Robbie Pierce DRIVES MasterCraft Trophy Truck to Top Five at SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge Santee, California (January 29,2008) Facing perhaps the most daunting course in his racing career, MasterCraft CEO, Robbie Pierce, took to the desert...
Robbie Pierce DRIVES MasterCraft Trophy Truck to Top Five at SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge
Santee, California (January 29,2008) Facing perhaps the most daunting course in his racing career, MasterCraft CEO, Robbie Pierce, took to the desert of Laughlin, Nevada for the first of the five race 2008 SCORE Desert Series. Driving the sleek JIMCO-designed #35 Trophy Truck, Pierce pulled down on his shoulder harnesses and mashed the pedal of the red and black race truck.
The SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge hosted five groups by individual class. Racing a 6.25 mile course for eight laps, which started and finished with a stadium-style course in front of packed grandstands before charging into the difficult Southern Nevada desert again, Pierce implemented strategy early in hopes to earn a top five finish.
With over 20 SCORE Trophy Truck vying for the prestigious crown -- Laughlin Desert Challenge Champion, Pierce raced from the inside of the ninth row in a side-by-side dual from the start. Pierce battled against the nation's top drivers in what was his first ever short course desert style race. In fact, Pierce later admitted that he had never raced any type of vehicle at the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge since its inception.
Smiling wide, Pierce said, "Wow, the race was great.' This is my first Laughlin race much less racing it in a SCORE Trophy-Truck, and to come out here and do this right off the get go... I've never done a short-course race like this and having Damen (Jefferies) in front of me throwing rocks into my face, it was awesome. It was, 'yeah, welcome to SCORE Trophy-Trucks, pal.' We had a great time. I was trying to stay close to them. We had already discussed this race is all about attrition. The #35 lost first and second gear about the third lap or so, so we just left it in high gear and nursed it through. That's all we could do and it turned out to be just fine."
MasterCraft Racing is slated to compete in the entire 2008 SCORE Desert Series and finishing every race is one of the many goals for the team. "Finishing in the top five is very exciting for our team. We've put together a talent-rich group of guys and gals who are all very committed to the 2008 season. Starting the season off on the right foot is what we came to Laughlin for," explained the MasterCraft's CEO.
Prepped by Mirage Racing in Santee, California, the #35 SCORE Trophy Truck performed near flawlessly. The truck suffered only a slight transmission issue early in the race, forcing Robbie Pierce to throttle back and cruise to the finish line. "The tranny was my fault," explained Robbie. "I was heading into the corner a little too hot and the truck driver in me took over and I down shifted to get it shut down. Bill and his crew gave us a tremendous race truck and provided us trackside support along with Mike Julson and his crew from JIMCO Racing. We are very pleased with the performance of this JIMCO-built Trophy Truck and the prep was phenomenal. We can't wait to get a chance to run the three Baja races, where our consolidated team has decades of racing experience," commented Pierce.
Racing is slated to race the 2008 SCORE Desert Series and will be headed to the SCORE Baja 250 held in San Felipe, Baja California on March 15, 2008. Make plans to visit MasterCraft Racing at race contingency and pick up your MasterCraft decals and race posters featuring the #35 SCORE Trophy Truck.