The 2013 off-road racing season is now underway after High Desert Racing Association’s (HDRA) South Point Vegas 250 this weekend. The Monster Energy Off-Road Team sought to build on its immensely successful 2012 desert season and drove their way to a textbook beginning to the inaugural year of the World Championship of Desert Racing, which combines all three SCORE International Baja races and three of four HDRA races to crown an overall World Champion. Cameron Steele battled with teammate, “Ballistic” BJ Baldwin, the entire day but it was Cameron who took the first desert race of the season and now sits on top of the standings in both HDRA and the World Championship.
Steele was second off the line to begin the race and passed his first competitor by race mile three. It was open air from there and Cameron crafted a 45 second lead over teammate BJ Baldwin, who pushed the pace all day. The battle was on. Cameron and BJ rocketed through the Nevada desert and thought nothing of racers behind them. The two upped the pace each of the 4-lap race and although Cameron would remain in the lead physically, BJ took over the lead on corrected time in lap and would carry it through the third.
Meanwhile, teammates Tim and Troy Herbst were right on their tails, waiting to make their moves. The #19 truck of Tim Herbst started 10th off the line and pursued the race through the dust all day. Lap times show consistency and a strong push through laps two and three. Troy Herbst in the #91 Monster Energy Landshark ran in to some issues on the second lap, which caused him to lose 15 minutes and settle for a 6th place finish. Tim made it on to the podium, finishing in third place overall and putting himself in a good position for the World Championship.
Knowing the race with Cameron was close, BJ had a ring gear fail in attempts to up the pace, which cost to finish the day in 5th place. The lead that the two built all day allowed Cameron to fly to a first place finish among the 22 unlimited vehicles. Congratulations to Cameron Steele, as his hard work and passion through the off time has paid off. If this is any indication of his racing to come, he’ll be well on his way to being World Champion.
With all four Monster Energy off road athletes in the top 6, including two podiums, the team has begun a quest to unleash the beast on the off-road world in 2013. The next race for the Monster Energy Off-Road Team will in Baja, California at SCORE Internationals San Felipe 250 at the beginning of March. Look for Cameron Steele, BJ Baldwin, Tim and Troy Herbst to be the frontrunners of the battle in Baja!