2005 Off Road Racing

 

TAPLEY AND WEBSTER WIN BIG AT THE PARKER 425!!!

Nov. 01, 2005 By ORC STAFF

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TAPLEY AND WEBSTER WIN BIG AT THE PARKER 425!!!

First of all, we would like to thank both Best in the Desert & the Blue Water Resort and Casino for providing such beautiful accommodations and an historic venue! Our appreciation also goes out to the wonderful warm welcome from both the residence of Parker and Bouse, Arizona.The morning of race day was filled with anticipation, hope and a brisk chill in the air. There were a record 133 entries, nine in our class. The first truck went off the starting line at exactly 7:30 am; our truck #7303 was the fifth truck in our class to start at 8:35 am.

Eric Tapley our Co-driver started the race. Knowing that this race course could be quite a nasty 425 miles, and the fact that last year we did not finish, our mind set was to just cross the finish line. Lap one proved positive to its history and visibility was really bad. On the “goat trial” we decided to keep a moderate pace and we still managed to catch up to the Fitts team # 7312, they must have seen us in their mirror because they promptly disappeared into the dust. We caught up and passed them a bit later. After we left pit 2 “Midway”, we reached a hearty 85mph that’s jamming for our truck! At pit #4 ”Midway-alt” we gassed up and did a visual check as Eric had taken out a buried rock somewhere in the silt bed before the pit. By the end of pit#1 we had passed 4 broken down trucks from our class. That was even more inspiration to just take it easy and keep the truck in one piece. At the beginning of lap 2 we had moved up into third place according to our information at the time.

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