
sun
all day,
and
snoozed a
bit
. · secl'ions
of
the route already marked for the-October 3 San Felipe race, but
While
his
crew
worked
and
he . Score
was
traveling in the opposite direction. Score announced that the 1000
cat
;
napped
, ·
the
hours
tic~ed
course-would be open for pre-running
on
October l . This surely'portended
away.,
and
by
the
time
the
truck
head 6n confrontations between San Felipe racers and
Baja
1000 pre-run·ners.
was finished, . rhe
1.8
hour
time
Accusations
flew
around town, lawyers werecons_ulted, and so forth. At
limit
had
·
been
used
.up.
the present time, late September, there are still sections
of
a common cour~e
Nowadays,
wh
·
en
Jeff
breaks
he for the two races a month apart. But Score says the'cornmon section will not
can
stroll
back
·
to
·
the
pits
and
be marked
by
them until October 5, and their map cautions early pre-runners·
relax. - to bypass the southeqi loop on the 1000 _course until after_ October 5 ..
St:iy
:
tuned! . · < ~~re
TRAIL
NOTES
on
page
47 r
October
1987
Dusty
Tlmcs
I
.
llEIIII
IARIIS
1111S
IFF~IIAI
1111
PIii
, -
AT
JACK
IIIPIY
S111111
.. ·
-1986
marked
the
most
successful
year
in
Mazda
truck
racing
. . · .
·
history.
So
it
shouldn't
come
as
a
stlirprise
tHat
Glenn Harriswasted·
· · little time· securing
Mazda's
first win of the
1987
season· in San
Diego.
Unleashing
the
~azda_B2000's 270J
totary-4fiven
horsepower,
Harris
·
flew off
the
starting
grid,
grabbed
~
he
-
lead
and
never
lo_
o1:<ed
back.
, . -
Obviously,
Harris and the
Ca.liforriia
Gold
Racing
T~am
have
_ .
. their sights
set
on
:what
lie~
ahead< Another. · 1 · 1 ·
.a•...illLICI>~
· ·
· successful
year
f
or
Mazda
1n
198'Z
; . -. . _
~
. , _ ·
..)
i
•J
. . . . I
Schedule of Events for this race wlll start wilh Aeglstrallon opening
on
Thursday, November
5,
from
10
:
1
00 a.in.
to 6:00 p.m. Conllngency Verllicalion ·and Technical Inspection will be from
11:00
a.m. to
6:30
p.m. on
Thursday. The
mandatory
Drivers/Aiders Meeling will
be
held
at
7:30
p.m., location to be annou~ced at
. Registration.
..
11
1,11111
Si,
tl
.Anlc11;0
· i
l
.,
r'
P,mlnSunf.,,nat,dn
\
,.,nlo
Son(
APPROXIMATE COURSE MILEAGE: 716 Tdtal Miles
. . . . I
Ensenada
to
Ojos
Negros
...
.
....
.
...
30
VIiia Del Sol .
to
Mike's
Ski y
Rancho
...
60
OJos
Negros
lo
El Rayo
.............
20
Mike's
Sky
Rancho
to
El
Carrlcilo
.•..
34
El
Rayo
to
Nuevo
Junction
......
.....
45 El
Carrlcllo
to
Colon
la
Juerrero
...
· .
..
22
Nuevo
Junction
to
Tres Pozos
....
,
..
65
Colonla
Guerrero
to
SaJo
Tomas
...
101
Tres
Pozos
to
VIiia
Del
Sol
. .
.........
61
Santo
Tomas
lo
Ojos
N l
gros
..
..
.
..
..
50 I
VIiia Del Sol
lo
Agua Caliente 50
)-
Ojos
Negros
to
Ensenadla . . .
..
......
. 30 .
Agua Callenle lo San Rafael
.........
55
San Rafael to San Felipe 40
DO
NOT
PRE-RUN
THIS
SECTION
San
fellpe
lo
VIiia
Del
So~
. : : : : : : : : : : : 53
UNTIL
OCTOBER
51
I
J
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\ -
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··
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:f
\\
<(Jf>
nlf
~ I
.
ll
Cl
0(
SAHi,
Toyo
"r'A
OFFICIAL
I,
TRUCK
OFSCORE
INTERNATKJNAI:.
BOSCH
Additional
Happenings
December 9-11,
1988
SNORE
San
Felipe 250
, Southern
Nevada
Off
San
Felipe,
BC,
Mexico · Ro
ad
Enthusiasts
SCORE
( non-p
oi
nts raee)
P.O.
Box
4394
Score International
La
~
Vegas,
NV
89106
31356
Via
Colinas, Suite
111
(702) 452-4522
Westlake
Village,
CA 91362
(818) 889-9216
SCORE
CANADA
October
31
390 Chemin Du
La
c
Yoko Loco
November
6-8,
1987
L
ery
., Quebec,
Las
Vegas,
NV
Baja
1000
Ensenada, B.C., Mexico
J6N 1A3, Canada
December 5
(514) 692-6171
Black
Jack 200
December
5,
1987
May
21-22,
1988
Las
Vegas,
NV
Desert Series Awards Banquet
Las
Vegas,
NV
Montreal Olympic Stadium
Montreal, PQ, Canada
December 12
S.O.R.R.P.
San
Felipe 250
Speedway Off Road
San
Felipe, B.C., Mexico
SILVERBOWL OF
Racing Productions
(a non-points race)
Bernie Weber
MOTOCROSS
P.O.
Box
402
January 29-31,
1988
Roger Wells
Temple, Texas 76503
Parker 400
225 W. Foster
Ave
;
(817) 773-3548
Parker,
AZ
Henc;le~son,
NV
89015
(702) 564-2677
April
1-3,
1988
·
(All
events but the
fin
ale
Great Mojave 250
SHORT TRACK
Lucerne Valley, CA
held at
Las
V el(as
OFF
ROAD
International
Rac
eway.)
ENTERPRISES ·
June
3-5,
1988
FORMULA DESERT
Baja
Internacional
DOG
SERIES
Ensenada,
BC,
Mexico
S.T.O.R.E. Co-Ordinator:
SILVER
DUST
RACING
August 19-21,
1988
ASSOCIATION
Off Road World Championship
P.O.
Box
7380
November 4>6
Las
Vegas,
NV
89125
(702) 459-0317
Baja
1000
Ensenada,
BC,
Mexico
October
31
December 3,
1988
Silver Dust 250
Off Roadsman Awards Banquet
Las
Vegas,
NV
(location TBA)
COi(
DELE,
Gil
NOV.
2 8
114
ENTRY
FEE
T
0 T A L
D U E
.
Gil
Parker
7406
So.
12th St.
Kalamazoo,
MI
49009
(616) 375-1233
October 3
Indian Summer Sprints
Lake Geneva
Raceway
Lake Geneva, WI
PRE-REGISTERED
DRAWING
TO
BE
HELD
AT:
LITHIA
AUTOMOTIVE
SATURDAY
NOV.
