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- David Ashley soars off the peristyle jump
in
the
/Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum during practice for the Mickey
· ,rrhompson Entertainment Group stadium race last July. Ashley,
subbing for Al Unser, Jr., who
was
racing elsewhere that weekend,
lproved to be a real varsity driver. Ashley led the main event for the
Grand National Trucks from
flag
to
flag,
fighting off all challengers. He
gave
Jeep its first ever stadium victory,
in
fact their first good finish this
year. There
was
joy
in
Detroit at Jeep Headquarters for sureColor
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September
1987
Pa9c3
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•••
CURRENT
LAND
USE
OTHER
(25-million acre California
Desert
Conservation
Area)
PROPOSED
LAND
USE
(under Senate Bill
7)
:
Pri
va
te. State. et
c.
)
PRESERVATION
29
.
0%
OTHER
MILITARY
(
Private.
State
.
etc
.)
29.0%
PROTECTION
(BLM)
Key
Points:
MODERATE
USE
(BLM)
About
one-fifth
of
the
Desert
is
commit1ed
10
park
and
wilderness
·
preservation
.
About
one-fourth
is
managed
by
BLM
primarily
to
protect
cultural
and
natural
values.
w,
hile
allowing
other compatible
uses
.
About
one-<'ighth
is
managed
by
BLM
for
a
variety
of
uses
.
balancing
development with protection.
A small fraction (2%
).
is
managed by
SLM
for intensive use
of
lands
and
resources
tO
meet human needs.
PRESERVATION
4.8 MILLION ACRES
(public
vehicle
access
prohibited
in
wilderness: restricted
in
parks)
Nati
onal M o
num
~nts
Joshua
Tree
Death
Valle
y
State
Park
Red
Rock
C
an
y
on
Wilderness
(some
in
monuments
above
)
_
Park
Servi
_
ce
Proposed
Park
Serv
i
ce
Designated
BLM
Pr
o
posed
State-Anza
Borrego
PROTECTION
5.9
MILLION ACRES
BLM
.
Class
L'
.
limited
use
MODERATE USE
3.3
MILLION ACRES
BLM,
Class
M•
.
moderate
use
INTENSIVE
USE
500,000
ACRES
BLM, Class
1•
. intensive use
MILITARY
3.1
MILLION
"
ACRES
(no
public
access
)
Ft. Irwin, China Lake, Chocolate Mountains.
Twenty-NinC Palms, Edwards AFB, elc.
OTHER
7.4
MILLION
ACRES
(limited
or
no
public
use
)
Private,
State
, other
govemmenI
19%
560.
000
acr
es
1.95
7.
000
acr
es
4.500
acres
(
1.9
mill
i
on
arces
)
(467.000
acres
)
1.900
.000
acres
400
,
000
acres
24%
5,
900
,000
acres
14%
3.300,000
acres
2%
500,000'
acres
12%
29%
Please
study
this
graphic
proof
of
what
passage
of
Senator
Alan
Cranston's
SB
7 will
do
to
land
use in
the
California
Desert
for
ever
y
one
,
including
ranchers,
miners
,
hunters,
along
with
other
types
of
recreational
users as well as
off
roaders
.
It
is a
tremendous amount
of
land that would have access
denied to the citizens and visitors in the California
MILITARY
I
Key
Points:
DERATE
USE
LM)
INTENSIVE
USE
(BLM)
The
amount of
land
commitled
to
park
and
wilderness
preservation
would
more
than
double
,
from
19%
to
42
%.
_ ·
The
amount
of
land
managed
by
BLM
and
available
for
general
public
use
would
be
reduced
from
40%
to
about
17
%,
or
about
one-sixth
-of
the
Desert.
Private
land
is
not
immediately
affected.
but
large
amounts
are
inholdings
within
the
proposed
parks
and
wilderness.
The
legislation
calls
for
acquiring these
linds
by
purchase
or
exchange, drawing from the
17
%
of
general public use lands remaining.
PRESE~VATION ,
10.4
MILLION ACRES
(public
vebicle
ac
cess
probibited
in
wilderness: reslricled
in
parks)
National
Parks
Joshua
Tree
(expanded)
Death
Valley
(expanded) ·
East
Mojave
(
new
)
State
Park
·
Red
Rock
Canyon
Wilderness
(
some
in
parks
above
)
Park
Service
BLM
State-Anza
Borrego
PROTECTION
1.5
MILLION ACRES
BLM
,
Class
L .
limited
use
MODERATE
USE
2.1
MILLION ACRE~
BLM
,
Class
M•
.
moderate
use
.
42%
805,000
acres
3,400.000
acres
1.500
,
000
acres
2
4.000
acres
(4.500.000
arces
)
4.300
.000
acres
400
,
000
acres
6%
1.500
,
000
ac
res
9%
2.
100
,
000
acres
(
The
above
two
categories
will
drop
further
.
as
BLM
lands
will
be
used
to
excbange for private inholdings within the parks and wilderness)
INTENSIVE
USE
500,000
ACRES
2%
BLM. Class 1•, inlensive use
MILITARY
(no
public
access)
3.1
MILLION
ACRES
Ft.
Irwin
,
China
Lake
, Chocolate.
Mountains
.
Twenty-Nine
Palms
,
Edwards
AFB
,
etc
.
OTHER
7.4
MILLION.ACRES
(limited
or
no
public
use
)
Private, Slate. other government
500,000
acres
12%
29%
Desert
. It is also a
tremendous
amount
of
land
for
which
no
more
land
use
fees
would
be
paid
to
the
government
,
If
you
feel as
strongly
as w~
do
about
blocking
the
passage
of
this
legislation,
keep
your
letters
going
to
your
congressman
,
Our
thanks
to
the
California
Office
of
the
Bureau
of
Land
-Management for the use
of
their data,
COMING
NEXT
MONTH
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SCORE RIVERSIDE RACES
BRUSH
RUN
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WORLD
CHAMPIONSHIP
RALLY
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SUNRISER
FOREST
PRO
RALLY
VORRA
SHORT
TRACK
RACING
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Plus all the regular features
Se~mber
1987
'Trail Notes •••
THE
HORA CRAIG, COLORDAO RACE
is
going
to
happen, folks,
despite all the
rumors
flying
around
in
off
road circles,
There
was legal action
started
to
cancel the event by a coalition
of
environmentalist groups
to
get the
permits voided,
but
that action was withdrawn. The permits have been issued,
and the race
is
a go.
If
you are
not
a regular
on
the
HORA
circuit,
don't
forget that spark
arrestors are required in order for your vehicle
to
compete in Colorado
or
in
any
other
HDRA
race, Also remember that some competitors are
not
installing front and rear bumpers
on
their race vehicle, Please refer to rule
CR
42
on
page 27
of
your
rule book, All vehicles
~ust
.be equipped with SAFE
front and rear bumpers. This rule applies
to
all fout wheel classes!!
If
your
race vehicle does
not
have front and rear bumpers, you could be in trouble.
Any race vehicle entered in the Craig, Colorado race that has
not
complied
with this rule
is
subject to penalty, and could be denied permission
to
race,
So
gang, get the
bumper
business organized
if
you want
to
compete in the
HDRA
/ SCORE desert series, -
NEWS FROM GLEN HELEN.
The
Glen Helen
off
road race for cars and
A
TVs
has been moved from its original September date
to
October
11.
The
move
was made because-
of
a date conflict for
short
-course racers with the
Mickey
Thompson
Entertainment group event in Las Vegas,. Nevada.
October
is
an
open
month-for
short
course racing with the announcement
that the
MTE.G
event !lt the Pomona Fairground has been canceled, or at least
put
on
hold,
The
races
a:t
Glen Helen
OHV
Park near San Bernardino, CA,
provide a keen,
open
course where even desert race cars can be competitive,
The
organizers offer a 100 percent payback plus ten percent
of
the gate
to
the
more successful entrants.
Try
it, you will like it,
THE CHAP ALA DUSTERS just announced they have moved their
meeting place.
The
new
spot
is
Francois, at 18151 Beach Blvd., Huntington
Beach, CA.
The
Dusters meet
on
the second Wednesday
of
each month, and
welcome guests and prospective members. ·
MINT
400
COLLECTOR PIN
SETS
can now be purchased from
HORA
.
The
complete collection
of
Mint
400
pins totals 19 items, and costs just
$32.
