Dusty Crew Racing Race Report: Parker 250
The Parker 250 took place right next to the Colorado River in Parker, Arizona. The race weekend started with Tech and Contingency on Friday, January 10th, and the race on Saturday, January 11th, with a start time of 1 PM. With 56 Pro Turbo UTVs at staging, the team was set to start on the second to last line, with two UTVs going off every 30 seconds. Colt, Rachel, and the entire Dusty Crew pit crew felt prepared and excited for the 2020 season to start. The team was off to a great start, but was immediately held up by another Pro Turbo UTV that was not willing to let us pass given multiple warnings such as push to pass notifications, sirens, and horns. Just as a move was about to be made, a loud pop was heard and the car began to lose power on the top end. Colt and Rachel identified that the Turbo Charge Tube had come off. The scramble for parts, tools, and long enough arms to reassemble the tube began. After a hour of working and ensuring the car was good to go, the team took off set to make up as much time as possible. The team began to pick off team after team, but knew that being over an hour down from the leaders (figuring the time we lost starting on the second to last line and the time it took to fix the car) the team would not have a chance to complete all three laps of the race.
The Dusty Crew pit crew got the UTV in and out of the main pit quickly with just a glance over the car and topping off the fuel. The team continued on their charge, picking off other teams that were running in the top 10 and a lap ahead from our team’s current position… talk about a confidence boost! As were battling with UTV world legend, all brakes were lost with 50 miles left in the race. Not being able to run the Dusty Crew UTV at its full potential, voltage began to become an issue putting the UTV in and out of limp mode with about 35 miles to go. All accessories and lights were turned off in order to conserve power and to make it into the finish before the sun set behind the mountains. A very anxiety-ridden 35 miles were finished just as the sun was setting, giving the team a much deserved finish. Last year the team was taken out one mile in, the exact place the Turbo Charge Tube came off this year, so the 31st place was celebrated. Since the race, the team has sorted all voltage issues and found hat a rock wedging itself into the brake caliber is what took out the brakes on the last lap.
Dusty Crew Race Team is beyond thankful for all of the companies that are helping us get to each and every race this season.
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