BITD: Mongo Racing Vegas to Reno preview

Round three of the Best In The Desert's schedule is the legendary "Vegas to Reno" billed as "The Longest Off-road Race in the United States," June 24- 26, 2004. With ten trucks pre-entered in the BITD Class 8100 Full-Stock Production Truck, the...

Round three of the Best In The Desert's schedule is the legendary "Vegas to Reno" billed as "The Longest Off-road Race in the United States," June 24- 26, 2004. With ten trucks pre-entered in the BITD Class 8100 Full-Stock Production Truck, the largest field in a year, and Ford, Chevrolet and AMC General represented in this extreme test of man and machine against the Nevada terrain. The "Vegas to Reno" contingency, technical inspection and drivers meeting is scheduled for Thursday June 24, 2004 at the Sun Coast Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. With the start of the race just outside Pahrump, NV at the Johnny mine, on Friday June 25, 2004, the team will return to Pahrump and stay at the preferred Saddle West Hotel and Casino. The Mongo Racing 2004 Ford F-150 will start this legendary race sixth off the line in class.

With two races completed, the Mongo Racing 2004 Ford F-150 driven by Randy Merritt sits in the top five in the BITD Class 8100 season point's standings. "This truck is like no other I've driven or rode in, the balance and stability has no equality in my experience. I am very impressed with the new Ford designed F-150 in race conditions, we just have a couple little bugs to work out," Randy Merritt stated after the Terrible's Town 250.

Mongo Racing began prepping for the "Vegas to Reno" by making changes to the truck's set up and testing on May 1st, only one week after competing in one of the most grueling races in the Southwest, with just one week removed from race weekend the team was able to test and compare the changes fresh in their minds. "We finished a team disappointing 5th place at the Terrible's Town 250, but we learned more in that 250 miles than we have in the approximately 800 miles previous. This team is like few others, in that we don't have to trailer out to a test site, we can drive our truck out of the shop in be in the desert testing in less than 2 minutes and that helps a lot", added co-rider Chris Golding. After making a few changes and liking the results the Mongo Racing team went back to work in the shop on the 2004 Ford F-150 in preparation for the BITD "Vegas to Reno".

The number one change on the 2004 Ford F-150 was the addition of an all-new BORLA Stainless Steel Dual Exhaust system installed by TNC Machine & Metal Fab. Then TNC added a second light bar to the Mongo Racing 2004 Ford F-150 adding 2 more KC Hilites HID and 2 more KC Hilites long range Daylighter lights. A couple of smaller changes like shock set-ups were changed, but no other major changes were made to the truck.

The changes were tested this past weekend in the desert surrounding Parker, Arizona. Known for the BITD Parker 425, the desert here gives the team multiple testing situations. In June, add the extreme heat that Randy and Chris plan to navigate through in the summer Nevada desert. One test session began at 1:00 pm for testing in the extreme heat. With pre-race testing almost completed driver Randy Merritt stated, "I think we're almost there, but I fell this truck can now win only if we, as a team, do everything right."

With less than two weeks to the green flag, the Mongo Racing crew has several things to do for race day as do all those who are preparing to race the longest off-road race in the United States and the BITD season. Mongo Racing is looking forward to the legendary BITD "Vegas to Reno" off-road race with enthusiasm.

Mongo Racing would like to thank their sponsors: Ford Trucks, Visteon, TNC Machine & Metal Fab, F & M Baldenegro Farms, Goodyear Tires, Signcraft, Borla Exhaust, Valley Spring, Bodyline Auto body and paint, For You Tire & Auto, Gibb's Repair, Lickity Stitch, Sway-A-Way, Desertracing.com, Auto Meter, NAPA in Parker.

For more information on Mongo Racing, or BITD visit www.mongoracing.com, or for more off-road news visit www.desertracing.com.

-mr-

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