There are Always Two Sides to Every Story Our Viewpoint: Primm Valley, NV (September 13, 2009) Debuting the No. 20 Rockstar/MasterCraft Trophy Truck and claiming the overall and class win was Rob MacCachren at last...
There are Always Two Sides to Every Story
Primm Valley, NV (September 13, 2009) Debuting the No. 20 Rockstar/MasterCraft Trophy Truck and claiming the overall and class win was Rob MacCachren at last weekend's SCORE Terrible's Primm 300 in Primm Valley, Nevada. Starting in the 23rd position and battling his way through a total field of 109 competitors, Rob MacCachren successfully brought home the overall win for the Rockstar/MasterCraft race team. Completing the 276 mile course in 4 hours, 36 minutes and 20 seconds, MacCachren dominated the race and claimed the victory by 11 minutes and 28 seconds over current SCORE points leader and second place finisher, Robby Gordon.
Our Interpretation of SCORE International's Viewpoint:
After a full night of analyzing the IRC tracking data from the SCORE required "black box," the No. 20 Rockstar/MasterCraft Trophy Truck, driven by Rob MacCachren, was assessed a 14 minute time penalty for speed violations in restricted areas (pits and Power Plant Road). Adjusting the finishing times in accordance to the speed violations, the No. 20 Rockstar/MasterCraft Trophy Truck finished the Primm 300 race in 4 hours, 50 minutes and 20 seconds. After the assessed time penalties were recalculated into the overall results, Robby Gordon (in the No. 77 Trophy Truck) moved up from the second position to claim the overall win with a 1 minute and 2 second lead over Rob MacCachren.
"When more of the competitors are doing it wrong than are doing it right then obviously there is an enormous breakdown in communication between SCORE and the racers that support the series. I don't believe in breaking the rules, but on the other hand I also don't think Rob MacCachren was out there in the pits intentionally speeding. It is so easy to reach 51, 52 or even 53 mph and not realize it and then hit the brakes and back off the throttle - by then the damage is already done. I honestly don't think the punishments are fitting to the crime and there has to be a better answer," said Mike Julson, owner of Jimco and builder of the two Rockstar/MasterCraft Trophy Trucks.
In a final hour deal, Rob MacCachren joined the MasterCraft race team as the solo driver of the newly purchased No. 20 Jimco-fabricated Trophy Truck. Robbie Pierce, team owner and driver of the No. 30 Trophy Truck, was presented with the opportunity to join forces with Rockstar and Rob MacCachren late last week when Mark Post withdrew from the Terrible's Primm 300 race. "Even though I had a disappointing race in the No. 30 truck, I honestly could not have asked for a better day. For Rob MacCachren to come out here, start nearly dead last in the class, and bring the truck across the finish line as the unofficial overall winner is just incredible. Rob had only 30 minutes of seat time in the No. 20 truck the day of the race and his performance out there is a true testament to his talent behind the wheel. Despite the official results, Rob MacCachren is still the overall winner in my mind. As a driver, team owner, and a manufacturer in this industry I will commit to helping find a better solution to these last minute results shake-ups, IRC is not the answer to all of our problems. To have Rob's remarkable day and overall win removed by a few pings from a satellite is not in keeping with the true spirit of the competition," commented Pierce.
Starting in the 12th position, the No. 30 Trophy Truck of Robbie Pierce was running "nearly flawless" when the truck suffered a dramatic crash at race mile 56. Barrel-rolling two and a half times before coming to a rest on its "lid," the No. 30 finally got the BFG's rubber side down when "Ed" and "Billy" from SCORE Operations made the trek out to the truck to assist. After being down for 45 minutes Pierce tried to make up for lost time, only to suffer a transmission failure that ended his day at race mile 36. "My disappointment in not finishing the race today is mostly for my team. Everyone worked so hard to not only get us to the starting line, but also to the victory. It would have been nice to have two Jimco's on the podium - not only for the team and for Rockstar but also for Mike Julson as his experience has been invaluable to me and my crew," remarked Pierce.
The Terrible's Primm 300 was the fourth race of the five race SCORE desert racing series and featured four 69 mile loops totaling 276 miles of rugged and silty Nevada terrain. The final competition of the 2009 race season for the No. 20 and No. 30 will be the SCORE Baja 1000 held November 20 - 23, 2009 in Ensenada, B.C., Mexico.