Laughlin Observations.

Klaus

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Here are a couple of little observations from Laughlin this weekend:

- Saturday, Turner won Class7. Rick Taylor lead for 2 laps by 5secs, then got hung up in traffic and in the final lap broke the trailing arm after the I-beam heim bolt let go.
- The Laughlin Leap feels a lot harder then it looks.
- Bajashop Ranger(7s), Flywheel/Clutch exploded and went into the driver compartment. No one hurt. Clutch fragments burned into the seat and seatbelt. Over night the team got a new trans from Vegas and a flywheel clutch from Huntington Beach, CA. Assembled everything and went to sleep after 4:30AM. Next day same thing happened.
- Bruce Landfield (7s), Broke Spindle on Saturday. Races again Sunday
- Jim Baldwin (TT) crashed end over in the stadium section on Saturday Totaling the truck. No one hurt. Look for pictures later on.
- Jason Baldwin (TT) hit a rock by the Dam area with his trailing arm. trailing arm catapulted the truck in the air and dislocated the rear end.
- Toyota of Escondido Class One car looked fast on Sunday. Rolled on course. back on his wheels. Fixed one flat tire. Took jack stand inside the car instead of in its complicated mount. Did a fast drop of in main pit and hit teammate on head. Knocked out Pit Crew. No word on condition as of yet.
- Protrucks. Five Truck pileup after one truck stopped on course for tire change (?), Four other Protrucks crashed into First one. Victims include Scott Steinberger and SMD truck. No one hurt.
- Class Eight truck (805? / Jesse Jones) rolled on far end on course. No steering afterwards. Done for Saturday.
- Jamie Campbell (7s) rolled on Saturday, blocked race course for a while in a dangerous fashion. Continued and looked fast all weekend afterwards.
- Darren Skelton (TT) entered old KIA stockish vehicle in TT to collect Points for the year. He looked fast considering what he had to run.
- TLR (class 1) debuted the new Truggy. Look for new Skunkworkz feature on this vehicle in the coming days.
- Herbst (TT) blew new transmission on Saturday. Looked strong on Sunday. Trucks sounds better and faster now with 6 speed.
-Scott Steinberger (TT) Leading the race on the course, had a hard time changing a tire on Saturday after the outer layer wrapped itself around the axle. Lost time. Sunday also was leading until a flat put him back a couple of positions.
- RDC party had a huge turnout on Friday. Bar tap exceeded $700.00 thanks to our generous sponsors. Thank you.

Everything is based on my own observation and some unconfirmed contributors.
What else happened or did you hear ?<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1>Edited by John_Bitting on 01/27/02 09:28 PM (server time).</FONT></P>
 

Tom_Willis

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The wildest part of the weekend was Sunday's Trophy truck race. At the finish it was Herman Motorsports ford (Jeffries), followed by Dan Smith (ex-duralast now ford), then the PCI (ex-Herbst) ford, as Scott came in at warp speed with the right rear brake area on fire. He raced until he passed the finish line, then went to the end of the bleachers (still on fire), turned around and went back to the finish line/ dirt podium thing, finally parking it in front of the grandstands while the startled spectators looked on. It took several fire extinguishers and water to knock down the fire and keep the hot parts from flashing up again...... No one was hurt, but every spectator was reminded how dangerous racing can be.
 

Gabe Lara

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Didn't see it, but was told about Scott Steinberger pulling the Herbst TT on top of pit row.
We were up @ the 2nd x-ing when it happened.

What a weekend!
Thanks again to all the teams and vendors that donated to the RDC Party on Friday.
It was good to see some familiar faces, and meet some new friends.
 

Klaus

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- No CRB issues in Laughlin this weekend.
 

Donahoe

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Gabe, I would have to say the best performance of the weekend came from Scott. He Made the Herbst boys eat his dust for the first 2 laps on saturday then was down with a Flat. but still Ran with the pack with his rear innner liner stuck to the rear end. For his first jump into trophy truck he looked as clean and smooth as any of them. I'm just glad to see him out there.

NEVER LIFT!!!!!
 

Klaus

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This is what Tony Tellier observed:

<A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.elchineroconcepts.com>Tony Tellier's Laughlin Notes</A>
 

John Bitting

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My observations on the weekend.

Scott Steinberger does not need "seat time" to handle the new TT, He has got it and lead both days and if it was not for a flat each day would have won that class.. (he was running an RDC sticker)

Alan Plueger was looking really strong this weekend and I think it was only his third race in his protruck, He also flew an RDC sticker and wore an RDC shirt under the driving suit. They may just be lucky after all.

Jeff Dickerson was running real strong all weekend and was plauged with a heim problem on Saturday and another problem on Sunday taking him out of the top 3. (also running not so lucky sticker)

Hardins in 7s looked real strong behind S&S on Saturday until a transmission let go and they were doing the course in reverse but got stopped at the second road crossing.

Darren Skiltons Kia old class 3 was absolutely a bitchin little machine. I would not have wanted to be in it in TT or have to try and pass him in a TT but he did great with what he had and was sliding that thing around corners and keeping a pretty damn good pace.

