BITD: MONGO Racing preps for Nevada 1000

MONGO Racing preps for the grueling Best in the Desert Nevada 1000. Fresh off of a strong finish at the "Terrible's Town 250" in Pahrump, NV MONGO Racing sits ...

MONGO Racing preps for the grueling Best in the Desert Nevada 1000.

Fresh off of a strong finish at the "Terrible's Town 250" in Pahrump, NV MONGO Racing sits #2 in the Class 8100 Full-Stock season points chase. MONGO Racing returned to Parker, Arizona after the race thinking about how best to approach the rest of the season.

"Sitting #2 in the season points means only one thing; that is to continue to compete for the BITD Class 8100 Full-Stock Points Championship at any cost", said Owner/Driver Randy Merritt. "Every year has been an improvement and last year we attempted every race. This year our goal is to finish every race and be in position to win."

Randy invited Dan Beaver of the PMC Racing to team up again with MONGO Racing as the stand by driver.

"Steve and I plan on completing the entire race ourselves, but I feel more comfortable that if there is a situation where I couldn't finish, Dan Beaver and Chris Golding are standing by ready to complete the race" said Merritt.

The Saddle West/Goodyear/Parker Motor Company sponsored Ford truck is currently going through a rigorous tear down and rebuild.

"We found the Ford truck, Autometer gauges, MSD ignition and the Sancho built rear-end held up very well from Terrible's Town. The Sway-A-Way shocks, Culhane built transmission and RLH radio systems worked very well and removed only to have a thorough check and reconditioning," said Co-Driver Steve Solaiza. "Most of the truck's drive train usually stays in the truck for two races, but the "Nevada 1000" is three races in one weekend and it's better to be safe. The truck is really well built and we are focussing on becoming a more consistent race team," Steve added.

Team Technician Chris Golding builds and tunes the race engine in Parker, Arizona. After the "Terrible's Town 250" he found a blemish in a cylinder of the engine block. With two seasons on this engine block, Randy and Chris, with the advice of JD machine shop in Lake Havasu, AZ decided it was time to build a new powerplant.

"The timing is bad because the longest race on the schedule is next, and I want to have more testing time on any changes. But I believe in the team and they have made good calls over the last year." We have to race if we want to achieve our goals," said Merritt.

Crew chief Jerry McGuire expressed the harshness of the three-day 1,000-mile off-road race through the grueling Nevada desert. Team manager Steve Draper expressed the increased difficulty in planning and preparing for a 1,000-mile race as opposed to the shorter races MONGO Racing normally competes in.

If you would like to contact MONGO Racing go to www.mongoracing.com.

-mr/sd-

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