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How rough and rocky is the Barstow course? Check out Art Savedra's scallop-shaped left front wheel, which continued to hold air even after a thorough beating. Class 5-1600 Baja Bugs combine limited wheel travel with a high center of gravity and a short wheelbase for a combo that's tough to keep on course through the rough and at high speed. Don't count these machines out though. They're light weight and nimble dimensions maneuver very well through narrow, rough sections of the course. Savedra navigated six required laps on the 36-mile course, which was good enough to take Second in Class.

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