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Short-Course Vs. Desert Truck

Posted in Features on February 1, 2011
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There's banging bodies on a watered-down race track and there's screaming hard across the open desert in silt beds that throw up choking dust. In both cases, drivers are barreling forward in high-horsepower trucks vying for a race win by clocking the fastest time across the finish line. However similar, these two trucks are built differently to optimize their performance on the terrain they tackle.

We're talking here about a short-course truck versus a desert Trophy Truck. Our Editor-in-Chief, Jerrod Jones, thought it would be cool to explore just which truck is the king of the dirt go-fast world. We made a call to Jennifer Bissett at Team Renezeder, and she soon had us lined up with two Lucas Oil-sponsored subjects for this lesson in off-road anatomy.

We were fortunate to meet up with our two racing icons at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California. Carl Renezeder and Cameron Steele showed us their latest racing trucks and let us snap away, taking images to show you what's alike on these racers and what's not. Carl has a successful history of dirt-track racing that spans more than 15 years and has done a fair bit of desert racing, as well. He competes in multiple 2WD and 4WD classes, and most recently won both the LOORS Unlimited 2 and 4 Class championships in 2009. Cameron's reputation stems from desert racing and past off-road motorcycle competition. He's a popular sports announcer and currently runs a Trophy Truck for his team, Desert Assassins. Last December, he won the SNORE Unlimited Truck Class championship.

Both trucks are built to tame the dirt, and, simply put, haul buns! Start with a pile of chromoly tubing, a ravenous engine, supple suspension, then wrap it all up in fiberglass skin. Each is built to competently eat up dirt miles in short order.

Who's the king of the dirt go-fast world? They're both plenty fast in their native environment, it's all about having the right tool for the job at hand as you can see from our detailed look into what makes both of these trucks tick.

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