It's been a banner season for veteran off road racer, Jesse Jones. Two victories in four races and chasing the most coveted prize in off road racing, the SCORE Trophy Truck Championship. Jesse Jones has always been a popular fan favorite among the titans of SCORE Trophy Truck racers and this past Saturday, he delivered a winning performance at the SCORE Primm 300, Southern Nevada's most difficult race course, exciting fans around the globe.
Armed with his weapon of choice, a 850 horsepower GEISER Brothers state-of-the-art Trophy Truck, Jesse Jones let it all hang out as he battled through the field of 30 elite Trophy Trucks capturing his second SCORE Trophy Truck win this year.
Jones earned this tremendous victory averaging 57.44 mph over the 274.4-mile racecourse in the rugged Nevada desert. "We had a real solid run and one single flat tire that was well deserved. The entire Geiser Brothers package performed great and the best tire in the desert survived the brutal punishment I gave it. I couldn't ask for better performance from an off road racing tire," explained Jesse Jones.
Jesse Jones, a longtime off road racing veteran, who has raced his way through the ranks over the past two decades, had to work hard for the Primm 300 victory. As the green flag dropped, Jesse started exactly in the middle of the 30-truck field in the 15th position behind reigning SCORE TT Champion and NASCAR racer, Robby Gordon. Jones took advantage of his not so great starting position utilizing his keen ability to go fast in the heavy dust. As the race reached the 100-mile mark, Jones had already made a move towards the front and set a pace that eventually led not just the Trophy Truck class win, but the OVERALL victory!
Rick Geiser explained, "At the start line this morning, Jesse was relaxed and said he was ready to go out and win the race. He was focused today and it showed all day long. This victory was a great team effort and everything just clicked perfectly this race."
It's no secret that the deserts surrounding Primm, Nevada are the most battered and rocky terrain off road racers see each and every year. This year was no different as Jones railed his Geiser Brothers built trophy truck through the brutal rocks and terrain enroute to a dominating performance.
What was different this season than others was the #76 SCORE Trophy Truck arrived with confidence and poise after winning the San Felipe 250 and racing for the win at the Baja 500 in June. Jones has been in the hunt for the season point's championship since the first race of the season and everyone knew Jesse Jones was a solid pick for the win. Las Vegas odds makers had Jones at 3:1 and he didn't disappoint at the sports books!
Mild weather greeted this year's SCORE Primm 300 racers and by the time Jesse Jones took the green flag 85 degree weather and slight breeze set the background for what turned out to be a near perfect day for Jones Racing.
Charging off the line with a vengeance, Jesse set a fast pace over the first 68.6 miles, one full lap, with a fast lap time of 1:08:11. As the race progressed, Jones waged his own war inside his race truck as his transmission lost a couple gears. Both the second and third laps were 6 minutes slower, but Jesse wicked up his Geiser Brothers Trophy Truck and finished the final lap with a time of 1:10:13 earning the overall victory by a slim margin of 3 minutes, 29 seconds over runner up, Robbie Pierce.
"At this point in the season, our confidence level is about peaked. We've spent a lot of time getting to this level and the team is firing on all cylinders. Joe Weining worked his butt off prepping the truck and everyone on the crew was solid all day long," said the smiling Jesse Jones.
The win was the second of the season for the Arizona based racing veteran. Jones captivated the desert racing world with a flawless run at this year's SCORE San Felipe 250 and vied for the winner's trophy at the SCORE Baja 500, where he battled with off road racing veteran, Scott McMillin.
"We had a very close race at the 500. Scott passed me while we splashed for gas in the last 100 miles of the race at Santo Tomas and we couldn't catch him after that. Racing at this level you have to have a little bit of luck and we ended up second to Scott and Andy. They won the season opener at Laughlin and then I won at San Felipe. They won again at the 500 in the close race and now I won here at Primm. To settle the score this season, it all comes down to the Baja 1000 and I can't wait," explained the grinning Jesse.
"My schedule has me prerunning in Baja during the entire time that SCORE has the racecourse open for prerunning. The world famous Larry Ragland is racing with me and we have planned to get some serious work done before the race. I promise the world that we'll be in a great position to win this year's Baja 1000."
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Jones arrived to the SCORE Primm 300 involved in an intense battle for the most prestigious off road racing championship in the world, the SCORE Desert Series Trophy Truck trophy title. Heading into this year's SCORE Primm 300 he trailed Andy McMillin by a margin of 24 points and after Saturday's victory they are separated by a mere 3 points heading into the most difficult race in the universe, the SCORE Baja 1000, a 1000-mile nonstop point-to-point off road race. Racers will buckle up in Ensenada taking the green flag and will race across the most inhospitable terrain in North America ending in the capital city of La Paz.
"Racing for the SCORE Trophy Truck championship is something special and having to prove yourself in the longest point-to-point race in the world and against the toughest racers on the planet, is exactly the position what every racer ever thinks about. It's sort of like bottom of the ninth inning with bases loaded in the World Series and I'm at bat. This is what I've dreamed about since I started racing and I can't wait to put the #76 in the dirt of the Baja Peninsula," said Jesse.
Jones Motorsports would like to thank GEISER Brothers, BFGoodrich, Fox Racing Shox and Vision X for their continued support, as well as Joe Weining for an incredible prep job.
For more information about Jones Motorsports, visit our website at www.jones-motorsports.com.
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