14,1987
11:
00
AM
$
$
$
103.00
123
.
00
148.00
D-CLASS
1-2
1600
CLASS-10
Page
8
DIRECTIONS
TO
TRACK:
PRE-REGISTRATION
DEADLINE
11
:-
11-87
ALL
·DRIVERS
MU
ST
BE
G.
O.R.R
. A. KEHBERS.
IF
YOU
JOINEoiT
LAST TEARS
"250•
YOUR
HEHBERSHIP EXPIRED
OCTOBER
Jl,
AND
YOU
.
MUST
JOIN
AGAIN
. -
Going
South
From
Atlanta
on
I-75
Take
Exit-35,
Turn
Right.
Interstate
Raceway,
300
Yards
On
Right.
*Days
Inn
At
Same
Exit
To
The
-
Left.
FR
ID
A
Y:
TECH
& REGISTRATION
5:00-7:00
PM
SATURDAY:
TECH
INSPECTION
& REGISTRATION
DRIVERS MEETING
RACE
STARTS
FOR
FURTHER
INFORMATION
CONTACT
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·N
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October
1987
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Plaza
.
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.,
Suite 270
· Newport
Beach,
CA
92660
(714) 760-1606
SUPERIOR OFF
ROAD
DRIVERS ASSOCIATION
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1006 Cardinal
Lane
Green
Bay,
WI 54303
( 414) 434-9044
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AUTO
CROSS
P.O.
Box
55221
Tucson,
AZ
85703
(602) 887-8752
October 9
November 1,
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Valley
Off Road Racing Association
1833
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Robles
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SCORE/HDRA
Manufacturer's
Advisory
Board
Report
How
stock
should
a desert
off
road
racing truck
be?
That
basic
question
is
.
now
before
the
truck
manufacturers involved in
the
Score
/
HORA
desert
racing
series.
Attendees
at
the
manufacturer's
ad
visory
com
-
mittee meeting
on
August
24
in
Riverside,
the
day Jollowing
the
Stroh
's
Score
Off
Road
World
Championship,
were asked for
their
comments
in writing
on
this
and
other
controversial ques-
tions
that
·
must
be answered
before a
1989
rule
book
can
be
written
.
The
request
came from Bill
Savage,
.
chairman
of
the
Technical
Committee,
and
from
Walt
Lott
and
Sal
Fish,
presidents
of
the
two racing
organizations,
High
Desert
Racing Association
and
Score
International, which
combined
two
years ago
to
form
the
unique
series.
Bob
Mount
of
Yokohama
Tire
Corp.
suggested
the
sport
had
strayed from
the
concept
of
mini
metal
(mini
pickups)
and
heavy
metal ( full size pickups,
four
wheel drives).
He
added
that
the
organizers
could
simply
promote
truck
classes as
two
wheel drive
production/non-production
and
four wheel drive
production/
non-production.
. .
Another
suggestion was
that
V-8
engine
powered
vehicles
be
·
considered heavy metal
and
4
and
6 cylinder vehicles
be
considered mini metal.
Driver
Rod
Hall, a guest
at
the
meeting,
posed
the
question, for
which there was
no
immediate
answer:
"Do
you
manufacturers
want
to
see a silhouette truck
class
or
a
dune
buggy truck class?
Or
do
you
want
the rules
to
specify
production
trucks?" Hall
was referring
to
rule
book
language covering Class 4 ( 4
wheel drive
production,
long
wheelbase),
but
discussion at
the
meeting indicated concern
about
the
direction technology may
take in all
the
truck classes
to
increase
the
cost
of
off
road
racing-.
.
Other
topics for which Savage
sought
written
comments
within
30
days included guidelines for
technical
r-ules
governing Classes.
7 Emini pickups), 7S (stock mini
pickups)
and
7
4x4
· ( 4
wheel"
drive mini pickups),
and
how
to
·
deal with
the
loss
or
merger
of
Classes· 3 ( 4 wheel . · drive
production,
short
wheelbase), 6
(production
automobiles)
and
14
( 4 wheel drive modified)
into
other
existing
Glasses.
·
Frank . DeAngelo,.
Uniroyal
Goodrich
racing
executive,
displayed a handful
of
responses
from Class 3
competitors
to
queries
about
"
the
reasons for a
shortage
of
entries
in
their class,
and
he
commented
that
they felt
handicapped
by
current
rules.
Statistician .Danny ·.
Cau
con-
firmed
that
Class 3 total entries
took
a plunge in
numbers
from
72 in 1985 and
75in
1986
to
34
so
far ·in 1987.
•.
Savage said
it
seems likely
that
Classes 3, 14
and
6 will
not
reach
the
minimum
number
1
of
total
entr
i,tj\S
save their classes
from
extinction in 1988.
He
also said
there
was
some
question
about
how
Class 6 vehicles might
be
combined
with another .class.
Sal Fish reported a presenta-
tion made by Bobby l!Jnser
on
behalf
·
of
·
the
Pikes
Peak
Hillclimb organizers for
HORA
and
Score
to
administer a Class 7
division
of
competition
next year
at
Pikes Peak. Fish asked for
comment.
The
next meeting
I
for
the
Advisory Board was sbheduled
for Friday, December
4,
at
the
Gold
Coast
Hotel & Casino in
Las Vegas,
one
day
prior
to
the
annual awards
banquet
for
the
desert series.
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ROAD
WORLD
CHAMPlc;)NSHIP
backed teams.
. Practice began early
on
Friday
morning, and there were
some
changes in
the
track configura-
tion.
Course
designer
Dick
Dahn
lengthened
the
run
on
the
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More
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by
the
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Frank Vessels was a
happy
man
at
Riverside, as he took the lead in the late laps
of
the
Hungus
Heavy Metal Challenge
and
Frank
won
the last race
at
Riverside overall
by
a
huge
margin
in the Class 8 Chevrolet.
famous
Thompson
ridge, the
only
real straight
on
the track,
and
also
eliminated
most
of
the
hazards
of
the
Oklahoma
land
rush sytle
start
by running the
cars only half the distance as
before, while all abreast, then
funneling
into
a much wider
gentle left
turn
behind
turn
7
than the former right angle turn
that used to
put
a lot
of
racers
on
their lids before they even got
to
the spectator areas. ·While some
of
the knife edged jumps in the
"esses" seemed more suited
to
motorcycles
than
cars,
and
turned
out
to
be tough
on
equipment, most
of
the drivers
liked the new
start
design and the
longer ridge
run,
especially
favored by the heavy horsepower
folks.
The
pits were buzzing after the
first truck practice.
The
talk was
about
the incredible lap times
Walker
Evans was turning in his
new Dodge Dakota powered by a
440
V-8.
The
flipping
on
track
and frantic repair work
iri
the pits
started
almost
immediately.
Roger Mears·
broke
his desert
Nissan in practice, and then
rolled the
short
course racer in
the same hole.
