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The LEGACY Racing 4WP Desert Showdown Brings In The New Year

The Legacy Racing Association started their second season as a racing organization right where they left off. Their first race of 2022 went down this weekend and was a great event for all involved.

Pahrump Nevada has a long history of off-road racing in the past and offers some great terrain which racers always seem to enjoy. Lots of silt and rocks mixed in with some very fast section make for a fun course which all the racers seemed to comment about at the finish line.

Legacy really upped their game in Pahrump offering a live stream package of the race that included cameras on course as well as drone footage from deep in the race track which the drivers and sponsors both appreciated.

58 trucks, cars and UTVs took the green flag Saturday morning with blue skies and a nice breeze to clear the dust for the drivers (and the media). After qualifying first Eric Hustead led the way taking the green flag first and would set a fast pace on the quick course averaging over 60 mph. After going past Pit 2 something caused Hustead to have some short downtime and Jake Johnson in the 1546 would get around him and use the clean air to put the hammer down. Johnson would finish first physically but some other drivers were hot on the trail.

In the 6100 class 20 trucks came to race with some heavy hitters ready to do battle. Top qualifier Brent Fox never made it to the start line on time after having some mechanical issues before the parade to the start line but would eventually get it figured out and would have to start dead last behind everyone. That meant Adam Householder would set the pace for the class which has $100,000 on the line to whoever can win all five Legacy races this year.

At the halfway point of the race Householder would still be your leader physically in class but Chasen Gaunt had moved within 30 seconds of him giving him the lead on corrected time. The two would battle the entire race always within striking distance of each other. Mike Osborn who was having his best race today held onto the third position most of the day and Justin “Bean” Smith debuting in the class for the first time was also in the hunt most of the day until a rear hub issue would force him to retire around race mile 175.

While the majority of the race course is very fast the last 30 miles of the Pahrump course is known for being technical and rocky and unfortunately Jake Johnson would suffer a few flat tires that would slow him down. Johnson would still finish first physically with a time of 3 Hours and 30 Minutes but Gaunt and Householder who pushed each other all race would edge Johnson out of the overall. Gaunt put a little time on Adam towards the finish with a time of 3 Hours and 27 Minutes, two and a half minutes ahead of Householder.

Hustead would still finish strong as well taking the win in the Unlimited class and finishing fourth overall.

In the stacked 6100 class Todd Jergensen would come from starting twelfth in class to ending up third on time with Travis Chase finishing 30 seconds behind him, and Mike Osborn another 30 seconds behind Chase. Travis Williams who had a bad crash in qualifying on Friday would start in the back and climb back to finish in sixth.

The UTV class had some great battles as well with the Turbo UTV class also having $100,000 up for grabs to the UTV who finishes first in all six of their races. For the 4WP Desert Showdown Dan Fisher would take home the win in Turbo UTV but wasn’t the fastest UTV of the day. Nolan Williams racing in the Unlimited UTV class would finish 14th overall for the day and win his class, and Carson Wernimont would also finish ahead the turbos beating them by 5 minutes.

Other class winners were Mike Coulter in Class 10, Tyler Stewart in the Stock UTV 1 class and Cody Schafer in the UTV Stock Mod class.

The 2022 season looks to be bright for the Legacy Racing Association with their next Car/Truck race the Baja Nevada looking to have a lot of momentum and shaping up to be a great race. It will be a single day race of 650 miles around Nevada giving them the name of longest single day off-road race in the US.

Photos by HighRev Photography

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