BITD: Tonopah: Team Hummer preview

Team Hummer upbeat about the outcome of Tonopah "300" Tonopah, NV - August 6, 2002: The 2002 off-road racing season continues Aug. 9-11 as Best in the Desert Racing Association takes their `Silver State Racing Series' to the Central Nevada...

Team Hummer upbeat about the outcome of Tonopah "300"

Tonopah, NV - August 6, 2002: The 2002 off-road racing season continues Aug. 9-11 as Best in the Desert Racing Association takes their `Silver State Racing Series' to the Central Nevada mining town of Tonopah. Race-day at the Tonopah 300, third event in this year's BitD racing schedule, starts early in the morning of August 9th just outside of this mile-high desert community. From there the race will proceed through the Big Smokey Valley on a single loop headed Northwest toward Gabbs, Nevada before returning to the finish line in Tonopah.

Team HUMMER comes into this event leading the Silver State Point Series in both the Full-Stock SUV and pick-up classes and is hoping to add to that lead by day's end on Saturday. Team Owner, Rod Hall seemed to think both of the team vehicles were going to be very competitive in the event:

"There was not much wrong with the #4103 SUV after the win at the Nevada 1000 that a good prep didn't fix", he said. "The second day into the Nevada 1000 we developed a crack in the exhaust line to the turbo causing us to loose quite a bit of boost. We were forced to continue with the crack and in spite of the loss of power we managed to pull off the win anyway. The problem was repaired as part of our prep for Tonopah and I fully expect the SUV to be running at full power this weekend."

"The #8103 Pick-up needed a bit of work to get ready for this race", commented driver Chad Hall. "I've been working on a new 4" shock design which we installed at the start of the season and we have been improving the suspension performance with every race. We have changed the valving and altered the restriction to the reservoirs and they are working better than anything we have ever had on the truck. Frankly, once we get this suspension completely ironed out, I don't think there's going to be many production class vehicles that will be able to run with us."

Team HUMMER drivers Rod Hall and Roy Davidson will alternate behind the wheel of the #4103 SUV accompanied by mechanics, Sam Cothren and Rob Henderson. As always, Chad Hall will drive the distance in the #8103 Team HUMMER Pick-up truck with Fallbrook, California's Cort Stoskoph riding in the second seat.

"The competition seems to get a bit faster at every race", says driver Roy Davidson. "Even in a production class we have to squeeze as much as we can out every system in these trucks to stay one step ahead of the competition. It takes a lot of time, hard work and dedication to gain any sort of competitive advantage in this environment. To hold on to it race after race is even more difficult but our crew does a great job making sure that Team HUMMER is a factor in the outcome of almost every event."

Tonopah is only a few hours South of Team HUMMER's Reno, NV race shop putting this event in their own back yard. The team thinks that it will be hard enough for the competition to beat them on neutral ground but given the fact that they will be on "their own turf" has the entire crew feeling that race-day will finish with Team HUMMER in the Winner's Circle once again!

- grt -

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Series Offroad
Drivers Rod Hall