And
Spencer Low
got his yearly Riverside flip done
in practice this time. Rod Hall's
Dodge was hauled back
to
Long
Beach to replace
both
the. trans
and transfer case·, and so it went.
There was a. good bit
of
damage
among the
open
wheel ranks as
well.
It was billed as the second
The
water trucks kept the
annual last ever Riverside Race, course very wet
on
Friday, and
which was the first event ever the mud was
both
sticky and
organized by Score International, tricky, especially for the desert
way back in
1973
.
The
lS
th
drivers
on
desert style tires.
By
edition provided all the action the
end
of
the Friday practice
and then some the faithful fans
of
this mid-summer madness have
mo
st
had done plenty
of
practice
laps,
but
some, who wrecked
come
to
ex~t-
More classes
early, spent the day working
on
than one
cou
d
count
were
on
th
e their chargers.
The
truck racers
roster, some, albeit, with only a had plenty
of
time, since they'did
few entries. But, the entire range
not
race until Sunday,
but
the
of
desert and stadium cars were
other
pits
were very
busy
scheduled, along with Odysseys replacing suspension and drive
and all the motorcycle engined trains in various classes.
classes that run in Score events. After
short
prnctice _sessions
It began · quietly
on
th
e for the classess running
on
Thursday late in August, with the . Saturday, the racing started
tech and contingency inspection midday with Qualifying Heat 1
all
afternoon,
a
nd
th
e all for the Stadium Class 10 cars.
important
pit
set up went
on
in
With
close to
40
on
the entry list,
the infield. Moving the race bqck this class was split
into
two heats
a week
on
the calendar
to
accommodate the
CART
race
at
for qualifying, a
nd
16
made the
first heat start. · ·
Pocono seemed
to
have
coS
t
Young
Rob
Gordon
grabbed
Greg
George
won
overall in the first
Championship
race
on
Saturday
, leading every
one
of
the ten laps in
his
potent
UltraStock Mazda.
some
out
of
sta
te entry
th
is
year. the lead
off
the line with veteran
But, the pit area was. full
of
Frank Arciero, Jr.
on
his tail and
hopeful privateers
as
well as the dad Bob
Gordon
in third. They
regulars in their fenced
off
finished the first lap in that
order
enclosures typical
of
the factory with Al Arciero fourth, followed
David
Kreisler
did
a few
nose
stands
in
his
Mazda
powered
UltraStock
,
but
the
car
builder
kept his design on track
for
second
in the class.
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·
Dave Parsons charges past the 5-1600
of
Dave
Hendrickson
en route to the
_victory in the rather slim Class 5 contest
for
a Riverside run.
. October 1987
by Larry Noel and Danny Rice.
After two. laps Frank Arciero was
ahead
of
Rob,
but
only by inches,
Bob
Gordon
had
about
a foot
lead
on
Larry· Noel, and Al
Arciero was
just
ahead
of
Rice.
The
field had thinned consider-
ably.
Rob
Gordon
flipped
on
the
next lap, handing the lead
to
Frank Arciero,
and
the others
held in tight formation.
Midway in the eight lapper
Frank Arciero had a good lead
on
Bob
Gordon
who had Larry Noel
right
on
his tail.
Al
Arciero held
fourth
in
front
of
a tight battle
between Jim Fishback, Jr. and
Danny Rice, who were followed
by
Kevin
Probst
and
Rob
Dusty
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Gordon, who had lost a couple
of
laps ..
Out
early were Oreg George
and Scott Taylor
and
a couple
others. Frank Arciero won the
heat, followed ·by-Larry Noel,
Bob Gordon, ·
Al
Arciero, Jim ·
Fishback, Jr:,
Danny
Rice and
Kevin. Probst_. In all, eleven were
running·
at
.the checkered flag.
Almost : all the motorcycle
engined
classes
raced
.
on
· Saturday, interspersed with the
car events, The first
of
the
World
Championship car events held
- five.classes; 5, 5-1600, Desert
l-
2~1600, UltraStockarid
11,with
three, eleven, thirteen, four and
four srari:ers· ·respectively. This
was a ten lap dash, and not tnany
were running
at
the finish, 'and
few
covered
teri.
laps
wii:h
'a delay
start for some classes.
In
UltraStocks Vince Tjelme-
land grabbed the early lead in his
Nissan,
but
by the end
of
a lap
Greg George had his Mazda
out
front. George led the race
all
the
. way
to
finish first overall
as
well.
Midway, Tjelmeland faded back,·
and Dave Kreisler moved his·
super iong Mazda into' second,
and he finished second overall as .
well
as in Ultrastocks.
Tjelmeo..
land was back
in
the .pack,
but
did all .ten laps for third
in
class.
The Class 5 action started
out
fast with
Ed
Mailo leading Pete
Sohren
and
· Dave . Parsons.
Sohren took over'the lead
on
!he.
- second lap,
but
during the third ·
· round his manifold broke and
the carb
fell
off
. Mailo
fell
back
among the 1600s, and Parsons
carried
on
to win Class 5 and take
seventh overall.
Mike Williams got the hole .
shot
.iri
Class
.1-2~1600
action,
and he kept the class lead
all
the
way
to
' victory
in
· the two seat
Chenowth
.
However,
Jim
Fishback,
Jr
., a recent convert to
desert racing
but
a veteran -
motorcycle and .short course
driver, stayed with Williams all
the way, his · Racecb finishing
second
in
class·.
By
.
our
count
the .
pair were second and fourth
overall. Rick Frisby got his
Raceco in third in class and sixth
overall,
followed
by
·
Jim
Fishback, Sr., Raceco. Roger
Mears,
Jr.
came in fifth in class,
· the last
of
the ten lap 1-2-1600
finishers. ·
The best dice
of
the-entire race
was in Class 5-1600, although
two, Robert Jones
and
Stacy Fay
vanished
on
the
first.lap. Locked
in close combat
all
the
way
were
Mike Lesle and
Cameron
Steele .
. Lesle led the early laps,
but
Steele
got past h_im
on
lap 3, and these
· two drivers
used
to race the
de~eri
as
a team. Further back
Richard Kent; Daniel Drake and
. Max Razo were having a good
battle. It was hard to f9llow this ·
bunch
as
they got well mixed in
with 'the other classes.
At
the
finish Cameron Steele won the 5-
··
·
1600
honors
despite losing
second gear
on
the sixth lap. ·
Lesle hung
,on
in second place,,
just barely ahead
of
Max Razo.
· Kent . finished· fourth and Drake
.
was
fifth,
both
on
the·same lapas
.the w'inner. · ·
..
. · ·
Kathy Fay and Kerry Rauch
three. wheeled . into sixth
in
5-
. 1600, as l<;ithy and her .sister
Stacy. 'collided
on
the first' lap,
Colorado racer
Ed
Mailo started
out
in .the _ Class 5 lead, but late breaking
troubles dropped
hil7!
back in the pack
to
second in the clas~. . . · . .
Hopping
past the Baja Bug traffic, Rick Frisby drove his
RaceGo
h.ard in
th1;
-five .
class race, and:.Rick finished a strong third in desert
1600s.