50
plus
$150
for shippi
ng
. Individual pins can be purchased at a cost
of
$4
,
00
each; if you already bought rtie whole set in 1986 you can fill it in with
the 1987 model.
The
pin set
is
a
kee1:1
souvenir
of
the famous
Mint
400
race, a
great display item for home
or
office,
or
for adding decor to your race hat
or
jacket. Make your check payable to
L.
Hand and
send
it to High Desert Racing
Association, 12997 Las Vegas Blvd., South, Las Vegas, Nevada
89124
.
THE
MACKINAW TRAILS PRO
R,ALLY
has been officially cancelect
for 1987. The event has had troubles, financial and otherwise, and SCCA's
Dave Thompson says the official reason for the cancelation
is
the high cost
of
road usage fees. Meanwhile, the Dire Straits Divisional Rally has taken over
the old Mackinaw Trail date,
on
Septeml;,er 12-13, 1987. The Dire Straits
is
an excellent Divisional Rally, and wi
ll
be running
out
of
Trout
Lake,
Michigan. The post Labor Day date makes the forest service people happier.
Ca
ll
Dire Straits Chairman Jay Topping at
(313)
625-0790
for all the details
on the Divisional Rally.·
THE
NEW
TOYOTA
PICKUP
out
of
Cameo will make its
debut
at the
HORA
C
rai
g,
Co
lorado race in Class 7S. The new truck entry will be driven
by Cam Thieriot and
Gr
eg
Lewin, and it
is
sponsored by Yokohama Tires,
T.R.D., Cameo and
Off
Road Engineering. Greg Lewin and company at
Off
Road Engineering have been working for months preparing the truck for the
ri
gors of the dese
rt
series. The team will use the remaining races this year as a
testing rim
e.
Cameo plans
to
campaign the full dese
rt
series next y
ea
r.
TUCSON
AUTO
CROSS RACING ASSOCIATION
is
mnder new
man
ag
ement. Albert Bright
is
no longer President or associated with Tucson
Aut
o
Cro
ss.
T.A.C. 's new President
is
Doug Boelman. The main o(fice
is
now
located at
Lizzard
Chassis
Off
Road Performance, at 3755 No. Runway Drive,
. #F in Tucson. You can reach T.A.C, at
(602)
887-8752.
Miller Beer along with local
bu
sinesses are sponsoring the T.A.C. Series,
which began June 26. Silver cups will be awarded
to
the points winners
of
each claass
at
the end
of
the series.
In
each event the Pro Class races for 100
percent payback plus sponsorship money. There
is
also a points fund, with
money awarded to the
top
three drivers at the end
of
the eight
~ace
series.
Sportsman classes race for trophies,
but
contingency prizes are offered in all
classes. Three races were held in the summer, and the final three are coming
up, all
on
Friday nights, on September 18, October 9 and October 30.
I
A
NEW
, YEAR
END
AW
ARD. The
Store
/ HD RA Desert Series leaders
are planning a new
yeaF
end award,
sort
of
a
Good
Guy Award, ro·enliven the
annual banquet ceremony,
HORA
is
spearheading the research dnd would
like to hear more.stories about
other
people, and these names' will be
on
the
nominating ballot for the OffRoadsman
of
the Year awards. The ballot
is
due
on
these pages and in Score News next month. So, send your
Good
jGuy story
to
HDRA
now,
or
phone them
at
(702)
361-5404. .
RIVERSIDE FLASH.
Good
weather, a good
;ntry,
and a real good c~owd
marked the second annual, last ever Score races at Riverside.
In
Saturday
action Greg George won the. UltraStock class, Cameron Steele worked
to
win
Class 5-1600 and Dave Parsons
took
Class 5 honors. Mike Williams won
Desert 1-2-1600, and Jack Zandbergen
topped
Class 11, all thesd classes in
one
ten lap race. Frank Arciero,
Jr
.
won
the first
Stadium
Glass
10
qualifying
heat and Eric Arras got the title in the second round, Jeff Probst won the
Stadium Class 1-2-1600, and Frank Arciero came back
to
win Stadium Class
1
honors
in the final event
of
the day,
On
Sunday Larry Ragland won Class 7,
Spencer Low wo'n 7S and Mike Lesle won 7 4x4, Danny Ashcraft
took
the
win in Challenger class, Robby
Gordon
won Class 2, Al Arciero,
qiass
1,
and
John
Hagle, Class 10 in the desert car action, Dan_ny
Thompson
.won Stadium
Class 7, and Frank Arciero won again in Stadium Class 10, In the fiqale, Frank
Vessels won 0 / A and Class 8, Jerry Daugherty won Class 14,
Don
Adams
took
Class 3, Larry Schwacofer won Class 6 and Frank Arciero won Class 4 .
W arch for the full report next
month
,
Dusty
Times
.
DAVID
ASHLEY
AND
GOODYEAR
WRANGLER
RADIALS
CLEAN-UP
0-
80
-ILLION
POUNDS
· · ·
or
DIRT
AT
·
THE
1
L.A.
f
OLISEUM.
.
.
Mickey
Thompson's Off
Road
Championship
Gran
Prix
racing
has
been
compared to having a boxing match in a
telephone booth.
By bringing 40-thousand tons
of
dirt,
silt
and
crushed
granite
into
the
confines of
a stadium, a "Chunk of
the
Baja"
becomes
·
I .
I
compacted
into
one-half
mile
of
torture.
In
July
,
at
the
L.A.[ Coliseum,
nine
Grand National Sport T~ucks packed the
course for the
ma
.in
eve,t
. .
Among them was the Stroh's Jeep ·
Comanche
of
David
As~ley.
Tires:
Goodyear
"f
t1ang~er
radials.
.
When
the
racing
began,
it
was
David,
his
Jeep
'
and
his
Goody
9ar
Wrangler
rac:lials
.
that
led
the
pack
from
w~
re
to
wire.
Whj
~h .
gave
Jeep
.
and
Dayid
th~ir
first Off
Roa
1
Championship
Gran
Pri(X
victory.
.
The
tires thattook~av_id's
Coman
9
he
.
to
its "squeaky-clean"
Vt
ctory are .
the
sa
e.
. ·
tires
you
can
buy
for
your
truck:
::
.:·
.
,.
. . I
. .
I I
Take
me
home.
I I
Goodyear
Wrangler
radials.
They'
re
the
tires
designed
to
take
on
the toughest terrain. The toughest conditions.
They're the tires.we race.
And
the
same tires you
can
. buy.
So
although
we
don't think
you
will
ever
have
to
climb
39
rows
of dirt
and
mud
.
through
the
Paristyle
Arches
of
the
L.A.
Coliseum .
.Or
take
on
either of
the
two
six-
story
junips
as
David
did.
It's
good
to
know
··
that
the
tires that took
David
Ashley
to
the
winner's circle,
can
also
take
you
hpme.
No
matter
where
you
foam.
· Goodyear
Wrangler
radials.
.
They'll
take
you
home.
The
quick
way
.
The
quick
way.
Side. Tracks •••
By Judy Smith
Every now and then, after a
rac
e,
we hear a story from a racer
that rea
lly
gets
ou
r attenti
on
.
But, a
ll
t
oo
often, the
st
ory is
omitted from the
pr
inted race
story because it's just t
oo
long to
fi
t
in
.
And,
usuall
y,
the driver
· who's had the adv
ent
ure
hasn't
finished at the
top
of
the heap,
because the adventures, what-
ever
the
y may have been, have
· used
up
time.
So
we save some
of
the better stories for later telling.
Somehow, things just seem
to
ha
ppen
to
Dave Kreisler, like the
time at
the
Mint
a couple
of
years
ago; whe
rt
he
ran
out
of
gas and
stumbled
upon
a parked car
nearby.
When
he went
to
the car
to
ask the occupants if they could
sp
a
re
some
fuel,
he
.
was
embarrassed
to
find
that
he'd
interrupted the pair at a delicate
moment. David told
us
that
they
didn't
seem too interested
in
his
problem. ·
' This year, also at
the
Mint
,
Dave was running
about
third
in
Class 2
in
his truck-shape?.
This is
the
system
run
by
most
off
road race
winners
camo~flage color car, when,
suddenly,
on
lap
two
, it gasped a
couple
of
times
and
everything
went dead.
The
battery had quit.
