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Jimco Proves Superior in the Southern Hemisphere with Outright Wins, in both the AORC and ARB Series
The walloping against the field continued into Day-2, as Glen Owen enjoyed near perfect weather for a pleasant Sunday drive; a pleasant drive that dropped jaws across social media upon seeing his day-2 finish time being 1-hour, 46-minutes and 50-seconds… more than enough to capture the outright title.
In a post-race interview, Owen was asked if he came to Finke expecting to win, his answer: “Yes we did.” He explained that the team aimed high with a “proper crack at the race while everything is still fresh in the new car.” It’s hard to say expectations were exceeded when one was expecting a win, however, that #30 Jimco was not only awarded as the trusty-steed to bring Owen the outright win, but crowned Owen the prestigious title of “King of the Desert” for recording the fastest time.
1st – #30 Glenn Owen
2nd – #13 Travis Robinson
6th – #91 Jack Rhodes
7th – #47 Gregory Hicks
2nd – #120 Justin Watt
4th – #155 Locky Weir
8th – #187 Craig Anderson
4th – #401 Steven Sanderson
6th – #492 David Fellows
Brad Chasemore enthusiastically finished as the outright winner, in his #10 single-seat Jimco which was manufactured before the popular Jimco2000 racecars from the late-1990s. “Woohoo! What a feeling!” Brad shouted as he savored his podium moment, “After watching this race as a kid and years of competing at this great event, WOW!”
Chasemore, who soloed the event, conjured up a 3rd position spot in prologue, giving him a shallow tunnel to plow to that top spot. He consistently aced the course with 41-minute lap times, and was in the first physical position after the third lap. That third lap, of 40-minutes and 34-seconds, is the fastest recorded lap time of the entire Sea Lake event.
Brad expressed gratitude to a long list of supporters, including many Jimco teams, stating, “The off road family is pretty special,” and additionally, thanked his wife and children for “putting up with [his] addiction [to racing].”
1st – #10 Brad Chasemore
5th – #48 Jamie Robinson
6th – #178 Lindsay Foster
7th – #173 Jason Noonan
Starting in the 15th position, the #138 darted off the start in Ensenada with Brian Wilson behind the wheel and Craig Darrow in the right seat. They had no issues; let that sink in, they had no issues… a testament to the teams preparation lead by Mike Stapleton. Considering the hardships and stories revolving around this year’s Baja 500, to have no issues is nothing short of amazing. When Brian and Craig passed the reigns to Ronny Wilson and Justin Monyun, the #138 was in 3rd physical, and first on time. Ronny kept the pace solid and then passed the torch to Randy Wilson, who held that lead all the way through the checkered flag. The team celebrated an undisputed win by over 14-minutes in class, and a 9th place overall finish. Second place finisher, Justin Davis, is quoted at the finish line expressing how he “tried to run down the Wilson’s, just couldn’t!”
The #153 Jimco of Brad Wilson enjoyed a spot on the podium with a 3rd place effort. Driven at the start by Kyle Quinn and co-rider Ricky Hardy, the #153 had a starter issue around rm60 that would be remedied, but created the need to push the car, and make-up some down time. Brad Wilson vaulted into the car at Borrego, knowing they were within podium reach. Brad kept making headway and found himself fitting nicely into that third position.
4th = #1088 Sergio Salgado
12th = #1056 Johnny Buss
13th = #1060 Armando Boehme
16h = #1018 Miguel Tornel Jr.
Cody Parkhouse Wins his Second Consecutive Race
The 1501 Jimco took home a first place trophy in it’s last race, the Mint-400, which ignited a new confidence for the Parkhouse race team. Cody Parkhouse was ready to carry that Mint momentum into Laughlin, for round-3 of the Best in the Desert series.
Starting side-by-side on row 2, after a 4th place qualifying effort, Parkhouse’s task to win was not going to be elementary. By the 3rd lap, and 48-minutes and 57-seconds of racing, the 1501 had the lead. Cody took the Day-1 win by 1 minute and 53 seconds. Day-2 started with Parkhouse on the front row. He got the jump off the line, ahead of Sam Berri’s #1549, and never looked back. Cody took Sunday’s race by a full minute plus 3-seconds.
Two days, two wins. Two races, two wins. Congratulations on the back-to-back golds Cody!
Sam Berri maintained his competitiveness with his 1549 Jimco during both days of racing. He finished his first lap of day-1 with the fastest time of the 1500-class but was unable to keep the lead and would take home 2nd on the day. Starting on the front row for day-2 would give him one chance to take back valuable time he lost to Parkhouse the previous day, but it was not to be… By the end of the infield, Berri would fall inline behind the 1501 and take 3rd on the day, giving him a 2nd place finish for the weekend and giving Jimco 1500-cars the 1-2 finish.
Kevin Thompson was on the move in his 1590 Jimco 2000 Series until the motor Gods had other ideas and ended his day early. The 1547 of Pat McCarthy would debut his new Jimco Champion and take home a solid 6th place. Brady Thompson in the 1568 Jimco 2000 would finish 7th.
Jason Voss Follows up his Mint-400 Podium with Another Podium!
The blue and white Jimco Trick Truck of Voss Motorsports is a common sight to see at the front of the pack, dazzling race spectators with top speeds and being, “the best truck to watch,” as stated by a fan on Day-2 at the Laughlin Desert Classic.
Jason Voss qualified 5th but by the end of the first lap, just 16-minutes into the race, he had established a comfortable 3rd place position on time, and would stay there. “[It was a] Clean run and the truck is good. [I] can’t wait to hang it all out tomorrow,” Jason stated in satisfaction of Saturday’s race in the #35 Jimco. Indeed, Jason, indeed. On day-2, Voss took the cleanest lines and became the never-yielding leader on lap-3, taking the win on day-2. His combined effort over both days granted him a valuable 2nd place finish, the second podium finish of the season for Voss in his Jimco Trick Truck.
