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Lake Elsinore, CA

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This is the last race of the Lucas Oil Regional Season, and may be the last full season of my short course racing career. I’m transitioning into racing King of the Hammers Rock Crawling events, a run up Pikes Peak, a couple SCCA AutoCross and some GP Events in the Kawasaki for 2015. Come one come all. It’s a good cheap time.

It’s this Saturday at Lake Elsinore. Showing up in Temecula around 12pm should get you there in time for the SR1 Race and Main Event at the Lake Elsinore Track.

Ramona, CA

New meats on the Race Rig tonight. Thank you Dill Weed for the hook up. I won't tag you so you don't get in trouble with your tire sponsors. I upped the trailer to load range E 3500 lb trailer specific tires. The truck got shod with load range G Commercial 265/70/19.5 Craigslist gold take offs. I say gold because that size is super hard to find used in a 265. The "new" trailer wheels are Suzy's old Toyota truck wheels from 2001. I've been saving them for this special occasion. Some call it hoarding, I call it frugal... Over a decade long "frugalness" in action.

New meats on the Race Rig tonight. Thank you Dill Weed for the hook up. I won’t tag you so you don’t get in trouble with your tire sponsors.
I upped the trailer to load range E 3500 lb trailer specific tires. The truck got shod with load range G Commercial 265/70/19.5 Craigslist gold take offs. I say gold because that size is super hard to find used in a 265.
The “new” trailer wheels are Suzy’s old Toyota truck wheels from 2001. I’ve been saving them for this special occasion. Some call it hoarding, I call it frugal… Over a decade long “frugalness” in action.

Lake Elsinore, CA

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1.5 laps and I lost a rear tire to end my race. I ran 85-90% for the first lap, Motor bogged off the line and was 4th for 3 minutes. Chris@Benchmarkperformance.us has the carb issue handled before the next race. It’s nice having the motor builder call you after a race to follow up on his handy work. We had 2nd place back under our belt before the water crossing 1/4 of a lap into it. That 840 motor was the fastest motor out there today by a long shot. I was pulling everybody in the straights.

For the first 9 minutes of the race I was sucking dust and couldn’t see, couldn’t really pick my lines trying to stay with the leader. By lap 1.5 I took a small swap off of some whoops on a tight part of the trail, and stuffed the drivers side rear wheel sidways into 3 foot wall. It wasn’t that big of a hit and was suprized I lost the tire?…

I parked it and hear a kid running up to me, “You’re tire hit my house and my dad is bringing it back up here.”

“Thanks little guy, how’s the house.”

“It’s OK.”

What a good time. $150 to run down a city street at 60+MPH wide open, passing a 25mph speed limit sign in a residential area was well worth the entry fee. My anti-social lawless side was grinning ear to ear.

I had 2 practice sessions in the car before the start of the race today. The first one was when I pulled it into the trailer last night, and the second practice session was pulling it out of the trailer to the starting line today. Todd had the Flying Banana dialed in from the CORR Races in ’08, and had it back together for me by today. Chris built a ridiculous motor this week, and I got to break it in… Thanks for getting the Banana done for the Lake Elsinore GP guys, I had a blast.

I’m sorry to report she will have a different paint scheme before next race, but she will still bleed Banana Yellow.

Lake Elsinore, CA

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Friday, June 26, I found myself in the cool zone at the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. Stop # 3 for rounds 5 and 6 were to take place at the freshly built track at Lake Elsinore.

Knowing our name and/or names were on the list for a ride-along-of-a-lifetime, I was approached to ask which one of us would be taking the passenger seat for a few laps around the track in a Super Lite Race Truck with a pro driver behind the wheel. Looking around, and realizing that Sean was nowhere in sight, I contorted my face into a strange expression and exclaimed in a very distinct voice, “uh.” Tonya (aka “dirt-in-your-eye”) piped in and excitedly exclaimed, “I think you should do it.” That exclamation was quickly followed by Poppy’s response, “Yeah, I think you should do it.” That settled it for me. I was the one set to take a spin around the track in the Super Lite. Now if only I could get my helmet on and buckled in before Sean reappeared, or else, I would have to convince him that I would make a better passenger than he would. He did reappear, but just in time to snap a few pics of me getting buckled into the seat of Super Lite Truck #72. With Brandon Bailey behind the wheel, I greeted my driver for the next 10 minutes. As I proceeded to squirm my way into the safety harness, I’m asked, “have you ever been in a race truck before?” Thankfully, the answer is “yes.” I figure if I can survive a ride in a Trophy Lite in Plaster City with the builder behind the wheel, I should be able to handle a few practice laps in a Super Lite at Lake Elsinore. With the straps tightened down as far as they would go and fresh air pumping it’s way into my size small helmet, I have a few minutes to think. I see the signal that the number of our practice laps has been increased from 3 to 5. I’ll take it. I’m ready. I know that girls on the track are few and far between and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting of few of them and I’m excited to be able to get a taste of what they experience each time they are out on the track. I know I’m about to have a much greater appreciation for all drivers out on the track.

The ride does not disappoint. Each jump has a personality of its own and the truck takes on a life of its own as it rounds each turn. With a few other trucks on the track at the same time, I begin to get a taste of the amount of concentration it takes to finagle your way through a pack of machines, each vying for the same position – #1. This track had it all; big, sweeping turns, blind jumps and tabletops and I am more than thrilled that I was able to experience the ride.

Given the opportunity, I would most certainly take another few laps around the track, but I just wanna know which driver roosted me. Not Brandon, just me. It all came right at me. Dirt everywhere including places it doesn’t belong. But that still can’t wipe the smile off my face.

If you’d like to be a spectator at the next Lucas Oil Off Road Series Race, you can enjoy the races July 25th and 26th at Lake Elsinore. I know…I know…I know…what you’re thinking; It’s hot! Well, you’re in luck for Rounds 7 and 8, the big boys will by flying under the lights. You can find more information here:
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