ACE MOTORSPORTS continues its domination of stock class off-road racing with another double victory at this last weekend's running of the infamous Tonopah 300. Coming from the recent Double win at Terrible's 250, it seemed hard to imagine pulling...
ACE MOTORSPORTS continues its domination of stock class off-road racing with another double victory at this last weekend's running of the infamous Tonopah 300. Coming from the recent Double win at Terrible's 250, it seemed hard to imagine pulling off this feat again! But once more, the entire ACE / FORD TEAM SUV, showed the competitors that this "pair of aces" is going to very, very tough to beat this year. Both trucks ran fast and flawlessly through the hot, rugged Nevada terrain, picking their way through what was described by some as a junkyard of race trucks, littering the course. Both trucks had a perfect day, without tire or mechanical failure, and went on to claim the 1st place trophy for their respective classes.
Explorer report: 3102
The Explorer drew a pole position in class, with Marc Winocur starting the race, accompanied by co-driver Dan Candler. The green flag dropped at 9:45am. After a short distance, Marc said he saw the course taking its toll on numerous trucks, but Marc and Dan had a clean run, and started picking their way through slower trucks and buggies. By pit #1, the Ace Explorer had pulled to a few minutes lead, and drove through without a stop. By pit # 2, the lead diminished as the three top trucks in the class pitted at the same time. The Ace crew added fuel and made a check of the Explorer and got Marc out in the lead immediately followed by the Bronco II and then Falkowski's Explorer.
The race stayed close all the way to Pit 3 were Marc pulled in for a planned fuel stop and driver change. As Dave Turner and Curtis Reed got in the Ace Explorer, the Bronco II went by electing to skip their driver change at Pit #3 to assume the lead. Dave pulled out about a minute behind the Bronco and the chase was on. Within a few miles the Explorer was pressuring for the lead and took over when the Bronco II hit a rock causing a rear flat. By Pit #4 the Ace Explorer's lead was 8 minutes over the Bronco and the other Explorer was now 21 minutes back.
By pit #5, Dave had opened the lead to 12 minutes, stopping for a quick splash of fuel and a final "once-over" to ensure the truck was truly in great shape for the final push. Departing the pit, Dave focused on adding some FORD EXPLORER breathing room, and by pit #6, the lead had extended to 14 minutes. Driving by Pit #6 with a thumbs-up from the entire team, Dave and Curtis surged ahead to the finish line capturing the trophy and checkered flag.
A post race inspection revealed that the Bronco II had excessive front wheel travel, exceeding the 9" rule, giving the Falkowski Explorer 2nd place and moving the Bronco II into third.
With this win, the Ace Explorer has back-to-back wins, and leads in the points for the season championship.
Expedition Report: 4101
Race day in the beautiful mining town of Tonopah- what a great day to race.Marc Stein & Chris Tartar took out the team's leading Bilstein/Goodyear/Ford expedition on yet another "expedition." Marc, driving the new course, enjoyed a strong competitive race. He had both the newcomer Matt Scaroni in his Ford Excursion, along with John Sunderland's Ford Bronco, racing nose-to-tail for the first 80 miles, until Marc took the Excursion by surprise, to come within 15 seconds yet always in sight of the older Bronco. Marc had started 2 minutes behind, yet gave plenty of pressure to the lead Bronco.After what was the closest race in a long period the lead Bronco was passed at mile 120, as it went down for a flat tire. Marc brought the truck to a 35-minute lead into Pit #3, where the driver team of Mike McComas and Mark Jernegens awaited. After turning over the truck to the next "ACE" team, he waited and watched as the others in class came into the pit. 1st was the Bronco that needed major repair and sat in the pit for 1 hour, followed by the Hummer that was 7 minutes behind, and then followed by the SMD Excursion 10 minutes after the Hummer. Mike and Marc brought the Champion SUV to yet another class victory!
ACE Motorsports thanks the awesome efforts by the entire team and crew, along with our newest sponsor, BORLA. Our victory is shared by all of our supporter- FORD TRUCKS, BILSTEIN, GOODYEAR, DURALAST, AUTOMETER, PRP, HELLA and ACE UNIFORMS! Join us at the Vegas to Reno race in September for our next VICTORY!