BITD: LASD Terrible's Town 250 race recap

Neither rain, nor snow, nor wind, nor rocks can deter deputies from reaching the finish line! Pahrump, Nevada - April 7 - The Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputies Off-Road Race Team drove their 2000 Ford Ranger 4X4 truck through the toughest ...

Neither rain, nor snow, nor wind, nor rocks can deter deputies from reaching the finish line!

Pahrump, Nevada - April 7 - The Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputies Off-Road Race Team drove their 2000 Ford Ranger 4X4 truck through the toughest conditions Nevada and mother nature could toss at them and finished second in class, mere minutes behind the eventual class winner of the Terribles Town 250. This race was the first and one of the toughest races in the 2001 Best In The Desert Racing Association's 'Silver State Series'


LASD's Ford Ranger. Photo: Churchill Photography

The starting and finish line for the race was in the town of Pahrump, Nevada, which is about 1 hour north of Las Vegas. The race course was a single loop that covered 262 miles and took the racers as far north as the small town of Beatty, before coming back to Pahrump. This course has the reputation among the racers as one of the toughest because of the extremely rough, rocky and silty terrain. Mother nature decided to add to the difficulty by throwing rain, wind and even some snow at the racers.

The Deputies started third out of six trucks in their class. The starting interval was 1 minute, and at the 10 mile mark, the Deputies were already in the physical lead by about 1 minute. After some close racing with two other trucks in their class, the Deputies rear shock guards began to give in to the constant beating by all the rocks on the course. This only caused the deputies to slow down slightly as they passed the half-way mark and pulled into the pit at mile 148 for fuel and a driver change. After the pit stop, the Deputies were never more than a minute or two down on the leader as they pushed on to the finish line. At the finish line, the Deputies were only a few minutes behind the winning truck of Rob MacCachren and Steve Olliges, also in a Ford Ranger.


LASD and kids. Photo: Churchill Photography

The Deputies would like to thank the following sponsors for all their help in keeping their program up and running: Ford Motor Co., Ford Powertrain Engineering, BFGoodrich tires and pit support, Bilstein, National Spring Co., ROUSH Industries, Spirit Racing, Cruise America R.V. Rental & Sales, BorgWarner Automotive, American Racing Equipment, Multiquip Inc., Factory Motor Parts of California, Precision Gear, ARCO Products Co., Perfect Pattern Differentials, Tom's Differentials, Quaker State Oil, Brothers Performance, Duralast Batteries, Warn Industries, BOSCH, Osram/Sylvania, PIAA, Autometer Co., Lee Power Steering, Antenna Specialist, Zynolyte, Doug s Auto Body, Beard Su per Seats, Deering Industries, EMJ Specialty Tubing, Borla Performance Industries, Art Carr Performance Products, DANA Drive shaft Corp., T.C.I. Precision Metals, Magellan Systems Corp., Deist Safety, GPD Tomadur Engine Co., EZ-UP Co., PPG Industries, Whelen Engineering, Sign Pros, Ideal Division of the Stant Corporation, Earls Performance Products, Porteous Fastener Co. and Off-Road Unlimited.

The next scheduled race will be the Tonopah 300, which will be held in Tonopah, Nevada on June 22, 23, 24, 2001. See L.A.S.D. Racing on the web at their new web site, www.lasdracing.org

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EDITOR'S NOTE: The LASD is very active both at home and on the road. They are a non-profit team made up of deputies and other members of the sheriff's department, their friends and families. They are part of a program called S.T.A.R. (Success Through Awareness and Recognition). They visit local community schools as part of their off-road racing program. The use of the off-road sheriff vehicle breaks down the barriers that can exist between the kids and the law enforcement. The photo was taken at a local school in Pahrump, Nevada on Friday, April 6. -nancys-motorsport.com-

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Series Offroad
Drivers Rob MacCachren