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BITD 2007: Team Hummer´s H1 hopes to extend points lead

The ‘Las Vegas 300’, the fourth race of Best in the Desert Racing Association’s (BITD) Silver State Series, has been expanded from the original 200 mile format for the second consecutive year and will consist of three laps around an 82 mile course for a total race distance of 246.6 miles. The festivities for this annual event begin on Friday, October 5th with tech inspection at Buffalo Bill’s Resort in Primm, Nevada. Saturday morning, the action moves about 15 miles north, to the starting line in Jean, where the race is scheduled to get underway at 11:45 AM. Team Hummer’s #8111 H1 Alpha Pickup driven by Chad Hall, with Dana Morris in the navigator’s seat, will start the race sometime around 12:20 PM.

Coming off a dominating victory at the recent ‘Vegas to Reno’ race, Chad Hall brings the #8111 Team Hummer H1 Alpha Pickup to this year’s ‘Las Vegas 300’ with a commanding 23 point lead in the race for the 2007 Silver State Series Class 8100 points crown. With only two events remaining on the 2007 Best in the Desert racing schedule, Chad is hoping to increase his points lead over Kreg Donahoe in the #8108 F250 Ford Powerstroke Diesel, who is currently second in the points standings Although Chad had a great run at the ‘Vegas to Reno’ in August, the #8111 H1 Alpha was hardly in pristine condition after 570 miles of desert racing.

Back at the shop, H1 chief mechanic, John Cumming found that we had destroyed a bearing in the left rear hub so he replaced the entire hub assembly. We blew a front axle seal, during the race, possibly due to an undersized vent hole so John installed a new front differential with a larger vent hole so it would scavange the excess pressure that tends to build up at race speeds.

During a post-race examination of the wiring, John found some corrosion in the wiring harness; the result of moisture getting into the wiring during the race. The corrosion was blocking the signal from the electronic contol module to the fuel injection system so the truck would not start. Short on time, we contacted Bill Thompson at the AMGeneral factory who sent H1 wizards, Matt Crawford and Jay Loomis down to install a new wiring harness in the truck, which resolved the problem. As if all of this wasn’t enough to keep John busy, stiffer rear springs were added and the shocks were revalved to accomodate the different spring rate.

After a day of testing in the desert near Parker, Arizona, the #8111 Team Hummer H1 Alpha Pickup is ready to head for the ‘Las Vegas 300’ for the "Showdown In The Desert" as BitD has titled the event. With only two races remaining on the 2007 Best in the Desert racing schedule, the H1 Alpha needs only to finish both races to clinch the Class 8100 points championship. Team Hummer’s Chad Hall has never been one to take the conservative approach and when the green flag drops on Saturday afternoon he will be out there going for the win in the ‘Las Vegas 300’ and the third Class 8100 win for the Team Hummer H1 Alpha Pickup this year.

2007/10/05 | 13:57 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Team Hummer

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