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Jason Voss is on a roll. He won the Henderson 250 to clinch the 2013 Best in the Desert Trick Truck Championship and made it two race wins in a row with another victory at the 2014 Parker 425. Back to back wins and the second year in a row that Voss has won the season opener in Parker sends a strong message to the competition. “It seems unreal that we won the Parker 425 back to back,” says Jason, “The field was stacked; the best of the best were all here and we won by 10 seconds. I can’t thank my parents and our whole team enough for the win. It takes a perfect storm to win nowadays; BF Goodrich Tires, King Shocks, KC Hilites, Trailready Beadlocks, Howe Power Steering, Mastercraft safety and Kroyer Racing engines all made it possible. It’s one hell of a way to start off our Championship season.”
Second overall was Tavo Vildosola in his BraNix sponsored Ford Raptor Trick Truck. Both he and Mark Weyhrich in the TSCO Trick Truck finished ahead of Voss at the line. Weyhrich started in the 7th position, Vildosola started 9th, Voss 10th. Vildosola and Voss closed the distance to Weyhrich to run a quicker time but Vildosola could not put enough distance between himself and Voss to take the overall win. “We paced ourselves for the first two laps and then went really hard on lap three to close the gap to Weyhrich that was 4:30 or so,” said Tavo, “At the finish of lap one I came up to the finish line and I thought I was off course. The last time I raced Parker in 2007 we only went across the line once. I freaked out and spun around to look where we got off the course but soon realized I was going the right way. I spun around and got back going again. We closed on Weyhrich on the last lap but could not lose Voss. He surprised me because we ran really, really hard at the end! He deserved the win.”
it. Jonathan Brenthel in the Brenthel Industries You Theory Falken 6100 truck rolled just after the start. He hit a jump wrong in the brand new truck, nosed in and tumbled five times before coming to a rest. Brian Wilson was bit early too going end over end at mile three. Even veteran racer Robby Gordon rolled his Truck which also created one of the many bottlenecks on the course. Drivers scrambled to find a way around without getting swallowed up by the deep silt. The dust was thick in the air despite a decent bit of wind; several crashes caused by the dust claimed two or three cars in one shot.
Rob MacCachren was trying to make up some time behind the wheel of Steve Olliges’ BF Goodrich Trick Truck when he clipped Mike McCarthy in his slowing Trophylite. McCarthy had fuel issues and was limping along when MacCachren came upon him in the dust from another car. MacCachren tried to avoid him but side-swiped the Trophylite at a high rate of speed. Both drivers were ok but the collision took both trucks out of the race. Some drivers who played it safe reaped rewards at the end of the race, others were left behind; losing too much time to the front runners.
In the unlimited open wheel class, the Mav TV Stronghold Motorsports team of Brandon Bailey, Scott Bailey and Larry Job started the race in their brand new Alumi Craft unlimited car. Their goal was to run well but above all get to the finish. On lap three they were out front leading the class. Nobody got through this race completely unscathed and it was no different for the Stronghold team. The torque convertor got hot going through the goat trail section so they pulled over to let it cool down. When they tried to continue, the car would not start. Eventually it fired and they made it to the line to finish 2nd according to unofficial results. “Larry drove and I rode in the right seat on the first lap so he could show me the pace,” said Brandon, “We were battling back and forth with CJ Hutchins on the last lap. I think he got caught in a bottleneck at the end. I’m just stoked to be back racing in the desert in our Mav TV Alumi Craft.” The win in Class 1500 went to Corey Keysar who took his Jimco race car all the way from the 31st starting position to take the victory.
Every class up and down the line had incredible stories of crashes, close calls and heroic thrashes in the pits. Reports of cars ripping the suspension right off the chassis and transmission swaps just to get to the finish were many. The level of competition has been demonstrated to be staggering this year and to think, the season is just getting started.