500 miles of racing is tough no matter what the terrain but the HDRA, Eldorado Fireworks 500 delivered more than anyone could have imagined. Overall winner Mike Mitchell unofficially re-named the race the bone crusher 500. He should know, he outran and outlasted the entire field on a course that had “never-ending rocks” as Mike put it. “I’ve raced on every course in the western US and Mexico and no doubt, this is the toughest.”
Reno’s own Clayton Scudder finished second overall and credited his B.F. Goodrich tires and the HDRA retrieval crew for keeping the course clear of broken vehicles. Clayton overcame an electrical fire in the early going to achieve his hard-earned finish.
Third overall and first place in Open Truck went to the Canadian team lead by James Horvath driving the former FiberwerX Trophy Truck #50. James was quick to credit Roger Norman for the advice to drive patiently. For those who witnessed James behind the wheel, patience is not the word that comes to mind. Top qualifier Josh Daniels / Cameron Steele driving the Monster Energy #16 Trophy Truck succumbed to transmission problems after holding the early lead.
Before the event, the brand new Reno course was a big unknown. Now that it’s true nature has been revealed, it has been established as one of the most challenging ever run.
FULL RESULTS PENDING
Photography By: Brian Binkert / Bink Designs