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BITD 2006: Team Hummer earns podium at Vegas 300

Billed by the Best in the Desert Racing Association as the "Showdown in the Desert," the October 14, Las Vegas 300 lived up to its name for Team Hummer. For Team Hummer owner and #3111 H3 driver Rod Hall, Saturday's showdown proved once again why the H3 continues to be the vehicle to beat in the pure stock-mini SUV class.

The race, originally planned to finish after three, 89-mile laps around the grueling Las Vegas desert was changed on Saturday morning following torrential downpours that forced race organizers to re-route the race course, and to adopt a "Grand Prix" style finish, whereby every classes' last lap would occur once the first overall finisher crossed the finish line. As a result of the course changes, every team's race strategy changed and the racers treated every lap like it might be the last.

"In most races, you pace yourself to have a little bit of your truck left for the finish," said Hall. "But in Saturday's race, we had to push the truck like every lap was going to be the last. The H3 proved it could take the abuse of running full-out for the length of the race."

Hall brought the Team Hummer H3 across the finish line first in its class, after 5:16:14 hours of intense racing and nearly 45-minutes faster than the nearest mini-stock SUV competitor. Hall's victory in the 178-mile race marked the 15th consecutive race in which the team has placed a Hummer on the podium. For Team Hummer's other vehicles and drivers, the showdown proved to be both a blessing and a curse.

Team Hummer driver Chad Hall piloted the new #8102 H1 Alpha to a well-deserved second place finish in the pure stock - full size truck class. The H1 Alpha, appearing in its first-ever Las Vegas 300, proved to be a worthy competitor, crossing the finish line less than 10-minutes behind the class winner. "Given that this only the third race the H1 Alpha has ever entered, I'm really pleased with the results. The Team Hummer crew did an amazing job getting the truck ready to be competitive in this race," said Chad Hall.

For Team Hummer's other entry, the #4101 H2, the showdown proved to be with the clock, rather than any competitors on the course. Piloted by team driver, Josh Hall and fresh off a dominating victory at the "Vegas to Reno," the three-year old H2 experienced a flex-plate failure 26-miles into the second lap of the race. The failure took the H2 out of the lead and ended its race day short of the finish. "The H2 was running really well prior to this problem," said Josh Hall. "We'll figure out what happened and get the truck ready to be competitive again at the upcoming Baja 1000."

Team Hummer's next appearance will be at the internationally renowned SCORE International Tecate Baja 1000, November 15-18, where the H3 and H2 are defending class champions.

2006/10/25 | 14:25 CET | Editor: mr/Team Hummer

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