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Cameron Steele won the tightest fight in the first event, taking the 5-1600 lead at
one ti1irdWstance and holding on tight to win the race. ·
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Mike Williams
got
the hale shot in.his Chenow_
th
in·th_eDesert
1-2~1
.
60
.0 bash, a.
~d
he.kept the
two
seater
out
front
altthe
way to the victory. · .
~ngine
on
. lap 4. •. . ·
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. the
dµd,
bui:
only
by a
few
yaids
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in
Class over Mark DeNu.nzio and David
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' !ap. The mixed speed potential
of
. There was fome discussion
i:he
five classes . in the race about the post race. tech
for
the
portended some early
on
course · restr_icted engine classes
'.
in
this
collisions. The· surviving pair, · race,
as
the Chief Tech Inspector
Jack
Zandbergen . and- Mark . was not
at
the track
on
Saturday
DeNunzio, had their own race afternoon. However, the P & G
going and were never far apart. check and regula.
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inspection was
, ]fhe-y
both
conw_leted seven
lap~
done on
all
the
n;1oney
winners,
µnder _the ch_eckered
flag.
Jack as usual. .
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his
son
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Hendrick ridil)g shotgun, wori
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Bug
running
at
the
..
flag'. Among
the
missing were favorites . '
Eric
Arras,
out
on
lap
2i
and David
Hendrickson,
who
grenaded
ari
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Mike
Lesle
fought-hard
with
his
former
racing
partner,
but-
this
rou_nd
.
L~sle
had
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to settle for second placein the
wild
Class 5-1600 action. · · I .
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Class 10 heat, ·
and this bunch really flew
off
the
. start with·Gary Dircks
iri.
the lead . ·
after the first
tum,
followed by
Lee
Wue
s thoff and Larry Noel.
Af.rer
two
of
the eight laps, Eric
Arras forged ahead
of
Dircks,
who had Jerry Whelchel
hot
on
his
bumper
, W,uesthoff was next
with Mitch Mustard only inches
behind,· Dirc:ks spun
on
the ·
pavement
on
, the thi n;I lap and
dropped back, and the battle
formed
. between
Arras
and
· · Whelchel, with Dircks in third·
fighting
off
Wuesthoff, Mustard ·
. and Billy Beck. .
On
lap 6 Whelchel passed
· Arras for the lead, Dircks held
third,
Mustard
·
was
next,
Wuesthoff
dropped
i:?ack
after a
rollover, and
Beck
vanished.
Attrition was high
as
Phil Carter
lost a wheel,
bu
t drove on just
like
his uncle Ron often does.
· After eight
la:ps
Jerry Whelchel ;
won the heat, Arras
was
second
followed b~ Dircks, Mustard
and
Wuesth.off: Only these.five plus
Jeff Probst; Randy Rinehart and
Jimmy Nichols
we
.re ori the lead
lap 'in eight laps. The Rough
Driving Committee set Whelchel
back. to third, for something
we
.
sure didn't see, giving Arras the ·
official ,win and Dircks the
officia,I
second.
To
be fair, one
can only see one third
of
the
Riverside
course
from
ariy
ground level viewing.position.
The final rac·e
on
Saturday was
for
both Stadium Class 1 and
Stadium Class 1-2-1600. The
·
combo
worked
we,,11
despite the
:
vast
·
difference
·
in
speed
·
potential.The
big glitch was that
a
halfdozeri
·
of
the
cars
in
one
class
wore
the ·
exatt
. satne
. number as a half dozen in the
other class. It made -it tough
on
the scoring. team ·
and
the
spectators. ·
Max Razo
kept
up
the pace in his.5-1600 charger,
and
.stayed with the leaders all
the way
tofinish
a very close
third
in; the keen contest. · ·
· Mark
DeNunzio
and
David
Ficiley kept the
ieaderin
sight
alt'the way,
but
they ran
~econd
most
of
the time
and
also
at
the Class
11
finish.·
Roger Mears,
at
the helm
of
Jack
Wayre's
'V-8
powered
Chenowth, took
off
fast, like he
always does in this car, to lead
Al
·
Arciero,
Greg · George, and
. Danny Rice
off
the 'lirie:in the ten . .
Roger
Mears
tod
k_
off
like a r<icket in the V
0
8
powered
.Chenowth,
but
a
rollover
.
car Class 1 dash '
for.
ten
laps.
In
.
or
the last lap
put
him
down
to'secbnd in Sta?ium
Class
1.
the 1600 starting drag race, ·
despite the dupe numbers, \
ve
.
think S~ott . Taylor led Jeff
Probst, Mike McCrory, Jerry
Whelchel, Rick Frisby and Paul
Shaver into the esses. ' ·
After
on
e lap Me.ars boomed
around
in
. the Class l lead, Al ·
Arciero held second, f91lowed by
-Greg George, Kevin Probst; -
Danny Rice and Bob
Gordon
.
Al
Arciero flipped
out
.bf conten-
tion on the
chi.rd
lap, al)d, after a
. bad start
,'
Frank Arciero moved
up. to dice for third with Kevin
Probst and Bob Gordon. Soon·
Roger Mears had a hefty lead
over Greg George. Probst held
third over
Gordon
and Frank
Arciero and' by now the .1600s
were mixing. it up with the
unlimited back · markers .. Also .
missing
were.
Ed
Martensen and
Larry Noel, but Max Razo
was
going strong. All
but
Probst,
in
a
Berrien Laser, were driving
Chenowths.
Midway Mears was .unchal-
lenged, George held second, and
Frank Arciero was now third
·. ahead
of
Probst, and Danny Rice
was next. Then.George lost his
left front wheel
on
lap 7,
but
carried'
on
to finish the lap, and
Probst vanisheJ
on
the next
round. Arciero was closing in
on
Mears,
who
was
losing his
brakes. Rice was now third,
but
Pagc11
Jeff
Probstf/naily
'
got
h
is
long
sought
Riverside Championship,
as
he led the
later laps in St;;idium .1-2-1600 and·scored a great victory in the Berrien.
Jerry
Whelchermade
a rare appearanc~ in 1~2-1600,
driving
his
funco
fast
enough to score a
solid
third
place in the Stadium side
of
the class . .
October
1'987
Jack
and
Hendrick
Zand
bergen
had
to
run
hard
every inch
6f1heway
ito scor~
the Class
11
victory·-in a
surprisingly
'Close race in the class.
F;ank
Arciero, Jr. ran
second
in
Stadium
Class 1
until
the final lap when the
.
Chenowth
took over first place
and
the win, despite a flat tire.
Colorado
racer
Danny
.Rice . raced
hard
in Stadium Class 1
ahd
,drove his .
Chenciwth to a gp'od
third
place
is
this fast mov;;•ig, s,eldom:seen class.
Mike
McCror
y-
moved
.into
second
place i
n'
Stadium
1-2-1600
midway)n
the
ra
ce
and
tie
hung
on to finish
second
in the nosta/gic·
looking
Hi
Jumper.
