Jackson Holds Tough to take the Win and the Points LeadNovember 20, 2017
On the behalf of Metro Honda/Acura, TrophyLite would also like to congratulate Todd and the entire team with the $500 Superior Performance award. Metro Honda/Acura is a big supporter of the TrophyLite Race Series so if you are considering the purchase of a new vehicle or ready for service on your current car or truck be sure to check out Metro Honda / Acura in Montclair or visit MetroHonda.com or MetroAcura.com.
Congratulations to Todd and his team and a big ‘THANK YOU’ to Safecraft Safety! TrophyLite has always understood the need for safety which is why we consistently use the brands that have kept us safe over the years. Fire suppression has always been on our minds but as technology evolves so do we. Introducing Safecraft Safety Equipment in to our SPEC program is a move toward the future and in the event of a fire gives you the chance to extinguish versus suppress a fire when needed most. The Novec 1230 protection fluid is a next-generation halon alternative designed to balance industry concerns for performance, human safety and the environment. With its low toxicity, combined with high extinguishing efficiency make the perfect fit for our SPEC racing program.
Race day comes and the 6074 heads out on a strong pace keeping the 6012 in their sights. Running strong and just a few miles in the 6017 gets around them, Eric said, “Brandon Arciero passes us around race mile 22 like a batt out of hell leaving Brad and I scratching our heads, questioning our pace.”
Then Todd Jackson runs down Brad and Eric and makes the pass through the silt and a cloud of dust that pretty much left the team to drive by braille only trusting their LeadNav as they could hardly see the front bumper. Coming out of the mountains near rm30 they spot the 6017 on its lid and realize now they are back in 3rd position. Further down course, near another set of high speed rollers Brad finds himself slightly distracted by seeing the 6012 broken on the left side of the course and nearly throws the race away. “We almost went end over end! Luck was on our side as we both regain consciousness, check our pants for any wet spots, then say to one another, well that was close!", said Eric. From there on, the 6074 kept a steady pace to secure a 2nd place finish and their first podium finish in the TrophyLite class.
The Spitfire Racing Team is super excited about their finish and their TrophyLite. The TL has finished every mile of every race since they purchased it in 2015. Races include, 2 Baja 1000’s, 2 Vegas to Reno’s and 2 Mint 400’s and now the Tonopah 250. Eric said, “The first race 6074 had zero issues and ran a flawless race; zero flats, no mechanical issues and all without getting stuck or tipping her over!”
They would like to thank all our sponsors and supporters: Spitfire Racing, Lewis Energy Group, LeadNav, BFGoodrich, SRD, Method Wheels, Impact by Mastercraft Safety, Baja Designs, SignArt Graphic, American Off-Road and The TEAM at TrophyLite (Rick, Brenda, Jason, Gretchen and the rest of the crew).
Jeff Mortis and Bret Young were starting the race with Chris Wacker driving the second half. The truck was fast and the suspension was handling the high speed rollers. At rm16 Jeff made his first pass on another TL and minutes later the 6048 lost power steering. Jeff muscled the truck to RM 20 where the team would assess and locate parts. Jason Cobb was there waiting for Josh in the 6066 and offered to help but they needed to replace the steering servo. Mike Slater directed his crew to get their spare servo to the 6048 team. Mortis and Young made the swap and got back on course 2 hours down, 6 TrophyLite trucks ahead of them and 225 miles left to go. Bret expressed his appreciation by saying, “I can't say enough great things about the TL teams, Jackson and Cobb did everything they could to help us finish this race. A supportive culture like this starts at the top with Rick and Brenda Johnson setting the tone for the entire organization, they are always willing to help no matter what the circumstance."
When Wacker took over the driving duties for the second half, the 6048 was now in 5th place and with their little delay, Chris was going to drive mostly in the dark. The KC HiLites light bar was mounted and Chris pushed the truck hard through some amazing terrain that seemed to have a little bit of everything. With 30 miles to go Chris and Bret made their final pass on another TL and finished the race in 4th.