Now
,
Da
ve had had
what
he
thought was electrical problems a
couple
of
races before,
so
, for
this race,
he'd
started with a
brand
new,
super
battery
,
supposed
to
last for many miles.
He was furious with his car. He
said,
"I
wanted
to
burn
it,
but
I
didn't
have any matches
..
. and I
couldn't
get any spark
from
that
battery."
Then,
as
he
sat
there,
the
Herbst
two
seater flew
off
a
bump
, landed hard,
and
broke
an
axle.
The
Herbsts, natives
of
the Las
Vegas area, are followed in their
races by the family helicopter,
and it
soon
landed, with, as
Dave
said,
"Food,
drink
and women!",
to
give aid
and
comfort
to
the
Herbst boys,
but
not
spare parts,
which ls against regulations.
Suddenly Dave realized that they
had got
to
that
spot
with a
functioning battery in their car,
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and since they were going no· uncomfortable because
of
all
the
further,
he
borrowed
it. It was dust in
the
pits, was
rumored
to
much
smaller than his,
and
had have been having chest pains, and
to
be held in with tape,
but
it g~t
more
·
wild
stories
were
him moving,
and
he
crept
to
his
circulating
about
him
.
His
next pit, where they rustled
up
a health,
too,
was o.k.,
but
the car
couple
of
bungee cords
to
hold it
broke
a
c.
v.,
on
the
third
la_p,
and
in
more firmly. Then, at the main he had to replace it, which
took
a.
pit,
th
ey made a
more
permanent bit
of
time,
but
he
got it done,
· hold-down, and Dave
put
his co-
and
went
on
.
driver, Phil Blurton, iAto the car
Then
he
broke
an axle.
Only
,
for laps
three
and four. now
he
didn't
have a spare.
So
he
Th
ey had now fallen
to
10th hitched a· ride
out
to
the main pit,
place. Blurton,
who'd
never and
he
and]
im
drove back
out
to
raced a big car before,
(he's
been . · get
the
car.
Then
they towed it
an Odyssey champ) did pretty back
to
the main pit,
and
got an
well,
but
then
the
car died again.
ax.le
(borrowed
from Bob Richey
This time it wasn't electrical,
but
in the
RCR
car), and fixed it. It
a fuel problem,
and
after a
lot
of
turned
out
that
the axle was
horsing
around,
they discovered
about
an inch
too
long,
but
they
that
it was a repeat
of
a problem
did
some magic
that
involved .
they'd
had a year ago, and they . unscrewing the
hub
, that
made
it
finally cleared . the lines by
work
.
Then
they
took
the car
blowing backwards through the back
out,
and
got back into the
system.
The
car
worked
all
right race, after losing a total
of
three
from that
point
on,
and
Blurton hours. But they did finally get a
brought
it
around
to
the finish
fourth
place
finish
.
Doug
line in seventh place. Dave said decided
that
off
road
racing was
he was ready
to
build a new car.
more
work
than
he really liked,
He figured
he'd
never get the old and has taken
up
boating
as
a
fuel cell cleared
out
properly,
hobby
in
the meantime.
and
he
figured
he
was.
due
for a Perry McNeil
is
another
driver
new car anyway. But he's still
who
seems
to
always have stories
racing the
"pickup",
and
he's to tell.
We
ran into him
one
had
more
battery
trouble
since, evening
on
a
pre-run
for
the
'86
notably
at
Barstow, where his car 1000, ·and
as
we
all
settled in for
went completely dead again. the night
at
Santa Ines, he had a
This time his chief
pit
person, long bedtime story
to
tell,
Kenny Bertram, came
out
to
help It seems that Perry
and
Don
him with the
pre-run
car,
and
he Hatz were teamed
to
drive
the
'79
got behind Dave, just
off
the La
Paz
race
and
Perry
would
start,
course,
to
try
to
push start the while
Don
was scheduled
to
get
race car.
Now,
along came a in at
Punta
Prieta.
So
Don
pickup truck,
and
behind him, a hitched
a:
ride with
Corky
couple
of
buggies.
The
second McMillin, in a light plane,
and
buggy was
Tom
Koch, trying to flew
down
. But he became
make
up
time, and
he
went
out
to violently airsick
on
the way, and
pass the truck, never seeing in the
spent
the
whole time
at
Punta
·
dust
that
Dave and his pre- Prieta, while waiting for Perry,
runner
were there.
He
ran into throwing
up
and
eating crackers.
the back
end
of
theJre-run
car, But
he
couldn't
shake it, and by
and
popped
it
up
an over. Dave · the time Perry got there
Don
was
looked in his rear view
mirror
· in terrible shape.
So
it was going
just in time
to
see the roll cage
of
to
be Perry's race all the way.
. the
pre-runner
land
on
Bertram's
It
wasn't exactly a
smooth
one,
neck.
He
thought
Kenny was
because
he
had
broken
a
dead, and began .
to
climb
out
of
reduction box,
and
some parts
his car,
in
his panic, forgetting to had fallen
out
and
become lost.
detach his
pumper
helmet and · Perry always seems
to
find a
radio connections.
When
he source
of
spare parts down in
finally g
ot
to
him, Bertram was Baja, and this time he ended
up
alive,
but
unconscious,
and
Dave with some
old
rusty bearings in a
was terrified. bucket.
So
they
took
all
the
They
radioed for help,
and
it
broken
pieces in the reduction
was there quickly. Dave hovered box
and
stuck
them
together
over his friend, worried
that
his with silicone, and cleaned the
neck was broken, as the medics rust
off
the bearings
as
well as
put
a brace
on
him
and
readied possible, actually chipping
one
him for his helicopter flight to clean with a rock to get it
to
the hospital.
As
they were getting move, and
put
them
in. Lots
of
him
ready
to
go,
Bertram
silicone,
and
keep
the
fingers
regained consciousness,
and
told crossed. .
Dave,
who'd
given
up
any idea
of
And
Perry
took
off, leaving
finishing the race,
to
"go
on
." So Hatz
to
recover
from
his nausea.
he
did.
And,
after getting a new Things went pretty well, the
battery at the main pit, he reduction box was holding, and
finished, in
fourth
place. After eventually Perry got
to
Villa
the race
he
went
to
the hospital, Constitucion, where
he
, was
to
to
see how Kenny was,
and
the meet his pit to refuel.
But
they
doctors
told
him
they
couldn't
were nowhere
to
be found.
So
find anything wrong with him, here
he
was, with a car
that
had
to
behond
some
bruises,
but
they have race
gas
, and
no
pit.
Then
he
kept
him
overnight
for
remembered
that
sometime in
observation. the past
he'd
delivered
some
race
The
Mint
this year was tough
gas
to
a friend
who
lived in
for Jim
Coe
ores
and
Doug
White
Constitucion.
So
he headed for
also. Jim
drove
the
first lap, and the friend's house.
The
fellow
he managed
to
have
two
flats at lived
about
five miles from the
once, which
lost-
them
a lot
of
course,
and
it was
now
2 a.m.
time, and
dropped
them back to Perry woke
up
the man's wife
eighth place, in a class
of
11
cars. and explained his problem.
Jim had also, somehow,
hurt
his
The
wife said, sure, he was
thumb
,
and
there were wild welcome
to
the
gas, and
she
woke
rumors
that
it was
broken,
and
up
her 13 year
old
son
and sent
he needed a replacement driver.
him
out
to
help.
The
drum
of
gas
-But he was o.k.,
and
finished his was
about
half full, and they
two laps
and
put
Doug
in for the lifted it
up
onto
the wing
of
the
last half. Doug,
who'd
been car.
Then
they
wentlooking
for a
September
1987
hose
to
siphon
it
out.
Perry saw
the garden hose in the yard, and
asked if they could use that. He
offered
to
pay forit.
The
kid said
·
he'd
ask his mom,'
but
he
didn
't
think
she'd
like that. She
didn
't.
Perry could hear her inside,
swearing at the mere idea
of
it. It
seems that it was a
brand
new
hose from Sears, which they had
got
to
Constitucion
at
· great
expense and
trouble
.
She
finally
said he could use it,
but
that
he
could
most
decidedly not
cut
it.
So
now they blew all the water
out
of
the hose,
and
put
it in the
drum
. They they wrapped it all
around
the
garage,
and
finally,
into
his
gas
tank. It was a
lon_g
hose. They sucked and sucked,
and finally got it .going,
and
it was
obvious
to
Perry that this was
going
to
take a long time.
