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2011 Volume 28 Number 7 Dusty Times Magazine

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-r Volume 28 • Number 7 • July 2011 $2.50 ISSN8750-1712 covering the World of competition in the dirt •••

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7 Volume 28 -Number 7 Publisher Emeritus Jean Calvin Editor John Calvin Associate Editor Judy Smith Editorial Assistant Bekki Wikel Controller John Calvin Marketing Pat Caplan Circulation Vance Scott Contributors Scott Bottomley J. Preston Brad&'baw Jim Culp Mike Del Col Nicole Del Col Steve Hilton Victor Gazca Martin Holines RodKoch Byrle Moore Steve Ruddick Maurice Selden Darryl Smith Tony Tellier Trackside Photo B .O .R.E . ~ lllJLj \:! C,,llfomla 'cl. llally 5..-ln Subscription Rates: $25.00 per year, 12 issues, USA, Foreign Subscription rates on request. Contributions: DUSTY TIMES welcomes contributions, but is not responsible for such material. Unsolicited material will be returned only by request and with a self addressed stamped envelope. Classified Ads: will be published as received, prepaid. DUSTY TIMES assumes no liability for omissions or errors. All ads may be subject to editing. DUSTY TIMES: (ISSN 8750-1732) is published monthly by Hillside Racing Corp, 20761 Plummer St., Chatsworth, CA 91311, (818) 882-0004 with additional Dusty Times, LLC offices at·415 N. Higgins Avenue, Suite lA, Missoula, MT 59802. Copyright by Hillside Racing Corp. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. Periodical Postage paid at Chatsworth, CA 91311 and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address change to DUSTY TIMES, · 20761 Plummer St., Chatsworth, CA 91311. CHANGE OF ADDRESS: Four weeks notice i~ required for change of address. Please furnish both old and new address, and send to DUSTY TIMES, 20761 Plummer St., In This Issue ... FEATURES SCORE Baja 500 by Judy Smith ................................................................ 8 Rally Of Argentina by Martin Ho!mes ...................................................... 16 Lucas Oil at Glen Helen by Homer Eubanks ............................................ 20 MORE Royal Purple 500 by Steve Ruddick .............................................. 26 MORR at Red Bug by Mike Reusche ....................................................... 34 VORRA Yerrington 300 by Troy Robinson ............................................. .40 DEPARTMENTS Happenings .............................................................................................. 5 Trail Notes ................................................................................................ 6 The Blueribbon Coalition ..................................................................... 38 Checkers Newsletter .............................................................................. 39 Good Stuff Directory ............................................................................ 42 Classified Ads ......................................................................................... 47 Index To Advertisers ............................................................................... 47 ON THE COVER Bryce Menzies had it all his way at the SCORE Baja 500, he took the Trophy Truck win with 13 minutes in hand in his Ford F-150. Track.side Photo by Andres Jergensen Carl Renezeder had a pretty good weekend at the Lucas Glen Helen con-test, Carl took wins in both the Pro 2 and Pro 4 categories. Track.side Photo by Dave Conklin Art Director Larry Worsham Visit Our Website at SNAPSHOT OF THE MONTH ••• Aaaaah, the good old days, Walt Lott and his wife Edna were a really big part of off road racing, nothing but good memories of those two. (Pie compliments of Loretta Pipkin) I-DUSTY TIMES will feature pictures of similar "funnies" or woes on this page each month. Send us your snapshot of something comic or some disaster for consideration. DUSTY TIMES will pay $10 for the picture used. If you wish the photo returned, enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Only prints up to 8x10 or electronic media submitted via email .;,ill be considered. Dusty Times July 2011 See d,4, e,e,t de 7 0-t:UVf to DUSTY TIMES THE FASTEST GROWING OFF ROAD MONTHLY IN THE COUNTRY!! □ 1 year -$25.00 □ 2 years -$40.00 □ 3 years -$55.00 (to subscribe online go to □ NEW □ RENEWAL Name ______________________ _ Address _____________________ _ City ______________________ _ State _______________ Zip _______ _ Primary Interest Cars D Trucks D MotorcyclesO Send check or money order to: DUSTY TIMES 20761 Plummer St., Chatsworth, CA 91311 Canadian • 1 year $30.00 US • Overseas subscription rates upon request Page 3

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2011 Happenings ... lOK FoUR WHEELERS P.O. Box36 CLEVES, OHIO 45002 <4x4> (All events staged at the club grounds in Cleves. Ohio) 4x4 FOREVER, Lm. 1665 DEIAWARE ST. 0sHKOSH, Wl 54901 AMERICAN RALLY SPORT GROUP, INc. 3650 SoITTH PoINTE CIRCLE, Sum 205 U.UGHUN, NV 89208 (702) 298-8171/FAX: (702) 521-0597 <web 1. 25-ameri-can-rally-sport-group.htm. E Mail: AMERICAN TRIALS ASSOCIATION AMA Obseroed Trials Southern California Championship Series BILL MARKUM, 2010 PRESIDENT (909) 860-1857 24 HR HOTLINE, 2010 (714) 562-7742 E MAIL: BMARI<909@AoL.coM <> ASOCIACION EsTATAL DE AUTOMOVILISMO SAM U.SELL, TECH INSPECTOR AP-ro42 SAN JOSE DEL CABO BAJA CALIFORNIA DEL SUR. MEXICO AUSTRALIAN OFF ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP DARRYLSMITTi 19 SOMERS ST. CASHMERE, QUEENSLAND, 4500, AUSTRALIA DUSTY TIMES AUTOCROSS QUEBEC OFF ROAD CIAss 10 CARS ONLY RENALD VAILLANCOURT 3069 DAGENAIS WEST U.VAL QUEBEC, CANADA H7P 1T7 (450) 622-4440 < pages/ indexpag.html> BAJA CUP CHALLENGE BAJA PRoTRucK OFF RoAD RAcE SERIES 14402 BoND COURT EL CAJON, CA 92021 619-390-6252 The Protruck schedule for 2011 will consist of both the SCORE and Best In The Desert races. BARONA SAND DRAG ASSN. P.O. Box 1521 lAKEsIDE, CA 92040 All Races Are Night Races All Races At Barona Raceway, Lakeside, CA BBM MARKETING PROMOTIONS Off Road Short Course Racing & Special Event Marketing NORCO, CA 92860 e-mail (909) 815-5811 BEST IN THE DESERT 3475 BOULDER HIGHWAY u.s VEGAS, NV 89121 702-457-577 5/FAX: 702-641-2431 <> Epic Racing Bluewater Gran Prix "the Superstar Of Gran Prix Races" Parker, A:z. Motorcycle, Quad & Uw Points On!, (Mini Race) -No Pre-Fun Run August 1S- 20, 2011 Tsco "vegas To Reno" "the Longest Off-Road Race In The United States" Points For AU Classes -No Pre-Fun Run October 14-16 2011 Bluewater Desert Challenge "the American Challenge Continues" Parker, A:z. Car/Truck & Ut11 Points Onl1 -No Pre-Fun Run December 2-4 2011 Transwest Ford Henderson "250" "a Classic Off-Road Race" Henderson, Nv Points For All Classes -. No Pre-Fun Run BORE RACING Allen Gerber 801-380-9011 - after 5pm please Dusty Times BP MOTORSPORTS P.O. Box411 WOODLAND HILLS, CA 91365 760-578-6258/760-578-6259 FAX: 818-348-4648 E-Mail: All E11ents At California Ciry, CA BRIGHTON SPEEDWAY R.R.3 BRIGHTON, ONTARIO, CANADA KOK-lH0 (613) 475-1102/FAX (613) 475-3250 CAJOR CLUB AUTOMOVILISTA ]UARENSE DE CHAMPIONSHIP OFF-ROAD RACING 7210 GATEWAY EAST EL PASO, TX 79915 (915) 593-4848 RALPH GARCIA 0ll-52-16-17-45-42 CESAR FUENTES CALIFORNIA RALLY SERIES <> August 6, 2011 Mendocino Rally (2) Ukiah,CA August 27, 2011 Gorman Ridge Rally (3) Frazier Park, CA September JO-October 1, 2011 Prescott Rally (2,3) Prescott, AZ November 5, 2011 Seed 9 Rally (2) Jean, NV CANNING ATTRACTIONS P.O. Box400 MAYWOOD, CA 90270 (323) 560-SHOW CENTRAL SOUTH DAKOTA RACING ASSOCIATION P.O. Box645 PIERRE, SD 57501 DAVE ADAMS (PILOTS AND BAJAS) (605) 224-9481 DoN ENGLEMAN (BIKES) July 2011 (605) 224-4967 CHAMPLAIN VALLEY RACING ASSOCIATION C.J. RICHARDS P.O. Box332 FAIR HAVEN, VT 05743 (802) 265-8618 CLAIRTON Hi-JACKERS l.C.O. TOM DEU.UDER SR 1091 TWP. LINE ROAD WELI.SVILLE, OHIO 43968 (330) 532-4589 Short Course off Road Racing At Har-rison County Fair Grounds. Cadiz. OH CLUB AUTOMOVILISTICA SAN QUINTIN CALLE 6TA FRAcc Co. DE SAN QUINTIN SAN QUINTIN, BC, MEXICO HERACUO PATINO (011 52 616-5-22-07) CLUB AUTOMOVILISTICO SAN VICENTE San Vicente Off Road ENSENADA, BC, MEXICO USA JAN WRIGHT (011 52 61746834) RAMON CASTRO & RUBEN ACEVEDO (61637/7 0034) CMC CONTINENTAL MoTOSPORT CLUB P.O. Box 3187 MISSION VIEJO, CA 92690-3178 Fax: (714) 367-1608 CODE OFFROAD MADERO 621-A MEXICALI, MEXICO 21100 760-455-8069 USA 011-52-086-553-4087 MEXICO COLORADO Hn.L CLIMB ASSOCIATION BARB V AHSHOLTZ, PRESIDENT (719) 531-3642 W/(719)687-9827 H P.O Box8286 CoLORADO SPRINGS, CO 80933 (719) 653-8449 Continued on p1g1 6 Pages

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Trail Notes ... 0 LD TIMERS -Dick McCool and Jerry Lawless, old, old and very dear friends of your editor, got back in the saddle at the MORE Royal Purple race. They co-drove with Keith Rogovin in class 1600 and they finished first off the podium in the race. Jerry and Dick had a lot of talent back then and I hope we'll see more of them in the drivers seat as time goes by. FINAL FLAG -We were saddened to hear of the passing of Mike Evans on April 8 of this year. Mike was Engine Builder of the year in SCORE for a couple of years, way back. Mike built motors for Walker Evans, Jim Venable and he built and prepped the Budweiser Jeeps driven by Larry Casey and Roger Mears. Mike was employed by Rousch Engineering in Detroit. Mike will be sorely missed by all who knew him. PIAA LIGHTS UP THE DARK - PIAA, long known as a leader in halogen bulb technology, has advanced halogen bulb design to a new level with the introduction of its Night-Tech halogen bulb series, announced PIAA Lamp and Bulb Manager Chris Olander. The new PIAA Night-Tech bulbs feature several advancements in performance, durability, and manufacturing. Night-Tech technology combines a higher proportion of inert gases with a new filament material to create a halogen bulb that delivers up to 90 percent more light than a conventional halogen bulb -and a 50 percent longer life span. In addition, the Night-Tech's new combination of gases, filament material, and glass coatings creates a color temperature in the 3600 Kelvin range - a brilliant light output that ts whiter than standard bulbs -yet retaining critical DOT/SAE approval. The unique dual-band bulb coating not only creates a whiter light but delivers a brighter, longer range (up to 35 meters) of conventional halogen bulbs. PIAA is offering the Night-Tech bulbs in many of the industry's most popular formats, including Hl, H3,H4, H7 and Hll. Wattage for each 12 volt-bulb is 55 watts; the H4 Night-Tech is rated at 12 volts and 60/55 watts. MSRPs range from $50-67, depending on application. PIAA Corporation, USA is located at 3004 NE 181st Ave., Portland, OR 97230. For more information, contact PIAA at 503-489-6666 or visit the PIAA website at S USQUAHANNOCK RALLY RESULTS - Stage 14 -Super Special A & B. These results are unofficial and are subject to change Fox SwEEPs TROPHY TRucK PomuM AT scoRE BAJA soo -Captivating thousands of fans who lined the race course of the 43rd SCORE Baja 500, FOX Racing Shox racers dominated the top three spots on the podium among the elite SCORE Unlimited Trophy Truck class. SCORE Trophy Trucks are the top class in desert racing featuring 800 horsepower racing across the desert at incredible speeds. Las Vegas racing phenom, Bryce Menzies, driving the Red Bull #70 truck, was the overall 4-wheel winner after 452.84 miles of racing. Menzies finished in 9 hours, 4 minutes and 52 seconds, followed closely by one of desert racing's most feared competitors, Rob MacCachren, driving the #20 Rockstar Energy Drink Trophy Truck. Last year's winner, Andy McMillin, driving the McMillin Realty-BFGoodrich Tires Truck took third. 11 three racers are FOX athletes competing at the top of their game with the ability to win races at anytime. Held in the barren Baja Peninsula desert, the 452.84-mile race course challenges man and machine against the toughest conditions in the desert. Deep mud, big rocks, long stretches of dry lakebeds where race trucks reach speeds in excess of 125 miles per hour, all test race truck components Page& CORP P.O. Box392 CALEXICO, CA 92232 HECTOR CERECER 011-52-65-66-4458 CORR SERIES 270 NEWPORT CENTER DR., Sum 100 NEWPORT BEACH, CA 92660 866-501-CORR CORVA 1500 WEST EL CAMINO, Sum 352 SACRAMENTO, CA 95833 1-800-42 CORVA EXT 42 Fax (818) 957-4435 CRS CALIFORNIA RALLY SERIES <www, D&T PROMOTIONS DAVE VAN DEREN 2405 BAKER AVE. EVERETT, WA 98201 (206) 339-9079 (All events at Hannigan race track, Bellingham, WA or Thurston Councy ORV Park, Ol,mpia, WA) DAKAR RALLY DARREN SKILTON BAJA AUTOMOTIVE ADVENTURES 455 E. OcEAN BLVD., Sum 208 l..oNG BEACH, CA 90802 (562) 755-2278/FAX: (562) 590-7925 <> DECATUR FOUR WHEEL DRIVE CLUB DECATUR, TX 76234' TOMAilEN (800) 662-3649/(214) 641-2090 DESERT STEEL MOTORSPORTS 1863 COMMANDER DRIVE LAKE HAvASu Cm, AZ 86403 (928) 855-2208 EAs:rllRN OFF-ROAD RACING AssN. TOM DELAUDER, SR. 1091 TOWNSHIP LINE ROAD WELLSVILLE, OHIO 43968 (330) 532-4589 ENsENADA BAJA OFF RoAD RACING Av. REFORMA 1136 ENSADA, BC, MX 011-52-646-1818989 Eus10 0ll-52-646-1715230 MRON Races for bugg:ys & Motorcycles EsTERO BEACH INTERNATIONAL Short Course Racing VICTORIA GALINDO ENSENADA, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO 0ll-52-646-176-6230 EDR EXTREME DESERT RACING P.O. Box 91615 AusnN,TX 78709 (512) 848-4344 /E FAX (1512) 687-5310 Car Truck Series July 29-31, 2011 LoneStar 250 Blackwell,TX October 7-8, 2011 West Texas 300 Notrees,TX Championship awards Odessa,TX Bike Quad Series FORDA FLORIDA OFF ROAD DRIVER'S ASSOCIATION JASON LE!BlN (727) 376-4176 Mar, Apr, Ma,, NO<! at Davidson Raceway GENERAL TIRE TROPHYLITE SERIES DRIVE RACING ORGANIZATION 760-352-6020 Las Vegas, NV GLEN HELEN OFF-ROAD BAJA CUP CHALLENGE SERIES PO Box6950 SAN BERNARDINO, CA 92412 CONTACT: BoB BEYER, OFF-ROAD D1REc-TOR PHONE: (909) 815-5811 July 9, 2011 Night Race August 27, 2011 Day Race December 17, 2011 Night Race Short course, stadium and desert race classes July 2011 GLEN HELEN BAJA CUP CHALLENGE SERIES PO Box6950 SAN BERNARDINO, CA 92412 CONTACT: BoB BEYER, OFF-ROAD DIRECTOR PHONE: (909) 815-5811 July 9, 2011 Night Race August 27, 2011 Day Race December 17 Night Race GORRA GEORGIA OFF RoAD RACING ASSOCIATION 420 HOSEA ROAD LAWRENCEVILLE, GA 30245 (404) 963-0252 GPORRA GREAT PLANES OFF RoAD RACING ASSOCIATION TIM HODGE (402) 991-6048 SconMoRRow (816) 792-2126 (All races are short course, stadium scyle Classes, 2010 Sportsman, 1/2-1600, 5-1600, Sport Truck, Quads, Tough Truck Ne'1raska Racewa, Park, Exit 420 on 1-80 between Omaha and Lincoln.) For latest info check <> HIGH PLAINS OFF ROAD RACING 2000 W. QUINCY AVENUE #B -ENGLEWOOD, CO 80110 303-806-8062/303-781-0974 fax INTERNATIONAL lcE RACING ASSOCIATION P.O. Box 8105 ST. PAUL, MN 55108 STEVE BEDDOR (612) 937-3816/Fax 474-2769 INTER-SHows MoTORSPORTS PRoMOTIONs, INc. P.O. Box 2910 MISSION VIEJO, CA 92690 (949) 582-2371 ]EEPSPEED 1826 N. WINDES ORANGE, CA 92869 714-538-7434/ fax 714-633-1724 KAMLooPS OFF RoAD RACING Whispering Pines Sports & Recreation Center l<AMLOOPS, BC, CANADA Mike Strange (250) 573-4003 LAS VEGAS SANDSPORTS & OFFROAD EXPO (626) 961-3782 <> <> L.I.T.R.E. JEFF ELROD (408) 926-0522 JIM MUTA (408) 247-4402 LOORRS LUCAS OIL OFF ROAD RACING SERIES August 6, 2011 Round 9 Glen Helen Raceway San Bernardino, CA._ August 7, 2011 Round 10 Glen Helen Raceway San Bernardino, CA September 24, 2011 Round 11 Speedworld Off Road Park Surprise, AZ Septembert. 25, 2011 Round 12 Speedworld Off Road Park Surprise, AZ November 5, 2011 Round 13 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas, NV November 6, 2011 Round 14 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas, NV December 10, 2011 Round 15 Firebird International Raceway Chandler, AZ December 11, 2011 The Lucas Oil Challenge Cup Firebird International Chandler, AZ MAMARluTA OFF RoAD RACING Luis CARLOS ALvAREZO PANAMERICANA AVE #5105 Co. JuAREz, CH1H., MX 011-52-1637-1799 MICHIGAN BUGGY BUILDERS Dune Buggy Trade Show (517) 543-7214 <> MICHIGAN OFF RoAD CHAMPIONSHIPS M.T.B. Enterp~es Inc. 15529 JONES ROAD GRAND LEDGE, ML 48837 (517) 627-6200 Motorcycles, Quads, ATVs and Pilots only MAORA Mio-AMERICA OFF RoAD AssOCIATION P.O. Box664 GREENUP, IL 62428 (217) 962-1318 E-MAIL: <> M.O.R.E. MoJA VE OFF RoAD RAcING ENTHUSIASTS P.O. Box 1231 BARSTOW, CA 92312 760-253-4453 < July 16, 2011 Kar Tek's Freedom 250 September 10, 2011 Kartek Chili Cook Off 250 October 8, 2011 6th Annual Powder Puff December 3, 2011 Holiday 200 Toys for tots race MICHIGAN SPORT BUGGY ASSOCIATION DAVE BARRET 6363 NIGHTINGALE DR. FLINT, ML 48506 (810) 730-9221 MoroWEST WINTER TRIALs SERIES BILL MARKHAM (909) 860-1857 <> All events at Perris Raceway (At Reed Valle, with a school) NATIONAL Mun RACING AssN. RT. #l, 2010 Box 380 DAVE OR MARLENE RYAN PALATKA, FL 32177 (904) 325-5422 NATIONAL TUFF TRUCK AssN. Butch Chapin Motorsports Promo-tions 1404 EAST 3RD STREET HASTINGS, MN 55033-1415 (612) 437-2459 NOORA NORTHERN Omo OFF RoAD RACING ASSN. GARY WULFF (724) 283-2678 E-MAIL <> Buggies, Pilot/Odysseys, Trucks, Quads (Spring Valle, Raceway, on route 518, 20 minutes SW of Lisbon, OH) (Thunder Valle, located 15 minutes from Spring Valle,) NORRA NATIONAL OFF ROAD RAcING AssocIATION (661) 268-1232 OFF RoAD EXPO SPIN COMMUNICATIONS (415) 380-3890 OFF RoAD RAcING AssocIATION - Volunteered Series PRESIDENT, 2010 GEOFF LEE 1243 TRICE ROAD LEBANON, TN 37087 (615) 453-5830 CLASS REP., 2010 1/2-1600 BRUCE MEYERS (865) 453-1005 CLASS REP., 2010 9 & UNLm. MICHAEL MOORE (334) 271-7035 OUTLAW REP·. DoN PONDER (314) 631-8190 (All Races at Wheeling in the Councy 900 Dusty Times

