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Saturday, March 22, 2008

G&R Battles in San Felipe Baja 250

G&R Racing battles terrain and mechanical challenges to finish top ten at SCORE San Felipe 250

Ron Whitton piloting the #39 G&R racing trophy truck finished 6th in class and 12th overall at SCORE San Felipe 250. Considered to be one of the roughest races of the year, the 22nd Annual SCORE San Felipe 250 had a massive attrition rate with many of the top competitors breaking just after the famous “Zoo Road” spectator area. G&R Racing campaigned a two-trophy truck team, the #38 trophy truck of Garron Cadiente and the #39 trophy truck of Ron Whitton.

Garron Cadiente, who had previously won the ultra rough SCORE San Felipe 250 in 2006, was unable to finish due to mechanical failure. Garron’s teammate, Ron Whittion, fared much better implementing a conservative race plan that paid off in spades, ultimately allowing him to finish with a 6th place in trophy trucks. Ron Whitton had this to say about the effort, “It was a good race. We stuck to our plan and it paid off. I tried to drive smart and not get too crazy. We passed a lot of broken vehicles. We had a little problem with the radiator which probably cost us 20 minutes, but I am happy with the finish. Cadiente remarked, “Our plan was to stay up front just off the leader and save the truck until the end of the race.

Right after Zoo Road we noticed our tranny was running hot. We tried to lay back and not push it too hard, but the tranny gave out around race mile 65. At that point we knew we were out of the hunt. So we changed the tranny and went for the finish. At race mile 167 the second tranny failed, I lost all gears but first, so we had to call it a day.”

Check out G&R racing’s website for race results, photos and video of SCORE San Felipe 250 at http://www.gnrracing.com

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