NASCAR's Robby Gordon flies his SCORE Trophy-Truck 152' 2" for longest jump in Thursday's $16,000 SCORE Laughlin Leap Preview to this weekend's SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge draws nearly 5,000 spectators LAUGHLIN, Nev. --NASCAR Sprint Cup ...
NASCAR's Robby Gordon flies his SCORE Trophy-Truck 152' 2" for longest jump in Thursday's $16,000 SCORE Laughlin Leap
Preview to this weekend's SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge draws nearly 5,000 spectators
LAUGHLIN, Nev. --NASCAR Sprint Cup team owner/driver Robby Gordon nearly set an event-record in winning
Thursday's SCORE Laughlin Leap competition, a prelude to this weekend's season-opening 14th Annual SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge in Laughlin, Nev.
Always colorful, Gordon thrilled the standing-room only crowd of over 5,000, winning the large truck division by sending his powerful No. 77 Chevy CK1500 SCORE Trophy-Truck off the six-foot dirt jump for a distance of 152 feet, 2 inches. A total of 17 of the 29 SCORE Trophy-Trucks entered in this weekend's race competed in the optional SCORE Laughlin Leap.
Gordon came close to the event record of 160' 6" set in 2004 by Mark Post and nearly topped in 2006 when Carl Renezeder won with a leap of 159' and Marty Coyne jumped his SCORE Trophy-Truck 157' in 2005.
Second in the large truck division was Todd Wyllie, New River, Ariz., who jumped his Chevy C1500 SCORE Trophy-Truck 136' 3".
Las Vegas Dissemination Company teammates B.J. Richardson and Pat Dean, both of Las Vegas, took the top two spots in the large cc open wheel class. Driving near-identical Chevy-powered Bunderson Class 1 race cars, Richardson's vehicle went airborne for 138' 10" while Dean's was right behind at 138' 4".
Class 1-2/1600 racers Adam Pfankuch, Carlsbad, Calif., in a Mirage-VW and Dave Caspino, Woodland Hills, Calif., in a Lothringer-VW had leaps of 93' and 88' 6" respectively.
Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Bruce Woodbury Drive at Casino Drive will be tech and contingency day for the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge as the over 150 cars and trucks entered in the race go through the colorful manufacturer's midway. The Laughlin Events Park is the spectator area for the race and it is also where the pits and infield portion of the 6.25-course is located.
The unique race, split into two parts, will be held Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the 17 classes divided into five race groups running multiple laps each day. The featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division will race at 1 p.m. each day followed by the unlimited Class 1 cars at 3 p.m.
Ticket information is available at www.visitlaughlin.com.