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Acres) Omo OFF RoADERS INc. 1427 GOSHEN HILLS ROAD S.E. NEW PHILADELPHIA, OHIO 44663 JIM KENDEL (216) 339-4674 All races held at Harrison County Fairgrounds. Cadiz, Ohio ONTARIO OFF ROAD RACERS ASSOCIATION RICK TICHBOURNE, Pusuc RELATIONS (519)-681-4192(H)/(519) 457-2913(W) OUTLA w SEVEN PICKUP 9269 UMMELMAN ST. Lours, MO 63123 (314) 631-8140/Fax: ((314) 631-1921 PACE MOTOR SPORTS U.S. Off Road Championship 495 N. COMMONS DRIVE AURORA, IL 60504 (630) 566-6100 <> PENNSYLVANIA SHORT COURSE RACING SMITHTON HOLE RACEWAY 313 SKYLINE DRIVE SMITHTON, PA. 15479 MIKE GEISER 330-683-6263 Short Course Offroad Racing All Races At Smithton Hole Racewa:, PlKEs PEAK P.O. Box 6962 CowRADO SPRINGS, CO 80934 (719) 685-4400 PINE BARRENS ROUGH RIDERS OFF ROAD RACING CHATSWORTH, NJ (856) 875-7591 PRoTRUCK ?ROTRUCK MANAGEMENT INC. 11409 PINEHURST DR. LAKESIDE, CA 92040 (619) 885-4458 PRO 1600 SHOOTOUT CoREYGorN 559-647-6132 GOINRACIN@HOTMAIL.COM PURE ENERGY PROMOTIONS P.O. Box50 RICKETTS, 1A 51460 (712) 679-2221 RALLY AMERICA <> February 25-26, 2011 Rally in the 100 Acre Wood National Rally Championship Event Salem, MO July 15-16, 2011 New England Forest Rally National Rally Championship Event Newry, ME RALLYE AICHA DES GAZELLES The Only All-Women's Off-Road Rally Raid In The World 203-249-1340 Skype: kellanvanhoesen <> ROCK CRAWLERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA P.O. Box 1406 RIVERTON, UT 84065 (801) 446-5337/Fax: (801) 253-3176 SAN DIEGO SHORT COURSE WINTERNATIONALS A New Series lry Snowbird Off Road Racing Pro Trucks, Desert Trucks, Buggies, Pilots, Tough Truck <> (858) 571-5088 SAN DlEGo OFF RoAD ExrosmoN (888) 836 7918 SCCA RoADRAllY P.O. Box 19400 TOPEKA, KS 66619 800-770-2055 <> SFX MoTORSPORTS GROUP 495 N. COMMONS DRIVE, Sum 200 AURORA, IL 60504 (630) 566-6100/ (630) 556-6180 Fax SCORE SCORE INTERNATIONAL 23961 CRAFTSMAN Ro., Sum A CALABASAS, CA 91302 (818) 225-8402/FAx: (818) 225-8102 Dusty Times <> August 26-28, 2011 16th SCORE Vegas Terrible's Primm 300 Primm, NV November 17-20, 2011 44th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 Ensenada, BC, MX SNORE SOUTHERN NEVADA OFF RoAD ENTHUSIASTS P.O. Box 270516 LAs VEGAS, NV 89127 702-277-2295 July 30-31, 2011 Midnight Special Moapa,NV October 22-23, 2011 SNORE 250 Pahrump, NV December 10-11, 2011 Rage At The River Laughlin, NV SONS OF TuuNnER 4 WHEELERS RACE DMS!ON KEITH STEWART (714) 522-1899 SOUTHEASTERN OFF ROAD CHALLENGE STEVE RULE (800) 313-5621 OR((770) 963-0252 Mike Moore, 2010 (224) 272-5400 SPEED SPORTS EXPO MI!GA PRODUCTIONS 3129 S. HACIENDA BLVD. #322 HACIENDA HEIGHTS, CA 91745 (626) 961-6522 SCTA SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TIMING ASSOCIATION & BONNEVILLE NATIONALS, INc. P.O. Box 10 OROS!, CA 93647 (559) 528-6279 (559) 528-9749 FAX <> SOUTHERN SHORT COURSE OFF RoAD RAcING AssN. 4305 WOOTIARK DRIVE TAMPA FL 33624 (813) 962-2857 (All Races at Eastba1 Racewa:,, Tampa, FL) TRAXXAS TORC SERIES July 22 -23, 2011 Charlotte Motor Speedway Charlotte, NC Aug 13-14, 2011 Bark River Off Road Bark River, Ml Sept 3-4, 2011 Crandon Off Road Crandon, WI Sept 15, 2011 Chicagoland Speed SUPER SERIES (PTY) LTD. P.O. Box 706 Toys FoR ToTs (619) 252-1197 /(619) 252-3093 UNADILLA VALLEY SPORTS CENTER P.O. Box 5119 EDMESTON, NY 13335 (606) 965-8784/FAX: (606) 905-8784 <> VORRA VALLEY OFF ROAD RACING ASSOCIATION 1970 EAST 2ND STREET RENO, NV 89502 775-287-0615 <> July 15-17, 2011 USA 500 Desert Race Reno/ Sparks, NV September 2-5, 2011 24 Hour Endurance Race Fallon,NV October 1-2, 2011 Short Course Reno/Sparks, NV October 29-30, 2011 Short Course Prairie City OHV Park Folsom, CA VICENTE GUERRERO OFFROADCUJB PROFO. CENOV!O GAMBOA 011-52-616-6-21-91 (2-6 p.m.) WESTERN OFF RoAD RACING ASSOCIATION URRY HENDERSON (604) 538-0692 WORRA P.O.Box 3241 SUMAS WA 98295 WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA WHEEL To WHEEL OFF RoAD RACING PATRICK McGUIRE P.O. Box376 ADAMSBURG, PA (412) 527-6556 WHIPLASH MOTORSPORTS 2939 E; Grovers Ave. PHOENIX, AZ 85032 (602) 971-3730 <> December (fBA), 2010 ACP,AZ WISCONSIN MOTORSPORTS SHOW (414) 747-1711 WISCONSIN OFF ROAD FESTIVAL TERRY OR BEV FRIDAY 5913 so. U.S. HWY 45 0sHKOSH, WL54901 (414) 688-5509 WoRLD SERIES OF OFF ROAD RACING FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP P.O. Box99 CRANDON, WISCONSIN 54520 303-880-7221 <WWW.WRC.COM> XTREME INTERNATIONAL 1863 COMMANDER DRIVE LAKE HAvASu Cm, AZ 86403 (520) 855-RACE/(520) 855-2208 BAJA OFFICE: Oll-526-6225 ZR PROMOTIONS Lurs RENE MONTANO C. CALZADA INDEPENDENCIA 200 -5 CoL lNSURGENTES EsTE 21280 MEXICALI, BC, MX (686) 564 6653 Attention Race & Ha~' Organi:ers List your coming events in DUSTY TIMES free. It is the only way some fans know about your event, if they don't hap-pen to be on your club mailing list. Don't call, but mail your 2011 schedules as soon as possible for listing in this column; it could bring you some extra entries! Mail your race or rally schedule to: Dusty Times, 20761 Plummer St., Chatsworth, CA 91311-5003 July 2011 Trail Notes ... and the driver's ability to put it all together while racing towards victory. 254 entries in 28 different racing classes competed in this year's 43rd SCORE Baja 500. Racers start and finish on Ensenada's ocean front street, which is closed down for the 2 ½ day racing festival. Held each June, the event draws over 100,000 fans who line the nearly 500-mile race course throughout Baja's toughest terrain. Winning the ultra-competitive Class 1 Unlimited Buggy division were longtime FOX Racing Shox athletes, Adam Pfankuch and Steven Eugenio. .Facing off with a huge field of 27 Class 1 starters, the FOX athletes charged hard from the start and came from the 22 starting position near the back of the pack to earn the victory. In the limited 1-2 1600 Buggy division, Luke McMillin and Justin "Bean" Smith teamed up to win by over an hour. For McMillin and Smith, this Baja 500 victory marks there first win in the highly competitive 1600 class at the famed SCORE Baja 500. Luke McMillin is the youngest of the McMillin Racing family. Racing in his first full season in 2010, Luke captured the SCORE Rookie of the Year honors, as well as the 1600 championship. 3 NEW RZR UPGRADE KITS FROM Fox RACING SHOX - FOX Racing Shox is now proud to offer 3 new stages of performance shock upgrades that will unleash the full potential of your stock RZR shocks. Your choice of Stage 1 which gives you 24 position compression adjustment, Stage 2 that includes race internals and rebound adjustment or all out Stage 3 upgrades that incorporate all the latest technology from FOX Racing Shox. Each performance upgrade includes all new components that will transform the handling and performance of your RZR-S, RZR-4, or RZR-XP. Just give us a call at 1.800.FOX.SHOX to arrange your FACTORY service and to get a return authorization number (RA#) before sending your shocks in. Two FACTORY service centers are available to offer quick tum-around times. Our midwest service center is located in Brainerd, Minnesota and on the west coast, in Watsonville, California. Chances are, you probably could use a shock service as it is. Now you can get a performance upgrade and get the shock service for free. Upgrade prices are per pair of shocks ·and include all new components. Assembly labor charges apply but when you purchase an upgq1de, a full service is also included at no extra charge. The Stage 1 component package is available for the Polaris RZR-S, RZR-4 and RZR-XP. Stage 1 adds the Dual Speed Compression Adjuster (DSC). The DSC adjuster allows you to fine tune your ride to excel in a wider range of conditions and to complement your personal driving style. You can now adjust the shack's high-and low-speed compression damping 24 positions each by simply turning the external adjusters. The DSC gives you maximum traction and handling by providing small bump compliance and at the same time the increased damping required for the bigger hits. Stage 1 components package price is $200 per pair plus installation labor. The Stage 2 component upgrades for the Polaris RZR-4 and RZR-XP include rebound control adjustment and FACTORY level internals. 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For more information check out or call 1.800.FOX.SHOX BEST IN THE DESERT 2011 TSCO "VEGAS TO RENo" -The Longest Off-Road Race in the United States, August 18-20, 2011. At over 550 miles in length, Best In The Desert's TSCO "Vegas to Reno" race is certifiably "The Longest Off-Road Race in the United States." It marks the midway point for the five-race 2011 Best In The Desert season featuring the car and truck classes and is one of the most popular events on the schedule. The challenge and adventure of competing in such a long distance "point to point" race always brings out the top off-road race teams. Not only is this going to be a big event but it's also the 14th running of TSCO "Vegas to Reno." This race is open to all Best In The Desert classes - cars, trucks, UTVs, quads and motorcycles and over 300 entries are expected from all across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, and even South Africa. The entry list reads like a "who's who" of the world's foremost off-road racers. Casey Folks, director of Best In The Desert, has worked closely with the BLM to obtain the required permits and set up a course that avoids endangered species, and does not harm the environment. The race starts near the town of Beatty, Nevada, with all classes starting off the line on Friday, August 19th. Originally part of the Bullfrog Mining District, today Beatty serves as an important gateway to Death Valley National Park, and is only 115 miles northwest from Las Vegas. The course traverses a part of the legendary Pony Express Trail made famous 148 years ago, and finishes up in Dayton, just east of Reno, Nevada. The TSCO "Vegas to Reno" race takes racers from the high desert floor at 2,500 feet elevation to mountainous heights of over 9,000 feet, forcing competitors to constantly adjust to the changing atmospheric pressures, and endure extreme hot and cold temperature variations. This course features some of the toughest, and most varied terrain in the world. 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lli.,,9~11 BAJA 500 Bryce Menzies -Ford F1 so Takes The overall Text & Photos: Mike Chamberlain The overall win went to Bryce Menzies, the young man· from Las Vegas, he drove his Ford F-150 quickly and took home all the marbles. MENZIES WINS SCORE'S TECATE BAJA 500 Ensenada, BCN, Mex: A little bit of pre-race luck, which gave him the first start position in the Trophy Truck class, added to a lot of skill and patience, put Bryce Menzies into winners' circle at the end of the June Baja 500. Doing all the driving in his Ford, Menzies had a clean day, without even a flat to mar the trip, and finished with the time of 9:04:52, for the 454 mile trip. He was third in the overall standings, behind the two winning bikes of Kendall Norman/Quinn Cody and Colton Udall/David Kamo, Honda team members. This year's course was a difficult loop, very similar to what it's been for quite a few years now. There had been a drastic change made in the area of the infamous Summit, when a group of local ranchers apparently decided they didn't want the race to run over their land (which to the uneducated eye, seems to be nothing but rocks) and they got their way. The "New Summit", was bladed and marked. It was apparently even rockier and steeper, with a precarious downhill, off-camber turn that was sure to be the demise of more than one unwary racer. Because it was so new, and gave so many teams serious trouble just on the pre-runs, someone went to the group and convinced them to relent and let the course take the old route. This was accomplished four days before race day. According to Paul Fish, SCORE's Vice President, ultimately, the new road will become the way the course goes, but it needs considerable work. Fish and some of the Mexican officials had worried that if they persisted in using the "new summit", there would be a total blockage of the course, and a lot of angry and unhappy racers. They were very pleased that the land owners were so cooperative. After going through the outskirts of Ensenada, and then up toward Ojos, where a damned up stream caught some unwary drivers, the racers headed eastward and ultimately through the Summit and down into the Laguna Salada neighborhood, where the temperatures flirted with 100 degrees. Soft sand in many sections of this part helped overheat a number of vehicles. When they reached Borrego, where virtually everyone pitted, they paralleled the highway westward 'til they reached Mike's Road. They went up it (southward) only part way, then came back down toward Valle de Trinidad, then headed east and out onto Highway 1 at Llano Colorado. This time they headed south on the pavement for a bit and then they dropped down onto the western edge of the peninsula, and turned northward, getting a tour of the coastline. Eventually they worked their way more northward and a "bit to the east, coming out onto the pavement at Santo Tomas. A short section of trafficky pavement sent them up the snaky hill (or the rutted "either/or"), and then they turned northeast into the Uruapan section. In there, where the drivers and the vehicles were tired, was some of the most difficult terrain. There were silt hills, nasty roads, washouts and steep drop offs. If they made it through, the racers would be arriving back in the neighborhood of Ojos Negros at about Mile 420, and then they had to find their way, backwards on the course they'd started on. But, as usual, the spectators would have rerp.oved many of the directional arrows and mile markers, making it hard to find the way. At least this year there was no fog to make things more difficult. The time limit was Steven Eugenio and Adam Pfankuch drove their Jimco Chevy to the gold medal in the Class 1 competition, seen here in beautiful flight. 23 hours for everyone, which race came out to the pavement. worked out to a 19.7 mile per It was, he said, "a mystery flat." hour average. Tracking devices Besides the flat he said he'd had were in use for all classes, and no problems. "It was a lot of the 60 miles per hour speed limit fun." His time was 9:18:0land was in effect for all pavement he accrued no penalties. sections. In third it was the team of The weather stayed good, Nick and Larry Vanderwey and and the usual rash of early Curt LeDuc, in their Chevrolet. accidents, often involving too Larry started, Nick finished and much adrenaline and too little LeDuc ran the middle section skill, kept the radio busy. Three from Laguna Salada to the accidents were serious enough beach. They said they'd had a to need the Flight for Life plane "good day -no problems -ran to ferry the victims back to San fourth all day." Their time was Diego hospitals, but at this 9:25:09, which included a half-writing all the individuals had minute speed zone penalty. been treated and were doing well, Fourth went to Mark and and expecting to recover. While Gary Weyhrich in their Ford. the SCORE personnel were busy Mark started and drove to San coordinating helicopters and Matias, where his brother got trauma doctors and planes, the in and went to the finish. They lead bikers and Trophy Truck said that for the last 50 miles or drivers set a sizzling pace. so their motor "had no power, Ultimately, though the bikers and died a few times." They took overall honors, Menzies, thought it might be a problem who was the first Trophy Truck with air filters. But, they had no to start, recorded a splendid flat tires. Their total time was performance. He said he'd taken 9:26:59, with no penalties. it easy, "until Mile 120" - (after In fifth it was Tim Herbst the Summit). He said his pits and Larry Roeseler, in Herbst's had all gone smoothly, costing Ford. They'd been third to start. no more than 30 or 40 seconds Roeseler started and did the first each. At Borrego he "made one 270 miles and Herbst finished. · mistake and hit a huge rock and He said they hadn't had too we thought we broke a caliper many problems, except that the off the truck." He stopped to transmission had heated up a bit check, and found it was o.k., so and they'd had to "back down he kept going. Towards the end some." He said it was "good to of the race the rear end started finish one - it's been a while. It's "feeling like it was going" - so always good to be back in Baja." "we just kind of slowed it down." Their time was 9:27:23, which Menzies is aimed at winning included 10 minutes of speed the points this year. He said zone penalties. he'd had no flat tires, no bent Rick D. Johnson was sixth rims, "nothing." He spent close in his Ford, and he'd started to two weeks pre-running with 19th. He drove all the way, had Jesse Jones. His time was 9:04:52 one flat going over the summit and he was one of the few who and later lost his brakes out on acquired no penalties. the beach. He said he'd been Andy McMillin, who also hoping to get a top ten finish. drove the whole distance, was Johnson had more than his second in his Ford. He'd started share of stress, because he'd seen second, which is where he was the accident involving his chase on the road when he finished. crew (the Rick L. Johnson team), He said Menzies had run "an had gone back to see if he could amazing race". McMillin had help, and was, quite naturally, a flat at San Matias, where the concerned about their well Rob MacCachren drove his Ford F-150 to a second place finish in the Justin Davis flew his good lookin' £SM-Chevy to the silver medal in Not too bad a day for Bryan Wilson and Kyle Quinn, they drove their Trophy Truck division, Rob was 13 minutes in arrears at the finish. Class 1, Justin was 3 minutes in arrears at the checkers. Kreger to a silver medal finish in the 1600 conflict. Pages July 2011 Dusty Times

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11 Luke McMillin had a wonderful race, he and Justin Smith took the Class 1600 victory in their Alumicraft car, seen here Headin' for home. being. (As it turned out, only time was 10: 16:24. Brenda Johnson was seriously Jesse James finished seventh hurt, and she'd been airlifted in his Chevy. He said, "This to a San Diego hospital very truck is so fun to•drive - like quickly, and at this writing, was riding my bicycle when I was on the road to recovery.) Rick D. eight -it was awesome. I tried had earned no penalties and his not to overdrive and be stupid." He'd had only two flats along the way, and no serious mechanical problems. They lost a little time in the pits, but caught back up and passed the trucks that went past while they were being serviced. His time was 10:28:41, which included 20 minutes worth of Speed Zone penalties. In eighth it was Jesse and Adam Ashcraft, Ford. Both drove -Adam started and Jesse, who'd had knee surgery a month and a half ago, did the section from Mile 300 to the finish. Adam had a flat on Laguna Salada and he als,.E> had a miserable problem wnen the tow strap came unmounted and wrapped around the rear hub, brake lines and rotor. They stopped for fuel and happily, their crew, while changing tires, spotted the mess. It took thirty minutes to get it all sorted out. The Ashcrafts said they'd done a "complete rework" of the truck before the race, and had only 50 miles of testing. Their time was 10:36:27 with a half-minute of penalty. In ninth place it was Rob MacCachren in a Ford. He'd started ninth in the lineup, with a lot of talent and good machinery in front of him. He said his only problem had been "traffic, in the beginning." He'd had a flat about half way, and also noted that either his transmission or torque converter was "locking up." He said he'd passed most of the traffic on the dry lake, but then he'd had that flat and they'd gone by again. He was the third to finish, right behind Andy McMillin, but was so close he'd actually passed him on time. He said, "It was fun being down here in Mexico." Unfortunately, for some reason, his team made a major error, and he stopped to pit on section of the course that was pavement -which is a big no-no in Baja. He was penalized 90 minutes for the infraction, and dropped from second to ninth. His actual time was 9: 17:25, but with penalties was 10:47:25. Robbie Pierce was tenth in his Ford. He did not stop to share his stories. His time was 11:04:47, including ten minutes of speed zone penalties. Eleventh place went to Gus Vildosola, Sr. and Jr., who'd had a "very long day" in their Ford. They were the last Trophy Truck to get started in the morning, and Tavo Or.) had rolled over within the first twelve miles, in the dust. He said he'd been "trying to avoid hitting Pete Sohren." In the rollover Tavo caught a couple of fingers in the steering wheel, and was sure they were broken. He got things together again and went on, driving all the way to Llano Colorado, on Highway 1. Somewhere along the line he'd run out of gas, also. His dad, Gus, Sr., got in at Llano Colorado. Willy Valdez was their Continued on page 10 Justin Perkins and Jay Nelson were a long way back but took home the A second place finish in Class 5 went to Kevin Carr and Noe Valdez, Jeff Holmes and JT Holmes Jr. took a second place finish in the Class · · ass 3 contest, seen here in th ir Wran /er TJ. they are seen here early on, all bright and shiny. 6 contest, they are seen here in their Ford Ranger. Dusty Times 2,160 Rooms And Suites 60 Table Games 2,600 Slot Machines Poker Room Race & Sports Book 640-Seat Bingo Room 16 Movie Theaters 0 66-191-169.6 1-8 • n d t-.\ent,o an oUS9.0~~ c.ode Nai\ab1\1 on~ 9 Restaurants 75,000 Sq. Ft. Of Meeting Space 4,500 Seat Equestrian & Event Center 80,000 Sq. Ft. Exhibit Hall Spa & Fitness Center Showroom 64-Lane Bowling Center LAS VEGAS BLVD AT S/LVERADO RANCH • SOUTHPO/NTCASINO.COM July 2011 Page9

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Don and Ken Moss and Dave Grundman were the winners in the Class 3 competition, seen here in their Ford Bronco heading for the checkers. navigator, and he stayed in all the way. At the finish, Gus, Sr. said, "To say we had a bad day would be an understatement." When he'd taken over the driving, he'd "killed the right rear brakes", so then they just drove it in that way. But they had no electrical power for some reason, or, more accurately only, "a little bit of power sometimes." So they had no lights to speak of, and as the sun set and darknes·s settled in, they were reduced to using a flashlight to pick their way to the finish line. Senior said, "It's been downhill all day -the last thing we'll do is give up!" Their time was 11:09:08, including a minute and a half of Speed Zone penalties. Kory Scheeler and Brian Collins teamed in Scheeler's Ford and finished 12th. Collins did the first part, and had the intercom quit working at Mile 70. And when he got to Laguna Salada, where temperatures were in the nineties, the truck vapor-locked. Scheeler got in to do the second half of the day, and at the finish he said, "That was one of the worst races I've ever raced." (Coming from a man whose truck burned to the ground in a race once that's quite a statement.) He was evidently influenced by the unhappy fact that the drunken spectators near the end of the race have graduated from tossing rocks and bottles at the cars, and instead, threw a live snake into their cab. It landed on the navigator's lap and was immediately tossed back out. No one knew what breed of snake it was. They had accrued 35 minutes of speed zone penalties, for a time of 11:28:03. Mike Voudouris and Billy Goerke were 13th in their Ford. Mike started and drove up to the Mike's Sky Ranch area, and he had no problems. Goerke went to the finish. He said he lost first gear, and then had to do all the terrible soft hills after Uruapan without it. Goerke , said he had to use his brakes a lot because of missing the gear, and thus, they got "a bit soft." But, he said, "It's a lot of fun!" Maybe too much fun, as they amassed an hour and 40 minutes worth of penalties, and bumped themselves down a few positions. Their total time was 11:29:39. In 14th it was Ken Losch and Greg Nunley in a Chevy. Their time was 11:58:47, which included just 11 minutes of Speed Zone penalties. The 15th finisher was Pete Sohren's Ford, with Ramsey El Wardani at the wheel. He said he'd driven from Mile 270 (near Valle de Trinidad) to the finish. Sohren had had to deal with the hood coming into his line of vision, and stopped a couple times to try to fix it. El Wardani had a flat, and couldn't get the wheel off, so it cost him about 20 minutes. Their time was 12:03:51, including some speed penalties and a Virtual Checkpoint penalty of ten minutes. Adam Householder was 16th, and he drove all the way in his Chevy. He reported that he'q run the entire race on the same set of tires. But he'd blown two power steering lines, two hundred miles apart, and it took two hours to fix them, each time. His total time was 12:04: 13, with only one penalty minute. Clyde Stacy, in a Chevy, was 17th. His co-driver, Juan Lopez, did the start to Mile 270, and then Stacy got in. He said he rolled it on the beach. When asked why he rolled, he said, "I think 'cause I don't drive very good." Their time was 12:10:05, with just seven penalty minutes. The 18th team to finish was Ron Whitton and Sean Mecham, in a Ford. Whitton started, and went to Mile 225, which is near where the course hits Highway 3 at Borrego. He rolled the car at Mile 120, on the downhill side, after the Summit. He also had three flats, and only two spares, - . .-~~ .. ~ ••"': . .: .... ~ The Cody Kellogg/Rick Wilcoxon/Troy Johnson trio took the gold medal in the Class 5 conflict, seen here just before dusk. so he drove thirty miles on a flat tire. Mecham had no problems and just one flat. Their time was 12:39:27, with only a minute and a half penalty. Scott Whipple and Scott Gailey,. in a Ford, were a late entry and started last, sadly, they also finished last. They got to the finish line at about ten minutes to one in the morning. They said they'd had to replace their transmission at Mile 153, which is on Laguna Salada. It took them three hours to do the swap. But, they said, they'd had no flat tires, except on the chase truck. Their time was 14:39:56, with only 1.5 minutes of penalty. Eighth to cross the finish line was Robby Gordon in his Hummer. Gordon had the most visible vehicle in the race, having painted the thing the same bright pink/orange that he uses in his energy drink logo. Gordon wasn't terribly happy at the finish line. He said, "It is what it is - racing shouldn't be decided by the luck of the draw." He's had two non-finishes thus far this season, and therefore was not in the top ten in points, which meant he was not in the special drawing for start position which includes just those who place in the top ten. Therefore -he'd pulled a hideous start position, just three spots from the end (out of 28 starters). He'd been in good company, as B. J. Baldwin started directly behind him, and Gus Vildosola, Jr. was behind Baldwin. Reportedly, Gordon, unhappy with his start position, had "roosted" Baldwin as he (Gordon) sat atop the dirt mound in front of the tart line, edging Baldwin's blood pressure up a few notches also. Those who were watching would not have bet on any of the three finishing the r~ce at that point. At the finish line Gordon said he'd "changed two tires", and his inflation gimmick (a built-in, in a Hummer) hadn't worked. He said that "by the time we broke free, Menzies had 20 minutes on us." He noted that they hadn't passed any of the other Trophy Trucks while they were moving - only if they had a flat or went off course. He said he'd like to see a system like that of the Best In the Desert -wherein the two fastest classes (Trick Trucks and 1500 in that series) qualify for start position the day before the race. Gordon's Hummer has less wheel travel than the rest of the field, but made up for time lost in that respect by having a huge fuel cell, so he didn't need to stop to take on gas. Unfortunately, Gordon was deemed guilty of two "incidents of improper finish line conduct", and was disqualified. He'd come into the finish very fast, and according to reports, had spun the truck deliberately before actually crossing under the finish arch, and had also apparently done another bit of showmanship after passing through the finish area. His time was originally listed as 9: 19: 15.' Also disqualified, this for "Race Vehicle Backwards on Course" - was Jesse Jones, last season's points winner in the class. He finished late in his Ford, in amongst the SCORE Lites and other limited cars, and reported that he'd been "changing rear ends." He said he'd "lost three rear ends today." He had no navigator with him, having apparently jettisoned him somewhere along the way. Jones said, "He got sick at 77 so I let him out." He drove the rest of the way with no navigator. He said he'd helped pull many stuck cars out of their traps as he worked his way to the finish line. There is no time listed for him. Four of the finishing Trophy Truck teams were guilty of a Virtual Check Point <violation. This generally means that at some point on the course where there is a turn, the vehicle has cut a corner or otherwise shortened things up a bit. Very often it's not a matter of a lot of distance, or saving a lot of time. It could even be a case wherein a local land owner prefers not to have race vehicles traveling over his land. SCORE then makes it a Virtual Check Point, puts it on the map, and tells the racers to pay attention. If they don't, they get ten minutes added to their time. Some of these "short cuts" have been used as the course for years, and the driv~rs take them by force of habit -or at least some of them do. Ten minutes can mean a difference in finish position, so eventually they will pay attention. SCORE has always wanted to be able to ensure that the drivers all use the same course, and now they've found a way to do it. It's that simple. Class 1 had 27 starters, and the team of Steven Eugenio and Adam Pfankuch, in a new-to-them Jimco Chevy that used to belong to the McCallums, took the win. The McCallums, Larry and Shawn, prepped the car for them. They finished as the second car over the line in their class, having passed 20 Class 1 racers one way or another on the road to the finish. Eugenio started and went to Mile 300, where the course hits Highway 1 at Llano Colorado. He said that while he was in the Laguna Salada area the car overheated four times and "went into limp mode". Adam, whQ had one flat, caught up ten minutes in his section. He said he'd had "to really push the last 20 miles -not really safe." They had one half-minute speed zone penalty on the last section of pavement. Their time was 9:48:33. In second it was Justin Davis, the teenaged lead foot who's also still new to this class. In his ESM •• Chevy Davis said he "cruised around", having "no problems, no flats. That's all we wanted to do today." It was a good thing he had no flats, because his spare tires fell out of the back of the car. Davis said he'd pre-run for a week and a half. He had no penalties at all, and his time was 9:51:31. Third place went to Darnen Jefferies in a Chevy powered Jefferies. He drove all the way and lost his brakes near Santo Tomas, and drove to the finish from there without them. The car ran hot on the desert side, but "other than that, it was perfect. So close, and yet so far. I preran the last section so much - I thought I got it [until] the brakes went away." Jefferies had no penalties, and his time was 10:23:49. In fourth it was brothers Grant and Brett Lenk in their Penhall Chevy. Brett started Noah Estanik and Kevin Guevara took second place honors in Class 8, Second place finishers in the Class 10 contest was the Pigott/Arzate/ The SCORE Lite division saw Zak Langley, Mike Howell and Bernie they are seen here in their Ford F-150 headin' for home. Sotelo trio, seen here in their BTC-Subaru. Carr take a fine second place finish, seen here in their Smith. Page 10 July 2011 Dusty Times '