Jamie Campbell looked strong after he got his truck upright and going again. There is going to be some bitchin competition this year.

Witnessed a big time Nerf of the Kia racing class 3 that was totally uneccessary and crushed the hell out of the back of the KIA, Sucked because the kia had no rear bumper and it was feet from the road crossing where its 3 lanes wide...

Met tons of people that I cannot even begin to list or I would get carpel tunnel syndrome and more. It was a great time and I cannot believe how many spectators there were, Most I have ever seen in Laughlin on Saturday.

Congrats to S&S on another victory. Must have been the guy who scuffed up the new rotor for you... Never know.

7open was a killer race this weekend also, The winners separated by only 34 seconds or something like that. Tim Carrol is very fast, Rick Taylor and Klaus were moving dust free for a couple of laps, the Dircks/Porter 7 open was a seriously fast machine. This year is going to be some great racing..
 

Dave_G

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Re: My observations on the weekend.

Who won the overall TT with combined times from both days?


Dave

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RacerX

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One observation that I noticed is that the air shock class one car of Dale Dondell overalled and even had faster times then the Trophy Trucks. Air shocks do work in the desert!!!!
 

Dave_G

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Re: Enduro Racing did Dave!

John,
Cool....I talked with Dave and Dan on friday in their pit and they said the plan was to kick back, take it easy, and finish respectably both days without sacraficing the truck. Looks like their plan worked.

Best,
Dave

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Wow, I finally got on to RDC today. After racing this race the last two years, it was nice to spectate for a change and watch everything unfold. Looking at the finish times, I thought it was interesting to copare the speeds of the top finishers from the faster classes. Here they are:

Dondel, Class 1 - 66.7mph
Smith/Ashley, TT - 65.3mph
Kordonowy, Class 10 - 58.6mph
Turner, Class 7 - 58mph
Bruckmann, Class 12 - 56.3mph
Barlow, Pro Truck - 55.7mph
Seeley, Class 5 - 53mph
Siewert, Class 12 - 52.2mph
Griffin, Class 1600 - 50.6mph
Patelli, Class 8 - 50.2mph
Sykes, Stock Full - 49mph

Bang for the buck would probably have to go to class 12. I think its amazing that class 10, 7, and 12 were faster than Protruck. Although from watching Alan Pflueger flying on Sunday, you'd never know. He was definitely cooking.

It was a pleasure to meet Tony B. this week finally. I admire anyone who can make a living in the business most of us consider a hobby. I envy that a lot, and admired the new Meyers box van and trailer artwork. Nice work Tony!

Looking at my own class, it was unreal to hear the Meyers class 10 engine. You'd swear that motor was about 3 liters or so. It sounds just as nasty as their new class 1 toyota camry engine. I heard he spent an unreal amount of money on it. I talked to Steve after the first day when they had transmission problems, but didnt feel like blatently asking how much he spent. I look for good things to come from that car in the upcoming races. As for the other guys in the class 10, it was strange not seeing all those who were at Parker. Glad there were still some big names (Ellsion, Hutchins, Meyers, Christensen, Yee, Harold even though it was a different car) who you see pretty much at every race. I did like the look of the new Tatum car that Ron Dalke drove. Great to see another 12 car racer step up. I know Ty Godde is also starting a new 10 car. Great to see my friend build his dream car. My biggest observation in my class came from the winner Dennis Kordonowy. Dennis is the promoter of VORRA up in Reno, and since he's doing that this year, he is racing other series. Dennis built my car originally before I redid the suspension and steering. His new car is pretty light, something like 1650 pounds. It was great seeing him win by 10 seconds with VW power.

Most of all, the race was fun and no critical injuries or mortalities.
 

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my observations: the weekend was a blast! our team had its problems but we all had fun. the only complant i have was the blm. they as usual got a little power happy. as for my team mate, hes ok. the only guy i know that can get hit in the head by a flying braker bar and get up with a head ach. his sister said he went to work the next day.

drive fast and take chances!!
 

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scott

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The best performance was Jerry Whelchel with Riviera on Saturday with the high 66 mph avg, then Sunday showed its ugly head with Mark in the car. Crap happens!!!!!!
 

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OH PS>>> My greatest observation was the BLM on their quads running over all the vegetation out there creating new trails, The photographer for Offroad.com got some pics according to him....
 

RacerX

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Good Point Scott!!
I hear that while one of the teams were retrieving there trucks off the course, the BLM escort was taking out bushes left and right. It seems that if you have a badge you are able to run over whatever you want!!!
 

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I say we fight back with our own video and photos of these morons, and use it against them. I'm sure the eco nazi's and other freaks are using Krusty Video's and such to show Congress that this is what always goes on in the Desert for every, and any event out there... which isn't true all the time. Lets get our PROOF of evidence and forward this to the people that are fighting to keep the desert open.....PAIGE !!!!! and Yes John this probably should be on the Save the Desert Forum.... Sorry !!!!
 
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