Off Road Racing Creates Dust Storm in Hudspeth County

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Indian Hot Springs Ranch Manager Terrye Wellborn Shirley’s smile told the story as well as it could be told. The race was a success and she was part of it in a way she had not planned on. Terrye was invited to navigate the TCB Motorsports’ class 10 racecar, owned and driven on the last lap, by Luis Saenz from El Paso, TX. “What an adventure,” Terrye was overheard to say after the race.

The race was the Tejas Off Road Racing Association’s Mecalero 175. The place was the historic Indian Hot Springs Ranch in Southern Hudspeth County. The first two races of the day were run entirely on the Indian Hot Springs Ranch. They included fifteen motorcycles, quads and stock UTVs. The car and truck classes started their race at 1:00 pm and ran three laps on a sixty mile loop that took them across several beautiful ranches. Pat Sims from Eunice, NM won the race overall in his unlimited buggy in the Car and Truck Class. His navigator was Tri-Ace Tire USA sales manager, Charles, “Chip” Beitel from McKinney, TX. Motorcycle Class winner was Michael Keagle. Quad Class winner was Mark Choquette. Pro UTV Class winner was Jeremy Velasquez. Stock UTV Class winner was Keven Gutierrez. Water Cooled Buggy Class winner and second overall in the Car and Truck Class was Luis Saenz. Desert Truck Class winner and third overall in the Car and Truck Class was Jose Perez. The Class winner of Air Cooled Buggies was Jose Pereyra who finished all three laps with time to spare. Out of twentyfour starters, only three vehicles were lost to attrition.

On Friday during contingency, tech inspection and barbeque, owners of nearby ranches came by to see the work Terrye had recently done at Indian Hot Springs. And, to look over the racing machines while eating sliced barbeque brisket.

After the race on Saturday, several people relaxed in and around the spring fed natural hot tub the ranch is named for after an evening meal of Hamburgers cooked by Mike and Gina Williams from Monahans, TX.

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The Tejas Off Road Racing Association’s or TORRA’s desire is to open up West Texas to more, high quality off road racing events and the people of Hudspeth County have proven to be a great partner in those efforts. The October race in Sierra Blanca, TX will be the big finale with many activities planned for the coinciding town festival. For more information about TORRA’s next two races, please go to www.torraracing.com and don’t forget to ‪#‎makesomedust‬.
 

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Although I was not fortunate enough to attend, Thank You for all that you did to put on this race- it sounds like it was a great time! Exciting to see desert racing going on outside of Mexico, NV, CA & AZ!
Are there plans for this particular event again in 2017?
 

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with the way things are going with the BLM, environmental nuts, West Texas may be the future.
 
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with the way things are going with the BLM, environmental nuts, West Texas may be the future.
Yep, looks like that post-apocalyptic Jan-Michael Vincent movie...
 

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Although I was not fortunate enough to attend, Thank You for all that you did to put on this race- it sounds like it was a great time! Exciting to see desert racing going on outside of Mexico, NV, CA & AZ!
Are there plans for this particular event again in 2017?
We have a few more options to consider for 2017. 2/3 of this 60 mile loop is used in the 95 mile loop of the Vaquero 400 and again part of this course will be used in the year ender in October which is the Buffalo Solder 200.
 
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