Well, here is the deal. Mikey and I were sitting yesterday in Wrightwood with the truck at a car show. It was 2:30 and we were taking a break and having a margarita at one of the restaurants. Somebody asked Mikey if he was going to the MDR race and he said he was thinking about going to watch it. He then got this funny look on his face and said let's go race it. We are sitting there with the truck only. We do not have any pit boxes, trailer, support, etc. I said let's see if we can round up some troops and a couple of pit boxes. We call the crew and tell them we want to race and get the stuff together. It is confirmed at 4 pm that we are racing in the race.
We arrived to tech at 6:15 pm in Lucerne Valley. The biggest dilemma we have is we only have about 8 gallons of fuel and no horn. The truck still has not been prepped since last weekends race so the siren was on the punch list for prep. We get the siren working but we still do not have fuel. 6:45 (15 minutes before start) and we word on the radio the we have a drum of fuel from a 1450 team. I did not catch there name but my crew did, so I will give them cudos afterwards. 6:55 we are fueled up heading for the start line.
First lap is fast and the wind is working for us. The plan is Mikey drives two laps and I will drive to laps. Our goal is overall so we entered as a TT and they number us with class 1 numbers. We start picking away at the class ones. 8 are registered in all and one other TT. The first lap is fast and uneventful. We get passed one car and do not stop for any pits.
2nd lap we starting hitting lap traffic and are getting a lot more dust in the face. We pick away passing a lot of vehicles and get passed one more class one. The truck is running perfect and no problems whatsoever. We decide it is not going to be wise for a driver change because we are 9 minutes from the leading car at the end of the second lap. We decide to splash one can and go around one more time and then do the driver change.
Third lap we encounter a lot more race vehicles. We get a 1400 truck in front of us that just does not want to get out of the way and starts running from us. His truck is fast and we chase him for about 8 miles until we notice that he starts slowing down. On the course we notice fluids on the ground. As we catch back up to him we see fire underneath his transmission. He has a fluid fire and keeps trying to run from us. We finally get next to him and advise him that he is on fire. He pulls over and gets the fire out. We keep pounding away and at the end of the third lap we have made up 4 minutes on the leader and we now are in 2nd place. I decide to take one for the team and stick with the co-driver seat. We dump another 1.5 cans of fuel and we are off.
4th lap we are flying trying to catch up to Mike (leader). He is moving but we are making up ground. The course is really torn up now. About 1/3rd away through the course we hit a hole that has gotten larger and bend a tie rod. The steering is a little funky now so we have to drop it down a notch. We keep pounding away though seeing what we can do. About 6 miles before the end of the race we start hearing a weird sputtering from the motor when we hit big stuff. It progessively gets worse and we are about a mile from the finish and I asked Mikey if here as ever broke down at the finish line. He said he hasn't and I am starting to wonder if we are going to make it. We round the last corner and the truck almost sputters out as I switch the batteries to the 2nd battery. I switch it back and it seems to give us a little boost and we make it to the finish line 2nd overall only 3:26 off of the leader.
This was a fun race and Mikey drove great. I like sitting on the other side and learning from Mikey. On the SNORE race last week I had the 2nd fastest lap. My skills keep getting better because of riding with Mikey. We once again ran the truck event free and did not have to pit for anything besides fuel. This truck has proven itself over the last three races. We have two (Baja 500 and Midnight Special) wins and a 2nd overall. We have not had to stop for any repairs at the last three races. Great job everyone from RFS and thanks for getting down there with a 3 hour notice.
Racing an MDR race?? You must have really bored!!!!! FYI no one , on second thought never mind congrats!!!
Nice Job RFS.......you called me with this idea on Saturday afternoon about racing the MDR........not bad for an impromptu "lets go and see what happens if we race"....
Thanks for making Rigid look good...........we love night races..especially when we win..
As a shop owner my hat's off to ya..........you have come a long way in a very short time. As a racer still smoking you in points in my 1993 ford ranger with bolt on suspension ............lol