Huntington Beach, CA – Finishing 7th overall in points for 2010, coming into 2011 Team Camburg re-strategized and is focused on raising the bar now that they have a year of racing & development under their belts with the KINETIK Camburg Racing General Tire Trick Truck.
Best in the Desert’s Parker 425 event not only starts off the racing season but draws the most racers and spectators. The field was stacked this year with close to 80 unlimited race vehicles with drivers and teams like Robby Gordon, Terrible Herbst Motorsports, BJ Baldwin, Andy McMillin and celebrity Jesse James among many others entered just for this particular race. The best of the best were in Parker, Arizona this year.
For the unlimited classes, BITD has a qualifying event 2 days prior to dictate starting position for Saturday’s race. Jason Campbell driving with Craig Hall placed 47th in a field of almost 70 vehicles qualifying.
Caravanning through the streets of downtown Parker and off the starting line early Saturday morning Jason Campbell and Craig Hall in TT #75 set a commanding pace early on. Coming into the sandy downhill section around mile 4-5, a class 1 buggy that started two positions ahead rolled and was blocking the course. Jim Beaver in TT #15 and Jason attempted to push the buggy off course and in doing so both got stuck. Luckily for everyone behind them they were able to clear the path. After being stuck for nearly 20 minutes they were back under way with a field of 30+ slower cars & trucks ahead of them. One by one Jason picked off each position through the heavy dust and early morning light.
Coming into the infield python section Jason was making up lost time and one of the faster trucks though the berm and jump sections. He came into main pit for fuel only and a quick inspection. With everything a go they were back on course in 28 seconds. Lap 2 couldn’t have gone any better; no issues and they were making up lost time on a course that was getting torn up quickly.
The end of 2nd lap, Jason pulled into main pit for 40 gallons of VP race fuel, a visual inspection and for Jerry Zaiden to step in and drive #75 to the finish line. Jerry set a pace that would insure a strong finish. If a team DNF’s this race, it is a huge hurdle to over come at the end of the year with the amount of points the race is worth.
Just before 5pm Jerry and Craig crossed the finish line 11th in class and 28th overall in 9 hr 05 mn 34 sec. With 211 starters and only 116 finishers, it shows how brutal the Parker 425 course is. Not only does it tear up equipment but it tests driver’s ability to drive fast and push hard on a course that changes lap to lap. Camburg had zero flats and the General Grabber Race Tires worked flawless. Turn Key’s GM LSX engine ran great all day with no issues.
With a successful first race, the Camburg team is excited about racing the entire BITD schedule and also the upcoming SNORE General Tire Mint 400. With Lucas Oil producing BITD’s TV coverage, 2011 will be an exciting season seen by all.
Camburg would like to thank all their sponsors, team members and fellow racers for the opportunity to be racing in this elite class.
“I pushed the truck harder than I ever had and it took everything I could dish at it. Finally having a fairly flawless race was exciting and made for some good racing. It’s awesome to see all the great photo’s and videos online of our truck in action.” – Jason Campbell
“Now that we’ve addressed teething of the new truck, we can focus more on racing and pushing the truck to the next level. I’m happy with the results at Parker and we are starting to fit into our groove. We’re competing with the best in offroad racing.” – 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.
| BAER Brakes | Eibach Springs | FOX Racing Shox | General Tire | IRC Tracking | Ironclad Gloves |
| KC HiLiTES | KMC Wheels | Lucas Oil | Magnaflow Exhaust | Monster Energy Drink | Scosche |
| Sparco | SUREFIRE | Turn Key Engines | VP Fuels |
Photos by: highREV Photo, Robert Brewer, General Tire, Camburg Engineering