Knecht/Worthing out duel Johnson/Barlow to Win Inaugural TROPHYLITE Race
Round #1 Recap
Heber, California (February 19, 2008) - After two days of hard fought competition for rights to be named the first winner of the KMC TROPHYLITE Series presented by KC HiLiTES, Orange County residents Logan Knecht and Billy Worthing along with their Lone Kid Racing crew prevailed. After an intense battle that saw TROPHYLITE competitors battle door to door, Worthing and Knecht were able to hold their lead that they had gained from the first day of racing to beat the team of racing veterans Ricky Johnson and Steve Barlow at the SNORE Battle at Primm.
On each day of racing, TROPHYLITE competitors started two by two which provided excitement as TROPHYLITE competitors came through on the first lap nose to tail on both days of competition. On Saturday, Knecht and Worthing battled Steve Barlow throughout the day. They were never separated by more than ten seconds until a slow final lap by Barlow gave Knecht and Worthing a three minute lead. TROPHYLITE competitor and supercross prospect Matt Armstrong, racing in his first off-road race in a four wheel vehicle wound up third and set fast lap time for the weekend.
On the second day of competition, Knecht and Worthing looked to hold their lead over Ricky Johnson, taking over for Steve Barlow. As the race began to unfold, buggy veteran Gary Messer took the lead until a flat tire slowed his progress and relegated him down the order. Ricky Johnson was racing hard trying to make up time on Knecht and Worthing, who were temporarily slowed after rear ending a stopped race vehicle in the blinding silt that was prevalent throughout the track. When the checkered flag fell, Worthing and Knecht held their lead from the previous day.
TROPHYLITE CEO Matt Scaroni summed up the weekend by commenting "The first round of the KMC TROPHYLITE Series presented by KC HiLiTES had the aspiring motocross racer battling the motocross champion who was battling the veteran buggy racer who was battling the husband and wife team who were all battling the two father-son teams. There is a place for everyone in TROPHYLITE and we are pleased with how the first round went. Things will only get better from here."
With results from the Round #1, Knecht/Worthing have a strong points lead over the rest of the field in the battle to become the first TROPHYLITE Champion.
Series Information The next race for in the KMC TROPHYLITE Championship Series Presented by KC HiLiTES is Best in the Desert Blue Water Gran Prix May 16-18 followed by a trip south of the border for the CODE ORW Jacume Gran Prix August 1-2. Don't miss your chance to witness off-road racing history as the TROPHYLITE era begins!