BITD: Las Vegas: Team Hummer season finale preview

Team Hummer® set their sights on 2002 points championships. Reno, NV - Dec. 1, 2002: Coming off a big win at the SCORE Baja 1000, the energized crew at Team HUMMER was hard at work this week getting ready for the final race of the season,...

Team Hummer® set their sights on 2002 points championships.

Reno, NV - Dec. 1, 2002: Coming off a big win at the SCORE Baja 1000, the energized crew at Team HUMMER was hard at work this week getting ready for the final race of the season, Best in the Desert's Las Vegas 200, Dec. 6-8. The race will be consist of three 75 mile loops and will take place on a desert course 30 miles South of Las Vegas, Nevada. Team HUMMER's Chad Hall won this event on a similar course last year and is favored to repeat as winner of this year's race.

Both Team HUMMER Trucks are in the running for points championships in Best in the Desert's `Silver State Series', a matter which will be resolved for the 2002 season at the conclusion of the Las Vegas 200 on Saturday. Chad Hall is currently on top of the Class 8100 Full-Stock points chase with a 12 point advantage over the veteran Manny Esquerra of Parker, Arizona. The #8103 Full Stock Pick-up will need to finish in front of Esquerra to win the class championship.

"We just won the Baja 1000 in this car", said Chad, "but by the time we got the truck back to our shop there wasn't much time to get it ready for the Las Vegas 200. The overall damage was minimal. We just replaced a front cross-member and a few steering parts so the truck is almost ready to go but we're still trying to sort out the electrical problem that caused the transmission to remain in third gear throughout most of the Baja race. The problem appears to be a faulty sensor so we'll replace all the sensors before the race and everything should be back to normal."

Rod Hall finds himself second in Class 4100 Full-Stock SUV points, a mere 14 points behind San Diego's Mark Stein and 13 points in front of John Sunderland. These three trucks have been running very close all year and a class win will be necessary for Team HUMMER to win the points championship. Team owner, Rod Hall thinks this is going to be a close race but likes his chances at the end of the day.

"We've been running very close all year," commented Hall. "It's going to come down to an all out drag race for 225 miles. Reliability will be the key to winning this event and our chief mechanic on the SUV program, Sam Cothrun, has been going over the truck since August to make sure that everything that even looks like it could cause a problem has been replaced."

Rod is going to drive the distance in the race, giving co-driver Roy Davidson the day off. Clearly, if everyone has a good day, it's going to set up a very exciting finish. All things being equal, Rod feels that the #4103 Team HUMMER SUV will have the advantage.

Our next race and the first race of the 2003 season will be the inaugural BitD Blue Water Resort & Casino Parker 425 in Parker, Arizona on Feb. 7-9.

For more information on Team HUMMER visit www.rodhall.com. To learn more about HUMMER vehicles go to www.hummer.com.

- grt -

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