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t and went to about Mile 200, and Grant drove to the finish. They said their plan "was to run a smooth race and keep the car moving at all times." They thanked their Dad and Mom for their support. Brett did the prep. They said the "course was tough." But they had no flats and no mechanical trouble. Their time was 10:27:41, with only a half minute of penalty. Mike Childress was fifth in his Porter Chevy. He said they'd had a flawless day. Jimmy Hook, who navigated the first part of the race, said that Childress had the lead at Mile 235, and then he blew a corner. It was, they said, "No big deal", but they had to shut the car off to put it in reverse, and then it wouldn't start again. Hook beat on the starter with a rock, and the starter caught on fire. They had a spare starter, so they changed it. Travis Howard got in to navigate the second half of the day. Their time was 10:33:56, which included a 10 minute Virtual Checkpoint penalty and only one minute of Speed Zone penalty. . In sixth it was Randy Wilson and Jeff Quinn in a Jimco Chevy. Quinn drove to Borrego and Wilson finished. They said they'd been "hung up" by a couple of Trophy Trucks. "This course is always a challenge -the last 30 miles is a mess with all the spectators." Wilson also had dirt in his contacts. Their time was 10:40:03, which included 39 minutes of Speed Zone penalties. Daniel McMillin and Chuck Hovey finished seventh in their Jimco Chevy. They said they'd had a couple of flats and a battery had exploded and caught fire. They used two extinguishers and threw dirt on it to put it out. They also had a CV boot problem, and had to use a temporary canvas boot, which came off once. Hovey and McMillin each had a flat. Hovey got in at Mike's road, and with his various problems, lost an hour all together. And then, late in the race, a bird flew into the cab. The navigator, Casey King, talked about it at the finish, and as he did, he fished around down by his feet, and astonishingly, found the bird still there. He held it up so everyone could see it -apparently some sort of small owl -and suddenly it flew away! They'd also had a snake thrown at them, but it didn't make it into the cab of the car. Their time was 10:57:39, including a VCP penalty of ten minutes, and a minute and a half of speed zone penalties. In eighth place it was Dan Myers in a Porter. He drove all the way, had no flats, but lost oil Marc Burnett and Steve Winnenberg drove their Ford Ranger to the Class 6 win in Baja, they had almost four hours in hand at the finish. pressure the last couple of turns. In 13th it was Scott Appleton He hadn't raced in three-and-a-and Mike Julson in a Chevy half years and seemed pleased Jimco. Julson finished at about to have made it to the finish 1:50 a.m., rear brakes on fire. in good shape. His time was He didn't want to stop and talk. 11: 15:35, with one VCP penalty Their time was 15:30: 11, and and a minute and a half of speed they had no penalties. penalties. Chris Kemp and Rob Harris, In ninth it was the team in a'Jimco Chevy, were 14th, of Kash Vessels and Richard finishing somewhere near 2 Boyle in an tlMS Chevy. Vessels a.m. They had 34 minutes of started, and he lost the brakes penalties, and a time of 15:43: 13. and had to have the calipers In 15th it was Brian and Cody replaced. Boyle got in at San Parkhouse in a Jimco Chevy. Matias and came to the finish They said they'd had a "tie rod with no drama. Their time was bolt failure", which cost about 12:02:23, which included 25 four hours. And they'd had a flat minutes of speed penalties -tire. Their time was 16:02:09, some in every zone. including a Virtual Checkpoint Tenth place went to Armin penalty as well as 8.5 minutes for Schwarz and Armin Kremer in a speeding. JIMCO Chevy. Schwarz started Sixteenth, and last in the class and Kremer got in at Mile 230. to finish, was the team of David He said he'd had "a bad day all Greenhill and Mike Boone in day - small, stupid mechanical a Jimco Chevy. Boone started, issues." They took a rock in their and a Greenhill finished. Derek belt tensioner, and used up three Krumm navigated. They switched belts. Finally, they got a new at Mile 300. The team had three tensioner. Then they finished flats, and Greenhill rolled the on a left rear flat. Their time car down a cliff at Uruapan. was 12:12:30, which included 11 They said it was "the same minutes of penalties. place he rolled the prerunner In eleventh place it was Bronco the day before." They Garrick Freitas in a Jimco Chevy. waited eight hours for a friend He did all the driving, and said with a Bronco to come and get he'd had "motor problems" at them out. They finished at 8:45 Mile 100, which is near Sta. a.m. Sunday, and had a time of Catarina. His Chase crew came . 22:29: 18, with no penalties. out and pulled the motor apart In the 1-2/1600 class there and fixed it, and he had no more were 16 starters, and ten of problems. From that point on them got to the finish. In first he helped pull a lot of stuck cars place it was the team of Luke out of their difficulties. His time McMillin and Justin Smith was 13:59:07, with an hour and in an AlumiCraft. McMillin seven minutes worth of Speed started, Smith finished. They Zone penalties. said neither had any problems In 12th place it was Dan at all. They switched drivers Martin and Dale Dondel, near Mike's. Smith did have a finishing at about 1: 15 a.m. in flat, but it was right near a pit, their Racer Chevy. They said and they changed it. Their time they'd been losing alternator was 11:22:34, and they had no belts "all day". Dondel actually penalties. ran out of belts at one point, and In second place it was Brian had a dead battery. They also Wilson and Kyle Quinn in a said they'd been running on six Kreger. Quinn started. Wilson cylinders most of the day. Their got in at Mile 210 and drove to time was 15:07:09, with just 4.5 the finish. Along the way he hit minutes of penalty. a hole and cartwheeled the car, The Arturo Alverez/Ouetza/li Cortez Ford Ranger was the big winner in the Class 7 competition, seen here less some glass. and some locals watching nearby got it on video. So while they waited for repairs, Wilson and his navigator watched the video. Their time was 12:46: 16, with only a half minute of penalty. Third place went to Quentin Tucker, who finished, and Miles Wyatt, who started, in a Curry. They switched drivers at Mile 235. Tucker had only front brakes for his stint. They had one flat, and also were blocked for a while when 1603 (Brad Wilson) rolled in front of them and blocked the road. Garrick Freitas pulled them out. Their time was 12:46:33, with 26.5 minutes of Speed Zone penalties. In fourth it was Justin Munyon, who finished, and Brad Wilson, who started, and Sammy Ehrenberg, who did the middle, in a Kreger. Ehrenberg had a flat in the wash after the Summit. He also lost an oil line, and fixed it. Munyon rolled the car and also got stuck in a rut. Jesse Jones pulled him out of the rut. Their time was 12:52:02 with only a half-minute of penalties. Fifth place was earned by J. J. Schnarr, who drove to Mile 240, and Mark Levrett, who finished, in a Levco. Schnarr had no problems, but Levrett was stuck in a silt bed and in mud. They had no flats. Jeff Locke navigated all the way. Their time was 15: 15:20, including 12 minutes of penalties. In sixth it was Francisco Escareno, who started and Luivan Voelker, who finished, in a Garibay. They had "many" problems. Voelker said it was a new, new, new car, with only 60 miles on it. They had wiring problems, light problems. Their time was 15:34:54, and they had no penalties. Daniel Lopez and Ambrosio Gutierrez were seventh. They said that in the beginning the car quit twice. There were engine problems. Then they broke a front arm, in Santo Tomas, and that cost them two-and-a-half hours. Their time was 15:49:35, with no penalties. The Velazco brothers, Arturo and Abel, and Esteban Cruz, in a VBR chassis, were eighth. Arturo started to Mile 165, Abel did 165 to 300 and Cruz drove to the finish. They said they'd had fuel pump problems and broke their front suspension. Their time was 15:53:29, with no penalties. In ninth it was Kevin Walsh, George Peters and Luke Babb in a Penhall. They finished at 3:20 a.m., parked their car and went away, and we couldn't find them. Their time was 16:34:33, with no penalties. The tenth car in the class to finish was the Lothringer of Juan Fernandez III and Horacio Lora. They finished at about 7: 15 a.m. on Sunday, but just motored on past, not stopping to talk about their trip. Their time was 20:27:00, with no penalties. And in 11th it was brothers Andrew and Steve Myers in a Lothringer, finishing at 9: 15 a.m. Sunday. Andrew started and he had ignition problems all day. Then Steve got in to go to the finish and two miles before the pavement, coming in, he blew the left rear hub off. In order to get going again, he made some quick repairs, using the bolts from the limiter straps among others. By then he had no front brakes, either. Said Steve, "I had a great time -the car is really fast!" Their time was 22:25:59, with no penalties. They were the last in the class to finish. In Class 2, for turbo or super-charged vehicles, there was just one entry: Rob Rill from Gainesville, Florida and Benjamin Slocum, from Charlevoix, Michigan, in a Rallyraid BMW. The vehicle looked as if it should be able to finish, but didn't make it. Too bad. Class 3 had six entries this time, and to no one's surprise, The Miglini/Chandler/Wegener/Desrosiers quartet raced their Predator Andy and Scott McMillin paired their talents and Finished in third place Darnen Jefferies was the bronze medal winner in the Class 1 race, X18 Chevy to the silver medal in the Baja 500 conflict. in the Trophy Truck fracas, they were 36 seconds out of 2nd place. he's seen here in his Jefferies-Chevy on his way to the checkers. Dusty Times July 2011 Page 11

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The fastest truck in the Class 7SX competition was driven by Elias Hanna and Miguel Padilla their Ford Ranger is seen nicely airborne. the Moss brothers, Ken and Don, in their venerable Bronco, took the win. Their plan was to run a conservative race and not break anything or get any flats. They've been racing the truck for 11 years and they had a new engine in it for the first time. They both drove, and had various less than major problems. The truck got hot at Laguna Salada, so they had to moderate their speed, and they had a loose shackle bolt at one point. They also spent some time trying to pull a competitor, Billy Bunch, out of a hole, but were unable to do it. They also had a muffler split open and blow hot Page 12 exhaust up against the floor of the truck. It burned the bottoms out of the tool bags stored above them inside. Their time was 15:00:54, with no penalties. In second place it was first time Baja racers, Justin Perkins and Jay Nelson, from Louisiana, in a '99 Jeep Wrangler with a bone stock motor. They finished at 9:23 a.m. They both were in the race car the whole time, s~itching seats now and then. They burned up their alternator, their circuit breaker caught fire and their batteries went dead. They put the Jeep on its side at one point, also. They said they'd wanted to do it "since Justin Matney and Rudolfo tribe took top honors in the Class 8 contest, they had almost two hours in hand at the checkered flag. we were little kids." And they said, "It was a blast -worth the 2000 mile drive." Their time was 22: 14: 14, perilously close to the cut off time. They had no penalties. No one else in the class finished. In Class 4, there were four starters, and the winning team was Clyde Stacy and Eduardo Laguna in a PSD Chevy which has a transmission rather than being belt-driven. Laguna did most of the driving, and Stacy, .who had driven his Trophy Truck earlier in the day, got into the Class 4 car at Ojos to bring it to the finish. They'd had a broken crank, which cost them an hour, but other than that had no trouble. Their time was 15:34:29, with just a one-minute Speed zone penalty. In second place it was Tony Miglini, Mike Shatynski, Noel Chandler, Curtis Wegener, and Joe Desrosiers in a Predator X18-Chevy. Miglini started and finished and Shatynski drove the middle. Miglini said he'd hit a water hole within the first ten miles, and lost the intercom. But once it dried out things worked again. They also lost their power steering early, and that took two hours for repairs. Their time was 20:55:28 and it was about 7:45 on Sunday morning when they finished. They had no penalties, and were the last in the class to finish. Class 5 had three starters and two finishers. In first place it was Cody Kellogg, who started and Troy Johnson, who finished. Rick Wilcoxon drove the middle part, and they said none of them had any problems, and they had no flat tires. Their time was 12:50:06, which included on·e minute of speed penalty and a Virtual Checkpoint penalty. In second place it was Jerry Longo, Kevin Carr and Kent Lothringer. Longo started, to Saldana, Lothringer went to San Vicente, and Carr drove to the finish. They had distributor cap problems and then the wire broke. Their time was 14:27:05, with a half minute of penalty. In 5-1600, which had four entries, there were just two finishers. Francisco Reynoso, Carlos Rivas and Fernando Flores were the winning team. They reported that they'd rolled the car at Mile 92, and that was their only problem. Their time was 14:26:06, and they had no penalties. In second place it was Emelia Salcido, who drove the'start and finish sections, and Federico Montes, who did the middle. They had one flat and rolled the car over. They were stuck in the silt three times, before Erendira and after Uruapan. Their time was 16: 17: 10, with no penalties. In Class 600, there were nine entries. The first one back was the Ford of Marc Burnet, who drove all the way. He said he hit a cow early, and added, "She got lucky." Apparently he didn't hit her very hard. His race was "flawless for the most part" he said, with no flats. But he got stuck in a hole that the locals had created. It was a mud hole and he lost about 45 minutes there. Ultimately it cost him $100 to get a guy to tow him out. The race truck is new to him, but it used to belong to John Swift. His time was 11:54:47, including 19.5 minutes of speeding penalties. In second it was Jeff and J. T. Holmes in a Ford Ranger. Jeff, the dad, and J. T., the son shared the driving. Jeff started and J.T. got in at Mile 195. Jeff had put it on its lid which cost an hour and 45 minutes. He'd caught everyone but Burnet he said, and rolled avoiding hitting a 1600 car. Their time was 15: 17:08 with 85 minutes of speed penalties. Heidi Steele and Renee Brugger were third, in their Ford. Steele started and drove to Mile 210 and Brugger drove to the finish. He hit a rock at Mile 395 and broke the steering box. It cost four or five hours to get parts in and get it repaired. But they had no flat tires. Their time was 18:00:05, with only a half-minute speeding penalty. Javier Manzo and Alex Almaraz, in a Ford finished fourth. They said they broke the differential at Erendira and three hours with repairs. Their time was 18:59:55, with Speed Zone and Virtual Check Point penalties of 18.5 minutes. In fifth it was Scott Ulrich and Rodney Engen, in a Ford. We missed them at the finish. Their time was 19:08:46, with one 1.5 minute speed penalty and a virtual checkpoint penalty. They were the final finishers in the class. Class 7 had three starters and three finishers. Arturo Alvarez drove all the way in his Ford to get the win. He had to change his driveshaft after he hit it with a rock, he got stuck twice but he had no flat tires. He finished at about 3:30 in the morning. His time was 16:23:25, with no penalties. Second in the class was Dan Chamlee, in another Ford, who said his day had been "terrible." Sergio Salgado/Gustavo Pinuelas/Cesar Castillo had a great race, they took Class 10 honors with ease, seen here in their Jimco Honda. July 2011 Dusty Times I I

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He reported that he'd "rolled it down a canyon two miles before Trinidad." He' cl put a new sp indle on it, and then winched it up. The brakes were bad, he'd been stuck in the mud, in traffic jams and his chase truck had troubles too. His time was 18:00: 12, with no penalties. In third it was Brandon Walsh, who drove all the way in his Toyota. Donovan Walsh, his brother, was the navigator. Brandon said he'd been "stuck too many times to count, had a lot of flats and broken rims." His time was 20:38:20, and he also had no penalties. Class 7-2, had six starters, and four finishers. In first place it was Wes Bevly IV and Louis Chamberland in a BajaLite Clievy. They said their day had gone "pretty well -almost flawless." They' cl been stuck, and had been one of the ones Jesse Jones had pulled out. Their time was 12:51:02, with no penalties. In second place it was Bruce and Fawn Finchum in a Chevy Trophylite. They finished at about 2 a.m., and reported that Fawn had hit a tree and Bruce got stuck three times, but managed to get himself unstuck each time. Their time was 15:02:56 and they had no penalties. Dana Dague was third, finishing in the time of 19:36: 15, and somehow we missed him. His time included only five minutes of speed penalties. In fourth it was Ben Phillips, who drove from the start to Mile 167, and then Mile 270 to the finish, and Marty Morehead, who did the middle. They said they were caught in a jam up that occurred when some boulders were rolled onto the course. They' cl also been hit by a Class 1 car at Mile 95 (one wonders why the Class 1 car was behind them.), and, they had to repair a broken upper A-arm. They said it was a brand new truck. Their time was 19:53:27, with 72 minutes worth of speeding penalties. They were the final finishers in the class. In Class 7SX Elias Hanna Rafael Navarro IV, Rafael Navarro Ill and Vic Bruckmann were the SCORE lite winners, seen here at speed on the course. was the only finisher in his Ford Ranger. He drove all the way, and said his truck ran hot and he had to stop several times to work on the radiator. He had no flats, and finished in 17:52:34, with no penalties. Class 8 had six starters this time, and the winner was Justin Matney and Rodolfo Iribe in a Chevy. Iribe started and drove to Mile 270. He lost the brakes at Mile 250 and "kinda had to take it easy" after that. Matney then drove to the finish, without the brakes. Their time was 11:26:48, with no penalties. In second place it was Noah Ostanik and Kevin Guevara in a Ford. Guevara started and Ostanik finished. He'd been stuck in a silt bed at Mile 390 for two hours. Their time was 13:22:00, with one minute of penalty. Rick Sanchez and Jason McNeil, in a Ford, were third. McNeil started and had the early lead, but broke his transmission at San Matias and was down for two hours with repairs. Then they broke the replacement trans, and lost another two hours with more repairs. Sanchez drove the final section to the finish. Their time was 19: 12:48, with an hour of penalties. In fourth it was Kent Kroeker in his Dodge. He apparently finished as we napped. His time was 19:40:20, with no penalties. He was the final finisher in the class. Class 1300 had just one entry, the Ford of Jessica McMillin and Hector Cuadras and Scott McMillin. Scott, Jessica's dad, started and drove to K77, then Cuadras drove to Mike's Road, the Jessica drove to Santo Tomas, then Cuadras went to Uruapan, and he spent an hour in a ditch. But in the meantime they'd lost third gear, then reverse, then second, so they spent three hours changing the transmission at Santo Tomas. Their time was 16:32:21, with 5.5 minutes of speeding penalties. Class 10 had 11 entries this time, and at the end of the day Sergio Salgado and Gustavo Pinuelas, in a Jimco Honda were the winners. Salgado started and Pinuelas finished. They said they had a "perfect race", with no problems, no flats. They switched drivers at Mile 240, and finished in the time of 11:33:37. They had 13 minutes of speeding penalties. In second place it was Pete Pigott, who drove to Mile 233, and Jose Arzate, in a wide Open Baja Subaru powered car. Pigott lost a front A-arm, which cost him an hour, but Arzate, who works for Wide Open, had no problems. Their time was 13:24:35, with 12.5 minutes of Jessica McMillin and Beau Elkert took the gold medal in the ProTruck division, they're seen here in their Ford F-150 on the way home. speeding penalties. In third it was Jay Allard, Peter DiSantis and Ryan Thomas. They said they'd sheared the lug bolts off and that cost th~m two hours. Their time was 14:23:54, with no penalties. Fourth place went to Peter and Steven Hajas in a Kreger Chevy EcoTech. They said there'd been fog on the coast, and they'd been stuck behind someone in Heidi Steele's truck, when ·the truck broke its steering and jammed the course. Peter started and Steve, his brother, finished. George Jackson navigated all the way. Peter had some electrical problems. Their time was 15:05:07, with 10.5 penalty minutes. In fifth it was Christian Hammarskjold and Nick Johnson in another Baja Challenge car. They said they'd had "fuel issues" all afternoon and night. Their time was 15:45:24, with 12.5 minutes of penalties. They were the last to finish in Class 10. In SCORE Lite the winning team was the father and son team of Rafael Navarro 111 and Rafael Navarro IV and Vic Bruckmann in a Jimco. Bruckmann drove to Mile 207, and said he had no problems beyond dust and passing the Class 10 cars. Then Rafael lll got in at Mile 206. He said he "planned to take it easy." And Rafael IV climbed in for the finish. He said his section was "great". They had no flats, just lots of dust. They liked it that no one had to get out of the car. This was Rafael IV's first Baja 500 finish, and since it was also a win, it was pretty special. Their time was 11:32:27, and they had 15 minutes of penalties. In second place it was Zak Langley and Bernie Carr in a Smith Fab chassis. Langley started and went to San Matias and Carr came in to the finish. They had to reattach their skid plate during the driver change, and they had to replace a torn C.V. boot. They finished on a right rear flat. Their time was 12:00:13, with 13 minutes of penalties. Third place went to Robert Smith and Robert Harman in a Chenowth. Harman went off an embankment out of Erendira and lost a half hour. He said the locals helped him get going again. Then he got stuck in a "pileup", and also was stuck on a silt hill with a bad clutch. Their time was 13:24:58, with no penalties. Perry McNeil earned fourth in his Lothringer, driving all the way while Alfie Bueno navigated. He lost a rocker arm, and he had six flats. Said Perry, "I never have flats!" His time was 13:26:15, C1ntinu1• on p111 14 Brad Wilson and Brian DeNault finished first off the podium in the Emilio Salcido was the bronze medal finisher in the Class 5/ 1600 Mike West and Richard Cassey were the third place finishers in the 1600 races, seen here hustling to the finish. race, see here well up in the ether in Mexico. Class 6 fracas, seen here in their Trophylite Ford. J. Allard and Peter DeSantis had a pretty good day, they finished in The Vanderway/LeDuc/ Vanderway Chevy Silverado finished in fourth Brent, Dale and Grant Lenk get lots of air as they run to a fourth place third place in Class 10, seen here at speed. place in Baja, seen here hustling towards the elusive finish line. finish in Class 1 in their Penhall Chevy. Dusty Times July 2011 Page 13

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which included 20.5 minutes of penalties. Sammy Araiza and Ernesto Cervantes, in a Curry, were fifth. They said they broke a C.V. 20 miles out. "It takes forever!" They also broke a rocker arm early which cost them 20 minutes and they had two flat tires. Their time was 13 :55:44, including 67.5 minutes of penalties. The sixth place finish went to Victor Lugo and Luis Martinez in a Foddrill. Martinez started, and when he got to Borrego their GPS went out. But, said Lugo, they had no problems without it, "I've got a human one!" They had no mechanical problems, but did get stuck for a while near Uruapan. Their time was 14:29:36, including an hour and 45 minutes of penalties. (Maybe without their GPS they couldn't tell how much speeding they were doing.) Brent Parkhouse and Brent Gustin were seventh in their Moulton. Gustin had no problems. But Parkhouse rolled five miles before Santo Tomas and lost 40 minutes. The Jesse Jones crew helped them. He had two front flats and only one spare and he had lost fuel. Their time was 15: 15: 12, and they had no penalties. At 3:33 a.m. Carlos Montalvan and Hector Garcia brought their Curry across the finish line. Garcia drove the beginning and rolled early, breaking the power steering. Montalvan had brake troubles. For a while he had a front and a rear, so they switched the lines to give him just rear brakes. Their. time was 16:59:34, with no penalties. Last in the class, a persistent Steven and Tony Lisa (father and son) in a Foddrill, had a very long day. Steve started out driving, and at Mile 55 hit a notorious double bump, which did a number on his back as well as his navigator's. Tom Shaw, the navigator, was in excruciating pain, and Lisa radioed for medical help right away. It was a busy day for the trauma teams, but they got to him fairly quickly. As they waited, the 4WD ambulance entered in the Sportsman Truck class motored up, with two doctors in it. They stopped to see if they could help, and did assist in getting Shaw safely out of the car and onto the backboard and into the helicopter. He was flown to the USC San Diego hospital, where it was discovered that his back was broken. He had surgery to repair it and was expected to make a good recovery. Once Shaw was safely on his way, Lisa went on as far as Mile 77, where he met his son, Tony, and another navigator, Mickey Parker. They climbed in and went on to the finish. Along the way they had several flats and replaced a tie rod. The Foddrill team was having a bad weekend all together, because a couple of days before the race, one of their chase trucks was kind of side-swiped by a big truck it was passing, which totally destroyed the chase truck and the trailer it was towing. The driver was o.k .. The incident happened on the big downhill triple turn after Uruapan and before Sto. Tomas. The Foddrill team just abandoned the vehicle and trailer. The Lisa car was the last in the class to finish, with a time of 19:08:45, which included 29 penalty minutes. The Stock Full class had three entries and no finishers. About 3:30 a.m., we heard that Joe Bacal had rolled the Lexus into a ravine at Mile 395. North of Uruapan somewhere. Bacal was on the radio trying to find a team with a tractor or something, to come and help get it out, but none of the teams seemed to have the necessary equipment. Baca! thought for a while that he'd just leave the Lexus where it was and come on in to the finish on the highway, but was advised that it wasn't a good idea. Eventually he did get it out, but not in time to finish. We don't know what happened to the John Matney entry, or the Wes Bevly vehicle. In the Sportsman Truck class the winner was Randy Swink, who finished, Bill Kellison, who started, and Dwight Gran, who drove the middle in their Ford Ranger. They said they'd been stuck in Uruapan for about an hour. Their time was 16:27:27, with a half-minute penalty. They were the only team to finish. In the Sportsman Car class, to no one's surprise, the Buick powered homebuilt buggy of Peter Lang and Peter Irving was the winner. They finished at about 3: 15 a.m., and reported that they'd lost a cap on the differential, and had done some welding on the steering. They'd also been stuck in a silt bed for a while. Their time was 16:01:37, and they had no penalties. In second place it was Viry Felix and Alfonso Varo, in a VW powered Varo. They arrived at about 4:30 a.m., but didn't stop to talk. Their time was 17: 17:42, with no penalties. Class 11 had six entries and two of them managed to get all the way around. The winning team was Justin Matney, Ramon Fernandez and Tom· Fernandez, as well as team owner, Clyde Stacy. Tom F. did the first 220 miles, then Ramon got in and drove to Mile 410, and Matney went from there to the finish line. They said they'd bent two rims, and then the tires went flat the last 100 miles. They'd also been stuck in the mud in the first ten miles of the race. Their crew came out from town ·and pulled them out of that mess. Their time was 17:28:59, with a half-minute speeding penalty. In second place it was the 2010 Baja 1000 winning car of Matt Cullen, Juan Avila, Billy Robertson and Memo Ruiz. They said the car had gone "on its lid" a couple of times, and it had to be "nursemaided" along to get it to the finish line. Their time was 21 :44: 16, with no penalties. They were getting perilously close to the cut-off time. Class 4 honors went to the Stacy/Green/Laguna trio, their PSD-Chevy had five hours on their competition when the checkers flew. At 7:35 a.m. those in the know on the radio said that vehicle number 1100 was stopped at Mile 395 with two other cars. (One of them presumably the Lexus.) The 1100 belonged to Eric Solorzano, and he didn't get to the finish. At 8: 15a.m. they announced that there were still 12 cars left on the course, but SCORE Ops said-none of them were within five miles of the finish line, which was due to close at 10:20 a.m. There were six Sportsman UTVs entered. None of them finished. This was a tough edition of the Baja 500, but it didn't have the frustrating and maddening "traffic jams" that have sometimes occurred in a Baja 500 event. There were brief stoppages, and some areas caught several vehicles, but we heard no stories about dozens of cars lined up and waiting for their "turn" at a hill or a silt bed. SCORE moves on to Primm, Nevada next, on a new date, August 26 though 28, mandated by the BLM. After that there's a break until November's Baja 1000, which will be a loop race, starting and ending in Ensenada this year. SCIIE Peter Lang and Peter Irving drove their homebuilt Buick to the gold medal in the Sportsman Car Class, seen here at speed on the course. Driving their Levco to a fifth place finish in Class ½-1600, the Schnarr/ Gary and Mark Weyhrich drove their Ford F-150 to a fifth place finish Mike Childress drove his Chevy powered Porter to a fifth place finish Leverett/Michitsch trio are seen here at speed. in the Trophy Truck division, they're seen here in a steep climb. in the Class 1 contest, he's seen here at speed on the course. Tim Herbst/Larry Roese/er pooled their talents in their Ford F-150, finished sixth, seen here beautifully airborne on their way home. Page 14 The Ford F-150 raced well in the capable hands of Rick D. Johnson Robert Smith and Robert Hofman drove their Jimco to a third place and Brian Sallee, They had some troubles but carried on to the finish. finish in the Score Lite competition, here nicely airborne. July 2011 Dusty Times

