Vegas to Reno Review Part 2

Day 3


We got to the impound area at 8:45 a.m. Saturday morning to start Day 3. By 9:30 a.m. we were pre-staged and headed over to the start line 5 miles away.

We started at the back again because of our DNF the day before. We got off to a good start but with the dust hanging in the air over the track we couldn’t see over 20’ ahead of us. After a while we catch up with the other racers. Passing was dangerous but there was no way we were going to eat dirt all day long. We looked for good openings or a long, straightaway to pass.

The night before we removed the fiberglass grille and one headlight in front of the radiator to solve the overheating problem. Our temperature went down an average of 20 degrees.

Derek was driving again but was very tired from only two hours of sleep. The first half of the day was full of silt beds. The truck was floating over them well when we maintained a high speed. The uphill climbs were quickly dragging our engine down, so we had to keep up the speed to stay in the engine’s power band all while being careful enough to finish the race.

I switched into the driver’s seat around mile marker 160. The course was very tight. Uphill grades and dangerous downhill canyons with lots of turns scattered with large rocks. We had to slow down due to our BFG’s which are 5-6 years old. With only 20 miles left to go before the finish line the entire course changed to razor sharp rocks that we that we had to go over- making sure we didn’t spin the tires the rest of the way.

The finish line and the Red Bull arch were a welcome sight. After 1,000 miles in 3 days, we finished 2nd place for the day and 6th overall. After 3 days, only 125 of the 300 vehicles that started the race finished in Reno and Lost Boys Racing # 7205 was there.

Big Thanks to our Pit Crew!
Derek & Gary Dixon- “Drivers”
Jeff McCullough- Crew Chief & “Bud Light Master”
Kurt Mantwell- “Dirt”
Erik Aldinger- “Sparky”
Kevyn Thaxton- “Tex”
Chris Thaxton- “Local Yocal”
Stewart Dixon- “Fed Ex”
Butch Burtness- “Tech Support”

And a Special Thanks to our Sponsors:
King Shocks
Mac McFarland –Ford Fleet Sales
Smith Floors
Pacific Premier Bank
Full Circle Maintenance & Construction

Our next race is in Mesquite Nevada- the Silver State 300 September 25, 26, 27.


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