PRO CARS & TRUCKS
ROBBY GORDON, No. 1 (Second in class and fourth overall four-wheel vehicle. Gordon drove the entire race.) – It was good. We broke a shock at about mile-marker 40 and the guys changed it and to finish second (SCORE Trophy-Truck) on the road, I’m happy. It was very, very rough, very technical and very tough. The shock just blew up. We were just getting ready to turn left and get in the sand wash and we heard – BOOM – and you can see all the oil in here. We won’t know what happened until we get back to the shop and look at it but it had a big hole in the side of it. It didn’t give us any warning, it just happened.
CHET HUFFMAN, No. 40 (Third in class and sixth overall four-wheel vehicle. Huffman drove to race mile 95 and Jerry Whelchel drove to the finish) – Co-driver Jerry Whelchel said: It was a good run – for me. (Huffman) thought he had a blown shock and then he got one flat tire and they stripped a stud on one of the wheels so we had a little bit of downtime. Besides that, I had a flawless run – it was beautiful. It was a good race. The course was rough and rocky but these trucks handle it so well, it’s unreal. It’s fun to be here.
ROBBIE PIERCE, No. 30 (Fourth in class and seventh overall four-wheel vehicle. Pierce drove the entire race.) – It turned out better than I thought it was going to. We started fourth off the line and by race mile 2 or 3 we lost the power steering belt. It’s a handful with no power steering. We kept trying to get a chase truck in there but I drove it to race mile 22 or 24 and we just stopped and changed the belt ourselves. We were down 20 or 30 minutes at that point. We got it going again and we just started hooking it up. We had one flat tire. The course is absolutely brutal. We wanted to get up there (on the podium) first with our MasterCraft Safety sponsorship, but it didn’t work out.
B.J. BALDWIN, No. 97 (Fifth in class and ninth overall four-wheel vehicle. Baldwin drove the entire race.) – San Felipe is a lot of fun. It’s one of my favorite race courses but, unfortunately, I’ve never been able to do well here. My best finish here has been a second. But we did the best we could today. I think I had a good pace. I wasn’t revving the motor out too hard or being hard on the transmission. I got out on the dry lake bed early in the race and was doing a little over 130 and I lost all the fluid in the transmission. The filter actually backed off of the tranny and blew all the fluid out. That’s what took me so long.
ANDY McMILLIN, No. 31 (Sixth in class. Scott McMillin started and drove to race mile 148. Andy McMillin drove from 148 to the finish.) – It was a rough day today. My dad (Scott) started and went to mile 148 and about mile 50 he lost a driveshaft. It took us about 25 minutes to diagnose it and change it. Then we got moving again and we were having a problem with the truck pulling third gear in the sand washes so we weren’t really running third in the sand washes and this race is mostly sand washes, so that hurt us a lot. My dad then had a flat about mile 140. I got in the truck and just kind of cruised it in. We also lost a shock that we had to change in the main pit and my hood broke so that’s why we have no hood. All things considered, it could have been a lot worse. We’re just glad to get valuable points. It’s a rough, rough race out there.
Co-driver Martin Christensen said: The team did an unbelievable driver change. They had fuel and tires on the car before we were belted in. We were literally there 25 seconds and then we were gone. Our team is the best – absolutely the best. This is the roughest, toughest race and you’re just driving the heck out of the car the entire time because this is a short distance and you’re just hoping that it’s going to last.
DANIEL McMILLIN, No. 106 (Second in class and third overall four-wheel vehicle. McMillin drove the entire race.) – I only had one flat, around mile 40 or 45. Just one flat and that was it. It happened right before our pit, so that was nice. It was a fun race. The course was rough but it was actually smoother than I was expecting. The 1600 car is way harder – you actually have to try.
RANDY WILSON, No. 100 (Third in class and fifth overall four-wheel vehicle. John Herder drove the first half of the race and Randy Wilson drove the second half.) – It went well. We just had a few little gremlins get us. We lost a belt off the transmission and broke a limit strap. But, all in all, third is OK. When you race against these guys, you can’t have anything go wrong. It’s got to go perfect and we were close today, we just weren’t there. The course was different than other years and it was rough, but it was a good rough. This car works really well on rough courses.
DAN MARTIN, No. 104 (Fourth in class and eighth overall four-wheel vehicle. Justin Smith drove the first half of the race and Dan Martin drove the second half.) – The transmission started coming apart and it kept popping out of third gear so I had to drive (the final 38 miles) shifting from second to fifth. Luckily, the thing has a lot of horsepower – and a torque converter. It was a struggle.
CODY PARKHOUSE, No. 111 (Sixth in class. Brian Parkhouse started and drove to race mile 107 and Cody Parkhouse drove to the finish.) – We had a limit strap problem early, about race mile 20, so we just took them off. Other than that, we didn’t really have any problems. We lost the alternator about 15 miles from the finish, but that was fine. We made it in. We’re top (six), and that’s a great start for my first time in the car. I’m real happy with it.
LUKE McMILLIN, No. 1602 (Second in class. McMillin drove the entire race.) – Our oil dipstick broke off, so we were losing oil and pressure and had to stop a couple of times. We also had one flat ... but it was a good race. The course was soft and rough – as expected. I’m real happy with a podium finish – it’s good for the points. We’re going to be set really good for the points so we’re happy with it.
HIRAM DURAN, No. 1600 (Third in class. Evan Duran started and drove to race mile 78 and Hiram Duran drove from 78 to the finish.) – I had four flats and at one time I didn’t have a spare so I had to drive for five miles with a flat. We started last and passed a lot of cars. I’m happy because we were trying for a top-three (finish).
CODY FREEMAN, No. 1292 (First in class. Kenny Freeman started and drove to race mile 107 and Cody Freeman drove from mile 107 to the finish.) – The track was a lot different from when we pre-ran. It was silty and whooped out. This race was probably the toughest race I’ve ever raced. We had a pretty good game plan; we just wanted to come out here and pace ourselves for the first 100 miles and then go from there. Our game plan worked out perfectly. People started dropping out, we saved the car and then these last 40 miles, that’s where we let it rip. My brother (Bryan) won in his very first race in Mexico and now we have two family members who have won their first race in Mexico.
ROBBY BELL, No. 2x (Second in class, second overall motorcycle. Bell started and rode to mile 30. Steve Hengeveld rode from mile 30 to 150 and Bell rode from mile 150 to the finish.) – It started off pretty well. We made it through the first 30 without any problems – not even any close calls. Then I gave the bike to Steve (Hengeveld) at mile 30 and about two miles in, he got a flat tire and had to ride it about the next 46 miles with a flat, so that set us way back. Without that, it could have been a close race. It was pretty rough out there. On Monday, (the course) was lovely...but today, it was very rough from all the pre-running.
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