So
he
asked
the
kid
to
wake him
up
when the tank was full,
and
he
lay
down
on
the garage floor and
went right
to
sleep.
He
still had
his helmet
on.
When
the kid woke
him
up
Perry found
that
. his gloves,
which had been
all
muddy, had
been cleaned,
and
the boy slid his
goggles
off
. his head while he
slept, and cleaned, them too.
With
the
gas
tank
now
full,
Perry got back in and
took
off,
into
terrible
fog
and
cold
weather.
He
was miserable. His
whole body was shaking, and he
said,
"l
was almost
prayin'."
But
then
he
suddenly saw a tire by the
side of.the course, a flat,
and
next
to
it, a jacket.
He
thought
,
"Oh,
boy!'.',
but
then
he
figured,
"It's
a
trap!"
So
he drove all
around
it,
in a big circle,
to
make sure no
one
was there.
Then
he got
out
and checked the tire, and found
that
it
hadn't
been there
too
long,
because it was sill warm.
So
he
lay
on
it for a while _:,
"Pure
heaven".
Then
he looked
at
the
jacket
and
discovered
that
it was
one
of
those
big
fancy
motorcycle jackets, impervious
to
the wind and all.
So
he
put
it
on,
and
hid
the
tire, which was
still good, and
mounted
on
a new
Centerline,
behind
a
bush,
figuring
he'd
pick it
up
the next
time he was
down
this way.
Warm
and cozy now, Perry
went
on
to
finish. In La
Paz
he
ran
i
nto
Bud Feldkamp,
who
had
not
finished. Bud said, "Say,
that
looks a lot like my jacket." Perry
· said he guessed it might
be
- had
Bud lost one? Yup - he had -
and he'cf frozen the rest
of
the
way. In fact, the cold,
in
addition
to
his
other
troubles, had been
one
, reason he
hadn't
finished.
Perry ended
up
in
fourth place,
finishing the race
in
23
hours and
29
minutes.
TIRED
OF
BEING
PERSECUTED
FOR
YOUR
LOVE
OF
OFF-ROADING?
.
HELP
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eep s-· egen ary
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exp o e
to
~rov1
_ e ,
1.t\.e
-
Lesle's second
win
of
the year at the Fireworks
250,
Held
on
the' Fourth
of
July,
at
Barstow,
·
California
.. Dnviiig a
sp;ecially
modified Jeep Comanche; Lesle
increase~{
h1·
1
s-
.-
rurrent point
lead
by
taking first
place
in
the
Class
Seven
. 4x4
cbmP,eti-
tion
while
bringing home the fastest 4x4Jinish
in
all
thick
.-
,
classes.
Mike
Randall,
·
also
driving a
Coman.the,
took i
th,ird.
-
_ Other Jeep
victorie~
went
to
David
Ashley
who
pow-
· . _
. ered
his
Comanche
to
second
place
in
· the Stbck
Class
!
Seven
_·.
, · _ · . ·
2WD
categ9ry,
Mike
Schwellinger and
Don
1\dams
wpo
took
first and second
Class
__
·
Three victories
re?pectively,
and John
Dyke
l
who
took
tsecond
in
~lass
Four.
Perfor-
mances as rugged as the Jeep reputation itself.
OnlY
,
in
a Jeep
IJeiP.IIWI
Safety
belts
save
lives.
, ' , . ' . , I . OfficialSponsor1988U.S.OlympicTeam
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..
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Pony
Express
•••
.
came from
one
source: Don
Dayton.
·
Dayton
made
two
'
points
at
the drivers' meeting,
1,
the · rules-; 2, Snore
wouldn't
tolerate
any
more
·
"short
coursing."
I would like
to
say
THANK
YOU
to
Mike
Julson and the
Jimco pit crew for their help at
the Superstition
250
race last
weekend. After my partner, Don
McAfee, rolled the car (second
year in a row at this race) he
limped to where you guys were
pitting. You gave him oil and
checked the car over
and
sent
him
on
his way. With your help
we
got fourth in Class 1-2-1600
and seventh overall, and some
money for a change.
And
it was
neat
to
have such a
super
bunch
of
people
at
the Jimco
pit
to
get
us going. Maybe this dirty
ol'
Checker carr help you
out
some
day. Thank you again!
· · Gary Bates,
#l610
Hesperia,
CA
missed
your
final offer on
renewing my subscription. I lost
the paper,
but
I would like to
subscribe for
24
more
months
of
your magazine. You undoubtedly
have the absolute best
"Off
.
Road"
coverage
of
any
publication in the
USA
I thank
you
~or
-r~minding me
of
the'
termination
·
of
.
my
past
subscription.
Robert Kunferman
Burnsville, Minnesota
Please begin my renewal
of
three years with the issue with
the
MTEG
Kingdome
race
included. I believe my subscrip-
tion lapsed just at
this
time. If
not, just
add
this
to
my present
subscription. Keep
up
the great
work.
I
truly
enjoy
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magazine/ newspaper by far the
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WA
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the
kind
words,
guys,
we aim
to
please.
We
also
appreciate all
the
support
from
our
far [lung
subscribers
. ·
I really hate
to
have
to
write
this letter
;-
but
sometimes things
don't
always work
out
to
the best
of
everyone's concern ..
At
the
Snore Midnight Special we had a
problem concerning the winning
Challenger
car's
legal-i.ty.
Immediately after the finish, we
went to the officials
to
file a
protest
. After
··
a very
short
discussion, we were told
we
could
put
up
the
protest money, ;
·
but
it would be
of
no
use,
because they were going fo rule
the car legal,
no
matter .what!
This was the final word,
no
more
was
to
be said
or
looked into.
·
(Funny
.
thing
was
Monday
-. morning Snore officials called
Score Tech· Line and were told
.that the car was
not
legal!)These
kinds
of
events·make it seem
sort
·
of
futile
to
try
to
go after win
m~nies plus contingencies ·
or
pomts
when the rules are
not
followed.
· After talking
to
Snore
the
Monday after the race, I was told
they want protests
to
be filed
before the races, ·
not
after the
checkered flag drops!
Do
-we
all
have
to
go
around
pit to pir and
check · all the cars for · illegal
modifications? . -
After talking
to
two .
other
racing teams . from California,
both
at
this race, we
all
wonder
if
it
is
worth the hard work, money
sperit, and fair
to
our
sponsors to
race
at
this kind
of
event? Does it
really "Pay · More
To
Race
'Snore"
or
"Pay
More
To
Cheat?"
Pete
Dutton
Paramount,
CA
Read
on
for
more
details
on
the
same
subject.
'
On
July 25 the Lockridge and
· Behrens race team had the
displeasure
of
racing
the
Snore
Midnight Special.
The
displeas-
ure was
not
caused by sharing a
pit
area with a great bunch
or
because we
broke
while running
third in Class 10.
The
problem
-I would like
to
ask Mr. Dayton
just who
or
what
do
"tne
rules"
apply
to?
And
_,
how many sets
of
rules are there?
The
Las Vegas
racers seem-
to
have a different set
. than anyone else. Apparently an .
illegal front end on a Challenger ·
car.
is
O.K.
according
to
.
Don
Day,ton.
The
winning Challenger
car
had
an il.legaljront end. It had·
material added
to
the shock
towers
C
to
implement
the
installation
of
shocks with heim
ends. Snore uses
the
HORA
rule
book,
which states that material
· cannot be added
to
the shock
towers and shocks must be
stock
type . and in stock location.
Dayton says the rule
book
-
is
subject to interpretation, and in
his opinion (without looking
at
the car) the car was legal._Dayton
did contact
Bill
Sl!vage
for a final
determination,
who
apparently
ruled the car · illegal, which
should have settled
the
matter, .
but
it didn't. Dayton still says the
.car should have been protested
before the race started, (see
above letter). .
The
rule book should
not
be'
subject
to
such · interpi:etation,
and
Don
Dayton's refusal
to
honor
his word and.accept
Bill.
Savage's opinion has greatly
damaged
his
integrity
as
President
of
Snore. Losing a race
is
one
thing. But when you lose to
someone who has-an illegal car,
and _the organization
supports
those people, that' goes beyond
being tolerable._
Don,
if I move to LasVegas,
can I get an official copy
of
the
short
course map for the next
race? Can I
run
a
2180
in my
Class lOcar? According
to
your
opinions,
the
car becomes 'legal
after the race starts. So,
if.