The 6048 team would like to Congratulate Todd and Mike on the win at Tonopah which will make the final race of the season in Pahrump a showdown for the Championship. “Jeff and Chris are so confident with the performance of the truck that they are going faster every race. It should be an epic battle to the finish in Pahrump", said Bret.
Losing a steering servo in the first 20 miles of a race could deter many from continuing on so we would like to award the Challenge Motorsports team the $500 Metro Honda / Metro Acura Hard Charger Award. Congratulations to Jeff and the entire Challenge Motorsports crew.
The continued support of Metro Honda & Metro Acura provides TrophyLite teams with the opportunity to pick up $1000 in extra cash with the Superior Performance and the Hard Charger Awards. If you are considering the purchase of a new vehicle or ready for service on your current car or truck be sure to check out Metro Honda / Acura in Montclair or visit MetroHonda.com or MetroAcura.com
TrophyLite House Rental #6099
Slade Stewart started off the race with Kai Goddard riding shotgun and they would do the first 48 miles to pit 1. The truck was in perfect condition and screamed out of pit 1 with Kai now behind the wheel and Jim Edwards moved into the co-driver seat. This combination adjusted quickly and the 6009 began to pick up the pace as the duo became more comfortable with the truck and the ever-changing environment. As they raced into pit 2, the team had moved from the last starting position to the 5th truck on the road. For the next leg, Jim moved from the co-driver’s seat into the hot seat and Chris Quintana was the new co-driver for his 53 mile section into pit 3. Jim would pick up more time on the lead pack until a “dust out” on a high-speed section of track just before pit 4 would send them off course and onto the even softer ground and officially stuck about 100 yards off course and out of sight from help. No racer would dare go out in the soft stuff to give them a pull so they team started digging and using the jack as traction to try and work their way out. This did not prove to be the final solution as the great Best in the Desert staff finally came along a couple of hours later to pull the truck to firmer ground.
Once back in the race the truck slid into the final pit before the finish line and Dave Smith jumped in the driver’s seat and Slade Steward handled the co-driving duties. Rick Johnson and team threw on the big rack of KC HiLiTES and sent them team into the darkness to bring it home. Dave flew through his section until a rock ended their momentum about 30 miles from the finish but after an impressive pitstop/tire change on a jack that had been used earlier for traction the tandem raced to the finish for a well-earned 5th place finish. Dave and team partied on the podium to celebrate their finish and checking a huge item off the proverbial bucket list! I do not think we have seen the last of these guys.
Greg Bragg #6012
Brandon Arciero #6017
Josh Cobb #6066
A few words from Mr. TrophyLite, Rick L. Johnson:
“I need to thank my wife Brenda for all of her support and endless help. I couldn't be doing this without all of her love and support for my racing addiction. I also need to give a shout out to my tech and pit helpers Jeremy and Jesse Newton. They are great friends and always there when I need help.”
“I really need to thank Jason, Gretchen and team Cobb for pulling triple duty helping in tech, pit support for the Spit Fire team and last minute TL rental help. Man, great people who never say No and figure out a way to make the impossible - possible.”
“Final thoughts - Best in the Desert continues to be the leader in off-road racing with a professional team and top notch races. I really miss Casey & Diane but the staff is doing a hell of job and its business as usual.”
We look forward to seeing you all in Pahrump as we crown the 2017 TrophyLite Race Series Champion!
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With generous sponsorship from KC HiLites, Mastercraft Safety, Method Race Wheels, Challenge Financial Services, Safecraft Safety Equipment, Metro Honda & Metro Acura, Maxima Racing Oils Currie Enterprises, Fox, Tanimura & Antle Fast Line Driving School Southwest Boulder and Stone Jakes Fabworks Children of the Dirt, Kartek Off-road, Wild Powersports, PCI Race Radios, Impact, K&N Filters, and Kreed Eyewear.
Photo Credits - Bink Designs <-- Thank you!