December 3, 2011
BITD Transwest Ford Henderson 250 - Hendersen, NV
Vest Racing headed down to Henderson for the last race of
the season in the Best in the Desert racing
series, looking to take home a second BITD Championship.
Troy and Tim took the Chevy off the start line behind the trucks of Justin
Blower and Staats Racing. All was good with the truck as they came into the
first and only pit stop in 2nd place. The crew got them in and out quickly, Dave
took over navigating duties and they held their position heading back out onto
Thirty miles from the finish line, the front shocks faded away. Troy had to slow
down from race pace to save the truck and make it to the finish line. He
finished 3rd in class, 5 minutes behind the 2nd place ProTruck. The class
finished within 6 minutes of each other. It was great to see all of them at the
finish line at the same time. Troy was very pleased with the placing since the
Vest Racing truck was running the old motor and the spec Bilstein shocks. The
class has updated to a bigger motor and Fox Racing Shocks.
Vest Racing placed 20th overall and clinched their second consecutive Best in
the Desert Championship!
Thank you to our 2011 sponsors: Troy’s Diesel, PIAA Lights, Price Auto Body,
WARN, Fuddruckers, Trail Ready Wheels, General Tire and VP Fuel.
We appreciate your support and will see you in 2012!
October 15 & 16, 2011
BITD Bluewater Desert Challenge - Parker, AZ
Vest Racing headed south for the BITD Bluewater Desert
Challenge. Troy stopped in Las Vegas to do a little
testing and discovered the engine had a lot of blow by
(back home after the race, he found a cracked piston!) The
team made the decision to have an engine driven down from
the race shop at home. Josh left Molalla at 2:30pm, drove
all night and got the engine to Troy at the Bonnie Springs
Ranch at 7:30 on Friday morning. The guys worked hard to
get it installed. The team made it to Parker with just a
little time to spare to get teched and signed in!
It was a hot one in Parker; over 100 degrees every day
with very little wind! Day one of racing for the Protrucks
was to begin about 2:30 with the Trophy Trucks and Class
8s in the same race heat. Troy and Dave took the Vest
Racing Chevy off the line and took over 1st in class. All
was smooth sailing until they got a flat on Lap 1 at RM
14. This left them with one good spare tire to last the
rest of the race unless they wanted to stop in the hot
pit. Troy made the decision to keep going and see if they
could make up the 9 minutes they had fallen back into 2nd
place. It was a smooth race to the finish. The guys made
up that time and finished in 2nd place by 16 seconds (45
seconds on corrected time) behind the Lennon Protruck and
12th over all in the heat. On the podium, Troy made the
announcement that the Vest Racing Protruck would have a
new driver the next day, his 15 year old son Ben.
Day 2 in Parker started out with the crew going over the
truck to make sure it was race ready. No major adjustments
were needed. Troy and Ben suited up. Ben would take the
first lap as the co-pilot and then the final 2 laps he
would handle the driving duties. Troy and Ben got off the
line in 1st place and led the Protruck pack away from the
starting line. All was going great, until RM 18.5 when we
got a radio call from Troy that they had rolled the truck.
Liane called BITD and they went to the truck and pulled
them back onto 4 wheels. They had barrel rolled 3 ½ times,
landing on the driver’s side. Thankfully, all of the
safety equipment did it’s job and neither Troy or Ben was
hurt. Troy needed parts to fix the front end in order to
be able to drive the truck back to the pit. The crew got
them to BITD who relayed them to Troy and Ben. The race
day was over for the Vest Racing team. It’s BWDC 2, Vest
Racing 0. Redemption will be sought in 2012!
Vest Racing would like to say a special thank you to the
volunteers of the Best in the Desert association. They got
to the truck quickly to get him towed over and to make
sure no one was hurt. BITD is an exceptional racing series
to be a part of.
Thank you to our sponsors for the race: Troy’s Diesel,
PIAA, Warn, General Tire, Trail Ready Wheels and VP Racing
The team is back home and prepping the truck for the final
race of the BITD season, the Transwest Ford 250 on
August 29, 2011
BITD TSCO Vegas to Reno - Las Vegas to Reno, Nevada
Vest Racing traveled to Las Vegas to take on the Best in
the Desert Vegas to Reno race, the longest off road race
in the United States. Defending champions from last year’s
race, the team was ready to face the challenge again!
Troy, Robert and Dave did some testing and had to do a few
minor adjustments before the race. It was warm in Las
Vegas; 105 degrees at 8:30 pm!
Race day was sunny and warm with a great breeze blowing to
help alleviate the dust on the course. Alan Levinson and
Doug Poole took the Vest Racing protruck off the line 3rd
in class behind Larry Trim (Trailready), the Staats Racing
team and 70th over all behind the unlimited trucks (1400)
and buggies (1500).
The truck was running great. Ten miles into the race,
Staats pulled over with problems. Alan and the Trailready
truck were running pretty close together for the first 100
miles. Alan & Doug came into their first stop at Pit #3 in
the lead and took on fuel and an air filter. The crew got
them back out on the course still holding a 4 minute lead!
Alan and Doug had two flats and fortunately, part of the
crew was able to get them replacement tires on board the
truck at the next pit. They came into the second scheduled
pit stop at Pit #6 in Tonopah. Troy and Geno were ready to
get in and Alan had given them a 6 minute lead on the
Trailready truck as they went out on the course. The
Staats team was able to get their truck going again and
were about 50 miles behind the pack.
