BITD: Berri Racing Terrible Town race recap

Best in the Desert has done it again! Over 100 car and truck entries set a new record for the Terrible's Town 250 held in Pharump, Nv on April 7. Joining them was an additional 75+ motorcycles and quads, all trying to take home the purse from...

Best in the Desert has done it again! Over 100 car and truck entries set a new record for the Terrible's Town 250 held in Pharump, Nv on April 7.

Joining them was an additional 75+ motorcycles and quads, all trying to take home the purse from "The Richest Off-Road Race in Nevada".

Entries in the pro/unlimited class were at an all time high of 19 vehicles. Looking over the competition before the race, during technical inspection, Sam found the vast majority of the class with much larger power plants and heavier cars. Sam looked at this as being to his advantage since Team Margarita's lighter car would only have to stop once for fuel while the other teams would have to stop twice or possibly three times to complete the 250 miles. Depending on the terrain of the course, the heavier cars would most certainly take a harder beating.


Sam Berri. Photo: Team Margarita.

Having drawn 5th starting position gave him an advantage. At the drop of the flag we were on our way. Six miles into the course, a rocker arm assembly gave way leaving only three cylinders. Sam set about repairs, determined to get back in the competition and complete the race. By the time repairs were completed, we were at the back of the pack with no hope of placing well in the event.

Check points 1, 2 3, and 4 flew by and our scheduled stop at check 5 for fuel and a look at the car went off without a hitch. Check point 6 was a fly by but the transmission was starting to have some problems. Two miles out of check 7 Sam had a rear flat and the transmission only had 1st and 3rd gear left.

Sam was determined to finish. A fresh tire and he was off. Another splash of fuel at check 8 just for safety and we were on our way to the finish. 8hr 6 min and 16 seconds after the start, Sam crossed the finish line.

The attrition rate was as expected. Only 13 of the 19 pro/unlimited cars finished the race and we were in 12th place in class for the day. Of the 104 cars and trucks that had started, Sam had managed to pass over half of them after his repairs and finished in a respectable 50th place.

-TM-

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