Overall impressions: The San Felipe race was the ROUGHEST, SANDIEST, most challenging race run there in recent years, even ROUGHER than usual, and much more sandy. As this is but a 250 mile race, you would not expect it to be a DURABILITY race,...
The San Felipe race was the ROUGHEST, SANDIEST, most challenging race run there in recent years, even ROUGHER than usual, and much more sandy. As this is but a 250 mile race, you would not expect it to be a DURABILITY race, but only 135 vehicles finished of the 230+ entries - just over 50%.
The sand washes were EXTREMELY soft and deep, and hid some un-nice things in them, like rocks and even deeper sand pits.
The overall 4 wheel winner (and first in Trophy Truck class) was Tim Herbst in the Ford Trophy Truck with an incredible 58.7 mph average speed. RESULTS: FULL STOCK: Greg Foutz of Foutz Motorsports (F250 with 6.8L/4R1000) was happy with the engine performance indicating it will pull to 4800 RPM in 3rd (somewhat over 110mph) on the smoother areas. He finished second in class. Foutz competed a substantial part of the event with a stuck shift valve limiting him to 1st and 2nd gear operation. The trans got very hot (280F) in the sand washes, and operated there for 20-30 minutes at a stretch, which contributed to the shift valve sticking. The trans that was used for the San Felipe had about 500 race miles, plus about 100 test miles. The sand washes also took their toll, with them getting stuck at least three times trying to negotiate their way around buried or slower competitors. Congratulations to Greg and FMI for a great 2nd place finish at a REALLY tough race! RESULTS: TROPHY TRUCK: Dan Smith and Dave Ashley of Team Enduro (F150 5.4L 4V 4R1000) had a rough time but finished 3rd in class.
Team Enduro was 8 minutes up on the entire trophy truck field and pulling away when going thru a sand wash one of those "buried treasures" got to them. Smith just grazed a rock with the left side tires and bent both wheels. This immediately let out the air and left Dan to change the tires in the sand wash - BUT - the Enduro Trophy truck carries but one spare! Smith put the spare on the rear, and proceeded to try to get the truck out of the sand wash with a flat front tire (Just try pushing one of those trucks with a flat tire, and you'll get an appreciation for the tractive effort required to do so: NOW, picture pushing a flat tire thru a sand wash)!
Smith rocked the vehicle back and forth a bit and did succeed in getting the truck rolling again (HUGE sigh of relief, as most times, once stuck in a sand wash, you are there until external aid in the form of a willing competitor to tow you out comes by). However, he still had one more problem - the next check point was 17 miles. Smith proceeded to drive the Trophy truck as a 3-wheeler for 17 miles to get a fresh left front tire, and a fresh spare. Once re-shod, both the Ashley and Smith went to "put a move on em" and between them, they made up most of the 60- minute deficit accumulated by having the double flat. Team Enduro finished a very respectable third place in Trophy Truck (9th overall), with a 52.6 mph overall average. They were charging hard to catch Brian Collins in the Chevy Trophy Truck, and finished a scant 11 minutes behind him. Team Enduro posted the fastest splits prior to the 'sand wash' and once they had all 4 tires.
Congratulations to Dan, Dave and Enduro for a great 3rd place finish at a REALLY tough race!
-Ford Truck Motorsports