Camburg Racing Falls Short at Silverstate
Huntington Beach, CA – Prior to the BITD Silverstate 300, Camburg Racing teamed up with long time and championship winning driver Jerry Whelchel to take the reins of the KINETIK Trick Truck at the SNORE / General Tires Mint 400 Race. Whelchel not only qualified the truck well but was a front runner during the race until the 3rd member in the driveline let go on the last lap. Then after swapping the diff, Jerry Zaiden got in the driver’s seat and drove the truck to the finish. With 2.5 hours of down time he was still able to finish 9th in class. After the race it was decided to make Whelchel a permanent asset to the team for 2011.
With Whelchel on board, there was plenty of excitement coming into the BITD Silverstate 300 race. Heading out to Vegas, the team stopped in Barstow to shake the truck down prior to qualifying for the race. Everything was running great until the transmission started having issues shifting into 3rd. They loaded up the truck and headed for Vegas where they changed the transmission that night and did a once over as qualifying was the next day.
The qualifying course this race was tight and well suited for buggies. Camburg ran strong and qualified 6th in class and after decided to change the 3rd member to a lower gear ratio for the race. Meanwhile the “now spare” transmission was driven down to Culhane Racing Transmissions where, Steve and his crew stopped everything and did a full rebuild and found that a rubber seal had failed causing a loss in pressure. With great customer service from Culhane the transmission was back in Vegas 14 hours later.
Staged in Alamo Saturday morning Whelchel was off the starting line 6th in class and was on a mission. On corrected time Camburg’s #75 truck was up to 3rd place until around mile 60 the alternator stopped working. They pulled into Pit 1 and spent about 25 minutes getting the alternator changed out. With down time this soon into the race, it only made the task running up front that much harder. Whelchel pushed hard, made up positions but then ran into engine problems coming into Pit 3.
At Pit 3 fuel was replenished, the truck was gone over and the engine ECU was reset and cleared of all error codes. Back under way the truck seemed to be running better but soon encountered the same issues. At this point Whelchel was going for a finish and ran a conservative pace.
Unfortunately at mile 277 just 26 miles before the finish the engine stopped running completely and the Camburg truck came to a stop. Trouble shooting every possible system, the team was faced with a DNF for the race.
Camburg would like to thank all their sponsors, team members and fellow racers for the opportunity to be racing in this elite class.
“Seeing the truck run a top ten finish at the Mint brought some new excitement to our team and coming into this race we were really hoping for a great finish. We’re already heavily into prepping the truck for Vegas to Reno where we expect a great race based on what we’re seeing these last two races.” – Jason Campbell
“Teaming up with Jerry Whelchel, 2008 BITD Trick Truck Champion, brings an additional resource that helped to elevate our team to the next level. With his driving ability and our KINETIK truck, it’s only a matter of time before a podium finish and win is under our belts.” – Jerry Zaiden
For more information on Camburg products and race team involvement, check out their websites www.camburg.com & www.camburgracing.com or contact them directly.
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