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l.J\Jc!C:: J1ST RALLY ARGENTINA Loeb/Elena/Citroen conquer Argentina By Martin Holmes Photos: Maurice Selden Sebastien Loeb flies his Citroen DS3 past many admiring spectators to take the win in Argentina, he won by just 2 seconds. This was an amazing rally. For two whole days after he was given a one minute penalty, for a time control mistake, the seven times world champion Sebastien Loeb said that he now had no hope of winning. And until three short stages from the end, he didn't -but then his teammate Sebastien Ogier went off the road and damaged his power steering, and on the final stage Loeb jumped up to victory. For more than half the rally the Ford driver Jari-Matti Latvala had held the challenging Citroens at bay, not only Loeb and Ogier but also Petter Solberg as well. But a sus-pension failure denied Latvala his hopes of victory, though his teammate Mikko Hirvonen came through to take second place. It was thrilling. Only 5. 7 seconds separated the top three drivers at the start of the final stage of Rally Argentina, and on the final stage it wasn't simply a few extra world championship points of-fered by the Power Stage at stake, it was outright victory itself. Approaching halfway in the 2011 world championship and Citroen had marginally gained the upper hand, with four vic-tories against one for their ri-vals Ford, but the fights were still close. It is now two years since the WRC has been to South America, the 30th time the world rally championship, in one guise or another, had been to Argentina, and the 27th time the event has been held in Cordoba province. This is very much the heartland of Argen-tine rallying, the area where the majority of drivers and teams are based even though national ral-lying itself extends over a wide part of the country. Stages are basically hard packed sand, at quite high elevation, extending up to 2000 metres, stretching in all directions away from the lake-side resort headquarters town of Villa Carlos Paz. The main novelty about this Page 16 year's South American round of the series was that the organisers had gone "mixed", embracing the FIA's new preference for vari-ety of event style. This year there are two stage locations with a significant mixed content. One is the downhill El Condor stage, in the hills to the west of Villa Carlos Paz, in which over half of the traditionally rough 37km gravel stage now run over newly prepared asphalt surface, includ-ing a stretch on a main access road to the area. This gave teams worries about brake efficiencies. As this is a mostly gravel stage event small 15 inch wheels are fitted, with smaller diameter 300mm brake discs inside. The El Condor stage was run twice on the first full day. Then the southern loop of stages, run on Day 2, featured a new stage due south, not far from Villa Carlos Paf. The Las Jarillas stage started on a gravel road before turning on to a mountainous stretch of main asphalt road, before the route travelled further south for a loop of three gravel stages around Santa Rosa de Calumachita. This system caused alarm, be-cause the official tyre suppliers had already decided that their softer compound tyres would be supplied on this event, before they know about the asphalt con-tent of this stage. In the end, the organisers gave permission for an extra tyre change facility after each occasion the Las J arillas stage was used, so that the group of three gravel stages furtlier south were tackled each time on a fresh set of tyres. The extra tyre change facil-ity pacified the teams but mean-while photographers were very irritated that the Giulio Cesare special stage had been shortened and cars passed the unique rocks slowly as part of a road section. This had been done in order to maintain the required total spe-cial stage distance and provide the new asphalt content to the ensuing El Condor stage, but threatened to deny them of one of the most iconic locations in the whole championship. Repre-sentations were made to the FIA, and remarkably the organisers reinstated the stretch of stage route, one day before pre-rally recce was due to start. There were two other novel-ties in the route. Two famous stages to the north were merged to make one section of 48.21km, but do not get too excited. On the 1984 event, the first year the WRC went to the Cordoba province, the same roads and more were used (in the oppo-site direction) to run a stage of 62.62km! This was used once, on Day 3. And then there was a brand new superspecial venue. This was located at the north-east end of Villa Carlos Paz, close to the road in from Cordoba, with a classic side-by-side, figure-of-eight design. This design was remarkably similar in layout to the Pro Racing super-special course which was laid out 12 years earlier the other side of the Cordoba highway. This was used in the Late afternoon on the Thursday evening and then as the penultimate stage of Day 3, just before the Power Stage. The Power Stage was run just after midday, as usual in reverse seeded order for the top cars. On three occasions (before the Superspecial, before the Power Stage and then before the Po-dium) on the short final day of four stages there were different running order regulations! Seventy entries were received for this event, split into two divisions. The full WRC event, held for fully FIA-homologated cars, attracted 52 entries. The other 18 entries was for a parallel event called the ACA Cup which catered for nationally or region-ally homologated cars. Neither event qualified for either the FIA' s now shortened regional July 2011 Hayden Paddon and John Kennard were the PCWRC winners, seen here in their Subaru lmpreza slightly out of level flight. Codasur series or the ten-round national "Rally Argentino" championship. Although these events were individually much shorter, regular participation in these series is very demanding in commitment. Furthermore the technical rules for cars in the national series do not en-tirely follow the FIA rules. The ACA Cup event wa~ specially relevant to the new Maxi Rally cars, cars based on Super 2000 design principles but with single supplier engines as well as trans-missions. These cars are not ho-mologated by the FIA for world wide use. Of the six importers who have allowed their cars to be modified for this formula, three of them (Chevrolet, Ford and VW) had cars taking part on the ACA event. This separate event also provided for the Group N based cars which have been spe-cially modified, often featuring special locally fabricated body parts. It was planned that the ACA Cup cars would run after the WRC competitors for the full length of the rally but the organisers relented and allowed the Maxi Rally cars to run im-mediately after the Class 3 (the old Group N4) cars. The new Maxi Rally cars have caused a split in Argentine sport, to the extent that the only top Argen-tine driver on the WRC event was Villagra. In the ACA Cup were also Marcos Ligato and the Argentino championship leader Juan Marchetto but of top Ar-gentine drivers such as Gabriel Pozzo, Claudio Menzi or Raul Martinez there was no sight ... Citroen took only four cars to Argentina (they are to run six cars in the following event, in Greece), and attended a special "road show" in the streets of Buenos Aires on the Saturday before the event. Citroen Total team started the event 17 points ahead of the Ford Abu Dhabi team. Of the registered teams, Ice Man (Kimi Raikkonen) elect-ed not to contest this event but Brazil WRT (Daniel Oliveira) was once again entered a World Rally Car version of the Mini John Cooper Works. Of the non-championship WRC driv-ers, Henning Solberg withdrew from this event on financial grounds. There were therefore 11 World Rally Cars. The sec-ondary championship series here was the PCWRC. This was only the third round of the series: some contenders {like the series leader Martin Semerad, driving this time a rented Evo X) had already competed twice, oth-ers {like Hayden Paddon) only once. Ten of the 19 registered contenders elected to contest this event and arrived, together with two Guest drivers, Alejan-dro Levy and Ezequiel Campos, both in Mitsubishis. Patrik Flodin, struggling with only one point from two events, came to Argentina with a new codriver, reverting to former codriver Ma-ria Andersson for this occasion. Shakedown proved little new. Citroens were the fastest three cars, on each of their three runs Ogier was quicker than Loeb, and Petter Solberg was third, after breaking a front driveshaft on his second run. Solberg's team had a celebration: Ral-ly Argentina represented their manager Ken Rees' 250th world championship rally! Delays dur-ing the morning meant the or-ganisers required drivers only to drive three rather than the usual four runs, while Ford driver Jari-Matti Latvala only covered two before he suffered gearbox fail-ure. This meant the team had to change the transmission unit, on his once and only chance to make an unscheduled penalty-, free change between events. Fourth fastest driver, and quick-est Ford driver one-tenth bet-ter than Hirvonen, was Mads Ostberg. Best Class 3 ("Group N") car was the PCWRC driver Patrik Flodin, exactly one sec-ond behind the Mini WRC car of Oliveira and over five seconds faster than his nearest rival Pad-don, who was on his first rally in Argentina. When the official start lists were issued there were a colossal number of changes. All the top drivers except for Henning Sol-berg were present, but then not many others. Of the 28 privateer drivers who entered the WRC event, only ten appeared. The only private driver of interna-tional note was the German Ar-min Kremer while Raul Orlan-dini came down from Peru. This meant that the number of driv-ers in the WRC event was only 33. But then there was a sudden influx of nine late entries for the ACA Cup back-up event. Day 1 - 5 Stages -Gravel -86.88kms Late on Thursday the cars set' off for the 3km superspe-cial stage. This was a very pop-ular course with the drivers. Hirvonen, "It is definitely the best superspecial in the world!" 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I . Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen take their Ford Fiesta for a bath in Argentina, the finished 2nd overall, 2.4 seconds in arrears. quantity of available tyres and Main casualty on the opening several opted to drive the super- stage was Oliveira, whose Mini special on tyres they had already damaged the rear suspension. used on Shakedown. Anyway, The second stage Giulio Cesare Sebastien Loeb was quickest, presented no troubles for the Citroens taking the top three top runners but the big chal-places. Jari-Matti Latvala was the lenge was El Condor. It was not best Ford driver in fourth place the length (37km) which was while Yuriy Protasov was the fast-contentious, it was the half and est PCWRC driver. The super-half nature of the surfaces, and special stage however proved to especially the high speed of the be a long, drawn-out and tedious latter stretches of asphalt. Loeb affair. Highly geared to enter-arrived in no doubt, "Undrive-taining the huge crowds that able, dangerous. Immediately thronged the hillside just out-you touch the brakes with these side Villa Carlos Paz there were tyres on the tarmac the car went big gaps between groups of cars. everywhere." Hirvonen was not Friday was a new day and it enamoured with driving on the was the organisers' turn to be tarmac with worn gravel tyres worried, their concern was dust. flat out in top gear, "We were on Originally it was planned that · the limiter. What is more, there the first 12 cars would run at was so much traffic on this road, two minute intervals with the in recce, that we could not drive rest at one minute gaps. How- safely on a racing line and make ever, overnight the organisers good notes." Latvala's data log decided that everyone should showed his average speed over run at two minute gaps. There the final 6km of the stage was were other worrying situations 196kph. Ogier said that driving with the teams concerned about like you were on a motorway the effect of the soft compound was not good. Ostberg dam-tyres and particularly the effect aged his suspension which he of driving on worn gravel tyres said, even on the straight the on the asphalt of the second car tried to go sideways, but half of the El Condor stage, the said he otherwise enjoyed the final stage of the loop. As the experience. Wilson said it was cars left Villa Carlos Paz at dawn ludicrous, "People were standing temperatures were just around either side of the road unaware zero, and it was colder in the of the dangers." As more and hills for the spectators watching more cars passed, so the corner the sun come up and the tern-cutting increased and the gravel peratures -begin to rise. There surfaces became littered with was a long road section before debris. About the only happy the first of the three stages in driver was Latvala. Like most the loop and then it was all ac-drivers he had lowered the sus-tion. On all three stages Latva-pension of his car before the la, running fourth, was quickest, start of the stage and it paid off, Petter Solberg (running fifth) "I am much happier nowadays was second each time, while on asphalt in the Fiesta than I Hirvonen (running second) and was in the Focus." Latvala came Ogier (running third) swapped to the midday service with a lead third places. Loeb struggled of 12.3 seconds over Solberg and at the head of the field. Best another 3. 9 over Ogier while of the non professional team Hirvonen was fourth. Loeb had drivers was once again Mads arrived in fourth place but then Ostberg, determined to set a checked-in one minute early into consistent pace on a rally which the pre-service regroup area and he had never entered before and was down to fifth, lm18.9s be-which he knew would be tricky. hind Latvala. Latvala reckoned Martin Semerad and Michal Ernst drove their Mitsubishi lancer Evo X to a second place finish in the PCWRC group, 14th overall. things were going well, "Cer-was sliding around a lot. I have tainly I want to keep the lead been enjoying the tarmac but the tonight and be first on the road gravel is the roughest I have ever tomorrow because I think dust seen on a rally." Behind him, will be a major factor." This of things were not perfect. Both course depended on whether the Van Merksteijn and Oliveira organisers made further changes stopped after stage five, the for-to the plans about gaps between mer thinking there was a turbo cars, but the teams would not problem, the latter reported the know what would be the best Mini had lost power. Ken Block running order until after the ended the day in ninth place, end of the first day. Villagra behind Ostberg, Wilson and held eighth place behind Wil-Villagra, but narrowly escaped a son, despite a misfire. near disaster on the final corner Loeb confirmed this was re-of the last stage when he went ally not a good day by his stan- sideways and hit a curb, tying dards, explaining his midday to impress the spectators! "I time control faux pas. "I drove hope they enjoyed the show", my car ten metres too far into he quipped! When the drivers the control. I just did not see arrived back to the service after the red board. It was a stupid Friday's stages they heard that mistake." All he could see was the organisers had decided to that the one minute penalty had give the WRC priority drivers an taken away his vision of a sixth extra minute, so on Day two they victory on this rally. On the would run at three minute, rath-final stage of the day, however, er than two minute, intervals. the re-run through El Condor, The leader changed after each Loeb made scratch time, despite stage in the morning loop in finishing on absolutely bald the Production Car category . tyres, his only achievement of Flodin made best time on stage the day. Latvala had settled into two, taking the lead from Pro-a comfortable rhythm but was tasov. Then it was Kosciuszko making little errors on the way. and finally it was Flodin again Ogier spun on stage five momen-with a lead of 7.6 seconds over tarily. Latvala finished the day the Polish driver at midday. 18.2 seconds in front of Solberg Protasov stopped on the second despite a stall in stage seven, stage after going off the road. where Hirvonen had a bad time. Although he damaged a wheel, Hirvonen, "I made the mistake driveshaft, suspension and steer-of starting stage seven with tyres ing arms, he tried to continue which were too worn, thinking but eventually had to give gave this would be best for the asphalt up the struggle. Semerad slid stretch, but it didn't work, the into a rock and wrecked a wheel car was sliding all over the place. and broke a driveshaft on stage Wrong strategy on our part." four. Hunt went off the road However, Hirvonen finished the in his two-wheel drive Citroen day three-quarters of a minute DS3 as well, breaking the radia-ahead of Loeb. Petter, in second tor. Guerra was delayed when place, was speeding up - making the rear brake pipe broke which fastest time on the second stage had to be blanked off, but he of the loop, "The car feels too continued only with front brakes heavy but is super on the slow working. Tagirov lost over five and twisty section." minutes changing a flat tyre on Ostberg continued consistent- stage four. ly in sixth place, but lost time on Flodin started the afternoon the final stage. "I did not have with high hopes, could not re-time to tighten the pre-load on start his Subaru at the refuelling the rear differential, so the car area after stage six because of electrical trouble which seriously overheated the whole electrical systems. On the final stage of the day, Kosciuszko who mo-mentarily would have inherited the lead, stopped with a broken steering arm. Only five of the 12 PCWRC starters reached the end of stage seven and drove into Service. Guerra stopped on stage six with engine trouble. Paddon was in the lead jumping in one stage from third to first. Fuchs had a broken steering arm. Fuchs stopped to repair this but by this time the stage was full of spectators driving home from their vantage points and he was unable to make it back to service on time. Linari broke a wheel on stage six and lost about eight minutes changing the wheels. Then on stage seven, he had a broken rear differential and lost another three minutes. Tagirov punctured which had unfortunate consequences. He stopped to change the wheel but when he set off again the cockpit filled with dense smoke from the smouldering tyre and it took a long time to get going once more. Of the two guest drivers, Levy had to slow because of a broken shock absorber and to ensure he was able to finish the day while Ezequiel Campos lost ten minutes on the final stage as his Mitsubishi was only firing on to two cylinders and his codriver eventually ended up physically having to push the car into ser-vice. When the results had been adjusted to cater for the Super-Rally penalties, Kosciuszko's penalty corrected to ten minutes, instead of the five minutes origi-nal awarded, Paddon found him-self seven minutes in the lead from guest driver Levy instead of four minutes from Kosciuszko. "What a day" Paddon exclaimed, "Every stage something wrong happened, one of the hardest rally days I can ever remember!" Day 2 - 6 Stages -Gravel - 116.52kms Latvala set off full of hope of another successful day. An-other cool morning dawned and spectators, who had camped the previous night on the Tras-lasierra Hills to the west of Villa Carlos Paz, had moved to a new vantage point to the south, their only disappointment being that the famous water crossing close to the start of the Santa Rosa stage was dry, such had been the protracted period of drought in the region. 32 cars, including six running behind the ACA Cup four-wheel drive cars, made the restart. The only retirement all rally, notwithstanding the event's remarkable roughness, was Peter van Merksteijn. The first stage was the biggest Cantinu1d an p11118 Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia finished in third place in Federico Villagra and Jorge Perez finished 6th overall in the rally, Petter Solberg and Chris Patterson finished first off the podium in Argentina, they're seen here in their Citroen DS3 heading home. seen here in their Ford Fiesta RS at speed. Argentina, seen here before some Aguarian spectators. Dusty Times July 2011 Page 17

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Ken Block is slightly askew as he and Alex Gelsomino fly their Ford Jarri-Matti latvala and Miikka Anttila get up there, flying low on the Daniel Oliveira and Carlos Magalhaes were doing well in their Mini-Cooper but an accident on the eighth stage put them on the trailer. Fiesta to an 18th place overall finish in Argentina. rally, they finished 7th in their Ford Fiesta RS. challenge. Las Jarillas started ready to push this afternoon", missed two stages) was up to with 8km of gravel, then 13 of and at midday was 17.8 seconds second, Kosciuszko (one missed asphalt. The decisions were behind Latvala. Ostberg was stage) was third, Levy fell back waiting to be made: lower the also noting carefully exactly when he lost three minutes suspension for this stage, fit where the other cars were cut-blocking Tagirov, who dropped worn gravel tyres (knowing they ting the corners. In six of from second to fourth. While were now allowed to fit new the first 11 stages sixth placed Paddon was disappearing to-ones for the following all-gravel Ostberg made sixth fastest time wards the sunset in terms of the stage) so they would be more behind only the top five crews. lead in the PCWRC category, competitive on the asphalt? Ogier's promise to be ready Flodin was running out of ideas Ogier immediately took 6.6 sec- for the afternoon stages was not how to withstand the pressure onds off Latvala, no sign of the in vain, he really flew through from Kosciuszko, who closing anticipated early-morning dust, stage 12, the last of the four in on the Swede. Flodin had climbing to second place, now mixed stages, and suddenly he more electrical trouble and was 22.2 seconds behind the leader, was just 10.6 seconds behind four minutes late at the start of in front of Solberg who had a the leader Latvala. What was the final stage, "Argentina is a spin. Loeb opted for taking old his plan? To lead the rally at the very bad place to break down, tyres but it was a gamble which end of the day -and be first car we are happy we have survived did not work. "There was a lot over the 48km first stage on the the stage. Yesterday it took us of gravel on the asphalt part, final morning? "I am going to three hours to get rescued when where the cars in front had cut push hard this afternoon, then we broke down." Kosciuszko the corners, and my special idea we will decide what to do at meanwhile decided to ease his was wrong. That was my second the end of the day." Loeb was pace and take no risks. Flo-mistake this rally". More bad second 5.4 seconds slower and din finished the day in third, news for Mini, Oliveira went bemused at his teammate's time 8m40s behind Paddon and 19.8 off the road and had to stop - "Really not my type of stage." behind Kosciuszko. Fuchs was again. Heading south to the This was only Ogier's second driving carefully. Semerad had Santa Rosa stages the next ques-scratch following his best time two punctures during the after-tion was whether to carry one the same stage in the morning. noon. Guerra's problems from spare or two. Fords ran one Used tyres were 'de rigeur' once Day 1 continued and eventually spare, Solberg ran two. Latvala again. Then came the shock. his loss of power was traced to was soon suffering, admitting Towards to the end of stage 13 a bent exhaust. Guest driver making small mistakes, and his Latvala slowed and suddenly Campos' only problem was bent gamble to run first car was not Ogier was in the lead. Latvala suspension. Linari still found paying off. On the second stage stopped on the road section to the Mitsubishi took some ad-of the day he admitted he had investigate the problem and justment to driving, after his no feeling and the Citroen driv-found a suspension compres-Subarus. Hunt had a jumpstart ers were flying, Loeb making his sion strut had failed. He was 13 (one minute) penalty but hap-second fastest time and Ogier minutes late at the start of stage pily continued as the only two-in two stages nearly halved his 14, started the stage slowly but wheel-drive competitor in the gap to the leader. Ostberg was was told by the team to park and PCWRC. Fourth placed Tagirov feeling frustrating "There is so save further damage. He ended was three minutes late arriving much the others know about up ironically very close to where at the final stage. He had bent this rally which I do not know. Vatanen had his catastrophic a track rod and changed this on I can see how much the other accident in 1985. Suddenly the the road section. Levy had an drivers are cuttings the cor-rally which promised to come engine problem -he had gradu-ners, but I want to make sure I to a thrilling conclusion on the ally been losing power (and finish!" final day became just another hence holding Tagirov up) and On stage ten Latvala found Citroen walkover, only third finally retired. his form again but the other placed Hirvonen stood in the Day 3 4 St a g -Ford drivers were in troubles. way of a 1-2-3. Then another es -Gravel -59.03kms Wilson drove nearly all the scenario opened up. What Only two more drivers had stage with a puncture, drop-should Ogier do on the final pulled out. Oliveira, after his ping behind Villagra to eighth, stage of the day? He was 21.1 crash on the first asphalt sec-while ninth placed Block had seconds ahead of Petter Solberg. tion, and Levy who gave up the transmission trouble. He was Running second on the road struggle with engine trouble. five minutes late into stage ten, Ogier had the chance of con-So 30 cars lined up for the hoping he would survive the trolling his timing in relation short final day. The itinerary two stages before service. He to Solberg, but would he throw was strange. The longest stage lost four minutes on stage ten away the 20 odd seconds and if of the event (48km) was fol-and stopped on stage 11. Block, anything went wrong, it could lowed by three short sections - a "We knew something had failed completely destroy his chances 3.90km section used twice -the because the car suddenly spun of victory. It all came to noth-second time as the Power Stage, without warning. We mana~ed ing as Petter had power steering and in between, another run to continue gently, but then six failure, losing a minute, within round the 3km Superspecial kilometres to the end of stage sight of the possibility of victory course. As Ogier, driving first 11 the transmission seized up." and Ogier found himself well car on the road, carefully made On stage ten Latvala was back ahead by 43. 7 seconds. Loeb his way, only two drivers were in full action but Loeb was fly-found himself third, only four in the frame in the long stage. ing, "Pushing is all I can do, but seconds behind Hirvonen, with Hirvonen running in front of the lead is too far away." Now Solberg almost a half minute Loeb, kept the Frenchman at bay Loeb was lm06. 7 second be-further back. The second Santa in the fog early in the stage, just, hind, having caught back 23.6 Rosa stage was heartbreaking for but Loeb gradually speeded up seconds in the four stages of the the Norwegia-n. in the second half of the stage. morning. Solberg was troubled The 12 PCWRC competitors But then three kilometres from by a door which did not shut all restarted and now began the the finish, after over a half hour properly, letting dust into the race among the SupeRally driv-of driving the long stage, Ogier car. Ogier was going easier, ers to climb back again. By the misjudged a bend, rolled and stage 11 "Correcting my notes, end of stage ten Flodin (who lost about 20 seconds, halving Page 18 July 2011 his lead. Loeb speeded up to another steering arm failure, beat Hirvonen by 5.6 seconds which he stopped and changed, and took second place. Ogier but dropped from second to bonnet's was crushed and fluid last in the category, out of the was leaking, "I cut a corner too points. Paddon continued to much." Loeb was surprised at lead the category by over seven the news and wondered if he minutes from Flodin who was was in the running now not for five minutes ahead of Tagirov, second but maybe for first. Sol-another three minutes ahead berg struggled with the handling of Fuchs while Semerad got up of his car, "I couldn't get the car to fifth. Semerad lost front into the corners", and said that brakes. Subarus had the top he was now unable to challenge three places. Of the 12 PCWRC for the victory. Behind the bat- cars at the start, only Levy re-tles for the lead, Ostberg came tired and the other 11 were through the marathon stage still running through the final within a minute of Loeb's time, day. All of them gained world "It was the longest stage I have championship points except ever driven," but both his Fiesta for Harry Hunt, driver of the colleagues Wilson and Block front-wheel-drive Citroen DS3 both stopped, the former with R3, but he once again scored water related problems -after maximum points in the new crossing one of the few remain-FIA Production Cup. ing water crossings in the area, At the end of the rally there the latter with a front puncture. was a long debate. Reports Wilson dropped behind Latvala. arrived that the Citroen driv-Villagra had more brake prob-ers had made an unauthorised !ems in the fog and was now 90 short-cut, the wrong side of seconds behind Ostberg. Lat- a roundabout which was in vala drove the long stage saving the middle of stage 7, when his tyres for the Power Stage and tape indicating the route fell the chance of extra champion-down. On this stage Loeb took ship points. 15.9 seconds off the time of Three short stages to run, Hirvonen, so on the verdict of • and at the end of the first the the Stewards the winner of the effect of Ogier's damage became rally was to be decided. After evident. The power steering a meeting of nearly five hours, had failed. In stage 17 he lost the Stewards announced the 8. 7 seconds to Loeb, his lead fault was· made by the organis-was down to 12.8s. On the pen- ers for lack of clarity of instruc-ultimate stage, the twisty Super-tions, who were fined Euros special, Ogier's lead was down 5,000 -but no change would be to 3.3 seconds. The race for the made to the results. A most un-lead was becoming a drawn out worthy end to an extraordinary affair as the Power Stage once event. again demanded reseeding of Citroen increased their lead cars and consequent time de-over Ford by 16 points, from lays, but finally the cars went 17 to 33 points in the Makes down the final stage. Ogier series, with Stobart just under did not stand a chance. In the 100 points adrift of the 'Big 3.90 km he dropped from the Boys'. Among the "one" driver lead to third place, Sebastien teams, Petter Solberg's team Loeb pulled through to gain heads Munchi's by 17 points. victory by 2.4 seconds over In the Drivers championship Hirvonen. His 65th WCR win Loeb has increased his lead over and Citroen's seven succes-Hirvonen to 13 points, while sive win in the WCR event in his lead over teammate Ogier Argentina. Ogier once again is now 30 points. Latvala's suffered the consequences of a chances of staying in touch in last day mistake and finished the championship stakes looks third ahead of Solberg, whose to be slipping through his fin-only consolation today was that gers as his points deficit is now he was fastest on Power Stage, 52. In the Production Car cat-ahead of Hirvonen and Loeb egory five different nationalities who had to be separated to the and three different continents hundredth of a second. Ostberg were represented in the top five finished a very creditable fifth placings. Paddon and Semerad ahead of local hero Villagra. (from Australasia/ New Zealand The difference between the top and Central Europe/Czech) five drivers at the head of the hold the joint lead on points. field and the others meant that Paddon had straight wins on his despite incurring SupeRally two appearances while Semerad times for missed stages on Day gained his from three appear-2 Latvala restarted the day in ances. 23 points behind the eighth place and managed to leaders, with just five points sep-improve his position to finish arating them, was Fuchs (South seventh ahead of Wilson. America/Peru) in third place In PCWRC Kosciuszko with Tagirov (Russia) fourth and stopped for 19 minutes with Protasov (Ukraine) fifth.1.A.12C: Dusty Times

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To whom it may concern, Today I am writinl! to ask you to please reconsider your decision to deny the S.N.O.R.E. organization a peni,it to run its next scheduled event, The S.N.O.R.E. Midnight Special, in Ridgecrest, CA. Your decision to deny this permit effectively ends the possibility of this event taking place, and though the consequence• may seem ounveighed by the benefits of this decision, please take a few moments to consider some of the negative ramifications you might not have othe<Wise known al,out. AB an employee of Jimco Racing, Jnc., off-road racing is the one and only means by which I make my living. Without off-road racing, our company's clientele would be non-existent, and our compaDY would cease to exist. While that might not seem like a major loss to you, it is to me. Like every American, I have bills to pay and people who depend on me and my income, and despite these difficult economic times, I am still employed, and hard at work to make sure that I can keep a roof over my head and food on my table. Taking away this race is also, effectively, taking away my opportunity to stay employed. and ours is not the only business that would be affected in this way. Our business park alone is also home to AtumiCraft. srewart's Race Works, Mirage, Maste(Craft Safety, and Fox Racing Sbox, just to name a few. Thousands of people are employed in our industrY, and countless more make some or all of their living by doing event media coverage, marketing, photography sales, and more, all of which is tied to this sport. By takinl! away this race, you are setting a precedent. Ji wouldn't be the first brick taken out of the wall, but it could very easily be the brick that lets the whole wall come crumbling down. Furthermore, off-road is more than just my job; it is my passion. I have spent countless hours in the desert. and can never replace the joy I've experienced while racing. My friends come to help me race, and I am always glad to return the favor, because the times we've shared together are always good ones. Yes our sport may appear dangeroos and destfllctive from the outside, but we off-road racers are actually an incredibly diverse, intelligent, and problem-solving group, and we are, by and large, law-abiding citizens who are just as concerned as you are about the results of our actions. There is no guidebook or website with directions on how to build one of our · racecars or how to stay competitive, yet every day in our shop, we pool our knowledge and' create solutions, and we can do the same when it comes to the safety of our beloved sport. Please don't simply take this race away; give us a chance to prove that we can be safe. Don't let the actions of a few careless people condemn this sport into the pages of history for the rest ofus. In closing, I ask you again: please reconsider your decision to deny a permit to the S.N.O.R.E. organization for their upcoming Midnight Special event. There is more than just a tragic accident or the well-being of our environment to consider here. We want to improve these aspects of our sport as much as you do, but not at the cost of eliminating our sport altogether. Please give us the opportunity to bold the Midnight Special race; the fate of our industry lies with you. Thank you for your consideration, Dusty Times July 2011 Page 19