I get
protested after the race, will you
··
say it's a
dead
issue
when
·
the
race
is
over?
Or,
will you call someone
to
make . a determination, and
.
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BIKES,
BUGGIES,
CARS
. &
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1987
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LOS
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1987
. i
.,.
then
refu~
to
honor
your ~9.rd?. · coh~usion: I can rememl;,er in the
Jerry Lockridge , late
70s
when Walker Evans was
Lockridge and Behrens Race banned from Class 8 for using a
· . Team
swing
arm
type
of
rear
. Twenty-Nine Palms,
CA
suspension. Now it appears that
it
is
legal. Why? .
..
These
ruo
letters
contain
scnne
i
1
ery
serious
criticism
of
the
·
.
Midnight
S/Jecial
officiating.
Ii
«'ottld
saw
that
f
he
described
front
end
uould
he
hlata1ttly obvious.
We
'welcome any
input
from
Don
Dayton
anJ
the
Snore Tech team on
this
Jmihlem
.
I propose going back
to
basics.
One
class
for
4x4
short
wheelbase and ·one for long
wheelbase.
Run
What
you
Brung! Maybe even break it up
by weight.
3000
pounds
oi-
above, ' truck class. If you're
below, run with the unHmited
buggies.
. This letter
is
concerning the As I understand
it
, one
of
the
possible demise
of
several classes main reasons for the elimination
.in professional
off
road facing,
of
classes
is
the
cost
of
particularly Class 3 for
shoft
supporting a · low entry class.
,wheelbase production 4 wheel Solution: land rush start by
drive vehicles: · . classes. First one across the line
Let's -review . a little bit
of
wins. Thay way
you'd
have far
history
first.
Does
anyone
less expenses for score'keepers.
remember back
to
1966, before
Racing
means
the
fastest
organized
off
road racing existed? competitor wins.
No
doubt
A couple
of
guys named
Ed
about
this method-. · .
Pearlman and Dick Cepek took a · All I know
is
that
I've waited
couple _
of
V-8
. powered Land · ten years to becomt;_ involved in
· Cruisers from the California an
off
' road racing effort. Now,-
border to·
La
Paz,
Baja California, some friends and 1 have finafly
Mexico. While
not
a race, this . gotten
l!
Jeep CJ 7 together and
led
to
the formation
of
the first · reach
to
join the fun, and the rule
off
road ra.ce the following year. makers are going
to
do
away with -
-Shortly· after this historic
run,
the class.
Not
fair! I
know
that I
Pearlman organized ·
NORRA,
am just a:pebble
on
_a beach,
but
I
the National
Off
Road Racing
wo_ul_d
like
to
thmk that my
Association, . which sponsored' opm1on could make a difference.
the Mexican 1000
on
November Four wheelers are what
off
l_-4,
1967. If I am corr~ct,, this
__
roading,in g~n~ral started with,
first race had seven classes. Three so
don
t ehmmate tpem now
for 2
WO
cars, two for 4
WD
because
of
a few riumbers.
We're
cars, on_e
production
buggy class
out
_ there still and ready . to.
and
one
tor motorcycles. compete! Give us a chance.
Twenty years later, and we're Remember the .
roots
of
our
talking
about
eliminating the . sport.
classes
that
this
sport
was
founded
on
. I say B.S.
This
sport
Crew Chi~f,
John Castro
·Westech Racing
Team
. Glenwood Springs,
CO
originated wjth 4 wheel drive
vehicles, and they should riot be -
eliminated due
to
politics. I am
not
that old, relatively speaking, · _Thanks
for
your
in/mt, .
John.
but
the names Rod Hall,
Don
Hou·ewr,
the
logistical
cost
of
Adams, Gale Pike, etc., definitely
su/JfxirtinR
the cla_
sses
in
off
road
hold some weight with me.
r4einR
ROes
U'ell
beyond
mere
scoring
Don't
eliminate these classes
mto
the
cost
of
tro/Jh1es,
extra check
due
to
limited entries. Instead, · writing
for
award monies,
anJ
most
consolidate if necessary.
"On-
·
of
all,
r6
or
more
classes
dilute
the
-
Di.
rt
Mo
.
torsports"
has
·
an
mlue
of
a class «·
•in
for
th<isc
in
tfie
interesting s~lution. After a year
giant
entry
classes
as
«di
as
in the
and a half long study
of
classes
sinRk
diRit
entry
c-las
:
~es.
As
it
isnou:
with comparable finishing times,
almost
et
1
L'1)'
breed
or
brai1J of
they
propose
trimming
the
iiehide
«'ins
samethi11R
in
the
mafe,r
current
16 four wheeled ciasses
races.
·
down
to
six, broken as follows:
Open
4
Wheel
Desert
(current
Classes
l,
2
and
10), Modified 4
DUSTY
TIMES
welcomes
Wheel Desert
(current
Classes·
I-
·_
letters
from
all comers
of
.
off
rO(Ul
2-1600, 5 and
9),
.Stock 2 Wheel activity. The
Pony
Express
column
Desert (current Classes 5-1600, · will feature all
the
mail
we
can fit
· Challenger and 7S
),
Open
Heavy · into
the
space
available.
Please
keep
Metal (
current
Classes 4, 7, 8 and
your
words
fairly brief. Because
of
14), Modified Heayy . Metal space limitations, your pearls
of
(current
Cla_sses 3, 6, 6S, 7 4x4
prose
may
be
edited, but
DUSTY
and
12
),
Baja
Bug
( current Class
TIMES
will print
your
gripes
as
well
11
).
· While I'm sure some
as
-your
praises.
~etters
for
problems would exist, at least it publicationshouldbeattheDUSTY
would be a temporary solution. TIMES office
by
the
r5th
of
the
Gale Pike,
in
a letter published month
in
order
to
appear
in
the
next
in
DUST)'
TIMES, July '87
issue.
· .
issue,
brought
up
several
_interesting points.
In
1985 there
were two 4 wheel drive classes,
Class 3 for
sport
utilities and
Class 4 for pickups ... period! He
recommends the same for 1988,
with the following restrictions:
Stock frames must be · used
although they may be reinforced.
Engines must be from the same
"manufacturer. Bodies must be
of
the saine style and configuration
as
manufactured. ·
.
I,
for one, agree. Maybe then .
we
can avoia some
of
the hassles
of
running a
"funny
car"
in
a ·
stock
production
class.
No
names please. Either way, rules
must
be clearly defined
to
avoid
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34810
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AZ
85067
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September
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'October
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1987
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Bo
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September
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Crandon,
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2001 Oakland Hills Drive
Corona,
CA
91720
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736-1442
September
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October 17
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San Bernardino,
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December 5-6
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.P.O.
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332
Fair Haven,
VT
05743
(802) 265-8616
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December
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1987
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Atlanta,
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September 13
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October
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831
So
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September 11-13,
1987
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December
5,
1987
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HIGH PLAINS OFF
ROAD
RACING
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Tom
Freeman
3503
Hall
St
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Rapid City, SD
57702
' (605) 342-0331
October
24
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October 11,
1987
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September 12-13
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September
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September 2 7
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October 3
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September 12·
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October 3
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November
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October
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November
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October
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9220
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OK
73141
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ORSA
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407
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204
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October
24
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MICICIY
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GRAN
PRIX
Jeep
Scores
an
Upset
Win
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Los
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AI_Arcier~ had a p~rfect
night
at the
ra
-
~es,
driving his Chenowth to a wire to wire win in his heat race, and taking the lead
midway m the mam event to win the
1600
honors.
Traditions are built over years
of
repeated performance. The
L.A. Coliseum
is
fastly becoming
"the
event" for stadium
off
road
racing.
Mickey
Thompson
started his stadium type racing
at
the
L.A
. Coliseum back in 1979.
Since then the Coliseum event
has taken
on
an importance
of
its
. very own,
and
every driver has
ambitions
of
winning this event.
