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Desert Racers to be included in 2013 Dakar Challenge

HDRA 1Ridgecrest, CA

HDRA is bringing some heavy horsepower to Ridgecrest, California for the King Shocks HDRA 250 race April 4-7. The list of Trophy Truck teams competing includes points leader Cameron Steele in his Desert Assassins Monster Energy number 16, BJ Baldwin, the Herbst brothers Tim and Troy, Gustavo Vildosola, Juan Carlos Lopez, Jimmy Knuckles, Justin Davis, Zak Langley and the Galindo Electric team of Steven Eugenio and Adam Pfankuck who are poised for a break-out win.

It’s hard to remember when so many Trophy Trucks were competing in Ridgecrest; the fans are in for some great racing.

The action is not only reserved for the unlimited trucks. The Class 1 field has two hometown racers, Tom Koch and Eric Jacobs who no doubt will be schooling the rest of the Class 1 field; racing in their own back yard.

The 60 mile long laps will suit the huge pack of 1400 trucks, 25 to be exact, that will be out to prove whose truck is best suited for the challenging Ridgecrest course. The course has sandy washes, rocky mountainous terrain, miles of whoops and scenic sections that weave through huge boulder outcroppings. The Class 10 cars will be gunning for points leader Andrew Myers who looks to make it two in a row.

The 7200 truck class is loaded with extremely talented drivers that all want to stand on top of the podium. The Pro UTV’s will be going wheel to wheel all day and in the Wide Open Baja Challenge cars, Jon Largent, who leads the points battle, will be racing against Jeff Benton, Bill Young and Gabor Juhasz, who comes all the way from Szigetszentmiklos, Hungary.
Ridgecrest is a unique area. It is surrounded by four mountain ranges and within two hours of both the highest and lowest points in the contiguous United States. If you head down route 178, you will pass through Trona on your way to Death Valley. If you have time for some sightseeing, a short drive out of Ridgecrest on 178 will take you to the Trona Pinnacles. The pinnacles are Tufa Spires similar to the ones found at Mono Lake that were formed when the area lay at the bottom of an ancient sea. The pinnacles may look familiar to some; they have been the backdrop to several Hollywood movies including Battlestar Gallactica, Star Trek V, Lost in Space and Planet of the Apes.

You can also check out the Randsburg Ghost Town 17 miles south of town. Just don’t miss the Monster Energy Freestyle MX team performing their stunt shows at the fairgrounds on Friday afternoon.

HDRA 3The fun begins on Thursday when prerunning takes place from 8am-5pm. Registration for the classes that will be qualifying is at Tommy T’s Sports Bar and a live draw for the rest of the starting positions will be on DirtLive. Friday, the Trophy Trucks and Class 1’s will qualify and as mentioned before, the Monster Energy FMX shows will take place during technical inspection at the fairgrounds in the afternoon. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the fairgrounds. Saturday, we will be racing and then back to Tommy T’s!


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