The #7228 truck on display at the SEMA Show through Nov. 7
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (Nov. 5, 2014) — Jon Lee moved to within arm’s length of the Southern Nevada Off-Road Enthusiasts Class 7 championship with another win Nov. 1 at the 45th annual Gold Strike 250 in Jean, Nev.
Starting second off the line behind the #7255 of Scott Davis, Lee quickly passed him in his Bilstein #7228 truck only to be overtaken by Robert Johnston, #7220, at the end of the lap. Mixed weather made for ideal course conditions as morning rain minimized dust and winds took care of what came up during the race. But, the terrain was another story. Comprised of several sections of the usually grueling Mint 400 race course, the 250 course had a few rocky areas, one of which almost cost Lee the win.
It was during the second lap at roughly mile 26 that Lee hit a dislodged rock, which punctured a tire. Changing the flat dropped him to third place, eight minutes off the lead. He was able to climb back to second place during the third lap, cutting his time off the lead by half. The action really picked up on the last lap when Lee passed Johnston to take the lead, but the #7211 of Jon Anderson soon closed in. Both Lee and Anderson pushed incredibly hard for the win, creating a nail-biting last few miles for both crews. Despite Anderson earning the fastest lap of the day in the class, Lee was able to clinch the victory by 1 minute 19 seconds keeping him atop the class 7 points board and within reach of the overall points victory for the SNORE series.
“Having to really fight for this win made it an exciting race, one of the most fun I’ve driven,” said Lee. “The course has some very fast sections with turns you could just rail as if you were racing a dirt bike. The challenging rocky areas balanced it out. It was a great course and race weekend”
To complete the successful weekend, the #7228 truck was delivered to the 2014 SEMA Show where it will be displayed through Nov. 7 on behalf and in support of Lee’s sponsor Bilstein Shock Absorbers. Located in Central Hall, the truck sports a cutaway body so that attendees can see the 9200 bypass shocks custom-built for Lee.
“Without the great people at Bilstein, racing truly would not be possible or as comfortable as it is,” noted Lee. “The 9200’s are dialed in and make whoops at 80 m.p.h. feel like nothing, which means I can concentrate more on my driving. It is also a shock that is really easy for us to work with.”
General Tire and Method Race Wheels are also represented on the single seat truck at the SEMA show. In addition to their invaluable support provided throughout the race season, each company provided product for the truck to ensure it looks its best while on display.
“This is the first time the #7228 has been displayed at SEMA. I am grateful to my sponsors and crew for helping this team be a part of one of the most popular auto events in the world.”
Dynamic, competitive and resilient, Riverside, California’s Jon Lee is one to watch in Class 7 in 2014. For over 30 years, Lee has competed in the desert on both two wheels and four earning a number of podium placements in the LaRana, Mickey Thompson Stadium, Glen Helen, SCORE International, and Best in the Desert series. Lee will be taking on the SNORE racing championship this year thanks to Mark Johnson Race Prep, Bilstein US, Brenthel Industries, General Tire, Method Race Wheels, Malcolm Smith Adventures, Pump Check and Cache Valley Advantage Automotive. Connect with the team at www.facebook.com/jonleeracing.