Challenge Tackles The Master Pull USA 500
ZUKIWORLD Challenge Teams Race The Inaugural
Master Pull USA 500
Editor: Eric Bewley
Mikkelson., K. Anderson., E.
Reno, NV - The
ZUKIWORLD Challenge 2011 season kicked off at the inaugural Master Pull
USA 500 during an unseasonably cool July weekend. Six teams, ranging from
experienced to brand new, and reigning from Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and
California converged on this new Vorra sanctioned event and began their
assault on this new to us and new to Vorra 500+ mile course located just
to the east of Reno, Nevada.
2011 Season Team Standings
The day went too fast for some
and too slow for others but in general all the teams had a very good time.
David Capell's team won the race in convincing fashion while Jason
Hutchison's team Zukspeed took second. The rest of the field did not take
the checkered flag but did battle throughout the day to make distance and
finish as well as they could.
|My team, the Liberty
Overland Motorsports entry, was the first to fall ill and I had to
drop out of the race due to a bizarre and repeat bearing failure.
I limped my purple #1837 race truck, referred to by some as
"statutory grape", into the second pit which was
at mile 50 or so and had the dubious honor of being the first of
the entire event to turn in my transponder and call it quits. Even though
my day was cut quite short, I had an excellent time zipping
through the desert and am excited to hit the next long course
Throughout the day, little tidbits
of information would trickle down through the radios and cell
phones as to the status of the teams. Trouble Racing, which surprised
us all by adding a 2.0 liter Aerio engine to their race truck had
transmission and clutch problems early on and began a long day of
working through those problems until they finally turned their
5-speed transmission into a box of neutrals and had to
Meanwhile the battle up front raged
on between Greg Fuller's Suzuki Underground sponsored entry and
David Capell's Zukiworld Order ride. Throughout the race they
swapped the lead back and forth while little problems like flats,
fuel cell pickups, and clutch cables would set each back a bit
before they would regain and overtake the other. This was the case
through most of the day until Greg's Sidekick #1337 had a rear
suspension failure that he just couldn't fix in the middle of the
Slower and possibly more steady was
Jason Hutchison's team Zukspeed entry. Recovering from an embarrassing
start, he and his team mate trudged on throughout the day and
pushed their #5150 entry all the way to the finish. He and his
team were the only 'long course rookies' to earn their finisher's
pin from the Vorra officials.
|The newest team to join the ZUKIWORLD Challenge was
#276 the 4B Motorsports entry. Their
fresh build can be seen in an build article here. As with many
of us, their build went right up to the last minute and they did not
have adequate testing time before the race which led to a premature
suspension failure which knocked them out of the race at mile 96.
Even with the disappointment of not finishing team principle Bud
Bewley stated that he had an excellent time and is looking forward
to October's race.
Yes, affordable racing is alive and well. Every team reported
back a fantastic and fun time and the fact that we didn't have huge
support crews and the latest cool hardware didn't dampen that one
bit. While bugs and jeeps get more and more expensive and harder to
enter and be competitive in racing classes, the ZUKIWORLD Challenge
class delivers on a promise to stay true to a theme of affordability
Come join us for the season finally in Reno as we try our hand
and Vorra's short course race October 1st and 2nd. As a spectator,
the short course will be much more accessible and you will get a
chance to see all the ZUKIWORLD Challenge race teams battle it out
fender to fender.
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