One
of
the things
that
have
made this event special
is
the
famous peristyle space shot. The
rac~rs-are
sen_t
up through the
Coliseum peristyle where they
fly
their vehicles through the air,
and land inside the marble
arches. They are then routed
Page
14
Sporting Mazda signs on his UltraStock and a rotary engine in the tail, Greg
George led wire to wire in th_e heat-race, and when
it
counted in the main event,
at the checkered flag. ·
September 1987
The
second Grand National truck heat had a spectacular finish. Glenn Harris,
right,
got
his Mazda inside leader Dan Esslinger·s Ford on the last
tum
, and
they ran side
by
side to the checke(ed flag. Just at the flag the two trucks
touched, front then rear, and Harris won
by
a nose. Esslinger veered to the
right
and the Ford reared up, crashed into the retainer hydrobarriers,
did
a
complete flip, losing
most
of
the front
body
work, and in the final picture the
roof
is flying
off
. Fast
pit
work
got
the
half
bodied
Ford on the track for the
main event,
but
it
was
not
allowed to start, lacking a
roof
over the roll
ca
·
ge
.
back into the Coliseum by manufacturer championship will
dropping
off
the six story jump.
be
decided at the final event. ·
This year
Thompson
decided
to
With
this in mind, round
double this interest by designing seven at the Coliseum was
a new track, with two
of
the guaranteed to
be
exciting.
famous peristyle space jumps.
The
Super
1600
buggies
Last year the event
was
stuck a opened this year's show with a
dastardly blow,
as
the racing trophy dash, and Marty Coyne
action came to a stand still, when was the only Class
10
driver to
the racers got caught in a traffic take the first turn option, and it
jam
in
both the Class 10 and payed
off
;
as
he settled into first
. Grand National Spo
rt
Truck · place the others took a gamble
events. This year
Thompson
and bunched up
in
the second
leg
remedied this by designing more
of
turn one. Coyne
was
not
so
options into the peristyle and lucky
on
the second · lap
as
created a two option
tum
one. Tommy
Croft
edged his way into
Each option
of
turn one had its the lead by taking the further
own peculiar obstructions to corner.
make them equal, and the
Croft
quickly
put
several car
evening's racing proved
th.at
lengths between himself and
· neither favored the racers. Coyne t_o take the Trophy.
Coyne
was
able to hold
onto
For the first time Thompson second ahead
of
Frank Arciero,
also held a double-header which Jr. and Larry Noel finished .
included a Sunday afternoon fourth.
event
of
Thunder
drag racing, The Grand .National
Sport
mud bogs and a battle
of
the Trucks got the heat races started
monster trucks. with 10 trucks competing. The
. The Mickey Thompson Off- two entries from Team Toyota
Road Championship _Gran Prix shared the front row. Walker
has grown into a professional Evans, who had earlier set the
motor
sport worthy
of
the fastest qualifying time, was
on
professional title.
Not
'too long row two. Ivan Stewart took the
ago the series lacked worthwhile lead by going into the first option
competition.
The
formative days
of
turn one. His teammate; Steve
saw the "big bucks" factory . Millen, managed second after
teams running away from the rest Glenn Harris, moving from
of
the competition. However, inside row two, had
out
pulled
1987 has marked the beginning him down_ the straight. Jeff
to the end
of
one
manufacturer
Huber
managed
fourth
and
dominating the series. Finally, Roger Mears settled int_o fifth.
when a spectator lays his money Stewart pulled a comfortable
down to enter the stadium he lead by lap two
but
his-teammate
doesn't have a good idea who will was busy keeping Harris at bay.
·~win the main event. Th.
is
year has Millen had
trouble
getting
seen a different winner in each
of
around the corner l:ieading up to
the Grand National main events. the second peristyle and Harris,
The
points battles ·are
so
close and a bunch
of
others, were able
that
every
individual
and
to get around. Harris had several
Almost a stadium race rookie; desert regular David Ashley learned fast in the
heat races, and he drove the Jeep to victory
in
the main event, leading all the
way.
Dusty
Times
seconds
to
make
up
if he was
to
catch
Stewart.
Huber
was
holding
onto
third
but
Mears had
some strong intentions.
The
two
quickly became the battle for the
fans
to
watch. Mears
and
Huber
swapped a lot
of
paint,
but
Mears
would
only
end
up
the
-
bridesmaid. ·
When
Millen was getting
lapped, he managed
to
stay in
front
of
Harris long enough
to
allow his _ teammate
to
gain
additional breathing
room
and
kept
Harris
,
from
seriously
challenging for the lead. Mears
flipped his Nissan,
on
the next
to
last lap going
over
the
double
jumps and landed
on
his side,
but
traffic was able
to
go around.
Mears later lamented
that
·he was
"practicing my half-gainer,
but
I
guess I
didn't
have it quite
perfected."
As the checkered
flag
came
out
it was Ivan Stewart
who
saw it
first. Glenn Harris was a distant
second with his · teammate Jeff
Huber
following
.
Danny
Thompson
managed
fourth
ahead
of
Dan Esslinger. Last
year's _ main event champion
Sherman Balch was sixth.
Next
out
of
the chute were the
Odysseys. Eddie Brown jumped
,
out
the early lead~r with Terry
Ron
Pierce waslable to ~lose in
Peterson running second until he
on
Cook
fo mak~ the last lap an
rolled several times coming
off
exciting race. Pierce made a last
the peristyle
jump
and was
not
effort for the win while
Cook
was
able
to
get going. Brown managed being held
up
at
the finish line by
a commanding lead over the field a lapped car. Pierce was
on
the
for the first few laps. Second inside, at the fin.
al
jump,
·-
and
place
John
Hasshaw had Rennie flipped over the
end
of
the jump.
Awana breathing
down
his neck James
Cook
wen
tl
on
to
win with
with Rory Holladay staying Pierce taking a rd
ll
over second.
within striking distance
of
both
Frank Chavez h~ld
onto
third
of
them.
and
fourth went
t
Pete Florence.
On
the third lap Awana held Fifth was Johnny
Custom
.
on
the gas over the rough
stuff
to
The 4-wheel A
1Vs
lined
up
take the lead. Brown gave
up
his for their first heat race with
19
second place
spot
when he pulled starters. Mike Coe
put
his
off
after the first peristyle
jump
. Yamaha
out
front early and held
It was
Rory
Holladay
that
moved · -
onto
the lead for the win.
The
into
second
and
held
that
battle was for second between
position until the
end
_.
John
Rodney
Gentry
an_d Charles
Hasshaw was third with
Don
Shepherd
at
the finish line with
Archibald fourth ahead
of
John
Gentry
winning by a nose.
Schultz. Fourth place went to Jeff
Watts
Another
group
of
Odysseys and fifth was
Chtis
Brandt.
took the field for heat two. The second
4-Jheel
ATV
heat
Thirteen starters lined
up
and 12 consisted
of
l8
I starters. Right
of
those saw defending class from the
start
the battle was
champion
Johnny
Custom
take between Marty Hart and
Donny
the lead.
At
the
bottom
of
the Banks. Banks, who was suffering
first space
shot
James
Cook
from exhaust pipe problems, was
maneuvered his way
into
the able
to
keep
Hart
at
bay until lap
lead.
On
the th_ird lap
Ron
Pierce
Jfour, where
Hart
out
braked him -
at
the
end
of
the
front
stretch.
Marty
Hart
went
on
for the win
with
Donny
Banks taking second
ahead
of
Greg Clark.
Fourth
.
place finisher was
Don
Turk
with
IBryan Fry fifth. _
The UltraStocks entered for
their first heat with eight starters
' prepared
to
race the eight laps.
IK
en Kazarian and Greg George
:shared the
front
row and Greg
George was able to take the lead.
Uoyd
Castle came from the
second row
to
take third until he
decided to take the right hand
· b
ption
gofog into the peristyle
and
got his car hung
up
sideways.
Course
workers were able
to
free
him
and
he
returned
to
the battle
a lap and a half
down
.
_'
Greg
George
man
aged
to
dominate the neat by running
~away
from
second place Ken
1
~ azarian. Jeff Elrod came in a
distant third with
Christopher
Neil managing fourth
and
(ifth
going
to
David Kreisler.
Thompson
decided
to
run the
250
pro
Motorcycle riders in
what he calls Ultracross racing:
I
The
first heat drew 16 starters
to
run
on
the reversed course for six
laps. Shaun
Wooten
pulled away
from the crowd early
on
his
Honda. Second_ place Marty -
Smith had two riders breathing
down
his neck. Tyson Yonland
took
second from Smith over the
doubl;
jump
, Jeff Matiasevich
took
third from Smith over the
double
jumps
·
on
the next lap.