L~rryR
,
agland
gave t~e,;Ch~vy fans
sqmething
to ~heer
about
as
hewon
the
v,ery
close race in_ Desert
C/a5.~
7, with Roger Mears
right
behind
him
. . · ·
Dusty
TlffiC!
\.
didn't
go
much fa~ther.
Arciero blew:a front tire in the ·
wanirig laps,
but
on
the white
flag
·
lap Mears
'.
completely ran
out
of
brakes
and
flipped in the·
swi.tchbacks. Frank Arciero; Jr.
_hobbled in after ten
hps
to win
the race .overall and win Stadium
Class
1.
Roger Mears was second
,in class, with nine laps done, and
Danny
Rice covered eight laps
for third place. Greg George was
fourth and Kevin Probst fifth,
both getting in seven laps.
The
1600s
had
· a
·.
better
finishing rate,
but
after
the
early
clo§e fight between Jeff Probst
and:
&ott
Taylor, who retired
on
lap 4 with engine trouble.
i't
was
orily_a matter
of
Jeff getting to the ·
finish line,
or
neadyso.
Midway,
•·
. with some
of
the traffic down,
Mike
. -·
McCrory
.
moved
into
second; followed ,
by
.
Andy
Anderson and Jerry Whelchel.
Anderson
and
Whelchel had
·.
a
short
.dice, then Jerry went past. ·
At the flag ,Jeff Probst
w.on
, his ,
first Riverside title, ;ind .
th'e
· Ulinois Berrien driver has spent
several years · trying
for
that
honor-: Jeff was-second overall in
the· race. Mike . McCrory also
.finished ten . laps .
fot
:a' solid ·
second
in
class, and third overall.
With
. nine laps · done,
··
Jen:y ·. ·
· Whelchel,. was third in· class, ·
Andy. Anderson ·
was
·
founh
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Scott
Douglas tried very hard. in his Ford Ranger;
bui
he
could
at
get
by
.
L;o;,.,,
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. followed
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and Douglas took a very
clo5.
_e second place i~ Class
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Pete Sohren dro~e his
Mitsubishi
to
a fine
third
in c·
1ass
7S
, ·
and.
here moves over.
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. Sherman Balch drove John Deetz's brand new Nissan very well, breaking
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right and also scoring a fine second place in Class r 4x4.
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midway
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white
flag
lap. But-somewhere in with Dougl~s
on
his
bumper
all
of
Riverside next
on
Sunday . .A Midway· Ashcraft took th~ lead .
Rick Boyer, Mike Goodbody, the lap Mears lost time,
but
~e the way. Pete Sohren· kept his surprise entry was Al Arciero, · from Arciero; who then r.etired
Paul, Shaver and Carlos Z,uniga, held his second overall and m Mitsubishi· together for a good .
..
driving Nick
Gross'
TsMag tliat
on
the next
round
·with a
bent
;ill
covering nine laps. Ten
of
the Class 7. Larry Ragland went
on
third in class, ninth overall, · had a fresh paint job. Arciero. axle. Walters moved -i_n
on
·
17 starters were running at the to
give
Chevrolet its first
of
.followedcloselybyDaveTurner, sped into the lead
off
the start Ashcraft through the eighth lap,
·
flag.
. · se'
veral.
wins
at
Riverside
. Mazda, the last one running in and stayed there through.the first · and third running Rountree was
A husky wind bl~w
in
late Although he has led races many Class 7S. lap. Following_ in tight were back some distance, ·tra_iled by
Saturday, and cleared away the times at this track,
this
was · Mike Lesle led every lap. in
Danny
Ashcraft,
·
Race
co,
. -Frank Evans,, Dii-trix, and
JQel
worstofthesmogonSunday
.
AII
Larry's
first ever Riverside Class
T4x4
in
his Jeep, and he Dwaine Walters, W .R.,
Don
Stankovich,
Sandhawk
..
The
weekend .the weather had
b..een
championship. Roger Mears, Jr., came in fifth overall to
boot
in Rountree, Sandwinder, and
Russ
leaders.stayed
d9se
through nine
surprisingly cool for the area in in dad's older . desert Nissan, the mixed bag
of
mini trucks.
At
· Winkler. Arciero got a clear lead laps.
August,
but
the smog had been finished . third in Class 7 and
the
flag
Sherman Balch had the · in the next lap, but, after four ··
On
the last. lap Walters
heavy uhtil the winds came.
The
seventh overall, doing
all
eight brand new, never run before
rounds
.
of
the
· terf lappet', .
dropped
back
from
Danny
wind lasted
all
· through the laps in a well paced race. Nissan right behind the Jeep for
'Ashcraft
was back
--
on
Al's
rear ·
Ashcraft,
who
. '
took
the
Sunday events.
· · . The 7S battle raged
on
the second. in class, sixth overall. A cage, closely tagged
by
'Walters. ·
checkered
flag
to
win the
The Sunday morning
Pf'\lCtice
entire distance,
but
Spencer Low lap down, Jerry McDonald got These guys
hadagreatracegoing.
Challenger
honors.
Dwaine
produced some casualties among
won
the
· class
honors
, and · the Chevy home third, followed . There had been some t~~gles Walters, driving in
just
his
the truck drivers. Walker Evans :finished third overall, with Scott .
by,
Carl Jackson, Nissan, and in the switchbacks in the early second.
off
road race, was
~n
easy
crashed the Dodge Dakota in the . Douglas close enough
to
take Wayne Detnonja, Mazda. _ laps, putting several cars
out
of
second.
Don
Rountree was all
switchbacks, Jack Johnson broke fourth overall and · second in A Juli field
of
24 Challenger the race, including contender alone
in
third, followed by Frank
a tie roq
on
his Nissan, and . class. Low said it was a tough run cars tried the lumps and
bumps
Rich Minga, who lost· a tire. · Evans and Joel Stankovich, _all
usually steady Larry Schwacofer
flipped 'the '55 Chevy. Steve
"Kelley
Jost
the Chevy's drive
shaft, and Walker Evans lost oil
pres~ure on the Dodge
Ram
50,
but
1t
·turned
out
to
be
a bad
. gauge.
A!I
the damage
wa~
fixed
by race. time. . · .
There were a pair
of
JeepMini
Metal Challenge events this year,
one for the three
Desert
Class 7
categories,
and-
one
just
for the -
Stadium trucks·. The first race
on
Sunday was. · for the ·aesert ·
runners in Classes 7, . 7S and 7
4x4, and nearly twenty · trucks
were on the grid. Each
of
the C
. three class winners would receive
identical $ 1000 bonus checks . . Dwaine
Walters
stayed with
the
Challenger
leaders
,t
he
entire
race
, and finished
fr
om
AMC
Jeep along with the a fine
second
in
class
in
his
first
outing
at
Riverside
.
regular payback.
