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Primm 300 - Countdown to Baja

Posted in Events on March 25, 2004
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Contributors: Jim Ober /Trackside Photo

After reeling from the intense heat of SCORE's Henderson 250, desert racers returned to the Nevada/California border to do battle once again. Although the Henderson 250 and Primm 300 are held in the same general area, the two share only a dozen of their miles. Primm, Nevada, was first named in 1996 and is perhaps best known for the collection of thrilling, high-speed, looping roller coasters that punctuate the casinos of Primm.

Desert racers, however, prefer to bring their own thrill rides in the form of Trophy Trucks, Protrucks, Class 8 "heavy metal" trucks, and the smaller Class 7 midsize and mini-trucks. They prefer their own style of gambling, betting that their vehicles and teams can outlast the Nevada desert and other competitors alike.

Five 63-mile laps awaited off-road gamblers on the crisp September morning. Rain visited the area a few weeks earlier, offering some relief from intense dust clouds on race day. Yes, the dust would still rise to clog air filters and block visibility, but at minimized levels. The Primm 300 weekend was perfect for desert racing.

The Primm 300 is scheduled late in the season, giving race teams a chance to test their mettle one last time before shoving off for the Baja 1000. A good showing at Primm builds confidence for the 1000.

When the minimized dust finally settled, off-road gamblers Tim and Ed Herbst emerged victorious. They took both the overall win and the Trophy Truck class win. Tim explained their winning combination: "For the second straight race, the combination of our new experimental 39-inch BFGoodrich tires and less weight on the truck has done the job for us. Ed and I are becoming more and more confident in this truck, and Mike Smith preps so incredibly well. This race was the first time in four or five years that we've had a vehicle perform this perfectly."

Confidence indeed.

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