Well guys and gals, Vegas to reno continues to be my nemesis. Last year, 1 week after my cancer diagnosis, I decided to man up and not let this disease keep me from one of my favorite races. V2R kicked my ass!! This year, with my cancer in check, was looking forward to another great race. As my luck would have it, Wed. night I started to come down with a cold. Wasn't going to let that slow me down. Thursday night had a fever of 102 and was ready to pack up and head for the barn, but decided to take a couple Tylenol and see how I felt in the morning. Fever broke, didn't feel too bad, figured I had to give this bad boy of a race another go, as long as I didn't cough up a lung. Got to our check point at mile 24 and found they made our spot a stop check, not a high speed corner like 5 years ago when we were there. So photos aren't real exciting. Just as the last of the 6100 trucks came by, we noticed smoke about a mile up course, a BITD official and a couple of local guys headed that way. I told the official I had a 25lb. extinguisher, and he said bring it. Got to within 100 yards of what turned out to be a very small brush fire, and buried my truck in some very soft terrain. (2500 Dodge Ram running 65/80 lbs. of tire pressure) I tried to run over to the guys that were shoveling dirt onto the fire with my extinguisher, when my chest cold caught up to me. My lovely wife hauled that 25 pounder the rest of the way and it helped in getting the fire knocked down. I proceeded to go back and figure out how to extricate myself and concluded that dropping the front tire pressures was a start. Took the fronts down to 18 lbs. and that did the trick. By the time we got back to our check point, there were only a few of the tail end UTV's, and I was spent! So I didn't get to shoot many of the limited guys. BTW, did you know that between our check point and Las Vegas, there is only one gas station that has a working air pump and that was in Beatty. $7.50 in quarters later and because of the heat, the most I could get was 35 lbs. in either tire. My 12 volt pump took a dump right off the bat. So limped back into Vegas got the tire back up to the required 65, spent a couple days with my brother who just moved to Vegas, and headed home. Shout out to LJ and the 2 locals that got that fire knocked down so quick, they did a lot of shoveling!! Here's a few of what I got.