Roger Mears got his Class 7
. Nissan
off
the line first and led ·
Larry Ragland, Chevy S-10, by a
few car lengths,
followed
by
Dave Ashley, 7S Jeep and Scott
· Douglas, 7S Ford. Mears had
Ragland right oil his
bumper
after one lap.
,-
Spenc~r Low,
Nissa_n, w_as now
:,
third overall,
leading Douglas and Ashley in
7S. Sixth
on
the:road,
Mike
Lesle
was leading 7 4x4 in his J~ep;
trailed by Roger Mears,Jr., Class
7 Nissan. Then came Sherman
Balch in John Deetz's brand new
7 4x4 Nissan, and Carl Jackson,
Nissan. ·
This championship race had
been shortened to eight laps, and
after three rounds, Mears had
Ragland alongside half the time,
but
Roger held the lead. Spencer
Low was having a similar dice
with Scott Douglas, while Mike .
Lesle_ had a good lead in 7 4x4 .
over Sherman Balch. Further ·
back
Carl
Jackson,
Jerry
McDonald, Dave
Turner
and
Pete Sohren were.
all
nose to tail
,'
but
in two different classes. ·
Midway Mears opened up a_
good lead as Ragland
lost
ignition,
but
after a shori: delay
the Chevy S-10 restarted. Low
and Douglas were still locked in
close combat, and the others
strung out. Paul .Simon and Dave
Ashley were among the missing,
_ and Mike Horner, retired
on
lap
6.
·
After
five laps Ragland cal\ght
up
to
-Mears again, and was.
challenging.
Only
nine trucks
remained
on
the lead lap at this
point.
On
lap 5 L;my Ragland
whipped
p-ast
Roger Mears
to
. take. the lead,
but
not
bymuch
..
Just behind the two leaders Low
;md . Douglas were still close
enough to touch. Lesle was now
fifth
on
the road and leading the
7 4x4 action.
The 'two ·pair
of
class leaders
were ~till tight ht:ading into the
Robby Gordon borrowed
his
dad's
desert Chenowth,
and
fie
shot intbthe Desert
-
Class
2_
lead
off
the
start, held it ali
the
way
to
win
overall
and
in
Class
2.
Al'Arciero
is
,having a good summer, and
he
.
drove
his
Desert
Class
1 Funco
to
a
strong second overall and
the
Class
1 victory
at
Riverside
.
John
Hagle
won his first
time
out at
Riverside
taking
the
hard fought for victory
in
Desert
Class
10
in
his championship winning
Raceco
. -
October
-
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Don Rountree favors his mid7engined Sandwinder for Challenger racing, .and -
the
Riverside
resident
drov~
this
Sandwinder
to a
fine
third
. .
Mike
Cun<;J
brought his Class 2 Chenowth out for
the
Riverside rim and
he
took
second
in
class and foµrth overail
in
the
_ desert
class
, ranks. '
Larry Noel stayed close for
the
ten
laps,
but h_e had
to
settle for second
in
Dese;t
Class
1 and third overall
in
the
spiffy Chaparral.
Bill Sallenbach-stayed with
the
, Desert
Class
10
leader for over nine
laps,
.
dropped a bit of tipw but still got second
in
his
Raceco.
Dusty _
Tlancs
.
that completed ten laps . .Ashcraft
said
at
the finish line,
"This
race
.
is
one third start,
one
third
racing, and one third tech
inspection after the race. I'm
going
to
try to win the tech third
right
now,"
which he'did. Danny
was disqualified
on
a fan shroud
technicality last year.
Desert Classes 1, 2 and 10
were next
on
the schedule with
seven in 1, six in 2, and nine in
10, as most desert racers were
saving their cars for the desert,
apparently.
Off
the start Rob
Gordon, in Bob's championship
winning Class 2 Chenowth,
grabbed the lead with Mike
Lund, Chenowth
on
his tail.
Next came Al Arciero in his
Class 1 Funco and Larry Noel,
Class 1 Chaparral, plus
-Jim
Vanzant in the now wingless V-8
Chenowth
driven by Roger
Mears the day before.
Bill
, Sallenbach led John Hagle in the
Raceco contest in Class 10, and
to the rear the field strung
out
fast. ·
After three laps
Rob
Gordon
had a decent lead,
but
Al
Arciero,
Mike
Lund and Larry
Noel were nose to tail fighting for
second. Brad Person moved his
Class 10 Dirtrix in
to
challenge
the Class 10 leaders, and Hagle
was now in front ofSallenbach.
Missing already were Marty
. Lerner in Danny's big Raceco-
Porsche; John Say, also in Class
2, and Bob Austin and Ron
Carter in Class 10.
Danny Thompson scored anotherS-10 victory for Chevrolet, taking the lead in
Stadium Class 7 midway in the eight lap run, and-he won by a
good
margin.
I
Sherman Balch held up the honor.of Nissan in the Class 7 Stadium race, taking
over third place on the last lap and holding
it
to the finish.
Bob
Gordon made a late pass on the last lap in his Chenowth to take the second
place
glory
in the huge main event
for
Stadium Class
10
cars.
Home town
boy
from Riverside Eric Arras had a fine time in Stadium Class
10
as
he won the second heat race
and
took fourth in the busy main event.
Dusty
Tlma
Midway in the ten lap run
young
Gordon
had a good lead
over the trio to the rear. Noel was
now
right
behind
Arciero,
working
on
second, and Lund
stayed ·close.
Tim
Kennedy
stalled his Chapparal and was
out
of
it. Hagle and Sallenbach still
fought
hard for Class 10 honors,
followed by Brad Person, the last
one on the lead
laJD
. After eight
rounds
Gordon
had a hefty lead,
but
Arciero, Lund and Noel were
· nose to tail, and the
1
Class 10 trio
were hard
at
it also.
Rob
Gordon,
.with his friend
·
Todd
Hays ·riding
along~
took .a
most convincing
wi
1
n overall and
in Class 2. Rob graciously
thanked his fathe~ for lending
him the car. The three way tussle
for second overall continued all
the way to the checkered
flag.
Second overall and the Class 1
victory went
to
Al
Arciero in his
Funco, his first win at Riverside.
Larry Noel nailed third overall
and second in Class 1, followed
by Mike Lund, second in Class 2.
John Hagle won Class
10
and
placed fifth overall
in
his first
race at Riverside.
Bill
Sallenbach
felL
back a good distance' at
i:h
e
finish,
but
· still held second in
class, a lap down, followed
clbsely by Brad Person, third in
Class 10. Only five ·completed
th
,e
ten
laps.
The
radical
Chenowth
Arrow
of
Phil Blurton
started
out
looking good,
but
the
rear suspension collapsed
on
this
v~{Y different Class 1 car, arid he
Ivan Stewart tried hafd in his Toyota,
sur
~ived all the traffic hazards,
but
he
finished second in the Mini Metal run for Class 7 Stadium trucks.
Frank Arciero,
Jr
. had a super weekend, and
he
won
not
only the first heat but
also the main event for Stadium Class
10
in his Chenowth.
