Desert racing converged onto the hills of Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California July 17th-18th for the G.G. Lighting Freedom Cup presented by M.O.R.E. Along with the E.M.P.I. Stock Bug Shootout and the Hostyle UTV Shootout. It was a weekend that was unlike many other races; due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, there were no spectators allowed at the event. Although, San Bernardino County had limited to 1000 people if self-distancing was taking place for racing teams and immediate family only.
M.O.R.E. had decided to make the Freedom Cup a points race, counting towards the 2020 Jamar Championship Series Points. With this change, also comes a change in the point system that will make it more economical for race teams to compete for a championship in 2020. This change allowed teams to take advantage of the GG Lighting Freedom Cup to earn points, but did not harm any racers that chose not to participate.
Most of Friday consisted of qualifying and practice on the four-mile grand prix style circuit. As qualifying and practice were over and the sun started to dip behind the mountains, the E.M.P.I. Stock Bug Shootout began. A 30-minute race land rush start on the short course track with eight different competitors racing door to door. Blake Wilkey # 1157 and Dennis Sletton #1163 battled it out for first place until the rear drum on Setton’s Bug exploded, putting him out of the race. Wilkey would go on to claim victory for Friday night’s race. Tim Sletton would make a comeback in the #1163 car to claim victory on the four-mile grand prix course on day two.
Afterward, the Hostyle UTV shootout took place on the short course track, consisting of two classes, Pro UTV Turbo and Pro UTV NA. Les Parsons #756 would claim victory on day one in the Turbo class and Casey Sims #188 would claim victory in the NA class. Day two of the Hostyle UTV Shootout took place on the four-mile grand prix course with Casey Sims #188 claiming victory again in the NA class, and Anthony Ochoa #771 claimed first in the Turbo class.
Last chance qualifiers took place Saturday morning, which allowed anyone who wasn’t able to qualify for the day before the possibility to move onto the main event. The main event was the four-mile grand prix course 50 minutes per class, the first one across the finish line was declared the winner.
As the day went on, the heat intensified, and races were fierce; it was all day battles nonstop until it came down to the final race of the day, the unlimited race. Off the finish line, Bear Nunley #10 and Nick Isenhouer #205 battled it out for first place for the entire race with Michael Rennick #129 following close behind in third. Ultimately, Nunley was able to hold off Isenhouer and claim victory at the GG Lighting Freedom Cup.