The crew raced to their next pit stop at Pit #10 in Mina.
There was going to be a lot to do at that stop and timing
was everything! The team changed tires, an air filter,
fueled and put the light bar up. They did an excellent job
in a short amount of time! Troy and Geno got back out on
the course with a comfortable lead. The crew left for the
next pit with no sign of the 2nd protruck through Pit #10.
After a fast and furious ride, the crew arrived at their
last stop, Pit #14, Top Gun. Troy and Geno were coming in
for fuel and ended up taking a tire on the rack as well.
The Staats truck had engine trouble and could not recover,
limping their truck into Pit #9. The Trailready truck had
problems and fell about 80 miles back behind Vest Racing.
Troy took the truck onto the finish line in Dayton for a
total time of 11:26:18 earning a first place finish in
Protruck and 22nd overall!
The Vest Racing team is proud to be 2010 and 2011 Protruck
winners of the BITD Vegas to Reno race!!
Next up, the BITD Bluewater Desert Challenge in Parker,
AZ, where the team has a big score to settle with that
April 30, 2011
BITD Bilek Silver State 300, Alamo, Arizona
With a fresh prep on the ProTruck, the Vest Racing team
headed down to Las Vegas to participate in the Best in the
Desert Silver State 300. Last year Troy drove to a first
place finish and the team was geared up for another win!
The wind was fierce in Las Vegas and at the start line in
Alamo. Good for racing, not so much for pitting and
spectating! The crew got Troy and co-driver Tim Price
ready to roll and then headed for their first stop, Pit #2
in Caliente. Troy led the ProTruck pack for the first 117
miles. The Class 10’s were started before the ProTrucks
and Troy passed 8 of them. When one of them got stuck in
the silt, Troy came up on him in the dust and got stuck
right behind him! It was a horrible place to be stuck.
Troy got out and dug and dug and dug some more, finally
getting the truck out after about 20 minutes. Others
getting stuck in the same spot throughout the day would
spend hours there! Of course, that was all the Staats and
Blower teams needed to get around Vest Racing. All three
ProTrucks ran a smooth race the rest of the day.
Coming into Pit #5 (second and last stop for Vest Racing)
Troy was 19 minutes off of the leader Staats and 4.5
minutes behind second place Blower. Tim hopped out and
Dave Whinnery jumped in to take over the navigator duties.
The crew did an outstanding job at both pits, getting him
in and out in superb time!
At the finish line, it was the Staats team coming in at
6:05:34 followed by Justin Blower in 6:21:36 and Troy and
Dave in 6:24:26. The Vest Racing team had to settle for
3rd place at the Silver State 300.
Next up, the ultimate Best in the Desert race, Vegas to
February 5, 2011
BITD Bluewater Resort Parker 425, Parker, Arizona
Vest Racing headed to Parker, AZ to take on the
notoriously challenging and rugged Parker 425. Armed with
a bigger fuel cell and a new 600+ hp engine, the team was
ready for the race!
The weather in Parker was beautiful; clear, cold, and no
sign of rain. The morning of the race, Alan Levinson and
Doug Poole took the Vest Racing truck off the start line.
About 4 miles into the race, they got hung up in a backlog
of vehicles behind a Class 1 car that had flipped over in
the middle of the course. They were stuck for about 15
minutes, losing valuable time to the pack of ProTrucks.
Later in the lap, they got tangled up with a Class 7
truck, going ‘door to door’ with him for a few hundred
feet. When they came into the main pit at the end of the
first lap, the crew had to remove the body panels on the
cab of the truck to vent the exhaust. Troy and Tim Price
got in and took off on a mission to catch the pack, in 3rd
Troy and Tim made great lap time and passed many, many
trucks to gain 2nd position in class. They came into the
Parker Python after lap 2 and Troy heard a terrible
squealing noise at the back of the truck. They came in for
their scheduled pit stop to main pit. Robert pulled the
rear tire and discovered Troy had broken an axle. The crew
replaced both axles, fueled, installed the light bar,
removed broken parts, did various body touch ups and sent
them on their way.
Twenty four miles into lap 3, Troy called on the radio
that they had broken the trailing arm on the front of the
truck. He was able to limp it into the Midway Pit, where
the Todd Davis ProTruck team helped him weld it back
together. They were down for a couple of hours with that
repair and moved back into 4th place.
They got going again and the team headed to the finish
line to meet the truck, but they were going to have to
wait. Troy called into Liane and said they needed a rear
driveline. They were 20 miles from the finish line. After
a Best in the Desert official got the driveline from
Robert to Troy, they installed it and limped the truck
into Parker and onto the podium for the finish. The
suspension was held together with a come-a-long and two
ratchet straps, but it made it to the finish to gain those
valuable points! George, the BITD announcer, took one look
at the truck without it’s body panels and said “Troy,
you’re a regular McGiver!”.
The Vest Racing team is proud of the “never give up
attitude” we all have, especially Troy. Finishing the race
is crucial to the year end points race!
The crew headed home the next day and is hard at work
making the Vest Racing ProTruck ready to take on the BITD
Bilek Silver State 300 on April 30th!