Tommy Croft
got
a slow start in the heat race,
but
he came on strong in the
Stadium Class
10
main\event, taking third in {he Chenowth.
Tom Haliburda kept his new Ford tidy and together in the Heavy Metal bash, and
he sailed in to finish second in Class B and third overall.
October
1987
was fourth, a lap behind Jim
Vanzant.
An even dozen started the
Stadium
Jeep
Mini
Metal
Challenge, all the factory folks
. plus privateer Joey Moore.
Off
the line Glenn Harris led in his
Mazda, followed by Steve Millen,
Toyota
,
Danny
Thompson,
Chevy S-10, Walker Evans,
Dodge 0-50, l'van Stewart,
Toyota,
and
Roger Mears,
Nissan. At the end
of
the first lap
Evans
was
missing, and Harris
led Millen by bare inches. Jeff
Huber was
out
in his Mazda
on
lap 2,
a~
. was Roger Mears, Jr:,
Nissan, and Al Unser, Sr., who
had an ·engine failure in the Jeep.
After two
of
the eight laps,
Harris,
Millen
and
Danny
Thompson, in that order, were
running in a train and
well
ahead
of
the pack, led by Roger Mears.
Harris stretched
out
his lead
on
the third lap as Millen rolled in
front
of
Thompson.
In
the melee
Ivan
Stewart
passed Roger
Mears, Nissan,
Al
Unser, Jr. was
next in his Jeep, and once more
upright, though battered, Steve
Millen held down seventh place.
Midway
only
seven were
running,
as
Harris broke a wheel
on
lap 4, and the defending
champ
was
out
for the day.
Not
much changed in the next laps,
and by the white
flag
lap Danny
Thompson had a big lead over
Ivan Stewart, Mears was a long
third, followed by Balch, Millen
and Unser, Jr. At the
flag
Danny
Thompson
scored an
over-
whelming victory in the Chevy,
Ivan Stewart was a strong second
in the Toyota, and Roger Mears'
engine gave
up
on
the last lap. So,
Sherman Balch was third in his
Nissan, followed by Steve Millen
and Al Unser, Jr., who was down
some
on
power. Only'five were
still running among the stadium
trucks.
It
was
i massive herd
of
35
on
the
line~
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Rob
Gordon
led the
mob
into
the first
turns, then got a flat
and
limped
to the pits for fresh rubber.
Second
off
the
start
was Frank
Arciero, Jr.,
Tommy
Croft
was
next followed by Jimmy Nichols
and Jim Fishback,
Jr
.,
but
they
got well scrambled
on
the first_
lap
in
the esses.
Coming
around
first was
Frank
Arciero,
then
Croft,
Fishback,
Nichols,
Jerry
Whelchel
and
Bob
Gordon,
a tad
ahead
of
the pack. Running hard
in the switchbacks Al Arciero
flew, literally, into Gary Dircks
when Gary rolled in
front
of
Al.
The
two Chenowths executed a
double tandem roll, tires
hooked
together,
and
it.
put
both
of
them
out
of
the race. Luckily, neither
driver was seriously injured.
Several
more
turned
up
missing,
and just
28
covered
one
lap. But
neither Jerry Whelchel
or
Billy
Beck did
another
lap,
and
Larry
-Noel was . parked after two
rounds.
Out
front
and
sounding
strong,
Frank
Arciero
led
Fishback,
Croft
, Nichols, Bob
Gordon
and
Danny Rice after
two
of
the ten laps,
and
the pack
stayed tight
so
far. Fishback
moved
in
very close to challenge
Arciero
on
lap 3, with
Croft,
Nichols,
and
Gordon
now tagged
by Eric Arras.
The leaders stayed close until
midway in the race.
Then
Frank
Arciero had a good lead
on
Croft, still dogged by Bob
Gordon. Arras was
up
to
fourth,
followed by Mitch Mustard, Lee
Wuesthoff, Nichols and
Scott
Taylor.
The
ranks were slimming
down. Also missing
at
this
point
were Jim Fishback,
Jr
., Kevin
Probst, Randy Rhinehart, Phil
Carter
and
more.
Wes
Elrod
did
a violent roll
on
the next lap, and
Ron Carter went missing
on
the
seventh lap.
After seven .
rounds
Frank
·
Arciero had a firm lead
on
Croft,
who
was a goodly distance ahead
of
Bob
Gordon
. Next came
Arras, Mustard, Wuesthoff,
and
Nichols, who seemed to
be
. slowing.
On
lap 9 Bob
Gordon
moved in
to
challenge Croft,
Arras
held
position
and
Wuesthoff
had a deflating tire,
allowing Mustard, Arras
and
Marty
Coyne
to get past.
On
the last lap Bob
Gordon
passed
Tommy
Croft
about
fifty
yards from the checkered flag
to
take second behind victorious
Frank Arciero, and it was an
exciting finish
to
a hard fought
race.
Tommy
Croft
held third
spot, Eric Arras was fourth,
and
Marty
Coyne
got fifth
in
the
parade
of
Chenowths. Mustard
had a flat and
dropped
out,
and
Scott Taylor survived
to
finish
sixth in his Pro~Tec, followed by
the Racecos
of
Jimmy Nichols
and
Kent Castle. Lee
Wuesthoff
nursed his flat tired
Chenowth
into
ninth, followed by the
Funco
of
Craig Durfee, the last
of
the ten lap finishers. Getting in
nine laps were
Colorado
racers
Mitch
Mustard
and
Tom
Schreivogel.
Butch Arciero had
no
time
to
savor his victory as he had
to
rush
off
to
his Chevy 4x4 for the
grand finale, the Hungus Heavy
Metal Challenge.
In
"this field
were seven Class
8s,
five Class 4s,
a pair
of
Class 3 Jeeps, four in
Class 6
and
four in Class
14
. The
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Don
Adams
drove the
older
Jeep
CJ
7
hard
enough to take fourth overall in the
truck ranks,
and
Don was the winner
and
sole finisher in Class 3.
Giti
Gowan takes to the
air
ih his
highly
modified
Toyota, and he kept
it
together
at Riverside to finish second in the Class
14
contest.
Rod
Hall flies the heaviest
of
metal, his Dodge
pickup
, over the sharp
jump
,
as
he
Jed
the Heavy Metal
until
his truck just stopped on course.
field
of
22 lost six after just
one
was missing after one lap,
and
it ·
lap, mainly
to
collisions in was
on
the second lap
that
traffic.
At
the green flag
Walker Walker
Evans flipped coming
Evans
shot
the Dakota into the
out
of
the switchbacks. Jack
lead trailed
into
· the esses by Flannery was
out
also when an
Wisconsin's Jack Flannery,
in
a -alloy wheel
broke
.
Class 4 Ford. Ken Kincaid hit the The second lap leader was the
wall
at
Turn
6
on
the pavement, Class 4 Dodge
of
Rod
Hall,
and got punched a couple
of
followed by Frank Arciero, Class
times in his Class 14 before 4 Chevv, Frank Vessels, Class 8
getting underway, completing Chevy, and . Jerry Daugherty,
just two laps in the race. Class 14 Blazer, plus Steve
The
one
lap leader was
Walker
. Kelley, Class 8 Chevy.