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• AT GLEN HELEN :: Great Racing was The Order Of The Day By Homer Eubanks Rounds five and six of the Lucas Off Road Racing Series came to Glen Helen Park May 21-22. After learning from the fan demand from last year the Lucas organization doubled the seating and streamlined the fan parking for this year's event. Even with the added seats the fans packed in and were entertained with two days of professional short course racing. With all the added features and two days of great Southern Califorina weather the weekend was a great success. Pro 2 To get things started for the Pro 2 Unlimited racers Brian Deegan set quick time Saturday with a lap of 62.092 mph over Rodrigo Am-pudia' s lap of 61.974 mph. Rob MacCachren was third with a speed of 61.942 mph. Problem with quali-fying fast is you could be inverted and that was the case Saturday. Sitting on row one was Carl Rene-zeder (6th) and Robby Wood (4th). So when the green came out it was Renezeder taking control early. Renezeder was able to distance himself quickley as Woods and Mac-Cachren battled for second. Woods held the position for several laps but the heat of the battle actually caught his truck on fire causing the race to be stopped. Once things got cooled down a bit the green came out with MacCachren charging on Renezed-er's lead. Coming through the pack was Ampudia who was now in third. Rob Naughton slipped past Ampu-Photos: Trackside Photo dia, but Ampudia wouldn't' settle for it and came right back for third. A couple of laps later MacCachren went wide in turn two dropping him to fourth. Naughton found an opening around Ampudia in turn four for second. These two tangled down the back stretch with Naugh-ton spinning. MacCachren and Brian Deegan took advantage of the confusion to move into second and third respectively. So, as the check-ers flew it was Carl Renezeder first, Rob MacCachren second and Brian Deegan third. Rodrigo Ampudia recovered for fourth and Naughton finished fifth. Rob MacCachren hoped for a better starting spot on Sunday by setting quick time with his 64.115 In the Pro 2 Unlimited main on Saturday it was Carl Renezeder taking the gold, he repeated in the Sunday event. (same as lead pie) mph over Greg Adler's 63.735 mph. in turn three allowing Renezeder to Again the inversion set the fastest distance himself from the heated back to row three. Rodrigo Ampu- battle. Adler's second place was dia and Carl Renezeder shared row secured when MacCachren got up one at the start so it was no surprise on two wheels in turn four allow-when Renezeder took the lead. Am-ing Adler to gain some ground on pudia got shuffled to third by Brian him. Rob MacCachren held on for Deegan then Greg Adler. Ampudia third with Brian Deegan missing the regained the third spot and held on podium. After the race Renezeder for a couple of laps before driving said he got confused by his spotter off to the pits. Robbie Woods took first saying Adler is coming, then he control of the third place until just would say Rob is coming, then back before the mid race yellow when to Adler is coming. Greg Adler said, Jeremy McGrath got by in turn five. "I have all my Four Wheel Parts fam-When the yellow caution came out ily and friends here so I had to give Robbie Gordon, who had been run- them a good performance." ning seventh pulled off and retired. Pro 4 After the restart Renezeder held the The Pro 4 Unlimited class con-lead with Greg Adler second and sisted of 11 trucks with Kyle LeDuc Woods third until he got spun into taking quick time on Saturday with Jeremy Stenburg and Brian Deegan. a speed of 65.481 mph lap over Rick This gave McGrath the third spot Huseman's 64.454 mph. When they and current champion, Rob Mac-lined up to race Carl Renezeder and Cachren, closed up on him. Mac-Adrian Cenni shared row one. So Cachren had been running as far when racing got under way it was back as ninth. The front four pulled Renezeder taking the early lead. some distance over the pack until However, Renezeder bounced off it became the front three when Cenni and got collected in the wall McGrath lost power in his truck. dropping him to the back of the Things really heated up then as the pack. Rick Huseman, third qualifier, front three were nose to tail. Rene- took the lead with Cenni second zeder got some serious heat from and Todd LeDuc third. The front ~, Adler until MacCachren started three spread out and was looking sticking his nose in trying to steal comfortable until Cenni had to Adler's position. With about four pit for a right rear flat. Just before laps to go MacCachren got inside of the mid-race yellow Renezeder had Adler in turn two but Adler was able worked his way up to third. After the to get the position back the follow-restart Huseman went wide in turn ing turn. With laps counting down three and Renezeder slipped inside Adler and MacCachren got together for the lead. A little later Huseman Rob MacCachren finished second on Saturday in the Pro 2 Unlimited It was an 11th place finish in the Saturday limited Buggy race for Saturday's Pro lite Unlimited race saw Chris Brandt taking the silver contest, Rob finished in third place in the Sunday affair. John Fitzgerald, John came back on Sunday with a nice class win. medal, Chris took third place honors in the Sunday fracas. Patrick Clark took second place honors on Saturday in the Super lite Travis Pecoy was a dnf in the Saturday Kart Jr.1 race, but it got a lot Myles Cheek finished fifth in the Saturday Kart Jr. 2 event, Myles came category, Patrick finished ninth ion the Sunday event. better when he took the win in the Sunday conflict. back strong on Sunday and took home the gold medal. Page 20 July 2011 Dusty Times

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Curt Geer took the Saturday win in the limited Buggy fracas, Curt was the second place finisher in the Sunday race. made another oops when he got up on two wheels in tum three al-lowing Renezeder to get clear. The front two had cleared themselves from the pack and went on to finish in that order. Kent Brascho took the final podium spot with Josh Merrell finishing fourth. On the po-dium Renezeder was attributed with breaking Huseman's winning streak and Huseman explained the unchar-acteristic driving errors as something wrong with his left front shock. Sunday's Pro 4 event may have been the best race of the weekend. To get things started Rick Huseman tried to redeem himself by setting fast lap in qualifying with a 66.739 mph lap. Of course he was rewarded with an inversion to row two on the start behind Kyle LeDuc and yesterday's winner Carl Renezeder. On the start Adrian Cenni, starting alongside Huseman, put the pedal down over the rough section to grab the lead. Kyle LeDuc was second and Renezeder was third. Shortly after Cenni lost power handing the lead to Kyle LeDuc. Soon after that Renezeder snuck inside of tum two to for the lead. In the next tum Huseman moved into third at tum three. These three ran several laps nose to tail. At the mandatory yellow restart Renezeder held the lead with Kyle LeDuc second and Huseman third. The crowds focus shifted from the leaders as Josh Mer-rell hard rolled into tum three but landed with the traction side down and kept going. Once the attention went back to the leaders they saw LeDuc and Huseman scraping like two junk yard dogs over a piece n the Saturday Pro Buggy Unlimited it was Steven Greinke taking a nice win, Steven was the ninth place finisher in the Sunday event. of meat. That piece being second place. Huseman got up on two wheels in tum four allowing LeDuc to then focus on Renezeder. Just be-fore the white flag came out LeDuc had moved into the lead with Rene-zeder now attacking his every move. On the last lap Renezeder made an attempt but had to settle for second at the checkers. Kyle LeDuc took the win with Renezeder second. Huse-man held third and Todd LeDuc was fourth. Pro Lite Kyle LeDuc brought a serious attitude with him to the Pro Lite Unlimited qualifying Saturday and set fast time with a speed of 58.222 mph. His closest competition came from Brain Deegan (58.096 mph lap). Starting from the front row because of the inverted starting order Chris Brandt took the pack around tum one. Jimmy Stephensen was second with Casey Currie third. Brandt used the clean air to pull away from the battle for second be-tween Stephensen, Kyle LeDuc and Rodrigo Ampudia. LeDuc finally took the spot by powering through the rough section before tum three. A few laps later Currie was towed off and Brian Deegan settled into third. The race looked to be all Brandt's but late in the race Brandt went wide in tum two and Deegan dove hard inside to take the lead. Deegan went on to win with Brandt holding onto second and Kyle LeDuc third. Rodrigo Ampudia just missed the podium. After the race when asked about the pass Deegan said, "some-times we just have to go for it on the last lap. I thought I'm going to win this thing or go home on the hook." For Sunday's qualifying the top three from Saturday's race qualified in the same order of finishing the day before. Deegan, Brandt and Kyle LeDuc. So when the racing started Sunday Brandt again duplicated his leading the pack around tum one. Brian Deegan took a couple of laps before taking a distant second and Rodrigo Ampudia was third. Brandt controlled the first half of the race and then on the restart Deegan block passed Brandt in tum four for the lead. Just as the pack was getting up to speed Ampudia got sideway off the front straight jump and flipped over the tum one wall. This stopped the race to check on Ampudia who was all right. Once they got going again Deegan had the lead and Kyle LeDuc and Chris Brandt started bouncing off one another. At one point in the rough section both were bouncing sideways and Brandt drove over the hood of LeDuc but both held their positions. Brandt had the second spot until he got up on two wheels on the white flag lap. He was able to regain control to fin-ish third with Deegan winning and Kyle LeDuc second. Super Buggy The Super Buggy action got under way Saturday with John Hol-mes setting fast time over Jerry Whelchel. Holmes turned at lap at 58.801 mph with Whelchel's best lap of 58.442 mph. Race time Satur-day things changed up some. Early on Bobby Pecoy took charge of the pack with Whelchel trailing. These Continued an page 22 Mitchell Dejong had a really good weekend, he was 2nd on Saturday Corry Weller was the silver medal winner in the Saturday UTV event, Kent Brascho took a third place finish in the Pro 4 Unlimited division in the Kart Modified event and took the win in the Sunday race. Corry was only able to grad a seventh place finish in the Sunday race. on Saturday, Kent was the fifth place finisher in the Sunday affair. Brian Deegan was a busy lad, he finished third on Saturday in Pro 2 and Geoffrey Cooley was the bronze medal winner in limited Buggy on Doug Fortin took third place honors in Pro Buggy Unlimited on Saturday, was fourth on Sunday, coupled with his Pro lite wins, quite a weekend. Saturday, he took a fifth place finish in the Sunday event. Doug had to settle for an eighth place finish in the Sunday battle. Kyle LeDuc took third place on Saturday in the Pro lite Unlimited race, Jessie Johnson finished third in Super lite on Saturday, Jessie finished Shelby Anderson finished 10th in Kart Jr2 at Glen Helen, Shelby poured Kyle backed it up on Sunday with a second place finish. a close second place in the Sunday race. it on in the Sunday event and took a nice second place finish. Dusty Times July 2011 Page 21

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two got together i~ tu~ three result-ing in Pecoy running up on the wall. While Whelchel was recovering fifth qualifier, Steven Greinke, slipped past for the lead. Whelchel took af-ter Greinke and made a pass on the restart but a few laps later Greinke had the momentum down the back stretch retaking the lead and eventu-al win. Whelchel held on for second and Doug Fortin had worked his way through the pack to earn thira. · Justin Davis just missed a podium spot. When the field of 16 cars came out for qualifying on Sunday Mike Porter stepeed up his game ~nd took the top spot with a lap recorded at 60.612 mph. Once racing began it was Jerry Whelchel taking control of the race with Steven Greinke glued to his rear bumper. This battle was short lived as Greinke had some trouble and dropped to the back of the pack. This left Whelchel alone out front and Justin Smith had sec-ond with Mike Porter third. On the restart Whelchel held the lead with Smith second and a hard charging John Holmes hammered his way over the rough section to take third. When the checkers flew the running order had remained the same with fourth going to Brandon Bailey after taking the spot from Justin Davis on the last lap. Super Lite Saturday's Super Lite event was dedicated to Jeff "Ox" Kargola, round two class winner, who re-cently lost his life in a motorcycle crash while riding in Mexico. The Ox had begun his off road career as a freestyle motocrosser and had become a rising star in short course. His dynamic personality will cer-tainly be missed. During qualifying Dawson Kirchner's 51.393 lap bested Chad George's 51.442 lap for quick time h~nors. ()nee racing started all kinds of carnage changed the race outcome. Jacob Person was the early leader with Patrick Clark and Brian Deegan had a really good weekend, he took the ·win in Pro lite Unlimited both days, seen here nicely airborne. -Kirchner battling for second. While Anderson was on the move and they battled Chad George waited after the mid race yellow went inside in fourth for his move. Just before Kirchner at turn two. Anderson was the mandatory yellow Kirchner running flat out down the front got a right rear flat and George straight and got sideways landing the capitalized by taking second. George start finish jump causing him to roll then went after Person and the into turn one. Kirchner again took two tangled allowing RJ Anderson the lead and held it to the check-to take the lead. When the yellow ers with Jessie Johnson second and came out it was Anderson, George, Austin Kimbrell crossing over third. Clark and Person leading the pack. Missing the podium was Brent On the restart Person rolled in turn · Fouch. three causing a chain reaction roll Limited Buggy over as Brent Fouch rolled trying Curt Geer had a good day Sat-to avoid him, then Austin Kimbrill, urday as he set th~ fastest lap of Luke Johnson and Jason Ellis all the Limited Buggies then came out rolled in the turn. As if that wasn't with the same speed to take the race enough George rolled and had checkers. Geer quickly distanced to be towed off at turn five. Once himself from Quentin Tucker at that got straightened out·Ander- the start and held a comfortable son was able to take the win with lead throughout until the closing Clark second and Jessie Johnson "laps when Tucker closed up but third. Chad George attempted to could not make a pass. Third was redeem himself Sunday by setting ueoffrey Cooley and Zachery Hunt fast time over RJ Anderson. When just missed a podium spot. During racing started Dawson Kirchner put Sunday's qualifying no one.could _ himself in front of the pack with RJ match John Fitzgerald qt1ick lap of Anderson second. Anderson wasn't 56.394 mph although Curt Geer able to hold his position long as was close with a 56.145 mph. lap. Chad George took second and then When Fitzgerald took to the track shortly after pulled into the hot later in the day the other 14 drive~ pits giving Anderson back the spot. again found they couldn't match we would Like to congratulate Bob Gordon tst Plaeeltst Ove,all N0RRA 1000 us ·t:et You To The Winner'S ei,elet Call Jeff or Johnny 818-998-2739 se,vlelng All r,ansaxles ,:o,tln, Mendeola, A/gins, All vw, 010 Autos 9763V~LAVENUE, CHATSWORTH, CA 91311 Page 22 July 2011 ---.. Dawson KircfJner was the 14th place finisher in the Saturday Super Lite race, he came back on Sunday to take the class win. his speed. Fitzgerald dominated away from the pack early and held the entire race leaving the battle position through to the checkers. for second. Early on in the race for Doug Mittag did give him pressure second it was between Dave Mason early on but later in the race his and Curt Geer but once Geer got by machine caught fire finishing 14 of he clear himself from the pack. Ma-the 15 laps. Bryan Osborn ran hard son saw Quentin Tucker take third enough to earn second and third just before the mid race yeHow and went to John Dempsey. tried to get the position back at the Modified Karts checkers but he came up a half a car Mitch Guthrie Jr set. the fastest length short. qualifying time on Saturday-of the UTV modified Karts. This qttick time was On Saturday Chad George set this seasons fourth set by Guthrie quick time of the UTV class with so when ·he came out to race it was his best speed of 55.932 mph. Dan no surprise he took the early lead Kelly was close with his speed of and held on to the finish. His third 55.909 mph. Once the race got un- • class win on the season. With first derway Corry Weller used her front , settled it was up to dass stand out row starting spot to take charge Mitchell DeJong (two class wins) to early. Weller quickly distanced her- hold off the other 15 drivers to take self from George, who had pressure second. Third was Blake Lenk and from Dan Kelly. Weller held 0n · Trent Williams was fourth. Sunday's t~rough the first half of the race quickest again was Mitchell DeJong but after the restart a hard charging who set quick time and then came Code Rahders came from fourth out to back it up with a race win. tci' take charge. Weller held second Mitch Guthrie took second with with third over all going to Tyler Sheldon Creed third. Winbury. During Sunday's qualify- Kart Jr 2 · ing session Cody Rahders turned Kart Jr 2 qualifying for Saturday 'his quickest lap in 49.344 seconds saw Chad Graham set quick time. at a speed of 58.366 mph with.Doug When the green flag came at race ., Mittag qualifying second (58.164 time early leader Isabella Naugh-mp}:t). Rahders carried his s.peed ton (second fastest qualifier) led •into the main ~ent where he'pulled . Centinu .. ,n ",,,,-24 Chad Graham took the win in the Kart JR. 2 event on Saturday, Chad finished seventh in the Sunday race at Glen Helen. It was a big win for Mitch Guthrie Jr. in the Saturday Kart Modified event, Mitch had to settle for the silver medal in the Sunday race. Dusty Times li

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Sheldon Creed flew to an eighth place finish in Kart Modified on Bryan Osborn finished first off the podium on Saturday in the UTV John Holmes finished fifth on Saturday in the Pro Buggy Unlimited on Saturday, Sheldon was the third place finisher in the Sunday event. race, Bryan came back on Sunday with a silver medal finish. Saturday, John took third place honors in the Sunday event. the pack around turn one. Shortly ham quickly distanced himselfleav- gang Ries. Reis had tagged the wall day's qualifying Broe Dickerson 18 drivers could match. Broe Dick.-after Graham put on his race face ing the others to battle for second. late in the race but was able to hold set quick time over Travis Pecoy. erson finished fourth and Preston to take charge and put some real Preston Roben grabbed the second for the final podium spot. Darren However once racing got underway Roben finished third just ahead of estate between him and the battle position and then held off Wolf- Hardesty was fourth. During Sun- Pecoy set a pace none of the other Darren Hardesty. for second. At the finish line it was Riley Herbst taking second. Shelby Anderson seemed to have third but went up in smoke just before the finish and Maxwell Reis won the four car battle for third. Myles Cheek was fourth and Anderson finished 10th. Shelby Anderson re-gained face on Sunday by qualifying fiastest. When racing got underway Anderson couldn't match the effort put in by Myles Cheek and bad to settle for second to Cheek. Third was Paige Porter and Brock Heger just missed the podium. Kart)r 1 In Saturday's Kart Jr 1 event Elliott Watson held all the cards by setting fast qualifying time then bringing his speed to the race. Starting from the front row Ora-It was the gold medal times two for Code Rahders in the UTV events at Glen Helen, he's seen here on his way to the checkers. In Saturday's Pro 4 event, it was Rick Huseman taking the silver medal, on Sunday Rick flew to a third place finish. Greg Adler finished eighth in Pro 2 Unlimited on Saturday, Greg came Brandon Bailey finished a long 13th in the Saturday Pro Buggy Unlimited Justin Smith finished dead last in the Saturday Pro Buggy Unlimited back on Sunday to a great second place finish. race, he came back on Sunday with a fourth place finish. race, he turned it around on Sunday to take a second place finish. « RJ Anderson only got in 1 lap in the Saturday Pro Lite Unlimited race, Jeff Geiser only finished 6 laps in the Saturday Pro 2 Unlimited race, Austin Kimbrell finished sixth in Super Lite on Saturday, he came back he finished first off the podium in the Sunday event. Jeff took a fifth place finish in the Sunday battle. on Sunday to take a nice third place finish. ~ • In Limited Buggy on Saturday Dave Mason took fifth place honors, in Quentin Tucker took the silver medal on Saturday in the Limited Buggy John Dempsey finished fifth in the Saturday UTV race, John came back the Sunday event Dave finished first off the podium. race, Quentin finished third in the Sunday fracas. on Sunday with a decent third place finish, well done! Page 24 July 2011 Dusty Times '

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R.I.P. - Gary Leupold ... 1940 -2011. Gary Leupold was one of those rare individuals who made the transition from racing motorcycles in the south,western deserts to four,wheeled competition basing his decision on a parable which stated that "with age, you get a cage". He was a long,time member of the Checkers motorcycle group, then became involved in the start,up of the Checkers Off,Road in 1974. At that time I was tending bar at the Checkers favorite watering hole, the Tortilla Inn in Northridge, California and Gary and his friends encouraged me to apply for mem, bership in the Checkers Off,Road; I accepted that challenge in mid,summer of 197 5, and to this day remain a member in good standing, proud of my friendship of 36 years with this unique individual. Gary was one of the founding fathers of this club, and became president in 197 5 and 1976. He won several class 5 championships in several racing series: AMSA, HDRA, and SCORE. He was instrumental in bringing several quality members into Checkers, and was a mentor to younger members like George Seeley, who earned nine class :five championships in the open Baja Bug category. He was one of those people who inspired younger members to excel, and is fondly remembered by his "Brother Checkers". -Gary passed away on June 1st after :fighting serious medical issues, and is survived by his ex,wife Patty, daughters Shannon Tobin and Jayme Scallon, and his sister Sandy Leupold,Cook. His grandson Austin Tobin recently stated his intent for joining the Checkers Off,Road, carrying on the family tradition. The family, in accordance with Gary's wishes, held a spreading of his ashes ceremony in the Sea of Cortes community of Punta Bufeo near the Bay of Gonzaga, Baja California, on June 26th. Rest in peace, my friend; you will be missed. ,Steve Kassanyi, aka Dr. Checker. Dusty Times July 2011 Page 25

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ROYAL PURPLE 500 Rick Romans Wins Big By Steve Ruddick Photos: Trackside Photo Rick Romans was the overall winner in the MORE Royal Purple 500, he's seen here at high speed headin' for the checkers. Hello again Race Fans. I'm here at Anderson Dry Lake in the Johnson Valley OHV in beautiful Lucerne Valley CA for the 2011 M.O.R.E./Royal Purple Synthetic Oil 500. Five hundred miles of fun , in the warm California sun. You couldn't ask for better weather than warm temps, clear skies, and enough breeze to clear the course of all that dust. WOW! What else can I say except that M.O.R.E. and Royal Purple are a perfect match and put on one heck of a great race! It doesn't get much better than this Race Fans. It all added up to a suc-cessful five hundred mile race in the open desert in the warm California sun. It was fast. It was fun. It was safe. Royal Purple Synthetic Oil is to be commended for putting up work. their hard-earned money in support Five hundred miles of fun - in of open desert off road racing under the warm California sun. It's a l-o-the dire conditions of recent events. n-g race, so pull up a chair and read That's a good thing because it shows all about it here in Dusty Times. No confidence in how good M.O.R.E. other magazine brings you all the does things. And M.O.R.E. is mak-good dirt up close. Start/Finish was ing a difference too by showing set up at Anderson Dry Lake and that open desert off road racing the 72-mile course wound its way can be safe and fun for everyone. out and past Bessemer Mine Road, M.O.R.E. + Royal Purple makes for and back. Six RX (road crossings), a combo that is hard to beat. Kudos 4 remote pits, 4 "Spec.tator Viewing to Bill Markel for manning the flag Areas", and a 13-hour time limit. waiving duties at S/F • and to all 108 entries is a lot of racers going the unnamed course observers and many miles and lots of thrills and RX guards and CK pointers and spills and action to report. This is everyone who volunteers their hard- a race of endurance and attrition earned time to help make it happen. - 500 miles of ground and pound All we can hope for is M.O.R.E. · on some of the bad-est dirt around. racing like that. Keep up the good I brought the EZ-Boy along in the Ryan George was a happy racer as he took the gold medal in the Trophy Challenge at MORE, he's seen here headin' for home. bed of my truck so I'm prepared; in TIME at an average speed of 56.4 honk when you've finished. Classes mph. The OPS showed 105 mph. 1 -10 -12 • 1400 5-unlimited - CLASS 1: Six laps; 432 miles. 1600 -and 3000 raced a full six laps; Fifteen starters; seven Finishers. Oh 432 miles. Classes 13 - 9 and 5/16 my! I can feel the earth move under did five laps; 360 miles. Classes my feet. Raw horsepower rumbling 1700 - 1300 - and 1450 raced for like a caged up pack of wild dogs four laps; 286 miles. Classes 11 and waiting to do battle against the 3 completed three laps; 216 miles. desert sands. Wuff wuf. Allan Lee 108 entries in 15 different Classes. was the first to see the green flag fly 500 miles. The green flag started in car #117. Todd Tuls got lap one flying at 10 A.M. 108 racers got to done the fastest in car # 1599 and see the green flag flying; 55 racers was the leader of the pack by lm:24S finished all the required laps to see ahead of Lee in #117 after the first the coveted checkered flag. In order lap was done. Alex Cody found a to see the coveted checkered flag you faster line and was in the lead by must first complete all the required 3m:52s in car #122 after Lap 2 was laps. Nobody ever wins a race on the done. Rick Romans was running in first lap but the first lap is always a second spot in car #22 with a whop-race to see whom DNFs the fastest ping 13s lead ahead of Todd Tuls in and pulls it onto the trailer first. car # 1599. T uls was in front of Dave It's a 1-o-n-g race; 500 miles. I always Bonner in car #1580 by lm:06s, and cruise the first lap because that is Lee in car #117 was lm:26s behind The Lap with • the most - DNFs; Bonner. By the end of Lap 3 Bonner carnage asada. was out in front in car #1580 with Technically speaking - the 'over-a 3m:15s lead ahead of Tuls in car all' winner was Car #1138. That's #1599. And Rick Romans in car right. Car #1138 completed all the #22 was only 35s behind #1599. required laps before anybody else This is a race of endurance and did. Congratulations! One for the attrition; the long haul. Alex Cody Record Books: Class 11 wins overall DNFd after Lap 3 in car #122. Todd .. champion! WooHoo. I checked Tuls in car #1599 and Allan Lee in with the other racers and nobody car #117, both DNFd after Lap 4. was nerfed by a Class 11 car; so no Those DNFs reshuffled the feeding DQs. I checked with Main Pit and order of the Class 1 wolf pack and no Class 11 cars were penalized for made it a two-lap race down to the exceeding the posted speed limits. finish for the survivors. Rick Ro-Seriously - Rick Romans in Car #22 mans let 'er rip and roar in car #22 was The Overall Winner. Romans on Laps 3 and 4, and set the Fast Lap completed all six of the required laps pace of the day at 61.4 mph on Lap Travis Howard was the easy winner in the Class 11 contest, Travis had Howard Sukenic was the silver medal winner in the Class 1 contest, Second place in the Trophy Challenge fracas went to Vincent Dudash, a bit over two hours in hand when he took the checkers. he's seen here at high speed headin' for home. a three hour last lap certainly didn't help matters. Karl Scanlan had a three hour last lap with mechanical woes but still Michael Fox had a pretty good race, he was the second place finisher Larry Antuna had a pretty miserable second lap but he soldiered on took second place honors in his class. in the Ultra Truck contest, seen here in his good lookin' GMC. and took second place honors in his class. Page 26 July 2011 Dusty Times

