Got back yesterday from the Caliente 250. This race was a blast. To start, this was my first time as a co-driver, getting to sit in the passenger seat. I was riding with Palapaboy Dana in his Mason Pro-runner. When we got to Caliente, it was about 9:30 Thursday. My wife, my four daughters and my dog were in my folks motorhome that they loaned us. We pulled up to our campsite/pit area, and got set up. Dana, his wife Robyn and Nathan were there hanging out talking. Also there was Walter Messer, his grandson Tanner and his friend Trevor. They were racing a 1600 car, so we were all there together. After a long day on the road, about 11:30, It was time to call it a night. We got up the next morning, and headed over to Caliente Elementary School, where we lined up all the buggies and trucks for the kids to check out. The different teams were handing out pictures and signing autographs for the kids. This must have been a big deal for some of the kids who have never been around this stuff. Pretty cool community involvement. From there we went on the prerun. Only took an hour and forty-five minutes. The course had alot of variety. Sand washes, water crossings, some pretty rough stuff, not to mention the big downhill coming back into town. Once we got back to camp, Dana tells me to get my kids in the prerunner and take them out on the course. I didn't hesitate, and away we went. The kids had a blast, and so did I. Of course now I am going to have to get a prerunner or some kind of truck to build. The kids are already looking here on race dezert at the classifieds. Now it was time for sign-ups and tech. Before I knew it, it was time for dinner. A little bbq hanging out with the group, and of course, a little drinkin. Alright, time for bed, have to get up at 7am to get ready. Race day is here. I get up, and if I didn't show it, I was pretty nervous being a race newbie. We get the truck already and go to the drivers meeting. After all that it was time for staging. Dana and Rick did the 1st lap. Truck ran really good, with the exception of a fuel issue that made it so the truck had to be shut down and restarted. Still had a good lap time. 2nd lap Neil Mason and Jackie got in. They also had the same fuel problem, and they too had a good lap time. 3rd lap, Dana gets back in and I jump in the passenger seat. Away we went. A little after we took off, my intercom was not piping out. I could hear Dana, but he could not here me. No problem though, we got through. I was stressed and having a blast all at the same time. Watching the mirrors and the guages and trying to look ahead all at the same time was nerve racking. About mile 35 or so, we started having the fuel problem again, but it was not clearing up this time after shutting off and back on. So there we were, on the side of the course, changing fuel pumps. I would say we were down for at least 45 minutes. We got going again, and went about 7 or 8 miles, and the truck started sputtering again. We were only about an 1/8th of a mile from pit D. When we got in there, we were met by a group that was ready to help out. They were pitting for 1069 Mike Wichmann. Dana gets out and starts working on the fuel cell, and the guys were right there with him getting us going. Big thanks go out to the crew of 1069. You guys(and gal) were great. Thanks for the help and water. Away we went and were flawless the rest of the way. About mile 56, I was able to get my intercom working. So Dana got to talk to me for about 2 miles of the course. Anyways, we finished! I had a great time, and so did my family. I want to again say thanks to Dana and Robyn for giving me the opportunity to go for a ride. Nathan, Rick, Ed, Tony, Neil and Jackie, we enjoyed hanging out. Getting to meet new people like Walter and the guys, was great. SNORE put on another awesome event. Even though the number of cars was small, it was still a good turn out. Sorry for the long read, but I can't tell you how much of a good time it was.