Don
Evans, followed by Jack Flannery Adams 'was next in the surviving
and
Rod Hall, Frank Arciero, Jr. Class 3, his venerable
CJ
7. Larry
and Jerry Daugherty. Missing Schwacofer led Class 6, and the
was the Class 4 Nissan
of
Jack Heavy Metal race was turning
Johnson, who got hit in an· early into a
Chevrolet
benefit. After
turn
by John Randall, Class 4 four laps Hall had Arciero
on
his
Jeep and neither completed a lap. tail pipe, Vessels was moving in,
The
Class 3
CJ
8
of
Jerry Bundy
and
Kellev was
out
with what
October 1987
Doing
his best ever at Riverside, Jerry Daugherty won Class
14
and
drove the
Chevy Blazer to sepond overall in the Hungus Heavy Metal Challenge.
Despite problems in practice, Larry Schwacofer drove the
old
Chevy sedan to
yet another victory in Class
6,
and
he was fifth overall to boot.
Former
desert
racer
Denny
Merrell
came
south
frQm Washington to race his
Ford
pickup,
and
he
ended
up
with
third
in Class 8
at
the flag.
looked like suspension trouble.
Midway in
the
ten lap fracas
it
was a tight fight between Ha
II
and
Arciero. Vessels was strong in
third, Daugherty the same in
fourth, followed by Adams
and
Tom
Haliburda, Class 8 Ford, all
that
were running
on
the
lead lap.
Frank Arciero passed
Rod
Hall
into
the lead
at
the end
of
lap
6.
The
Dodge just
quit
and
Rod
horsed it
off
the track sans power
steering.
Now
Frank Vessels was
right
on
the leader's
bumper,
and
the pair ran away from the field
for
another
lap.
Then
Arciero,
who
lost
front
drive
off
the start,
lost third gear
and
finally the
transmission .
on
la,p
8.
Passing the white flag, Frank
Vessels had a tremendous lead
o~ Jerry Daugherty, the only
other
rig
on
the lead lap. They
stayed in formation
to
.the
checkered flag. Frank Vessels
was a happy
man
in victory
circle,
having
had
a
long
developmental period with this
Chevrolet pickup,
and
he
won
overall
and
the Class 8 title.
From
Colorado,
Jerry Daugherty
was second overall in his Class 14
Chevy Blazer,
and
also very
excited
to
have
done
so
well
at
Riverside.
With
nine laps done,
.
Tom
Haliburda
was ·
third
overall, second in Class 8:
Don
Adams ,was fourth ~verall, the
Class 3 winner, and Larry
Schwacofer won Class 6
and
was
fifth overall. Despite covering
only seven laps, Frank Arciero
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ORC
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route
to
a
fine finish
in
the
Desert
Class
1-2-1600,
,fifth at
the
checkered
flag.
Richard Bob Kent stayed with
th
~program
in
Class
5-
1600
, and
he
came
in
fourth
in
class
on
the
same
lap
as
the
winner./
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Greg George had
his
ups
and downs
in
Stadium
Class
1
1 action, but
he
flew
the
Funco into a fourth place finish.
Kevin
Probst
got
good
altitude
in
his
Berrien
,
running
hard
enough
A
winner
at
Glen
Helen,
Andy
Af
derson
drove his
holnebuilt
two
Young
Jesse
Rodriguez
drives a
one
off
Puma
car,
and
he
survived
to finish a
strong
fifth in
Stadium
·Class 1
competition.
seater
into
fourth
place
in Stadium Class 1-2-1600 ranks.
all
the traffic hat ards
for
fifth
in
Stadium
Class 1-2-1600.
completed the Chevy bonanza, the race track
is
booking events classes. Still, the combining
of
not
doing the inassive destruc- bet on one more time
at
having gone farther than any through June
of
1988, so look for classes for racing did provide tion in the overnight camping Riverside International Raceway
other Class ·4 entry, and thus he
an
_
other
grand finale
to
off
road exciting events
fon
j'
t_he spectators, kreas that has happened in other for the
off
road scene, maybe
won the class. racing
at
the
30
year old race and the program
didn't
drag
on
rears.
The
1987 crowd came
to
earlier on the calendar next year.
The
curtain rang down on the track next year.
The
spectator past dinner time is it sometimes see racing, and they saw plenty,
The
Raceway directors are still
15th annual Riverside race, and
count
, appeared
to
be
way
up
has
in
the past. t heering
their
favorites and planning
to
build a similar
it was billed as the second annual from last year, while the entry The spectator~ seemed far kiving standing ovations
to
some facility a
few
miles down the
last ever Riverside.
Rumors
say was definitely
down
in many more civili'zed this year
as
well,
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Roger Mears,
Jr.
was
nearly as busy a racer as his father, and
Junior drove his Nissan
to
third place in Desert Class
7.
Joe Stankavich
got
some
good
flying
done in his Sandhawk, and
he flew
right
into
fifth place in the Challenger Clas
s.
Brad
Person had his
Dirtrix
in the three way dice in Desert Class
10,
and at the flag he finished
third
in the class.
Marty Coyne had some trouble in the Stadium Class
10
heat 2, but
he came back strong to take fifth in the main event.
Jim Fishback, Jr. soared to a fine fifth in heat 1 for Stadium Class
10
,
but
he didn't get far in
the
finale for the class.
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Jerry McDonald
got
a slow start in the
Mini
Metal Challenge
fo
r
desert cars,
but
he drove the Chevy S-10 into third in Class 7 4x4.
Mark Lundell plowed through the sticky
mud
in his Dirtrix to climb
up to third in the Desert Class 2 competition.
Looking tidy here, Steve Millen rolled his Stadium Class
7Toyoia
in the
race,
but came back to take fourth place anyhow.
Scott
Taylor had troubles most
of
the
weekend, but he drove the
Pro Tech to a fine sixth in the
35
car Stadium Class
10
main.
Gary Dircks had his Chenowth second in Stadium Class
10
heat 2,
but an on course collision
put
him out
of
the-main event.
October 1987
Frank
E,vans
gave Challenger Class racing a
't
ry
at Riversi,de, and
he.put the Dirtrix home a fine fourth in
the
big class.
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Jim
Vanzant
drove
the
wingless-on-Sunday
V-8
powered
Chenowth
in the Desert Class 1 contest,
and
he finished third.
Obviously su ifering from lack
of
comparable horsepower,
Al
Unser, Jr. soldie,red on
1n
the Jeep to fifth m Stadium Class 7.
Larry Noel scored a fine second in the Chenowth in the second
Stadium Class
10
heat,
but
did
not
finish the feature race.
Colorado's Mitch Mustard scored fourth in heat 2 for Stadium
Class
10,
and kept
it
together for 11th in
the
hectic finale.
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