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and the car didn't skip a beat. It was on the last lap in car # 1580 and a clean race". Rick Romans drove still got it fixed to win Third Place laps 1, 2 and 6 with co-driver Dillon in Class in 9:05:13 at 48.2 mph in Huether. Dana Jeffries (Class 1 car the Precepts Racing car# 1580. Dave builder extraordinaire) drove laps Bonner drove laps 1-4 and Drew 3, 4 and 5 with Matt Doherst in Belk drove laps 5-6. Co-drivers in-the second seat. The GPS showed eluded Mike Terry and Curt Young. 105 mph. The tires were missing big "The course was rough and a little chunks of tread; torn up. Car #22 challenging in spots", Bonner said. was still all in one piece. Nice win. "Things were going really smooth Howard Sukenic maintained a until the last lap when we broke steady pace throughout the race to the pivot bolt on the lower A-arm". emerge in Second Place and Second Todd Jergensen had issues on Lap 2 Overall in the Dunn Tech Racing in· car #1551 and got it fixed to fin-car #144 at an average speed of 49.8 ish Fourth Place in Class in 9:26:04 mph in an elapsed time of 8:47:38, at 46.4 mph. George Pondella du-and with a 17m:35s margin of vie-eled the gremlins on Lap 1 and tory. "We had lots of fun", Jim Knox finished in 10:03:27 at 43.5 mph to said after. "The car ran good with claim Fifth Place in car #58. Shelby Jay Wallick had a good day, he took the class win at the Royal Purple 500 with 27 no problems. Every time we wanted Reid ran afoul of the desert gremlins minutes in hand when he took the checkered flag. to go faster (104 mph on the GPS) on Lap 3 in car #1568 but finished 4. WooHoo* Dang that's fast. That Overall and First Place in class by a the course got rougher." Go faster in 11:04:51 at 39.5 mph to get Sixth feat of speed and driving dare-ye-do 1:05:20 margin of win in car #22. sounds like fun to me. Howard Place in class, by 2m:47s ahead of pretty much 'left the competition in "We had a blast!" Romans said after. Sukenic drove laps 1-3 with Drew Brian Yonan in car #19. Yonan got the dust' -as us Ace Reporters say. "We had a go9d day; a perfect day. Collins as co-driver, and Jim Knox the Seventh Place finish in 11:07:38. Rick Romans completed all six of We drove on old worn out tires and and Mike McClintock took over to CLASS 10: Six laps; 432 miles. the required laps in 7:42:18 at an av-had no flats. We made three fuel propel car #144 into the winner's Nine starters; 5 Finishers. Adam erage speed of 56.4 mph to win First stops and driver/ co-driver changes, circle. Dave Bonner had some issues Tjemeland was first off the line at r----~ .. ~::;;.:-----. the green flag in car #l 88. Kevin Ellis was first in line in' class at the end of the first lap 0in car #1001 with a 14-second lead in front of Dan Foltz in car #1268. Tim Scott in car # 1051 was 29-seconds behind Foltz, and Phillip Isabelle in car #1069 was 54-seconds behind Scott. Four racers within lm:37s of each other in the first 72-miles is pretty close in open desert racing. You can see the other guy's rooster-tail off in the near distance. Tim Scott in car #1051 and Dan Foltz in car #1268 both had serious gremlin issues on Lap 2 and Isabelle was now in the lead by 2m:58s in car #1069 ahead of Jtemeland in car #1088. Ellis in car #1001 was only 8-seconds off of # 1088 rear bumper, and Tim Scott in car #1051 was only 31-seconds behind Ellis. 3m:37s separated the top four racers after two laps and 142 miles of racing with four laps still to go. Dan Foltz DNFd after Lap 3 in car #1268. That left it up to Isabelle Cantinu1d an •••• 28 Steve Jacketti was the big winner in the Class 7A contest, there were Craig Stone took second place honors in the JeepSpeed fracas, Craig Mike Brown was a bit off the winning pace in the Class 9 contest, he two starters in the class but Steve was the only one to finish. is seen here at high speed on his way to the checkers. took a second place finish, he's seen here heading for home. Dusty Times July 2011 Page 27

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Richard Garavito had it all-his way in the Class 5 race, he took the checkered flag with almost two hours in hand, here at speed. and Ellis to duel it out to the finish seat. "We had a loose drivers seat on line. The time sheets show that Isa-the first lap that was not fun", Ellis belle drove car #1069 at exactly the reported. "It took 14-minutes to fix same speed on Laps 5 and 6, and so and cost us the race. Everything did Ellis in car #1001 - except that worked good after that and we had #1069 did it 1/10 of 1 MPH faster real fun and a good battle going on both laps than #1001 did. After 8 back and forth with car #1069. The hours and 28 minutes and 432 miles first half of the course was fast, and of racing - Phillip Isabelle got car everything after MM47 was rough". #1069 to the finish line to win First It must have been rough because Place by 36-seconds in front of the #1001 wins the unofficial DT 'puk-Second Place winner - Kevin Ellis in er-bush' award for having the most car #1001. Both averaged the same desert vegetation in and on their exact speed over the entire race: 51. 7 vehicle inside the winner's circle. mph. WOW! Isabelle set the Fast This ain't no garden club. Lap pace at 53.6 mph on both Laps Adam Tjemeland won Third 5 and 6, and Ellis was second fastest Place in the Sabrina Racing car of the day at 53.5 mph on both Laps # 1088 after completing all the re-5 and 6. Isabelle won First Place quired laps in 9:14:05 at 47.4 mph in 8:28:05. Ellis won Second Place - and by a lm:55s margin of separa-in 8:28:41 - a 36-second margin tion in front of Mike McGee in car of separation. That's what us Ace #1011. Everything was going along Reporters call "close". Congrats. PJ just fine with car #1088 on Laps 1-3 drove the iAT racing car #1069 on when Vince Tjemeland was at the Laps 1-3 and turned the driving du- wheel and Cody Lapka was doing ties over to Bill Gasper and co-driver the co-driver duties; "no problems". Eric Stewart for Laps 4-6. "It was a And then - Adam 'brain damaged' good race", PJ said after. "We battled Tjemeland got behind the wheel it out with #1001 pretty good. We with Chad Barrow, his cousin, in had P /S fluid issues and the car was the co-drivers seat for Laps 4-6. "We banging on the bottom skid-plate had a flat on Lap 4 and some serious the last two laps. It was close all the issues with the jack that took us 20 way. You bet it was fun!" minutes to fix. Lap 5 went well, and Kevin Ellis made it a very close then on Lap 6 about 5 miles past and competitive race in the (Ford Bessemer Mine Road - I rolled it; 6-speed equipped) Pacific States flipped it". It's good that no one was Racing car #1001. Jim Varshay drove seriously injured and that the car laps 1-3 with co-driver Brian Mobley. was able to continue on and finish; Kevin Ellis drove laps 4-6 with his and win Third Place, no less. Mike daughter Morgan in the co-drivers McGee got it all done in 9: 16:00 to Guy Savedra was the big winner in the Class 5/1600 battle, Guy had 37 minutes on his competition when he took the checkers. finish in Fourth Place at 47.3 mph in car #1011. Tom Scott got off to a good start in car # 1051 before run-ning into problems on Lap 2 and just couldn't make up the lost down time. Scott still managed a Fifth Place finish in 9:42:31 at 45.2 mph. CLASS 1400: Six laps; 432 miles. Ten starters; 6 Finishers. Ryan Agius was first in class to see the green flag fly in truck #1484. Josh Thompson started at the rear of the class pack in the Empire Destructive truck #1403 and blasted his way to the front of the line by the end of the first lap; and never looked back. Thompson set the Fast Lap pace on Lap 1 at 52.4 mph and averaged 47. 7 mph to win First Place in 9: 10:22 with a 30-minute margin of win. "The truck ran perfect and we had no flats", Thompson reported. Josh and Jonathan and Bruce Thompson shared the in-cab duties on Laps 1-3 and Jeff Nutter and Randy Har-rison completed Laps 4-6. The GPS showed 107 mph. Michael Fox won Second Place in truck # 14 20 with an overall elapsed time of 9:40:30 at 45.3 mph. Fox finished with a comfortable 57m time advantage in front of Ryan Agius in truck #1484. Agius encoun-tered the desert gremlins on Lap 3 and was down for over 2h applying the necessary fix. #1484 finished all the laps required in 10:37:49 at 41.2 mph to win Third Place in class for the day. Allan Byma bumped into a pack of gremlins on Lap 3 too and was down for over 3h fixing truck #1433. Byma finished in Fourth Place in 11:14:42 at 39 mph. Chris Guillen completed the required laps in 11:43:03 at 37.4 mph to finish in Fifth Place in truck #1418. Shelby Thompson had gremlin problems all day in truck # 1400 and still man-aged to finish all six laps in 12: 17:32 at 35.6 mph for the Six Place finish. CLASS 5 unlimited: Six laps; 432 miles. Eight starters; 3 Finish-ers. Richard Garravito put the pedal to the metal on lap 1 in car #505 to take the early lead at 50.9 mph and by 33-seconds ahead of Kevin Hei-trittr in car #5025. Garravito tied Heitritter for Fast Lap honors when car #5025 clocked the same exact time and speed on Lap 2. Twice the fun. Heitritter DNFd after Lap 5. Garravito went on to win First Place in class in 9:22:33 at 46. 7 mph and by a 1:59: 17 margin of victory. Car #505 took its lumps and bumps get-ting to the winner's circle. Garravito rolled the ORAF Racing car on Lap 2, landed on his tires, and kept on going. Rullo took over the wheel duties and broke the rear spring and coil-over on one side on Lap 5; and broke the other side on Lap 6. "It was rough", Rullo said after. "We burned 100 gallons of fuel and nerfed a Class 14 truck. It was fun. I'm sore." Woohoo! Larry Atuna ran afoul of the dreaded desert gremlins on Lap 2 in car #507 and was down for 2-1/2 hours to get it fixed. The fix was applied and Atuna completed all the laps required to win Second Place in 11:21:45 at 38.5 mph. Scott Mildenhauser crossed the finish line in car #501 about five minutes behind Atuna to win Third Place in class in 11:26:23 at 38.3 mph. CLASS 3000: Six laps; 432 miles. Seven starters; 3 Finishers. Jay Wallick took the early lead at 49 mph in car #3088 and was out in front of Earl Fraser in car #3068 by 5m:30s after Lap 1 was done. Karl Scanlan cranked it up on Lap 2 in car #3019 and set the Fast Lap pace of the day on Laps 4 and 5 at 52.3 mph. Scanlan was out in front of everyone else by 1:24:27 going into the last lap of the race, and then #3019 ran into a whole herd of des-ert gremlins on Lap 6 and was down for 3-1/2 hours getting #3019 fixed. That unintended consequence al-lowed Wallick to get the pass in car #3088 and go on to win First Place in class in 10: 17 :51 at 4 2.5 mph, and by a 26m:57s margin of victory. Scanlan got car #3019 fixed and to the finish line in 10:44:49 to win Second Place at 40.8 mph. Pesky gremlins. Earl Fraser finished all the laps required to win Third Place in class in car #3068 in 11:48:43 at 37.1 mph. For the 3088 Bajalite driven by Jay Wallick, the race started great. "We started sixth off the line and had passed everyone by the end of the first 75 mile loop with a 12 minute lead on the next car thanks to the coaching skills of co-driver Lorenzo Rodriguez. By the end of the second lap, we started to have fuel problems and the lead decreased to 6 minutes. For lap three we cleaned the fuel filters and turned the car over for Lorenzo to drive and he had continued fuel is-sues. Over the next two laps the fuel demon continued as we stopped each lap trying to find the issue. After a change of drivers to Brian" Jeffrey and a couple of flat tires, one of which shattered the rim, bent the rotor and tore up the brake caliper, we decided to remove the fuel filter and the truck performed beautifully for the last lap guided by Brian's son, DJ Jeffrey. It was a great TEAM win with 4 different drivers and 5 different co-riders, including two In Class 10 it was Kevin Ellis who took a second place finish, Kevin is Chasen Gaunt drove his Ford truck to a second place finish in Class Mike Meehan was relegated to a second place finish in the Class 1600 seen here literally flying to a second spot on the podium. BC at MORE, here at very high speed on the course. contest, Mike was less than three minutes in arrears at the final flag. Chris Wacker drove his Jeep to a silver medal finish, Chris was six Dave Bonner was the third place finisher in his class, Dave is seen Two long laps relegated Richared Dormack to a third place finish in the minutes in arrears when he received the checkered flag. here at high speed on his way to the checkers. Trophy Challenge fracas, he's seen here at speed. Page 28 July 2011 Dusty Times

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women, new to desert racing, that had a "blast and cannot wait to do it again". I think everyone in the pits got in one seat or another. A fun time was had by all. I would like to thank Lorenzo, Brian and DJ for all their help and never stop attitude." CLASS 1600: Six laps; 432 miles. Seven starters; 4 Finishers. Mike Meehan was first off the start-ing line in car #1699 but Jim Goff set the early Fast Lap pace at 48.9 mph on Lap 1 in car # 1646, and Brian Benson was close behind in car #1620. Goff kept up his fast pace and was out in front of everyone else by almost 40-minutes when #1646 DNFd after Lap 2. Ouch. Mike Ward picked up his pace on Lap 3 and was out in front by 6-1/2 minutes in car #1673 at the midway point of the race. Chad Baesken was running in second spot in car # 1650 after Lap 3 with a lm:42s lead in front of Mike Meehan in car # 1699. Ward was still in the lead on Lap 5 when #1673 got side lined and both Baesken and Meehan got the pass. This is some of the bad-est open desert dirt around to be racing on, Race Fans. Winning is just as much about beating the desert dirt as it is about beating the other guy/gal, and the desert is one tough competitor. More racers get beat by the desert than they do other racers. The DNF rate is usually between 40-00%. The desert whacked Mike Ward in car #1673 pretty good and took him from race leader to a Third Place win in 10:26:51 at 42 mph. Baesken motored on past to the First Place win in the Baeskins Construction car #1650 in 10:12:05 at 42.9 mph, and by a 3-minute margin of victory. Zack Sizelove and Trevor Wattson were co-drivers. "No problems", Bae-skins said. "Having fun with family and friends and winning is the most fun I've ever had". Mike Meehan got all the laps done in 10:15:04 at 42.7 mph to win Second Place in class in car #1699. Keith Rogovin took a little bit longer to complete all the required laps to finish in Fourth Place in car #1688; in 11:49:50 at 37 mph. CLASS 5/16: Five laps; 360 miles. Three starters; 1 Finisher. I never see any Finns at the Finish Line but I saw Guy Savedra get the A.R.T.S. Racing car #550 to the checkered flag in 9:05:07 to win First Place in Class at 40.2 mph. Savedra won the Fast Lap award on Lap 1 at 42.5. It was a clear victory. Savedra drove laps 1-3 and passed ev-ery 5-open car along the way except ORAF and Atuna. Donald Harper got to drive two laps of fun on 4 and 5 and brought #505 to the ~inner's circle with a 37m:39s margin of vic-tory. "We had Huge fun!", Savedra and Harper said. "The car ran like a watch; no problems. You don't get too many race days like this, and we had a great one. It's getting rough out there now". Sounds like fun to me, too. Savedra and co-driver Tony Ba-chuber drove Laps 1-3 and "had a clean, problem free race. No flats. The rear end was a little soft. It was dusty on Lap 1 passing the faster cars. Everything was going fine until Donald Harper and co-driver War-ren Parcels took over or Laps 4 and 5 and Donald hit a boulder; it's just body damage", said Savedra. Harper said "We had a blast!" CLASS 900: Five laps; 360 miles. Twelve starters; 5 Finishers. Matt Creveling got the hole shot at the green flag in car #990. Jimmy Taran-to set the Fast Lap pace on Lap 1 at 42.2 mph and was out in front of ev-eryone else by 8m:56s by the end of Dusty Times The win in Class BA went to Bob Mamer, Bob really had no competition during the Jimmy Taranto took the gold medal in the Class 9 contest, Jimmy had more than race and he took the gold with more than three hours in hand. an hour and a half in his pocket when he took the checkers. Lap 1 in car #996. Dave Bolles was running in second spot in car #911. Taranto just kept the fuel pedal down in car #996 and increased his lead to almost I-hour by the end of Lap 3. Bolles DNFd in car #911 after Lap 4. Car #996 just motored on and got to the finish line in 8:59:47 at 40.6 mph to win First Place in class by a comfortable 1:26:20 Ko-dak moment. That's a pretty good chunk of time, too. Mike Brown was next in class to find the finish line for the Second Place win in car #924 in 10:26:07 at 35 mph. Brown fin-ished with a IO-minute time advan-tage to spare. Giti Gowland got car #992 through all the laps required to win Third Place in class with an elapsed time of 10:36:27 at 34.4 mph. Gowland got to the winner's circle IS-minutes faster than Bud Ward in car #907. Ward found the checkered flag flying for the Fourth Place finish after 10:50:30 of racing. Dan Bergen brought car #982 across the finish line in 11:20:47 for the Fifth Place finish in class for the day. CLASS 13: Four laps; 286 miles. Eight starters; 5 Finishers. Ryan George started in the pole position at the green flag in car #1301 and was out in front of Vincent Dudash in car #1367 by lm:33s after Lap 1 was done. Dudash was out if front of George by 12m:44s at the end of Lap 2. Ricky McCormies recorded the slowest lap 1 of the day in class in car #1388, and then clocked in the Fast Lap of the day on Lap 2 at 41.4 mph. Dudash in car #1367 was still ahead of George in car # 1301 by 8m:33s going into the last lap of the day. Al Morris had moved up into third spot in car #1327 and Ricky McCormies had dropped back be-hind Morris. Then - the gremlins attacked on the last lap. They hit Dudash and side lined car #1367 for over 3 hours while Ryan George motored by unscathed in car #1301 to take the First Place win in 8:08:37 at 35.9 mph. George and co-driver Josh Messick won with about 50 minutes to spare. "That was a long race", George said. "We broke a CV joint and the lower spindle bolt. The backside of the course was rough but otherwise it was pretty smooth. I'm glad it's over". Vincent Dudash, and co-drivers Kenny Flowers and Charlie Smith, got car #1367 fixed and to the finish line in 8:59:11 at 32.5 mph to win Second Place in class. "That was just awesome; Great!" Dudash said. "We had a flat and some coil problems. It was rough and we were going back and forth with # 1301 until we ran out of gas on the last lap". Al Morris went from running in third spot to finishing in Fifth Place when he got broad sided by a whole herd of grem-lins on the last lap that sidelined car #1327 for 5-1/2 hours making repairs. Ricky McCormies didn't fair much better in car #1388 when he was sidelined for 4-1/2 hours on the last lap too. McCormies finished in Fourth Place. Richard Dormack reaped the benefit of that which lay before him and cruised through the carnage to win Third Pace in class in car #1336 in 9:33:57 at 30.5 mph. CLASS 1450: Four laps; 286 miles. Five starters; 1 Finisher. Ear-nie Serfas took the early lead and won the Fast Lap honors in ttuck #1491 on Lap 1 at 41.5 mph and was out in front with an 8-minute lead ahead of everybody else in class. That lap was all that Serfas got done; DNF. Rhonda Parkhouse and Brad Bientema also both DNF' d on Lap 1 as well. That narrowed the field BPA 11.1 PINCH BBBBEB II UN/BALI. t:UPB D-Cll Ir l'J 111&11#1 't:J July 2011 down considerably to Yukimoto Miyama in truck #1451 and Paul Hayslett in truck #1499. Hayslett was only 47-seconds behind Miyama after Lap 2 was done. That's all the laps that truck #1499 got done; DNF. That left Miyama to battle the gremlins and the desert dirt alone. Miyama motored his way to the First Place win in 8:23:51 at 34.8 mph. " CLASS 1700: Four laps; 286 miles. Eleven starters; 8 Finishers. Jeff Coan took the first lap lead in jeep #1735 at 37.2 mph and was out in front of his competition by 3m:37s after Lap 1 was done. Coan had increased his lead to 9-minutes after Lap 2 was over. Coan had increased his lead to 18-1/2 min-utes after Lap 3 was over. Coan encountered a desert gremlin on his last lap that sidelined # 17 35 for over 3 hours. In the meantime - Billy Bunch and Chris Wacker motored on by to win First and Second Place in class, respectively. Bunch and co-driver Kurt Karain finished in 9:15:39 at 31.5 mph to win First Place in Jeep #1799 about 6-minutes ahead of Chris Wacker in Jeep #1730. "We had to stop every lap", Bunch said. "Lap 1 was the distributor. Lap 2 it was the throttle cable. We lost the P/S on Lap 3". Winning is good. Chris Wacker and co-driver Pete Lopez won Second Place in 9:21:23 at 31.2 mph. "I am Continued on p111 30 -~ . ~ - . .. ~ . ._.. . .. RACE RADIOS 'f&.t KENwaaa ... Page 29 _ , -

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-Yukimoto Miyama was the only gut left standing in the Class 88 fracas, Yukimoto had a decent run in his good lookin' Toyota. so stoked", Wacker said after. "That lap was done in truck #769. That was awesome! We broke a tranny DNF left Steve Jacketti to go it alone shaft output flange bolt and did a against the desert in truck #749. field repair. Then we broke a rear Jacketti clocked the Fast Lap of the shackle and limped into second day on Lap 1 at 37.9 mph. Jacketti place. We had a clean race; very fast won the gold ring and First Place sections and very rough sections. in class in 8:36:47 at 33.9 mph. That was exciting." Jeff Coan and Congrats. co-driver Jon Krellwitz completed Perry Flemming co-rode the first the required laps in 9:25:49 at 31 two laps. The first lap was unevent-mph to win Third Place in Jeep ful. "It got pretty interesting for #1735 - only 4m:27s behind Wack-a few seconds on Lap 2 when I er. "We had some injector problems bicycled the truck at mile 69. We but had a clean race. It was fast and stopped for fuel and a co-rider rough. No flats, but very demand- change after finishing second lap." ing". Eric Helgeson won the Fast Adam Fisher co-rode the 3rd and Lap honors in Jeep #1708 on Lap 3 4th laps. "The 3rd lap started hear-at 37.8 mph and went on to finish in ing some noise and stopped in main Fourth Place in 10:04:59. pit. We had a right front tire going CLASS 7: Four laps; 286 miles. flat and a broken rear leaf spring, Two starters; 1 Finisher. Guillermo and replaced both in about half an Herrera called it a day after the first hour or so. Lap 4 hit a rock with the right rear about mile 16 and stopped at the FAIR pit at mile 18 to change a left rear flat tire, thanks FAIR. The rest of the lap was trouble free." "This is the longest race I have done for a couple of years. My goal was to set a pace I could maintain for the entire race", Jacketti said. "A few months ago I felt I needed to loose a couple of pounds, so I spent more time in the gym for this race than I did prepping the truck. It's paid off in more ways than one. For me, it seemed like the last 30 miles of the course was rougher, the first 40 miles was pretty fast. Plenty of rocks to hit, the two flats proved that. As far as top speed, we got up to 80mph in a few spots. I had changed the ring and pinion and done some test-ing a few weeks before. I knew the gear change would work but was not sure how I would like it during the race. It worked out well during the race and will be no change for the next race. I would say the most fun I h;i.d was Perry as a co-rider. He kept me entertained for 2 laps." CLASS 3700: Four laps; 286 miles. Four starters; 2 Finishers. Bob Mamer - and co-drivers Dave Turner, KJ Wycuff and Ben Abbati, pretty much dominated this class from start to finish in car #3704. Mamer took the lead and clocked the Fast Lap speed of the day on Lap 1 at 40 mph. Craig Stone in car #3769 and Tom Barnett in car #3701 both had gremlin problems all day. #3701 DNF'd after Lap 3. #3769 got a case of the slows and finished in Second Place in 11 :30:54 at 25.4 mph. Mamer completed all the laps needed in 7:50:51 to win First Place in class at 37.2 mph and by a 3-hour margin of spare time. "We had a broken ignition wire the first three laps", Mamer said. "It was fast and fun. I really enjoyed it. The course was well marked and rocky in spots but we got the suspension di-aled in and it soaked up everything. We had it going 75-80 mph. It was all fun". CLASS 300: Three laps; 216 miles. Two starters; 2 Finishers. Bri-an Morris in car #305 and Chasen Gaunt in car #8158 were the only racers in class 3. Gaunt ran into serious problems on Lap 1 and was down for 6-1/2 hours getting it fixed. Ouch. Morris motored through the required laps in 7:42:49 at 28.4 mph to win First Place in class by a 5-hour margin of victory. Morris also won the Fast Lap award on Lap 3 at 30.2 mph. Gaunt got #8158 fixed and to the finish line in 12:09: 10 at 18 mph to win Second Place in class. Andy Kouklis and Jordan Brown did a great job of getting the "Lil Buddy" #305 early bronco around the first lap without any issues. After a quick pit stop and driver change the bronco was back on course with Brian Morris at the wheel and Drew Kouklis as co-driver. After another smooth lap and fast fuel stop, Lil Buddy set out for the 3rd and final lap. With absolutely no problems the Empire Ag-Transport Bronco crossed the finish line first in class. Great pit stops, no flat tires with the BF Goodrich all terrains and no mechanical issues led to a solid fin-ish for the Lil Buddy Early Bronco. CLASS 11: Three laps; 216 miles. Three starters; 2 Finishers. Travis Howard was first off the line in class at the green flag in car #1138 and took the lead on Lap 1 at 32.7 mph, and was out in front by SO-minutes at the end of Lap 1. Car # 1138 won the Fast Lap award on Lap 3 at 33. 7 mph, and finished in 6:49:47 at 32.1 mph to win First Place by a 2-hour margin. Chris Anderson started behind the wheel in car # 1138, and Matt Anderson and Travis Howard took over the in-cab duties for Lap 3. "We had a perfect day. No flats. We took the lead on the first lap and drove at a good pace. We had good battles with the Jeepspeeds and class 3 cars. The course was rougher than usual. It's pretty deep and tore up". Bill Swisher in car #1148 went to the hospital with low blood sugar problems but his team rallied on to win Second Place in class in 8:53:30 at 24.6 mph. "The car ran beautiful. We had a flat on lap 2 but otherwise it was all good. I want a beer". Here's to a speedy recovery. Reporter's NOTES: Well, Race Fans - I am happy to say I still have my Ace Reporter job and that open desert off road racing in SoCal looks like it will continue on - at least for the time being. Woohoo! Don't get your hopes up too high because 'BLM Nevada just denied SNOREs SRP Permit for the CITE RCEEVENT. I heard through the grape vine that BLM Barstow was "not too happy" with my last analy-sis and insights. Sorry if I upset the apple cart with putting into ink Earl Fraser had a decent race, he was able to take third place honors Ryan Agius was the third place finisher in the Ultra Truck battle, here Scott Mildenhauser had to settle for the bronze medal at the MORE in class, he's seen here at high speed headin' for home. at very high speed on the course race, He's seen here flying towards home in the Class 5 action. Giti Gow/and took third place honors in the Class 9 fracas, Giti is seen Adam Tjemeland gave it all he had but this race had to settle for the Todd Jergensen finished first off the podium in the class 1 race, Todd here nicely airborne as he heads to the checkered flag. bronze medal in Class 10, seen here on his way home. is seen here on his way to the checkered flag. Allen Byma piloted his good looking pickup to a 4th place finish in the Mike McGee had a decent race, he was a bit off he winning pace but Keith Rogovin finished 4th in 1600, he had some help from Jerry Ultra Truck conflict, a vellfry long third lap was not a big help. still managed a fourth place finish, here at speed. Lawless and Dick McCool, two old friends and fantastic drivers. Page 30 July 2011 Dusty Times

