Top 5 Finish at Laughlin Desert Classic
The third race of the Best in the Desert Race Series would take the Children of the Dirt team to Laughlin NV. The #6124 lined up for 2 days of off-road racing action against 20 other teams chasing a win at the 2nd annual Method Race Wheels event, the Laughlin Desert Classic. Due to the close proximity of the Mint 400 to this Laughlin race, the team was only able to get in a few hours of testing, basically shake the truck down and make sure everything is operational. PJ knows the trucks KING suspension still needs some adjustment and is not where they would like for it to be but he does feel like they are going to give it their all and still be competitive. With the help of his co-drivers Joe Herrera and Shon Hepler calling out the corners and dangers, they look to run a clean race, minimize mistakes and put the SoCal Seafood SPEC-TT in the top 5 for the weekend.
First day of racing would have the 6124 finish in the 4th position, just 10 seconds from 3rd and only 30 seconds from 1st. The 6100 class is so competitive less than a minute separates the top 6 drivers on day 1. PJ felt the truck was strong and knows there is some time to be made up on Sunday, they just need to keep the hammer down and keep close to Steve Kovach, who took the win on day 1. Starting 4th off the line on the second day PJ would quickly find out how beat up the course was from the previous day of racing. The Children of the Dirt truck finished 4th physically but would lose the spot to Mcbeath in the 6199 who would finish day 2, 10 seconds ahead of PJ which put the team in 5th on day 2, and the overall. The 6124 finished with a 2:22:20 for the weekend only 1 minute 36 seconds from picking up their first win of the season. PJ is more than thankful for all of the sponsors, people and companies who continuously help his team get to each race and perform at such a high level in a very competitive class. Special Thanks to my Dad and Southern Cal Seafood, BFGoodrich Tires, KC HiLites, Currie Enterprises, Armada Engineering, Flippobuilt, KING Shocks, Method Race Wheels, Mob Armor, PCI Race Radios Pro Eagle and Safecraft Safety Equipment. Please check out these companies, they produce some of the best equipment that keeps the COD team competitive.
The next race for Children of the Dirt team will be much different than the last. Switching up the mileage from the shortest race in the series to the longest, the 535 mile race from Vegas to Reno. Follow the team August 16-19th as they travel to Vegas for the start of the point-to-point adventure through the Nevada desert to Reno.