The 2011 BITD Vegas 2 Reno race is still underway as racers from across the country battle the desert to cross the finish line within the 24 hour time limit. Nebraska isn’t just known for college football anymore, as Nebraska native Steve Strobel unofficially put his #94 Trick Truck across the line taking the overall win. 11 minutes back was General Tire/Monster Energy’s BJ Baldwin who fought hard all day but couldn’t put enough time on Strobel towards the end to put him ahead. In the Class 1500 Garrick Freitas claimed the number one spot putting his Jimco race car ahead of the second fastest Steve “Video Camera Punter” Appleton by about two minutes.
The story of the day was Kyle Conlon who set a blistering pace for more then half the race taking advantage of the clean air in front of him, but somewhere near RM525 he seemed to have some mechanical problem that took him out of contention. Another big story in the Trick Truck class was that of Camburg Racing, who with Jerry Whelchel at the wheel was in the position to get first place in the Trick Truck class on time, but around 10 miles from the finish they got a flat which wrapped itself around the axle causing them to have more downtime then they would of liked. The win would of given Camburg their first win in the Trick Truck class, but the strong showing and 6th overall position showed that their Trophy Truck is something to be taken serious.
A few of the top teams had to pull out early such as Mikey Childress at RM 118 with a blown torque converter, and Rick Johnson and Harley Letner a few miles before that both with blown motors. Both Roger Norman and the Milk-In-It team both had rollerovers which took them out of the race. Greg Nunley rolled at RM 232 and briefly blocked the course but was able to get turned over and finish in 6th place in class.
- Also showing just how much of a stud driver he is, Larry Roeseler drove the #19 Terrible Herbst truck in reverse for at least 10 miles to Pit 9 hanging out the driver side window steering the truck and waving to fans.
- Dan McMillin made his debut in the Trick Truck class pairing up with his pops Mark McMillin, proving that he can hang with the big boys in both Class 1 and Trophy Trucks. Trick Trucks, Unlimited Trucks, whatever they are called.
- Chuck Hovey drove the race solo in his single seat Jimco. When asked at tech if he was sharing driving duties he said “no one drives my baby but me.” We agree, seeing someone drive his single seat car just wouldn’t be right.
- Qualifying position didn’t seem to be an important factor as people thought, as many teams who qualified out of the top 25 finished high up in the rankings such as Olliges/Swift in the Team Ford Trick Truck who started 37th and finished 5th overall, Mark/Dan McMillin; 27th/10th, Freitas; 26th/3rd, Chad Ragland 65th/11th, and Canidae 34th/8th.
For updates on all other classes make sure you check out the live coverage and also the “Official” V2R thread on the forums.
Header Photo by Klaus Rasch
Gallery Photos by Jason Zindroski of HighRev Photography