Yonland closed in
on
Wooten
on
the last lap and challenged
over the
double
jumps
,
but
was
not
able
to
. steal the lead.
However he was
not
through. He
would pressure
Wooten
at
every
corner until he got his front
wheel into
Wooten'
s rear wheel,
a
nd
fell over to end
up
fourth.
Shaun
Wooten
took
the win
with Jeff Matiasevich second
over Marty Smith. Fifth went
to
Gary Semics.
In the second Ultracross heat
the battle was for second as Doug
Dubach quickly
put
several bike
lengths between himself and the
crowd.
Scott
Burnworth settled
into second over Mike Kiear-
owski
i;r
was able
to
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better than Frank Chavez
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The second heat race for the
Super 1600s ,had 15 starters.
Greg George and Gary
Di
rcks sat
on the front row with Marty
. Coyne and Frank Arciero, Jr.
behind them.
When
the green
Gary
Dircks
·comes
from
Phoenix
to race,
and
he drove
his
Chenowth
righ_t
into
the
victory
in
the
second
Super
1600 heat,
but
faded to fifth
in
the
main
.
Ken Kazarian flies
his
#17
VW
Ultrastock
past
Lloyd
Castle on the peristyle,
and
Kazarian
placed
second
in
both
the heat race
and
the
main
event.
.
flag
came
out
Greg George · got
sideways for just a moment down
the front straight and lost the
lead to Dircks. Frank Arciero
settled into the
third
p
la
ce
position ahead
of
Coyne. During
lap two, Greg George managed to
close the gap between himself
and Dircks.
Not
being able to get
around, Greg George found
Frank Arciero all over his tail'end
looking for
an
' opportunity.
On
the fourth lapCraigDurfee
hit a hay bale coming down
off
the peristyle and held up traffic
for a moment. This allowed the
leaders to gain a comfortable lead
over the pack. Gary Dircks was
able to pull a 10 car lead over
s
econd
place
Greg
George,
because George was busy fighting
off
a ha
rd
charging Frank
Arciero.
At
the end
of
the heat it
~as
Gary Dircks
that
won easily. The
battle between Greg George and
Frank Arcie
ro
continued
all
the ·
way to the finish line,
but
. Arciero had to settle for third.
Fourth went to Marty Coyne and
fifth
was
Brad Castle.
Brad
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used
Toyota
power
in his"Raceco to
move
up
to
second
place
in the
crowded
but
clean
running
Super
1600
main
event,
and
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.
After
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in
his
1600
heat
race,
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Noel
made a great
start
in the
main
event,
but
ended
up in the peristyle seats
on
the first lap.
Only nine trucks lined
up
for
the second Grand National heat.
Fast time
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and then Eddie Hix. These line up. Last year's inain event
four remained in this order until winner Sherman Balch sat
on
the
the checkered with fifth going to pole with Dan Esslinger. The
Rex
St
aten. second row was made
up
of
Fifteen cars lined. up
to
battle
Danny
Th
o
mpson
and
Jeff
the eight laps in the first Huber. Balch took the first turn
Unlimited Super
1600
heat.
On
s:,pti
on and captured the lead.
the front row sat Albert Arciero Thompson hit the peristyle and
with Larry Noel sitting next
to
held up traffic just long enough
him. Arciero and Noel
nibbed
to
give Balch a commanding lead.
tires
off
the start,
but
Arciero Esslinger was able to get·
out
of
was able to hold
onto
the lead. the traffic jams first and settled
Tommy
Croft
took advantage
of
into second.
Noel's misfortune to settle into Balch had the whole back
second. Then on the fourth lap straight lead over second place
Noel
wa
s able to push his way Esslinger. Last year Balch was
inside
of
Croft
to steal second able to miss the turn one traffic
place. · · jam that allowed him to coast
to
Jerry
Wh
elchel was behind victory. Esslinger
wa~
not
as
Croft
with Bob
Gordon
in fifth . comfortable, he had_ Steve Millen
Coming through the pack was and Glenn Harris within striking
Bob's son Rob Gordon.
He
had distance.
By
the
third
lap
to follow Bob around for a Esslinger had managed
to
close in
couple
of
laps. until the elder on Balch. Suddenly Balch pulled
Gord
on was caught sn
oo
zing
on
off
with a broken steering box
lap five, and
gav
e the lead to Esslinger.
Larry Noe
l,
Croft
and Rob Esslinger had a
bout
10
truck
Gordon
we
re
all
running
lengths lead over Millen with
togethe
r.
When
Croft
balked in Harris knocking
on
Millen's
turn
on
e, with engine trouble, he ·
door
by
lap four. Millen must
found himself down to fifth. Al have used Harris' pressure to add
Arciero held
on
to take the win . fuel to the fire, as he closed the
The
second place battle, between gap
on
Esslinger. Harris was able
Noel and Rob
Gordon,
we
nt
to to take second away from Millen
Larry
Noel.
Bob
·
Gordon
, dqwn the front straight. Millen
managed
fourth
ahead
of tried to take the second
option
of
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Glenn
Harris started
out
strong
in
his
Mazda,
taking
a
narrow
victory
in the first
truck
heat
,
but
got
into
a traffic hassle in the final race.
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1986
marked
the
most
successful year ~n
Mazda
:
truck
racing
. .
~istory.
So
it
shouldn't
come
as
a surprise that .
Glenn
Harris
wasted
,.·
·.
little,
time
securiDg Mazda'fr first
½fin
of
the
i987 s~ason
..
in
San
Diego.
Unleashing
the
Mazda
B2000s
270
rotary-driveD- horsepower,
Harris
flew off
~he
s~arting grid,
grabbed
.
the
lead
·.
and
never
looked
back.
Obviously,
Harris
and
the
California
Gold
Racing·Team have
their
sights
set
on
what
lie? ahea~.
Another
,
11111c12
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successful
year
for
Mazda
1n
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one and squeeze Harris
out,
but
Harris would have
no
part
of
it and held
onto
the position.
Dan Esslinger
was
running his
best race
of
the season.
The
battle
for second had closed
in
on
his
comfortable lead
but
Harris was
several truck lengths away with
only· two
la:ps
to
go. Harris was
able
to
reel - in on Esslinger,
leaving · Millen back 10 truck
lengths. Millen got pushed into
the wall in the peristyle and he
landed
on
his side.
Glenn Harris was one truck
length behind Esslinger when the
white flag came
out
. Harris held
the gas
on
down
the back straight
to
challenge . Esslinger on the
inside
of
the sweeper.
It
appeared
Esslinger was
about
to win
Ford's
first victory in two years when
Harris was able to get · some
traction and pull the Mazda along
side.
The
two were side by side
at
the finish line, making this the
closest
Grand
National finish
ever.
. Dan Esslinger was
not
only
unfortunate in that Harris beat
hifl) to the finish line,
but
·, he and
Harris tangled over the
jump
sending Esslinger into a flip and ·
then into the outside hydrobar-
rier.·
"It
was a good race and
Glenn beat me fair. I guess my
momentum
carried me into him;
causing me
to
veer
off
. I will have
to
review the video
to
know for
sure." stated Esslinger.
· . Before the race Harris had
stated that Mazda's game
plan
was to be conservative and hold
onto
his and teammate Jeff.
Huber's lead in to the points
battle.
''I
guess game plans are
to
be broken.
When
Dan drifted
outside
on
the l·ast corner, I gave
it everything it was worth. I could
see he was going sideways
on
the
jump
but
I
didn't
see him crash."
A whopping 23 Odysseys
lined
up
to
get the main events
under way.
By
the end
of
the first
lap it was Rory Holladay in the
lead.
John
Hasshaw was trailing
with Frank Chavez third ahead
of
Ron Pierce. Things were looking
good for Holladay
out
in the
front, and also for Pierce. Ron
Pierce had moved into second
place going
into
lap ·five .
Suddenly Lady Luck flew
out
of
Holladay's
buggy
and
into
Pierce's. Holladay stalled
at
· the
bottom
of
the peristyle and
Pierce managed
to
hold
onto
the
lead for the win. John Hasshaw
held
onto
second with Rennie
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SATURDAY
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3,
1987
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Fall
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Danny
Thompson stayed with the program in the feature truck race, losing the
engine
hood
on
the Chevy,
but
he finished a surprise second.at the flag.
Awaoa finishing third.. James
Cook
finished fourth with Frank
Chavez finishing fifth.
