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Author Topic: 2018 Vegas to Reno - Team Stories!  (Read 4874 times)

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Ok, looks like a it was one heck of a race so .... Tell us about it!
   

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Here is a story from the 6088 shared on instagram by @joelewis33

jonlewis33Vegas to Reno is a wrap. It was a rough race for Joe Fitos in the 6088 as we rolled early at RM 13 when trying to get around a truck that was stalled on course. We were able to get some help rolling the truck back over, unfortunately we were on a soft hillside that I had to dig us out of. So right from the beginning we were down about 30 minutes. Once we got settled back in we got in to a groove and were moving along pretty good picking up spots as many teams were having issues. @jeff354 took over behind the wheel at RM 190. Didnít take long for him to find his groove as we caught up to the storm which made things interesting but we were still making up time on the field. We both got out at RM 278 where Joe and Kevin hopped in to take her to the finish. Que the trouble: RM 373 the truck broke the driveshaft taking out some radiator lines which ultimately put us on the trailer at RM 383 of 530

Not all was lost for our @tropylite team as the 6066 of @joshcobbracing @alexkenison @spitz_motorsports and @visionhype finished with a strong 3rd place! Travis Williams salvaged a 6th in the 6077 after a driveline issues and getting 3 flats at the same time. Congrats to @gbracing6012 for grabbing the top spot on the box.
   

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3-Flats at 1 time??? wow, I never heard of that before. How did that happen?
   

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3-Flats at 1 time??? wow, I never heard of that before. How did that happen?

I don't know! We need to hear from the 6088 team. Did Todd experience that once at V2R maybe on the skinny BFGs?
   
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Ricky you need to ask Andrea sometime about the 5 flat crash down by your house.  Lets just say it was eventful .
   

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Russ, 5 flats!  Wow!

Well, heres our story:

V2R started for us about a week before the race when we arrived in Vegas.  First thing we headed over to wiks and got the truck dynoed.  We had ZERO testing on the new motor and wanted to do that before we did anything.  Wiks got everything close, then boom....power outage at wiks!  The power outage took out a few blocks and would take the power company days to fix.

Knowing we were close on tuning, we headed out and tested the truck for a bit, everything seemed fine except a vibration issue that started around 35 mph.  We were running the awesome CD7 digital gauge display and used the time to get baselines on whats normal and whats not.

Jason had gears coming to us, but due to shipping errors they were delayed.  So, we enjoyed some fun time in the pool, and ripping around vegas on the coolers...always a good time.  If you dont have one you NEED a cooler.  We have so much fun on them when we head to the races.  We had nothing to do for about 4 days so ... we had some fun.

After a few cooler crashes by my co-driver (VERY FUNNY except for the high speed one!), our gears came in.  This was the day before contingency.  We headed over to Vegas 4x4 to have him swap the gears in the 3rd member.  (vegas4x4.com).  These guys KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING!  They do gear swaps daily and were super helpful to us and gave us a good deal on the work.   What wasnt fun is swaping the 3rd member in the parking lot outside their building.  It was so hot, if you left a wrench in the sun, you had to drop it in a bucket of water just to be able to touch it!  We got the 3rd member in thanks to my amazing crew.

That night we headed out to test.  The new gear worked great but we still had that bad vibration.  Connor, the leader of my crew, suggested it was a driveshaft issue.  Swapped the shaft....and that was it!  Vibration just about gone.  Tested for a few hours, got lost and had to drive the TL down the highway to get back.  Fun time!

Headed to contingency the next day....this was a great time for us.  We had one of our own (Hope) working the booth for STEEL-IT, and we were right next to them.  We got the truck checked up, tore down our booth...and went to bed.

Race Day.  We get to the start of the race and are ready to go.  Unload the race truck, fill the tank.  All is good, then we realize the return line in the filler neck is leaking BAD.  We had disturbed the fitting when doing the fuel system.  Tried some teflon tape to fix it...no good.  Race was starting in an hour!  Fix was simple.  Cap the fitting and feed the return into a leftover fitting on the tank.  Worked perfect.  No leaks.

Start out #1...leave the line and we are all good.  Cautiously we stopped at pit one for a splash of fuel, which we later figured out we didnt need to.  A few trucks passed us there.  At this time we realized our tracker wasnt working at all.

Run hard to pit 3.  Truck was good but we wanted food badly.  We jumped out for about 10 mins to check the truck and eat.  This was really the first daytime test of the truck at race speeds so we figured take the time rather than cost us a DNF.   Truck was fine!  Nothing wrong!  But eating a entire sandwich in less than 5 minutes would prove to be a mistake later on.

Somewhere after pit 5 we got into some dust and slowed down to around 20 mph...a 10 car came up and hit us pretty hard.  Wasent anyone's fault...We both creeped along for a second stunned, then continued.  Due to the placement of the spare we had ZERO damage! 

About 30 miles before pit 7 that sandwich i ate was getting to me.  I had been in the truck 7 hours straight.  I had a very bad headache and was about to be sick, so i pulled off for about 10 mins to try to relax.  Got back in and headed to pit 8....never made it there.  Started throwing up at pit 7 and called the team to run back and have my backup driver Gary Hull "Get it there Gary" jump in.   

Gary got in and took the wheel while i relaxed in the chase truck and let my stomach settle.

I got back in the truck at pit 13 and took it to the finish.  Man those last miles seemed more like King of the Hammers than desert racing!  Crossed the finish line in 5th! 

Had a great time.  My team did so much, they made this all happen!

Also, I should note we FINALLY had no Vapor lock / whatever it is, issues at all.  Im going to post my EXACT fuel system setup in the tech area.

--John


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Thanks for sharing your race adventure John! Guess it went pretty smooth for everyone else?
   

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The race recap / race footage video for 6013 is up on our team page!  Everyone check it out:

https://youtu.be/lrxKh6RO-6A

The 6013 team page:  http://wildpowersports.com/desert-racing.html


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Awesome John! Incar vid is soooooooooo clear ... I need more. Love the audio as well.
   
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