1997 Ford Ranger PreRunner - Race RangerPosted in Features on October 1, 2009 Comment (0)
Kevin McMurray of Peoria, Arizona, grew up riding dirt bikes in the desert and on motocross tracks, so he's always had the racing bug. In time, he swapped to racing UTVs until recently when he decided he wanted to get into the truck arena. He found a '97 Ranger that suited his needs and made the purchase. The Ford you see here was originally modified for the previous owner and built up as a serious daily-driver prerunner.
Kevin saw it as a good start to what he wanted to become a Class 1400 race truck for some more serious desert romping. With that intent, he turned to the guys at FST Motorsports in Phoenix to bring the truck to the next level and make it race worthy. They further beefed and tuned the suspension, installed a more reliable drivetrain, and upgraded the powerplant to a healthy V-8. Now the truck moves fast and soaks up the bumps with ease.
When we saw the truck it hadn't been completed for too long and had already seen some races. Kevin's first race was a Whiplash series race in Snowflake, Arizona, where he placed second in class. He's followed that with a fifth place showing at the SNORE Battle at Primm race. This truck's gone from playing in the streets to dueling in the dirt.