The 4-wheel A
TV
main event
had
24
riders looking for the
green
flag.
Once
the race was
underway it was Greg Clark that
shat
into the lead,
ho}1/ever
, he
lost power
on
the Kawasaki and
had
to
pull off. Charles Sheonerd
inherited first ,with
Don
Turk
second
.
Turk
dropped
his
second place position when he
went ove.r
ti:le
handle bars,
putting him
out
of
the battle for
first.
When
the fat lady had sung,
it was Charles Sheonerd that
too,k the checkered
flag.
Sean
Finley finished second and third .
went
to
Roger Burman. Chris
Brandt was fourth and Jeff
Watts
managed fifth ahead .
of
Don
Turk.
There were seven UltraStock
cars lined
up
for the seven -lap
main event. It was Chris Neil that
jumped
off
-the
starting line for
the lead with the
other
front row
sitter, Jeff Elrod slipping into
second. Greg George was third
ahead
of
Tim
Maples. '
On
the second lap Chris Neil
had a flat tire c.oming
out
of
the
back straight an9 lost the lead
to
Jeff Elrod.
On
the following lap
Greg George took second in
turn
Lloyd
Castle
showed
off
f?is
new
Nissan Pulsar UltraStock racer,
and
kept
it
together
down
the peristyle to finish third in the main event.
Young Dan Esslinger
Jed
most
of
the way in his Ford in the second truck heat,
but
he
got
aced
out
and
crashed
hard
right at the finish line.
Although
he ran second
for
a time in the UltraStock main event,
Jeff
Elrod ended
up
fourth '
in
the.
VW
bodied racer, after a small scuffle in the turns.
September 1987
Jimm
11
Nichols aims
for
the hydrobarriers on the first turn,
and
he kept
it
tidy.to
put
his Raceco home third in the Super 1600 main event.
one and began his challenge
on
Elrod .. Going into the fourth lap
Greg George
took
the
second
option
of
turn
one,
to
take the
lead from !;!rod. Ken Kazarian, ,
who had been behind Greg
George, was able
to
close in
to
add
to
Elrod's trouble.
Greg George held the gas pedal
down
on the Funco and was able
to
pull a comfortable lead over
Elrod. This made· the battle for
second place, between Kazarian,
Lloyd Castle and Elrod, the
hot
seat.
When
~he
white flag came
out
Kazarian tried
to
take second
from Elrod. He tried the first
option
of
turn
one,
but
the two ,
efbowed one another for awhile,
and Elrod was able
to
hl!.ng
on
to
his position. ·
Before the lap . was over
Kazarian made his way around
Elrod and he left
the
door
open;
Castle was able
to
get
into
third.
At
the checkered flag Kazarian
was able
to
see Greg'George take
the win from · his · second place
position. Third place went
to
the
newcomer Lloyd Castle with Jeff
Elrod finding himself in fourth
ahead
of
Vince Tjelmeland.
. As the green flag fle~ for the
Super 1600 main event it was
Frank Arciero, Jr. that jumped
out
first with
Rob
Gordon
It
is always
exciting
when th.e
Grand
National trucks start a heat, and
most
of
thes_e ten survived through the
night
to the feature race.
Chris Neil
looked
good
in his Ghia
bodied
UltraStock; Jeading the main-event ·
until
a flat tire
put
him
in the
hay
on the peristyle uphill run.
Rob
Gordon
, left,
lost
the 1600
main
event lead to
Al
Arciero.r
i
ght
here as
Gordon
had been running
on
a rear flat, and lost the tire completely' heading
up
the peristyle. ·
DustvTima
for
second
with
ihompson
settling into third . .Roger Mears
fell
in behind
Thompson.
· .
On
the third lap
Thompson
·
and
Mears battled for third
'
around
the sweeper and down
·
the
·
front
straight
until
'
Thompson
made it final. Glenn
Harris and Steve Millen had got
caught in early traffic
and
were
running
at
the rear
of
the pack,
so
fow
were watching, when the two
tangled
coming
out
of
the
sweeper. A
prqtest
was filed by
Mazda saying Millen intentionally
ran into Harris.
No
ruling ha·d ,
been made by press time.
Jeff
Huber
had
his Mazda this close to
David
Ashley
's Jeep in the waning laps
of
the main event,
but
a last turn
effort
and a
trip
into the
hay
dropped
Huber
to fifth.
Defending
points
champ
Tony
Croft
won the
Super
1600
Trophy
Dash,
but
did
not
figure
high
iri the 20 plus
car
main event traffic.
On
the
third
lap Ashley still
had
the
Jeep
out
front.
Thompson
and
Huber
. were
battling . for secopd
and
when
_
Thompson
got by
he
left
eno~h
room
for Mears
to
get
by as well.
On the·~
making
an
attempt
in the first reaction though,
i:h~
mle
maker
tum
. Arciercj exited
tum
one should have been sent
to
the
· first,
but
with
20
other
cars guillotine. ·
Ashley shared the front
row
with
row
two
made
up
oflvan
Stewart
-and Jeff
Huber
.. After
the
Jeep
(Ashley) and Chevy
(1bompson)
elbowed
one
another a couple
ot
times down the
front
straight, it
was the Jeep that
took
the
lead.
I:Iuber was able
,to
squeeze past
bunched up, it was anybody's Danny
Thompson
and
bavid
ball game for second.
Cireg
George,
who
had started.
on
the
second row, managed
to
follow
Arciero
. as
the
others
got
themselves straighted
out.
Larry
Noel straightened
out
in the
wrong direction and ended
up
in
the hay bales going
up
the .
peristyle. Early heat winner, .
Gary
Dirc"ks
pulled
·
his
Chenowth
into third. ·
C
oming
o ff
the
second
_
perist
yle
the
leader
, .
Frank
Arciero, pulled
to
the side. Rob
Gordon
took
over the lead with
Greg George second, Marty
Coyne
third and Brad Castle
fourth. Gojng into the second
lap, Greg George tangled with
Gary Dircks and lost his left rear
wheel giving the second place
spot
to
Marty Coyne.
Rob
Gordon
had managed to
put
some
breathing
room
between himself . and second
place
Coyne
. Coyne lost his
second place
spot
on
lap four.
when he got sideways
off
the
front
jump
.
Bad
luck struck the
leader
on
the following lap. Rob
Gordon
lost his right rear tire
and
was unable to make it
up
the
hill going into the peristyle. Al
Arciero, who had taken second
from
Coyne
when he suffered
steering problems, took over the
lead.
Al
Arciero went
on
to
win
with a distant second going
to
Brad Castle. Jiinmy Nichols, who
started 13th,
took
home
third
place honors. Fourth went
to
Ron
Carter
and fifth was Gary
Dircks.
In
the Ultracross main event .
20
bikes lined up and the
other
19 saw Russ Wateman,
on
a
Yamaha, take the lead. Wateman ·
dropped
the bike
but
was able
to
get back
up
and
not
lose position.
.
By
the half
way
mark
the battle
was between Wateman, Tyson
Vohland and Doug Dubach.
Yoh land was able
to
hold the
gas
on
over the double.
jump
to
take
the lead. As Dubai:h made his
attempt
-
on
Wateman the two
collided and
both
fell,
but
Dubach was able
to
get up
for
~econd. Tyson Vohland
took
the
win with Doug Dubach second
over Jon Nelson, Jeff Mabery was
fourth ahead
of
Jon
Ortner.
When
the
Grand
National
Sport
TiUcks lined
up
for the
main event battle nine trucks
were present.
To
the crowds
favor, Dan Esslinger was able to
return, however, Esslinger was
missing the
roof
of
his vehicle
(from his earlier heat _perform-
ance) ·
and
was sent back
i:o
the
pits. Esslinger later said,
"I
should have.known the rules, it's
my
fault."
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· following lap
Huber
put
himself
in
second by taking the
second
option
of
the first
turn
.
Huber
automatically closed in
on
the Jeep. The Jeep
is
the new
comer to this series and until
to
.
night
had
not
made
a
respectable showing.
Huber
made several
att
empts
on
Ashley
but
couldn't
find an
open
spot
around
the Jeep. Being
pressured by Huber, the Ashley
and
Huber
duo
pulled away from
the remaining t_rucks.
On
the
seventh lap
Huber
tried
to
go
-inside
on
tum
one
and
looked as
if he could make it,
but
again