Weaving his way through the field and hitting the hammer on the final lap, Jesse Jones jumped over a star-studded field of 30 SCORE Trophy-Trucks Saturday to capture the overall and SCORE Trophy-Truck victory at the 15th Annual SCORE Las Vegas Terrible’s Primm 300 desert race.
Coming from behind, Jones won his second race of the 2010 SCORE season and his second career SCORE Trophy-Truck race win, rambling his No. 76 Ford F-150 SCORE Trophy-Truck to a adjusted winning time of 4 hours 46 minutes, 39 seconds while averaging 57.44 mile per hour over 274.4-miles over the four laps of rugged, rock-strewn Southern Nevada desert course of 68.6 miles each in Primm, Nev., 45 miles south of Las Vegas.
Jones, who owns an Aerospace Engineering firm in Phoenix, started 15th in the star-studded field of 30 starters in SCORE Trophy-Truck in the elapsed-time race, overcoming leader Andy McMillin on the final lap and then holding off the charging team of Robbie Pierce, Santee, Calif./Mike Julson, Alpine, Calif., driving the No. 30 MasterCraft Racing Chevy Silverado, who finished second in and adjusted time of 4:50:08, 3 minutes, 29 seconds behind Jones.
Jones ran his four laps in 1:08:11, 1:14:00, 1:14:15 and ending with a 1:10:13. He now has two wins, one eighth and one 11th-place finish in the four SCORE races so far this season.
Round 4 of the five-race 2010 SCORE Desert Series, featured racers from 15 States and six countries racing on a typically rugged Southern Nevada race
course under brilliantly sunny skies with a light northerly wind and temperatures in the mid 90s.
For the ninth consecutive year, the race was split into two groups with the limited classes running in the morning. SCORE Trophy-Truck division along with the unlimited Class 1 open-wheel class, raced in the afternoon.
The main pits and start/finish area for the 68.6-mile loop course was located on the north side of Buffalo Bills Resort. The race course, which ran again in a counter-clockwise direction, was virtually the same layout as last year, although weather and use had altered the terrain.
"This is just great," reflected Jones at the Buffalo Bill’s finish line area. "We had a really, really great day. We had a flat on lap two and we lost a driveline. It was just dusty and we were fighting our way through the slower traffic. You’re so anxious to go but you know you better not do that because three guys will go by you when you’re changing your tire. The truck ran well. We passed 12 trucks physically so we started 15th and finished third on the road. Andy (McMillin, No. 31) had me by one (minute) on the last lap and I really stepped it up. Andy was down to me by four minutes at the last pit when he pulled in. Oh, man, maybe we’ll get some points out of this thing heading into the SCORE Baja 1000!"
Keeping SCORE Trophy-Trucks from sweeping the podium with their third straight overall in this race was the All German Motorsports unlimited Class 1 winning BMW-powered Jimco open-wheel desert race car driven by Germany’s Armin Schwarz and Martin Christensen of Escondido, Calif. With Schwarz starting and driving the first half of the race and Christensen bringing their car across the finish line in third place overall with a penalty-free elapsed time of 4:51:30, averaging 56.48 mph for their third consecutive Class 1 victory in Primm. (More info on the 2010 Primm 300 here...)
It was the second Class 1 win of the year for Schwarz, a former WRC pilot, and Christensen, a veteran SCORE desert racer who is originally from Denmark.
The stage is now set for the season-ending 43rd anniversary of the legendary Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race to be held November 16-20 in Baja California, Mexico. The world’s most popular desert race will start in Ensenada, Baja California and finish in La Paz, Baja California Sur.
For the 2010 Baja 1000 only: www.baja-1000-live.com A independent Baja 1000 info website for the 2010 peninsula desert race run only. Opening the week after the Primm 300 race.
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