BITD: Western Motorsports Mesquite 300 summary

2nd at Silver State 300 for Western Motorsports Protruck Backus/Mason Make Gains towards BITD Championship Western Motorsports drivers Rick Backus and Dave Mason piloted their Eleven Western Builders Protruck Ford to a 2nd place class finish...

2nd at Silver State 300 for Western Motorsports Protruck
Backus/Mason Make Gains towards BITD Championship

Western Motorsports drivers Rick Backus and Dave Mason piloted their Eleven Western Builders Protruck Ford to a 2nd place class finish in the Best in the Desert Racing Association's Silver State 300 on Saturday. The event began near Mesquite, Nevada at the Alamo Landing Field with Driver Dave Mason first behind the wheel guided by Co-Driver Rob Fox. It was apparent the hunger that existed to win the event, as Western Motorsports took an early and strong lead among the competitive Protruck Class. Their second place finish may have looked easy as Driver Rick Backus and Co-Driver Mark Moffitt brought the truck to the finish line, but it didn't come without a strong effort to battle back from race setbacks.

A flat tire and jack issue along with having to change an alternator during the race dropped the team back to around 5th place. As they've had to do several times this year, the Western Motorsports team maintained composure and focus throughout the day despite challenges they faced. Mason and Backus kept the truck moving at a fast but smart pace to make up for the down time. Supported by the exceptional efforts of the crew the team came back up through the field to grab a podium finish.

"All and all is was a good race for us. We finished 2nd and gained valuable points," said Mason. "I'm proud of this team and how well everyone is working together. We are strong right now and I think this is good momentum to carry us into the final event."

The goal of Western Motorsport's Protruck team is always to win any race entered. But in a long racing season that spans well over 2000 miles of extreme off-road racing they know there will be setbacks, breakdowns and just downright bad luck. And luck has not necessarily fallen their way this year, but in nearly all events they have been a top contender. What has paid off most is the teams never give up attitude, which likely has moved Western Motorsports up in the points championship chase from 3rd place to 2nd with one race remaining (pending official results from the BITD Series).

"We had a truck good enough to win. Sometimes the winner just comes down to who had an issue in the race and who didn't," said Backus. "Josh [Nelson] (Crew Chief) and all the guys put in a great effort preparing for and racing this event. We were fast from pre-running to the race and in the end I'm pleased with our results. I feel good about how our team is performing right now headed into the final race. We just need to stay on top of our game, and do our thing."

The final race of the Best in the Desert season, the Henderson Fabtech Desert Classic is scheduled for December 6th in Henderson, Nevada.

Team Note - 7200 Truck Debut Update: The 7200 Truck Driven by Brett Backus and Sean Backus was scheduled to make its debut at the Silver State 300. Unfortunately the newly built truck suffered a blown engine during testing a few days before the race. The decision was made to take necessary efforts to investigate the engine issue and be ready for a strong debut at the upcoming December event. An earlier race may be scheduled and is to be determined.

-credit: wm

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