As the 2013 SNORE Battle At Primm drew to an end, the dust finally settled, the pits were empty and racers were on their way home. Ready to get back to their 9-5 jobs, spend late nights in their shop and tell their friends about another race weekend in the books.
The Bee Hive Sports Bar Battle At Primm proved that the sport of off-road racing is growing, and growing in record numbers. With over 200 entries for the weekend’s events, it would make for another successful race weekend. New classes added to the roster this year also helped bring out a bigger crowd.
With the 1450 class growing in popularity, it was only necessary to invite them to come together and battle it out. Over 50, 1450 trucks took to the start line on Saturday. After 4, 12.7mile lap’s, Saturday’s course was riddled with 1450 trucks that were put to the test and in the end, didn’t win the battle. Steve Olliges, swept Saturday’s competition with over a 3 minute lead and would go on to take the overall win for the weekend in the 1450 class.
Another shocker for the weekend, the ladies in class 1300 who were giving the boys a run for their money. 12 cars entered into the class and after Saturday’s early morning heat, it would be the girl’s who rounded out the top 3. Bree Cloud, Bre Bradley and Jenn Hellstrom. After a 2nd place finish on Sunday, Bree Cloud would beat out the competition and bring home the Overall in her class. Following close behind Bree to round out the top 5 would be Bre Bradley, Michael Brister, Jenn Hellstrom and Desirae Jones.
Last years 1600 winner was back again this year to fight for another win. The #1688 of Luke McMillin had a stacked class and after qualifying in 6th, he would be starting behind top qualifiers, Bryan Freeman Sr, Curt Geer and Justin “Bean” Smith. Saturday’s smooth course was no challenge for the young driver as he finished the day in 2nd, behind Bryan Freeman Sr, in the #1680. The beaten course on Sunday also was no problem for Luke, as he quickly made his way to clean air and lead the majority of the race, right to the checkered flag. Back-to-Back 1600 B@P winner Luke McMillin finished with almost a minute to spare, in front of Bryan Freeman Sr, and Justin “Bean” Smith.
Young gun, Justin Davis, out of Chino Hills, CA brought his #85 Green Army, Unlimited Truck, out to test the competition. After finishing 1st in qualifying, Justin was ready to go head to head with 6 other Unlimited Trucks and 5 Class 1’s. Saturday’s sunshine brought many fans out who were ready for the premier class. The #85 truck took an early lead and driver, Justin Davis, never looked back and finished just seconds (01:01:24.796) before the Class 1 car of Richard Boyle (01:01:37.656) and overalled Heat 1 on Saturday. Justin set out to do the same on Sunday. “The course was a little rougher Sunday, but with no dust out front and the truck running flawlessly, this win came pretty easy to us.” Said the 2013 Overall winner, Justin Davis.
Words: Jenn Hellstrom, Photos: Mike Wilson
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