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the way things are -but the buck starts and stops in Barstow CA. Call it a reality check. I don't behest the BLM for doing their job -but when their rates jump to $120 per hour per person after SO-hours is a serious chunk of money. Somebody somewhere in BLM Barstow ac-counts for every red cent of it. I'd like to see that XML spreadsheet; cost accounting -follow the money. $120 per hour per person is serious money. I know several retired LEOs that would do it for less. The whole point of the exercise is that you, and everyone else who enters a OHV at anytime and under any circum-stances, are responsible (and liable) for your own reckless conduct. BLM manages it -and we pay $120 per hour per person for their services. Drivers are responsible if they injure someone, and spectators are respon-sible if they behave recklessly and get in the way. Comparative negligence. Don't put yourself in a dangerous situation or location where you might get seriously injured or even killed. Be extra safe. Johnson Valley is the world's largest designated OHV area with 188,000 acres; 294 square miles. Stoddard Valley OHV is 53,000 acres; 83 sq mi. An open desert race course is 100-feet wide, Or - the width of a high power transmission line easement. That is about 12 acres per linear mile. Over a 35-mile course - that totals up to 420 acres of direct impact; about 2/3 of one square mile. It's the same course A or B in both Stoddard and Johnson Valley OHVs. It's the same patch of ground getting pounded clock-wise or backwards. BLM doesn't maintain it. The reality is - if the Army is successful in their Johnson Valley OHV land grab - there won't be much left for the BLM Barstow to manage in terms of special off-roading events of any kind, or for anything else. No SRP Permits to process and no special events or races to monitor means fewer BLM staff. "Live fire" exercises means JV OHV will become a battleground strewn with unexploded live ammo. Unusable for anything else for the foreseeable future. How many more desert tank wars does DoD plan on - that requires the confiscation of "public land"? Where's my re-compensation as a taxpayer? I mean - if you want an example of the wanton destruction of un-touched desert habitat you need look no further than the construc-tion of proposed solar farms on public land. Take it all down to bare dirt and erect massive solar mirrors to produce 'clean renewable energy from the sun'. What a hoax upon the taxpayers that is - in the warm California sun. Do you know how many square miles of rooftops there are just sitting there now soaking up all that warm California sun? How many miles of already disturbed power transmission lines crisscross the desert now? Power Line Road. If you want vast amounts of desert where nothing at all grows - use the dry lakebeds. Excellent solar access. Seriously - what do you think would Brian Norris ran three fairly consistent laps in Class BC, he's seen here hustlin' his Bronco towards the finish line. be the response if the off-road com-munity proposed to destroy square miles of pristine desert habitat for our sport - just like the energy com-panies are proposing to do in the name of clean renewable energy? I need perspective. If there is room to do that to untouched desert habitat - then don't be telling me about the destructive evils of off-roading on already disturbed desert. Don't try to squeeze out off-roading by claiming there isn't any place left Centinued on page 32 Jeff Coan had a really long fourth lap in the JeepSpeed battle, he was George Pondella had an extremely long first lap, three hours and Tim Scott was the fifth place finisher in the Class 10 altercation, he's the third place finisher at the checkers. change, but still managed a fourth place finish in Class 1. seen here with the hammer down, headin' for home. tttre,~ \l'ilcttx 4111111st i,1, '1fJII~ - jllnrcl1 ,,, 2ff '1 i He enjoyed off road racing and helped out in the pits. His passion was welding and fabricating. He loved helping friends and strang-ers alike fix their cars and race trucks. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Dusty Times July 2011 Page 31

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Chad Baesken took first place honors in the Class ½-1600 race, Chad had just under three minutes in hand when he took the win. to do it safely. The Army wants it for "live fire" exercises. The energy companies want it so they can make a profit off of the taxpayers land and charge us for it. Where is my taxpay-er refund? Do you know how much desert the DoD owns in southern California already? Why can't the Army use the same land for their "live fire" exercises that the Navy already uses for their naval weapons testing at China Lake? The very existence of open desert off-roading in SoCal is being chal-lenged - squeezed out and regulated out. The Desert Plan calls for "mul-tiple uses" of public lands that we all own as taxpayers. As stewards of these lands on our behalf -BLM has a responsibility to maintain and continue the same levels and types of off road activities as they currently permit because there are 14 Million taxpayers in the nearby greater Los Angeles metropolitan region and a big number of them use Barstow and Johnson Valley for off-roading of all kinds. The Barstow economy certainly benefits from that recre-ational use, as does the BLM. Take gasoline, for example. A hundred racers and their entourage of chase trucks and supporters, and their towing rigs and motor homes and RVs all fuel up in Barstow for the journey home. All the sales taxes all those people pay for buying gaso-line, and anything else in Barstow, flows back into the coffers of the City of Barstow. Do you know how much food and beer sales taxes that adds up to? That is how off roading benefits the economy of Barstow: It helps employ people in the process; including BLM Rangers. Seriously - I hope the issue of a $10,000 medical insurance policy for each and every person who at-tends a SRP event -is mute; a bad idea put to rest. If you want to add "medical coverage" to your state-required Liability Insurance - you pay for it at your discretion. Or -you increase the amount of Liability coverage you have. The state or the feds don't require it and The lawyers are going to sue you for everything you have anyway no matter what. How safe is safe enough when you enter a OHV? It is the CA Vehicle Code that regulates speed and driv-ing within designated OHVs. The BLM doesn't post any speed limit signs, or info at their entrance kiosks either. Nothing about helmet re-quirements. Because - if you are a li-censed driver in the state of Califor-nia - you are solely responsible for knowing the vehicle operation and speed laws, even in OHVs. Drive no faster than conditions allow because you are solely responsible for your own reckless driving. Everybody who enters a OHV anywhere, at any time, under any cir-cumstances -is equally responsible for their own reckless behavior and conduct. The basic speed law applies - drive only as fast as conditions allow - whether it be an organized Billy Bunch beat out 10 other Jeeps to take the Jeepspeed win, he's seen here hustlin' his vehicle toward the finish line. SRP event or not. The basic specta-tor rule is - Get Out of The Way! - whether it is an organized SRP event or not OHV parks are danger-ous places under any conditions. Be smart and be safe. Eyes wide open. The fact of the matter is -ev-erybody involved in a SRP event is required to sign a "Release and Waiver of Liability" form to get wrist-banded up. Even me do. It is standard operating procedure to requite the race promoter to post a liability insurance policy or bond for every SRP event, too. I guess that policy/bond is supposed to cover the other people who show up but whom do not sign a release/waiver form - like spectators and BLM Rangers. The Courts have consis-tently ruled that you are responsible (and liable) for your own reckless conduct once you enter a OHV. That is why the State of CA requires you to have a minimum $10,000 Liability insurance policy on your registered vehicle - even outside of OHVs. Proofoflnsurance. The roads are full of people who can't drive for****. Like Mama Cas-tilliani used to say: You boys watch out for all the other idiots on the road'. Yes, Mama. Indeed. If you are racing - watch your speed. Course conditions change every lap and the desert is unforgiving. Driving too fast for conditions often results in DNF or possible injury. If you are watching - don't forget your brains and-Get Out of The Way! It's a dan-gerous sport for everybody. Come on out and enjoy the fun - in the warm California sun, Race Fans. It's safe -as long as you obey the rules and don't behave recklessly. As a "profes-sional" spectator myself • The best advice I can offer is to "Watch Out" for all us other idiots - and Get Out of The Way. C'ya at the races. Flash* • I heard a rumor that M.O.R.E. is considering expanding Class 14 to include room for mini-trucks that have rear trailing arms but still only run 4-banger or small V-6 motors. The 1450 leaf-sprung trucks will still be a separate class, as will the full-size trucks with rear arms and V8s. It's a Sportsman class. It's a big desert There is room to accommodate more racers who are pretty much left out of competing now because there isn't a class for them. More -competition is always good because it makes for M.O.R.E. fun - in the warm California sun and desert. A little Class 14xx history: It all started with MDRs 'street legal pre-runners' class. I was the first to ever enter and compete. It was lonely out there at the beginning. The problem was - getting a 'legal' fuel cell approved by DMV and CHP. That quandary meant 'street-legal' was gone and the "No Rules" outlaw class was born; run what ya' brung. It resulted in every kind of truck you can imagine. I changed my leaf-sprung front end for a Ford I-beam setup to stay competitive. I changed to rear trailing arms. But I still run my 22R 4-banger because I can't af-ford the Class 14 Pro entry fee or the gas to race more laps; or to install a V8 and tranny. It ain't cheap. It made sense for the bigger and smaller trucks to have their own classes in order to keep a level play-ing field for each to fairly compete. Even I advocated for that. Some-where in that tum of events - the trucks with smaller 4/ 6 cyl motors and trailing arms got left out of the mix. Under the current class rules - A truck equipped with leaf springs can be modified to run 56.5 inch long leafs and get XX inches of rear travel. That same truck can also install a rear-link setup just like trucks with trailing arms have. I'd have to go back and check my 'notes' on who did what with what kind of suspension and motor to see where the difference is time and speed wise, because I kept notes on my competition. Just look at the difference in the number of class 1450 trucks that used to race with MDR compared to how many are racing now with M.O.R.E. What happened to all the people that used to race in the MDR Superstition series? Where did all those trucks go? I wonder how many aren't racing now be-cause they don't qualify for 1450 and can't be competitive in 1400 without spending lots more money. Hhmmm? The old rules were: There are no rules; run what ya' brung. The more - the merrier, and that spells M.O.R.E. fun in my book. I don't see a waiting line of more entries in class 14xx now. Competi-tion is healthy, and fun. Bring it on. I mean - I've got a 27-year old truck with a 22R 4-banger motor, and I can't race? How about an old and outdated Sportsman class? How about a Seniors Sportsman class for all us old and outdated racers? " Hhmmm? It's about having fun - in the dirt in the open desert - in the warm California sun, while it's still possible. Safely and sanely. Off-road racing is an especially easy target under the tragic events of the recent past. Let us let the lives of those who lost theirs guide us in better safety for all. M.O.R.E. ~-.. -·""•~ Eric Helgeson had a few long laps and that ensured him a fourth place Shelby Reid's third lap was well over three hours, thus, she was only David Sanchez had three long laps in his great looking Class 10 car, finish in the JeepSpeed contest. able to gamer a sixth place finish in the Class 1 action. he was the sixth place finisher, seen here at speed. Phillip Isabelle was the big winner in the Class 10 fight, he took the gold Bud Ward started the race with a 3 ½ hour lap but he soldiered on Josh Thompson raced his Ford to the win in the Ultra Truck competition, medal with 36 seconds in hand after eight hours of racing. and finished first off the podium in Class 9. he's seen here near the finish line with a 30 minute lead. Page 32 July 2011 Dusty Times

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By Michele Martineau If you had only 8 months to change your life, could you do it? Could you change your life and chase down your biggest dream? My dream? Imagine end-less dunes of sand. A majestic camel loping off into the dis-tance. The hum of the arid wind gusting along, growing louder and stronger and slowly being overtaken by the growl of an engine as a vehicle launches itself over a dune. Two voices from within cheer in triumph as another mile of the incred-ible Rallye Aicha des Gazelles is conquered. To me this scene is compa-rable to something out of Ara-bian Nights. My blood pounds with the thoughts of lifting my voice to the Moroccan wind while challenging my courage, strength, and will against the 9 day rally in the Sahara desert. The Rallye Aicha des Gazelles is the only all-women's off road rally in the world. The rally is a test of driving skills and naviga-tion across southern Morocco's most challenging terrain. The teams are not allowed techno-logical assistance, no GPS, no communications or crews, and must find the shortest distance between the checkpoints over 9 days with only the aid of tra-ditional navigation, limited to compass, outdated maps, and plotters. Last year only 2 US teams competed in the rally. I want to be one of the few wom-en to ever represent the US in this truly amazing adventure in March, 2012. And just who in the heck am I, and why do I think I can be-come a Gazelle? I like to think of myself as a simple Southern woman living in Colorado, but I must admit I live a double life. Part of the year I live in small town Colorado, enjoying being a mom, wife, and receptionist for a medical office. But when my inner adventurer can be contained no longer I load up my car and head to California. I live alone and spend every moment on fire, taming, or per-haps feeding, the off road rac-ing demon that lives inside me. I have been fortunate to have had the support to develop my own team, Team Courage Racing. I have been a part of the National Off Road Rac-ing Association for two years, helping promote and partici-pating in the production of the Mexican 1000, a 1000 mile rally traversing the peninsula of Baja. Working with NORRA has been incredibly fulfilling, but I now realize that my little demon needs more excitement than being on the sidelines can give. 2012 is shaping up to be a big year for Team Courage in the US and Baja, but our most incredible adventure will be the Gazelle in Morocco. How does a Southern Belle end up in the dirt? As a little Dusty Times The Road To Morocco girl, my mom always dressed me in frilly dresses. I even wore those dresses as I rode my pink banana seat bike and jumped the ramps with the boys. I had only limited exposure to off road racing, but I was in the woods on the back of a motor-cycle, atv, or behind the wheel of a Land Rover every moment I could grab. In 2009 two life changing events occurred-I had the opportunity to be a part of a documentary experienc-ing the Baja peninsula with Baja legend Larry Roeseler as a guide; and I was forced at the age of 37 to face my mortality as I found myself on the road to breast cancer. Fortunately, I did not have breast cancer. Facing a 40% likelihood of developing cancer I decided to take my life into my own hands and voluntarily underwent preventative mastec-tomies and breast reconstruc-tion, becoming what is known as a Previvor. I confronted the breast cancer beast head on, and although I am not yet fin-ished with my reconstruction, I have become determined to chase down my dreams and do my damnedest to make them a reality. While doing so, I strive to make a difference to other women-facing cancer or not-and have developed Team Courage as a way to tackle my fears and dreams while hopefully encour-aging and inspiring others. My off road adventures have introduced many amazing peo-ple into my life. I'm fortunate to be able to surround myself with some of the greatest peo-ple I know by working together as a team, using our love of off road racing as a means to bring hope to others. Team Courage Racing also includes Heather Berger, Betsy Anderson, Joe Desrosiers, and Scott Larsen. Gazelle teams are made up 2 women, and Team Courage Racing will be joining forces with Hall Ass Racing to make this adventure happen. Emme Hall and I will be working with our teams to prepare ourselves for this amazing event. Can I survive 9 days in the Sahara desert? Of the members of our teams, I am obviously the weakest link. I won't let that stop me. A year and a half of recovery from various surger-ies has left me weak and out of shape. Growing up far from the desert has put me way behind the experience of my team. But I know that I can rise to this challenge. It will mean dra-matically changing my habits, a brutal exercise program, and hitting the desert as often as I can to have as much seat time as possible. I know I can do this. And if I can do this, imag-ine what YOU can do. I have about 8 months to train my body and mind for 9 days in the Sahara desert. 36 weeks to become a stronger driver. 240 days to prepare for the challenge of my life. The road to Morocco will be paved with triumphs and failures. I'm expecting a tre-mendous amount of laughter and tears. I have an incredible family and team behind me. I am not alone. My Road to Morocco stories offer a look into what a 30 something breast cancer Pre-vivor goes through when she decided to tackle her biggest, most audacious dream and make the most of the life she's sacrificed her body for. What's ahead? A humorous look at the challenges of ditching my southern ways, the torture of putting my body back to work, turning a shop into a co-ed fight zone, and the race for sponsorships to get us to Mo-rocco and raise money for our charities. What can YOU get done in 8 months? l'lred Of It 11111 vacation rentals available in the exclusive Indian Wells country Club in the sunny Palm Springs area of southern California. Two or three bedrooms, furnished for your complete relaxation, and, if you are a glutton for punishment, play golf on either of two beautiful courses. FYI, wireless internet and long distance phones calls (USA) included. starting at $4,500 in season (January thru April) or $2,300 per month out of season. Call (760) -345-6124 July 2011 Page 33

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MORR AT RED Bun Mud + Horsepower Great Racin' --By Mike Reusche The opening weekend of racing for the 2011 Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL began as a tug of war with Mother Nature. Earlier in the week rains hampered track preparations at Red Bud MX, but Jason Smith and his TORC track crew had the newly designed 1.1 mile natural track lay-out ready just as race teams unloaded their transporters at the Southwest Michigan motocross facility. The natu-ral terrain layout weaves its way through the historic Photos: Mike Roth motocross track. Along with large elevation changes that included a big air step up jump, a back loop was added that consisted of a challeng-ing rhythm section and a couple of drop offs. The mo-tocross heritage is definitely evident in the track design. Saturday morning began with Sportsman practice. The session was delayed as track workers had to tackle additional muddy conditions due to another overnight rain shower. Undaunted, practice went on just a little later in the morning. First up was the combined Formula 4x4 and Classix race. The first group really had a fight on their hands. The technical layout really tested man and machine. A total of twelve trucks and cars took the green flag. The muddy conditions re-ally stressed transmissions throughout the seventeen minute race. The Formula 4x4 division saw Brad Le-Marche lead flag to flag in his brand new Ford Bronco. Behind LeMarche saw Milan PBob Burkholz was the big winner in the Stock Truck Class, he beat out six other trucks to take the class win. Mazenac, Dave Damaegd, and Charlie Bell. Just be-fore the mandatory caution, Mazanec moved into second place. Then Demaegd had mechanical difficulties as Bell moved into podium con-tention. That's how the race ended when the checkered flag was waved. The Classix competitors had a serious race on their hands, while Jere my Forbes in his Chevy grabbed the early lead. It looked like he had the race in hand when suspension issues forced his early retirement. Meanwhile Dale Chestnut and Mike Mischler had a real battle on their hands. Chestnut, the 2010 class champion, and Mischler were bumper to bumper heading into the mandatory caution. Once Mischler moved into the lead, Chestnut went into survival mode, as his brakes went away, and something in the right front suspension wasn't quite right. At the flag it was Mischler first, Chestnut second and Randy Pennings in third. The Stock Truck (former-ly Enduro Truck) group was next as the class had two rookie competitors in the extremely popular group. The division typically has some of the largest fields, but the long haul for many of the Northern Wisconsin competitors and increased transportation cost kept several teams waiting for Spring Crandon to start their season. Regardless, seven trucks made the start-ing grid. The side by side rolling start saw Tom Graff grab the early lead with Matt Ives right behind in second. Third place saw X-Games Snowboarder, Nick Baumgartner hanging on to third. As the front of the field was sorting itself out, veteran Bob Birkholz passed the entire field by la·p five to take the lead. Then Matt Ives, Nick Baumgartner, and Brandon Rouse began to run nose to tail fighting for the final two podium spots as Graff dropped out with mechanical issues. While Baumgartner and Rouse~• battled for third, Ives had caught a smoking Birkholz with just two laps to go. Somehow Birkholz' truck held together to take the win with Ives coming across the line a very close second and first time TORC racer and PRO snowboarder Nick Baumgartner taking third. Rob MacCachren drove his Dodge Ram pickup to the Pro 2wd at Red Bud, he's seen here holding off some of the competition. Scott Douglas managed to stay ahead of Ricky Johnson (48) Scott took the gold medal in the Pro 4x4 race at Red Bud. Next up was the seven-teen racer field of Light Buggy. Sixteen year old Billy Buth started on the pole and the youngster took the advantage to grab the early lead. Just three laps from the halfway caution, 2010 class champion Greg Stingle moved into the lead with Matt Gerald right on his tail. A miscue by Gerald got his buggy stuck in the mud, letting the rest of the field get past. Undaunted, Buth moved back into second place with a hard charg-Don Demeny finished second in the Super Stock Truck class, he's Larry Maciosek was the bronze medal finisher in the Super Stock You know I love mud, it's everywhere. Here is Charlie Bell running seen here early on, see how clean his truck is? Truck race, he's seen here ready for a nice landing. to a third place finish in the Formula 4x4 race. Page 34 July 2011 Dusty Times

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Dave Miah had to settle for a fifth place finish in the Formula 4x4 Josh Franklin is a bit mud bespattered as he flies to a seventh place race, he's seen here throwin' lots of dirt on the run. finish in 1600 light Buggy at Red Bud Raceway. Steve Oman drove his good lookin' buggy to a sixth place finish in the always hotly contested 1600 light Buggy fracas. ing Todd Lemke trying to next. The rain was hold-Fitzgerald grabbed the lead. close in on the youngster. ing off as the track condi-Then a three way battle for Stingle went on to take the tions continued to improve. second place raged between top spot on the podium as Another youngster Charlie Brad Erickson, Rob Kin-Buth raced to the runner up Schlieve Jr. had drawn the ner, and Schlieve Jr. Just spot, as if he was a veteran. pole position. When the behind the leaders another Lemke took the final spot field went racing, Schlieve group of perennial front on the podium. held onto the lead for one runners were looking to get buggy incident occurred. Blaney was the only racer to Somehow Mike Seefeldt, continue, albeit one lap off Mark Steinhardt, Mike Vil-the pace. lemure and Dave Blaney As the rest of the field piled into one another continued to the mandatory entering a very technical caution, the top three rac-portion of the track. The ers were Fitzgerald followed contact ended the day for oy Kinner, and Erickson. The 1600 Buggy class was lap when Nebraska's John a podium spot, when a four three of the drivers, as Dave Ct■tlnu1■ ,11131 Throwing lots of dirt, the Pro 2wd truck of Marty Hart went on to a Mark Jenkins didn't have too bad a day, he was the bronze medal Steve Barlow's heavily mudded Ford went on to a fifth place finish seventh place finish, here at speed on the course. winner in the Pro 4x4 scuffle, seen here just at liftoff. in the Pro 4x4 action, seen here coming out of a hard right hander. Dusty Times WHEEL SIZES I6X4 VW NON 8EAOLOCK • I7xa TRIJCK 8EAOLOCK GE"!. Z 15xa TRUCK BEADLOCK .,. I7X8 VW 8EADLOCK I7X8 TRUCK SIMULATED LOCK l5Xl2 VW BEAOLOCK I5X7 VW 9EAOLOCK I 5X7 VW NON BEADLOCK I5X4 VW BEADLOCK 15X4 VW NON BEADLOCK WHEH.S CAN ALSO BE CYT AND WB.DEI) TD CI.ISTOH DJIENSl(,Jl,6 July 2011 Page 35

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CJ Greaves gets lots of air at Red Bud, he was 8th on Saturday in PMike Villemure (foreground) takes to the air as he heads to a 12th Renee Peebles drove her Stock Truck to a sixth place finish in the Pro Light and finished second in the Sunday festivities. place finish in 1600 buggy at the Red Bud racing event. race, she's seen here at one of many takeoffs. When green flag racing re-sumed Fitzgerald opened a large lead, followed by Erickson, but the battle for third wasn't over. Schlieve Jr. got around Kinner with three laps to go and herd it to the finish. Fitzger-ald crossed the line with a substantial lead on second place Erickson, as first time racer Schlieve Jr. landed the final spot on the podium. .., A ........ ,_, .• COMI IULY TO IIAT THI HIAT AND 811' RIii' IHOT AT THOlluaGAINSI Page 36 The Super Stock Truck (formerly Stock Truck) has seen a couple of the top drivers move up to PRO-Light which meant a couple of new drivers behind the wheel of very competitive and familiar race trucks. The field of twelve trucks had a mix of Chevy, Ford, and RAM trucks. When the field went green, 2010 champion Scott Beauchamp m~ UGHTID L011 ... NILIC NIIIDN4M RAIN OR IHINII grabbed the early lead. Then on lap 3, Beauchamp rolled his Chevy truck end-ing his chance for the win. The newcomer to the class, Brent Smith put his Ford, the former Mitch Dorr truck, into the lead with the RAM of Don Demeny in hot pursuit. Smith and Demeny put on the best Sportsman show of the day. The two battled as Smith would pull away on the faster portion of the track, but Demeny would get right back on his bumper on the techni-cal portion of the layout. The fight between the two went right to the mandatory yellow and continued all the way to finish. Demeny was hoping to give RAM their first TORC win, but Smith would have no part in that scenario. At the finish it was Brent Smith taking the win, with Don Demeny barely a truck length behind in second. While the battle for the lead was going on, another newcomer to the class, Larry Maciosek, the former Eric Ruppel truck, brought his Ford through the field to finish third. As the Super Stock Truck was coming to an end, the threat of rain looked like it would become reality. TORC officials adjusted the schedule and had the PRO classes line up ahead of the Sportsman Super Buggy group. The PRO-Light has a great combination of top veterans of the sports as well as for-mer Sportsman racers that moved up the competition ladder thanks to' the new engine and drive train rules that were adopted in 2010. CJ Greaves, Mitch Dorr, Eric Ruppel, Andy Zipperer, Brett Elli on, and Jason Janusz are all former Sports-man racers that have moved up to the PRO-Light ranks · for 2011. The class also has two new competitors that are very familiar names in the world of motorsports, drift champion Sam Hubi-nette, and another young gun with tons of UTV rac-ing experience, R.J. An-derson. Don't be surprised to see three more trucks added to the starting line-up by the time the TORC Series stops in Crandon in mid-June. Normally all the TORC PRO classes qualify for starting positions, but the drivers voted to bypass practice due to the early morning track conditions, July 2011 and have the starting or-der drawn from a hat. The random draw put the AM-SOIL backed Nissan of Brad Lovell on the pole. Truck manufacturers' Ford, Chev-rolet, Toyota, Nissan, and RAM were all represented in the sixteen truck field. When the starting grid came around to take the green flag, Lovell quickly opened up a sizable lead, as the rest of the field fought for position. Starting almost at the back' of the field, reign-ing champion Casey Currie quickly moved through the field and passed Lovell one lap before the mandatory caution to take the lead and the two bonus points for leading at the mandatory yellow. Love 11 held on to second and received the extra point for the position at the yellow. Meanwhile, CJ Greaves came to yellow in third, but ·had to make a stop in the pit to replace a flat tire. This put the RAM truck of PRO Drift competi-tor Sam Hubinette in third. When the field went back to green flag racing, Hubi-nette quickly disposed of Lovell and set his sights on the Nissan of Currie. Mean-while RJ Anderson and his RAM truck moved around the Ford of Ross Hoek for fourth. Then Lovell pulled off the track, moving An-derson into third. Hubine-tte then found a way around Currie for the lead, but Currie kept the pressure on all the way to the fin-ish. Unfortunately, Currie couldn't find a way back around Sweden's Hubine-tte and had to settle for second. Third place went to another young gun RJ Anderson. The RAM trucks of Hubinette and Anderson brought the first PRO po-dium finishes for the truck manufacturer. The race saw close and very competitive racing not only at the front of the field, but throughout the entire field. Many of the first-time short-course spec-tators at Red Bud MX were cheering for more as the PRO-2WD field was prepar-ing to take to the track. Unfortunately Mother Nature stepped in with a steady downpour causing TORC to postpone Round One for the PRO-2WD, PRO-4x4, and Super Buggy classes until Sunday. Sunday morning saw the track workers working non-stop preparing the track for a coinpl,ete day of racing. At the morning drivers' meeting TORC officials re-arranged the schedule en-suring the fans 'the opportu-nity to· see the nine hundred horsepower full-size PRb trucks, before another after-noo·n storm that was headed for' the area. Opening ceremonies be-gan just past twelve noon and quickly the six truck PRO-4x4 field made their' ' warm-up laps. The field had some of the biggest names in short-course off-road racing including; Greaves, Doug, las, Cenni, Barlow, the Jen-kins Brothers and reigning PRO-2WD champion Ricky Johnson debuting the new RAM truck. The start of the sixteen lap affair saw Greaves jump into the lead but one lap later the Mon-ster Energy Toyota hit the big step-up jump with too much speed and landed on top of a large mud berm. Af-ter being stuck for a lap, the race officials red flagged the race in order to get Greaves safely off the track. Once the track workers pulled him out of the mud, Greaves resumed racing albeit one lap off the pace. Brad Lovell finished 12th and 9th in the Pro Light races at Red Bud, here he is seen getting set for a really hard landing. Dusty Times

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Danny Beauchamp ran in the Super Stock Truck category, it wasn't Larry Job is one of those guys who will race any where, any time. CJ Greaves flies high and handsome in the Super Buggy race, he is a tough competitor in the class and usually does well. his best day as he finished 12th, seen here racin' to the barn. Larry went back to Red Bud for the racing and here he is. When green flag rac-ing resumed, Mark Jenkins held the top spot. Then the AMSOIL Ford of Scott Douglas made the pass for the lead after the step-up jump. Meanwhile the Red Bull RAM of Ricky Johnson seemed to find his groove and began to make his way to Douglas' rear bumper. At the mandatory caution Douglas and Johnson were running first and second with Mark Jenkins in the Traxxas Ford in third. TORC officials stopped the field during the cau-tion, as course workers came out to clean the wind-shield screens for the en-tire field. The second half of the race was a battle between Douglas and John-son. The two veterans put on a great show as Douglas was able to handle whenev-er Johnson tried to grab the lead. After sixteen laps of racing, Scott Douglas took the win with Ricky Johnson in second and Mark Jenkins in third. Quickly the PRO-2WD trucks were up next and once again the big names in the sport were ready to race. The 2011 season will see Rob MacCachern driving a RAM truck with corpo-rate backing, Mike Vanden Heuvel piloting the family's Chevy, and Marty Hart driv-ing the Greaves Motorsports Monster Energy Toyota. The race started with the Boss Snowplow Nissan of Chad Hord taking the early lead with MacCachern, and the Red Bull RAM of Bryce Menzies. Early on Marty Hart exited with mechanical issues, then while holding a commanding lead on Mac-Cachern, Hord also pulled off the track. At the manda-tory yellow, race order had MacCachern leading Men-zies with Scott Taylor and Mike Oberg rounding off the top four competitors. When green flag rac-ing resumed, MacCachern opened up a small gap on Menzies as Taylor was look-ing to challenge for the runner up spot. Then with six laps to go Taylor moved into second when Menzies pulled off the track. Mac-Cachern lead the rest of the way to the checkered flag, with Scott Taylor and his Miller Electric Ford, followed by the AMSOIL Chevy of Mike Oberg. The TORC officials were keeping an eye on the weather radar as a severe thunderstorm was heading right for Red Bud MX. So the seventeen truck PRO-Light field was already on the track, as the previous race's podium celebration was winding down. CJ Greaves took advan-tage of his poll position and grabbed the lead in his Traxxas Toyota with Randy Eller in his PSC Maxxas Ford. Behind the top two incredible racing was go-ing on. Todd Cunningham, Ross Hoek, and Brad Lovell were all battling for third. As the laps wound down, the race track was really getting rough. The top ten trucks were literally running nose to tail with positions changing multiple times ev-ery lap. Somehow the RAM truck of Sam Hubinette was looking to win his second race in as many days as he worked his way through the field once again. The race to the checkered flag came down to the final lap. With only three turns to the finish, Hubinette muscled his RAM around Greaves' Toyota to take the win. After recovering from a crash on the big step jump Brad Erickson drove his #308 buggy to a nice second place finish in the Single Buggy event, seen here climbing at high speed. Dusty Times from Round One, Andrew Caddell brought his Nissan across the finish in third. Within minutes of the finish of the PRO-Light race, the skies opened up once again, prematurely ending the weekend of rac-ing. The ground was so satu-rated with water that many of the teams' haulers need-ed to be pulled out of the paddock area with the help from Red Bud MX's bulldoz-ers and tractors. TORC officials will re-schedule the cancelled rounds of racing, PRO and Sportsman, at an upcoming event. What was truly amazing was the crowd. The threat of rain didn't seem to stop the fans from coming through the gate. A quick poll found that the majority of the spectators were watching their first short course race. The actual crowd numbers rivaled the turnouts that are seen at the July Bark River event. An estimated 8,000 people pa'id their way to see the first time TORC event at Red Bud MX. July 2011 The event was also heav-ily supported by RAM trucks and their perfor-mance brand MOPAR. RAM executives were on hand as their marketing team put together an incredible inter-active display that included a separate off-road test track for consumers to either ride or drive along their lat-est offerings to the truck market. Traxxas also built one of their signature RC off-road try-me tracks, and AMSOIL had a large display of synthetic lubricants. A total of 110 PRO & Sportsman competitors en-tered the opening weekend of TORC racing in south-west Michigan. Unfortu-nately due to the weather conditions the Super Bug-gy class had one practice session, but never actually raced. Like the other class-es, the racing will be made up on a later race on the schedule. Even with all the rain, the delays, and postpone-ment of races, the first time TORC event at Red Bud MX can be consid•ered a success. The competitors loved the facility, but noted that the track needs to be reworked somewhat before the next time buggies and trucks come to race, and the spectators, many of which were crossover fans of motocross, wanted to know when the show was coming back to town. A big round of thanks goes out to the owners of Red Bud MX, the Ritchie family, and TORC for put-ting this event together, and keep keeping it to-gether through some unfa-vorable weather conditions that attempted to cancel the event all together. The next event on the Traxxas TORC Series pre-sented by AMSOIL sched-ule is June 18-19 at the "Big House" in Crandon, Wisconsin. Look for most of the Sportsman and PRO classes to have quite a few more competitors lining up for the land rush start. I can't wait to have some of Crandon's famous fresh cut fries and spicy chicken wings. MORR Page 37

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"We received a fantastic re-sponse to the announcement of our SCCA Baja 1000 contingency program when it launched last year, so it was an easy decision to bring it back in 2011, especially now that BFGoodrich Tires is the 'Official Street Tire' of the SCCA," said Silvia Mammone, BFGoodrich Tires motorsports and sponsorship manager. "It gives us a great opportunity to accentuate BFGoodrich Tires' legendary success both on-and off-road. 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Part of BFGoodrich's ultra-high performance family of pas-senger tires, the BFGoodrich g-Force Rl tire has been proven to be one second faster than the lead-ing competitor on a one-mile road course.* The g-Control™ sidewall inserts generate tremendous cor-nering force with excellent driver feedback and helps to lower driv-ers' lap times:The BFGoodrich® g-Force™ Rl ™ tire can also be used at different wheel positions and rotated in both directions to maximize tread life for the most possible laps at the race track. Using motorsports as a proving ground for more than 40 years, BFGoodrich® Tires is involved in every type of racing, including oval, sports car, drag, desert, dirt, rally and extreme rock crawling. BFGoodrich Tires combines tech-nological expertise with vast mo-torsports experience, delivering a high-performance tire for every type of vehicle. Visit BFGoodrich Tires at www.BFGoodrichTires. com or on Facebook at BFGoodrich Tires. ### * Test conducted by The Tire Race at the Michelin LPG facility (com-pared to leading competitor). Media Contact: Dan Passe BFGoodrich Tires 864-906-0515 BLUE RIBBON COALITION, INC. NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Don Amador Phone: (925) 625-6287 Email: WASHINGTON, DC (June 22) - A spokesman for the Blu-eRib bon Coalition, a nation-al trail-based recreation group, is testifying today at a hearing held by the House Subcommit-tee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands. The hearing will be at the 1324 Longworth House Office Building at 10 a.m. In 2002, Dirt Rider Magazine list-ed the Clear Creek Management Area (CCMA) as one of the top 10 OHV recreation sites in the coun-try. This popular off-road area was closed by an emergency closure or-der issued by the Bureau of Land Management in May of 2008. The unit remains closed to all publics. While the closure only "tech-nically" closed 33,000 acres, it functionally closed 75,000 acres, since practically all route networks originate in the closure area. Don Amador, Western Represen-tative for the BlueRibbon Coali-tion, states, "I believe the Hollister Field Office, with the Environ-mental Protection Agency as an accomplice, has failed to fulfill its congressional multiple-use man-date via its current effort to use Dusty Times

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junk science and perso'nal agendas in an ongoing scheme to close pub-lic lands and create de facto Wil-derness at CCMA without Con-gressional approval or direction." "I believe that Congress must intervene and help the public get answers to the many unanswered questions regarding the bizarre and historic closure of CCMA to all human uses and the ongo-ing decision-making process sur-rounding the May 2008 emergen-cy closure," Amador concludes. ***MEDIA ADVISORY*** BRC SPOKESMAN TO TES-TIFY AT HOUSE SUBCOM-MITTEE HEARING TOPIC: "Opportunities for Outdoor Recreation on Public Lands" POCATELLO, ID {June 20) -Don Amador, Western Repre-sentative for the BlueRibbon Co-alition, has been confirmed as a witness to testify before the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands on June 22, 2011 at 10 a.m. The hearing will be at the 1324 Longworth House Office Building. Amador is expected to share his views regarding the ongoing closure of BLM's Clear Creek Management Area located in Cen-tral California's Coastal Moun-tain Range. BLM has effected the single largest public land closure of its kind in U.S. history by functionally closing 75,000 acres of public lands to all users groups in May, 2008. In 2002, Dirt Rider Magazine listed CCMA as one of the top 10 OHV recreation sites in the country. While the closure only "technically" closed 33,000 acres, it functionally closed 75,000 acres since practically all route networks originate in the closure area. ### The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national recreation group that champions responsible recreation, and encourages individual en-vironmental stewardship. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organization-al efforts through membership, outreach, education, and col-laboration among recreationists. 1-800-BlueRib - www.sharetrails. org Stay current with BRC via Face-book I MySpace I Twitter I RSS 2011 JUNE CHECKERS REPORT by El Chinero NEW NEWS Mike Cole, sponsored by Ken Tapert, was voted-in as a Prospective. William McCool stated his intent, sponsored by Billy McC. Dusty Times Chris MacMurray stated his intent. He is sponsored by Mike Duenas Ward. The official Checker phone number is (909) 447-8231. (Ed: If Lou answers, hang up!) Lin is working on the club website. Due to problems getting the "checker-soffroad" name the club may have to use "checkersoffroadracing". The summer party is scheduled for 2011-06-18. The cost will be $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Larkin = $57.36. "We need a head count. Any volun-teers contact Lou Peralta or Josh Gilliam." The often-imitated, never-du-plicated John Hastings has T-shirts and sweatshirts available. SILENT WHEELS Forever-Checkers Gary Le-upold, of the "Gary Leupold and His Dog Tabor" Class 5 extrava-ganza, died in June, of long-term complications related to a series of strokes. M.O',R.E. OR LESS "Royal Purpl~ 500" Lucerne, CA 'USA May 22, 2011 It was a good day for the Check-ers - we had the most po.dium finishes of 2011. Chris Anderson and Travis Howard - First in Class 11 (Ed: "OA" = They were the first car to finish their required laps) 5 10 Dennis Rogers -Third in Class Ian Maxwell - First in Class 9 Jim Knox - Second in Class 1 Mike McGee -Fourth in Class The only DNF was Lee Finke - Class 1 "All and all, it was a fun day." (Ed: Except for, well, perhaps, Lee-Bob). "Good weather, good friends. It was to be in the desert." MMcM: "Easter Sunday I got an email from Jim Knox inquiring if I would like to ride shotgun. My reply didn't take much consideration. My helmet was out of date and I did not own a head-and-neck re-straint - I was able to borrow one. Didn't want to part with $1,000 if it was a one-time deal. Jim and I were slated to do the last three laps. We had two miles of 35-mph pit road, and then it was time to go. Helping drive with the GPS was new to me, but having it confirm how fast. we were going was badass. Our first lap went well; my ear buds came unplugged while I was get-ting the belts adjusted. Jim was able to hear me; I just had to be diligent on the GPS and call out everything, over the hood and on the screen. Second lap for us - after get-ting a break down pit road. I was having a blast. At RM25, in some real high speed stuff, the car decided it wanted to try and swap ends, that was the only time I thought "Aw $hit". At RMS0 my back started to get sore, but I didn't say anything, as (I didn't want to look like) I was pussing out. We stopped for fuel before heading out for our last lap. While fueling they found a broken bolt on the rack. I decided if somebody were suited up I would rather them get in and for me to not hurt myself further. That was tough call to make. Sean Dunn, the car builder, still had his suit on so he went in after they welded the bolt. We finished Second in '1', and Fourth overall. Never having had been in a Class 1, .it is amazing at how fast . you close on (s)lower class cars. I had an absolute blast and hope that I did well enough that I am offered the seat, again." NORRA "Mexican 1000" Mexicali-to-La Paz, Baja and Baja Sur, MX Cinco De Mayo, 2011 Very festive, as expected and as delivered. Be advised that they do • NO'.L mark the route, only provid-ing a GPS trail. Course is not dif-ficult. A number of unroadwor-thy vehicles entered, IMO. Expect a new classification format? James Connolly -DNF on the CR500 (Was this some sort of a bar bet?) Jim Greenway won in the beam car ... without Ty! Jose "Hauler" Desrosiers' XR500 was Third - he took the bus back to Mexicali. Kras -DNF Mike Gaughan's Ramcharger was resplendent ... and won The Rev's "Tow'd" ... DNF The Rev's EcoTec "Preda-tor IX 18" ... with more crew names on it than in the Burbank phone book (excluding Arme-nians) ... DNF SCORE "Baja 500" Ensenada-to-Ensenada, Baja, MX June 4, 2011 Very tough for little cars -63% finishing rate.@ 23 hours. Cold on west, hot on east side. Chile today, hot tamale. Racers Billy Robertson/ Anthony Telli-er -2nd Class 11. RM332: Chase buggy flipped the car over onto the right side. Why not Billy's side?! Dan Martin -12th Class 1 (Copping a plea) Harley Letner -DNF Class 1 - Powerplant Joe Desrosiers -2nd Class 4 - silt-washed sorry-ass BR & TT, but then waited to see if they had cleared (yet) another silt hill. -10 &+11=+1. Mike Childress -5th Class 1 Mike Lawrence -DNF Class 1 - Suspension Noah Ostanik -2nd Class 2 Robert Harman - 3rd Class 12: "Slid off down an embankment between Erendira and Santo To-mas. Got pulled out by locals but couldn't get back in the groove. Finished 6th but got moved to 3rd after they reviewed the tracking info." Noah's Arc Report Due to shoulder surgery Noah 0 . had his Second-in-Command start, with a hand-over to Third-in-Command at San Matais, Noah July 2011 finishing as DoR. An early flat set 'em back then a non-changed clogged air filter required vigorous blowing out by Malcolm's pit (Ed.: What's a spare pre-oiled K&N stashed behind the seats worth? First Place?). They de-fenced a field. They broke a throttle spring , which should have sent them WOT to the win, but no ... Se-gunda Lugar. Pits Checkers 1 -RMl00 - lndependencia Mike Ward Bob Ham Chris MacMurray (SOI) Checkers 2 - RM145 - Cohab-uzo Junction Junior Hinkle (SOI) Poolman (SOI) Eddie Escobedo (SOI) Rob Kinson (Stated Hanger-On) Checkers 3 - RM210 - Borrego Gary Bates (Trouble of Intent) Checkers 4 - RM265 - Valley T Dennis Rogers Stuart Chase DU u Pinky Jota-Jota Bryan "Jameson's" Brimecombe Checkers 5 - RM340 - Erendira Malcolm Bryce Mike McClintock Martin Gill Checkers 6 -RM372 -Sto. Tomas Tim Flahart (SOI) Travis Flahart (SOI) Greg Krasnow Joe Hauler's "buddy" - to be "86ed". The Zonie newbies done good. RECAP "We accounted for all pit equip-ment!" ALERT THE MEDIA! "Good weather, good friends. It was just fun to be in the silt." BAD NEWS Expect the "1000" two-loop race to use similar terrain. Gulp! RACE QUOTE "I'm living proof that money can't buy a win." Mike Gaughan (per GRT) Page 39

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1----~ 1 YERINGTON JOO Sam Berri Does It Again By Troy Robinson Photos: Steve Brosz The Red Team Racing group was as happy as could be, they took the Class 10 contest, seen here at speed headin' home. Sam Berri can do nothing but win races, he drove to the Class 1 win with ease, seen here heading' for home. Sam Cothrun had a pretty good race, he took top honors in the Group Ten contest, Who ordered the snow? With weekend forecasts set for cool conditions and may-be a thunderstorm or two no-body expected to wake up to 2 I. nches of snow on the ground · d • h he's seen here with power on, headin' for home. m1 n1g t on our race car to race morning. Especially at replace the radiator it got morning to find the desert in minutes just to see if the pass the end of May. But that's cold, down right cold. And a fresh blanket of the white was clear enough for the class just how it played out. While before we were done it was stuff. The start of the race 9's to get over it. we were working until nearly snowing. We all woke the next had to be delayed by nearly 30 Class 9's off the line first? ...-------- -...,.;.---------------. Rob Messer took the gold medal in the Class 11 contest, as you can Shannon Harwell ran hard, as evidenced here, but was only able to Don German ran his ultra clean Chevy to a second place finish in the see here the course was rather formidable. take second place honors in the Class 1 competition. Group T fracas, he's seen here at speed. r---------------------- ---------------------~ Performance Proven for Desert & Off-Road Use 150 Heavy Dufy Sizes to Choose from Detail & Pressure Wash Tanks Marine Holding & Water Tanks Bulk Storage & Waste Tanks R.V. Tanks· Quality Products & Friendly Service RONCO PLASTICS, INC. • 714-259-1385 • FAX 714-259-0759 • 15022 Parkway Loop, Suite B • Tustin, CA 92780 • CALL, WRITE or FAX us to Receive a Free Catalog VISA ~-------------------------------------------------------~ Page 40 July 2011 Dusty Times

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Don Hamilton took the gold medal in the UTV 800 fracas, he's seen here cruisin' in for his win. Kevin Yoder took the win in the Ultra 4 race, he's seen here churnin' up some dirt as he heads for the barn. In an experiment last season to run them in. This shorter/ VORRA tried putting the longer loop would play into class 9's, ll's and UTV's off teams' strategy. Do we run the the line first. Not only do longer loops first to get them they get a smoother track but out of the way or the shorter they also get an additional loops first to play jack rab-hour to hour and a half more bit on the other teams? The time limit. It works better longer loop for the faster cars also because they usually start would only take an additional behind all the classes putting 15 minutes being such a fast the fastest car on their rear section that it really never bumper sometime in the first came into play that would af-lap. With the start this way feet the outcome of the race. it takes the fastest class 1 Saturday afternoon in Yer-about a lap and a half or more ington would be the tradi-before catching the limited tional tech and registration at classes. Casino West. After tech cars VORRA promoter Wes we impounded until after the stays up late at night thinking drivers meeting then a parade about unique and innova-up and down Main Street and tive things to do. This r---------::: Rocker Head took the win in the UTVT000 race, Rocker gives his ride a run for its money every time he races. Matt Myers had a brand new car to race, this one doesn't look like it has ever been off the road before, he took the win with ease. on out the main pit area. Race next off the line and 4 bugs start for the limited classes battled the early snow for was 8:30 and the big cars 9:30 the lead. John Mallick (1106) Sunday morning. The Yering-had a 3-minute lead over Rob ton 300 is the signature event Messer (1177) with Gary Her-for the VORRA series. Wes rod (1112) giving chase. The refers to it as our "Daytona" newly rebuilt Desert Dingo for being a flagship race. 2.0 (1107) was running off the Taking the luck of the draw pace more than an hour back and first off the line was Dave having alternator belt and Oram (909). His video is on steering box issues. Lap 2 was YouTube (search "Yerington similar with Mallick clicking 300 fresh snow") of him cut-off a short loop still hold-ting thru the snow in the first ing on to # 1 position as the 10-miles of the race. Dave's Dingo's dropped even more luck would run out as he time back in 4th. Mallick and blew the transmission part Dingo would both drop out way into the 2nd lap. VORRA on lap 3. This moved Messer newcomer Scott Logton (919) to # 1 and Herrod to #2 where had the lead after the first they would finish that way lap. In fact, he after 4-laps. finished his first UTV's took off next with 3 Don Hamilton (1901) fin-ished 5-laps for the win in 800. Dennis Jean (1959) was leading after lap 1 but broke out of the race on lap 2. Onto the bigger cars and taking the first start position all the way from Arizona was Tom Wood (1574). Wood wouldn't make the first lap breaking a transmission. Long tow for not even a lap. Hope to see him back soon. No stranger to the top spot was Sam Berri (149) who took the lead by just over a minute on lap 1 to stretch that co over 32 minutes on lap 6 for the class 1 and overall win. Finish-ing 2nd in class with a good strong run was Shannon Har-well (132). Harwell placed 3td overall as well. After a season off and a complete rebuild on his truck Rick Massie (24) was running 3rd after lap 1 and held that position all the way to the finish and chat was good for Sch overall as well. Chad Guigire (1008) ran a consistent race for a 4th place finish just 11 minutes behind Massie. In Group T Sam Cothrun (7272) had the first start posi-tion and never looked back. Being the rabbit out front Sam set a fast pace not know-ing where the competition was with the short vs. long laps. Sam's win at the finish was good enough for 2nd overall and had 17 minutes in hand over 2nd place in class. Well after a 15-year absence in the sport and a truck that has been in the works for about that long legendary VORRA racer Don German (801) was back racing with his son Chris in their Chevy class 8. The team ran a great race and knocked off some decent lap times and earned 2nd in class and 4th overall. Legendary mini-truck driver that hasn't had an absence Mike Koenig (603) had a flat tire and sheared wheel studs that dropped him some time. When he handed the truck off to me to start lap 4 I had only front brakes and an im-Continued en page 42 DUBliJlilllB P.T. Barnum once said: 6'wttboan Prtmotion some1hin1 terrlltle happens: race was not different. A 56-mile race course was laid out in the traditional VORRA Yerington area. But this course included a cross over that cut the loop to 36-miles. The required distance for the race would be 3 times around the long loop and 3 times around the short loop for a total of 276 miles. You choose which order you want lap and started UTV's his second just a i n 2 minute after the classes: last sportsman 8 0 0 cc car left the line. a n d Log ton wou Id 1000cc. hold on to that Rocker lead all the way H e a d to the checkers ( 19 3 5) for the class win. r a n 5 Placing 2nd just laps to one lap back was win the Jason Campbell 1 0 0 0 (905). c I a s s Tyler Mort went home with the silver medal in the Class 10 battle, CI ass l l was w h i I e Tyler is seen here at high speed headin' for the checkers. llothin11., Dennis Jean was only able to grab a second place finish in UTVB00, A second place finish in Ultra 4 went to Bill Kreisel, Bill is seen here he's seen here with the hammer down on his way home. haulin' freight on his way to the finish line. Dusty Times July 2011 If thn is JOU' sHuation let Dust, Innes ltelp JOU promote your ltusiness. For 21 rears we ban i.een the toice of 1he Off load llacin1 communiq. 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Emily Miller raced her good lookin' Hummer to the silver medal in the Tony Bond was the second place finisher in the sportsman fracas, Not too bad a day for Jason Campbell, he took second place honors Full Metal class, she's seen here running at high speed. he's seen here haulin' freight on his way home. in the Class 9 battle, seen here heading for the checkers. possible deficit to make up so we cruised finishing in 3rd place nearly an hour back. Jake Povey (1402) finished in 4th place despite issues throughout the day. Povey was only 14 minutes behind Koe-nig/Robinson at the finish. Rounding out the finishers in Group Twas Jake Hallenbeck (637). The class 10 battle was hard fought from the begin-ning when lim McKav (1010) Page 42 took the lead on lap one with Red Team Racing (1029) and Two Can Racing (1022) giving chase. Red Team used the shorter loop on lap 2 to jump to the lead. Two-Can moved up to 2nd and McKay dropped some time and back to 3rd. Red Team Racing held the Gary Herron drove his bright green Bug to a second place finish in the Class 11 contest, he's seen here Mike Koenig was the bronze medal winner in the Group T competition, on the home stretch. he's seen here in flight on his way to the checkers. lead all the way to the check-ers and had 23-minutes in hand at the finish. Two Can Racing finished in 2nd while McKay placed 3rd completing just 5 laps. In one of the closest battles over the entire race the Ultra 4 class had just two entries where Kevin Yoder (4434) led the race all day over Bill Krei-sel (407). But just one flat or miscue from Yoder would have cost him the win. Kreisel was never more than 7 min-utes behind and at the finish line the margin of victory was just 1:39. Pretty close after 300 miles. In the Full Metal class Matt Myers (863) held the lead over Emily Miller (7611) all the way from flag to flag. Susan Austin (4110) placed 3rd 1-lap back. In the sportsman class a full field of 16 cars en-tered. Having the fastest first lap time was Scott Wooden (349) but later in the day Scott would misjudge a turn putting him on his lid. De-spite running 10th after lap 1, Skeeter Murphy (1661) clawed his way back up the leader board to 4th then 3rd then 2nd and eventually to the top spot at the end of the day. Tony Bond (1007) started last off the line and had also worked his way up through the field. Bond would go on to finish 2nd in class just 1: 18 out of the top spot. James Fuhs (1450) had the Skeeter Murphy beat out 15 other cars to take the Sportsman gold medal, he's seen here with the hammer down, haulin' freight. Scott Logton was the first Class 9 car to take the checkered flag, Scott is seen here at high speed on the course. while Wooden finished 4 laps for 5th place. Ryan Piggott (871) placed 6th in class with Tim Schrader (95) 7th. So with the snow, the pre-miere VORRA race and the lead going into.------..-...---------------...... ~ mixing up of the short and long laps it was a great race for the record books. Sam Berri continues his winning ways having won all 3 races so far this year and all but one last year. We now look forward to the rest of the season with a 529-mile race in July and a 24-hour endurance race in September. ~ lap 5 but laid the truck over on its side in the same place Wooden did earlier. They man-aged to upright the vehicle but ran out of time in the pits to fin-ish lap 6 and set-tled for 3rd place. Brandon Fowler (13) finished 5 laps for 4th place Chad Guigirre took the bronze medal in the Class 1 competition, he's seen here at high speed on his way to the finish line. July 2011 Dusty Times

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