The #41 of Justin Lofton would have a tough day-1 and clean day-2 to earn him an 8th place finishing spot on the weekend. The #55 of Anthony Terzo would round out the top-10 after fighting alternator belt issues all weekend.
Hildebrand Impresses with a Great Effort!
The 1068 Jimco of Blade Hildebrand fought the Laughlin desert hard, and made the leaders aware of his presence at the track. He started in the 12th position but like a ninja in the night, he “came out of no where,” according to a reaction at the finish on Day-1, by patiently sneaking to the top spots lap-after-lap. Hildebrand found himself in the 4th position on time after the first lap, 2nd after the second lap and was in the lead by the third lap, holding that position through the finishing point of day-1. On day-2, he maintained his presence in the top spots until an unfortunate fuel-leak-out-of-gas incident ended Blade’s chances at victory. He finished 7th.
The 1056 Buss Sports entry of Johnny Buss would endure a faulty oil sensor on Saturday and finish 6th. The drama continued Sunday with a flat tire and Buss Motorsports took 3rd for the day, giving their Jimco a weekend score of 4th place. The 1055 of Shane Earn encounter a few on-course incidents and take home a 6th place finish.
6th Shane Earn
7th Blade Hildebrand
1st Cody Parkhouse
2nd Sam Berri
6th Pat McCarthy
7th Brady Turner
2nd Jason Voss
8th Justin Lofton
10th Anthony Terzo
Jimco Claims Global Wins in Australia & Baja Last Weekend
Matthew Kittle was awarded his first Pro/Outright win in his #23 Jimco, and says that he is, “looking forward to carrying this [podium] through to Finke.” Kittle was among 6 Jimco drivers; including Travis Robinson, Shannon Rentsch, Mark Burrows and Glen Owen, to qualify for the Sunraysia 600 in the Top-9. The race conditions were dry and blindingly dusty, and Kittle stated he “felt all 600km” of this 2-day endurance race. Finishing on the podium in 3rd place was Jack Rhodes, who qualified 3rd in his #91 Pro-Class Jimco.
The 2015 AORC points champion came to the Sunraysia 600 with confidence. Steven Sanderson, and his “Green Beast” #401 Jimco Extreme 2WD Trophy Truck declared a class win, after a rough qualifying session. Sanderson had to gambit his way from the 42nd starting position with ambitions high and sirens loud. A live feed of the race showed the #401 growling passed the field, leaving an echo of awe in the dust behind him.Sanderson’s win marks back to back wins in Sunraysia and puts him in a great position to defend his title heading into Finke.
The CODE Night Race brings an exciting challenge to racers every year, and a chance to prove their talent can shine without the sun. With light bars ready, 171 entries divided on separate tracks lit up the night in northern Baja.
With an outstretched finish of 6-minutes over 2nd place, Rene Cuevas takes his back-to-back overall win and 1st place class finish in his #7 Jimco.
Additional Jimco podium finishers from the CODE Night Race are Alberto Ritchie with the Class-10 win, and Renato Villalpando in 2nd place for the 1600-Class.
Jimco's Presence on the Podium Continues at SNORE's Motion Tire 300
Ronny Wilson takes home his second 1st place trophy of the year in his #138, while his son, Brad, adds a 3rd place trophy to his podium collection. The Wilson Motorsports entry #138 was piloted by Ronny, Randy & Brian Wilson and the Wilson Motorsports #139 was piloted by Brad Wilson and Kyle Quin. Brad Wilson's Jimco Class-1 threw down the second-fastest lap time of the class. The fastest lap time of the class was set by Ronny's car, which averaged a stunning 51 mph average over the brutal dusty terrain in Ridgecrest, California.
Podium finishes in the 10-car class featured a 3rd place finish by #1053 of Fred Hatch, and a 2nd place finish by the #1056 of Johnny Buss.
Buss's unmistakable purple and yellow single-seat Class-10 was described as "a rocket," as it carved through the course, like a hot knife through butter, moving from the 20th position to the second position. More impressive still; this was only the second race in the new #1056... and this Jimco clocked the fastest class 10 time and the third fastest lap time of all classes. Johnny includes the Jimco prep and chase team to much of his success in the Motion Tire 300.
Jimco's family presence was represented not only by the Wilson's, but with the father daughter team of Will J and Emily Staats in the #42 Jimco Trophy Truck. This race marked Emily's first Trophy Truck drive who finished a respectable 4th place. Emily is a previous Class-1300 Champion, and possesses some intimidation as a pilot in the TT class. She will be a driver to keep an eye on.
5 out of 6 Overall Race Wins!
With Danny Brown’s 1st overall execution of the ARB Griffith 400, Jimco captures five 1st overalls in the 6 races of participation during the 2016 season.
Jack Rhodes and David Pullino situated their #91 Jimco Pro-class buggy at the top spot after prologue, even after a crowd-pleasing display of a full 360 in the whoop section. The Rhodes/Pullino duo drove clean during the first stage and had the lead by over 2-minutes. Danny Brown and George Apted, in their #42 Jimco Pro-class buggy, enjoyed a stealthy 2nd place spot to end the stage.
Unfortunately for Rhodes his race would come to an end early in the final stage on the first lap. Brown wasted no time to capitalize on the dust-free air and solidified his overall win by 3-minutes and 31-seconds.
Jimco proudly welcomes Danny Brown, to the ever-growing 2016 list of driver’s to bring their Jimco vehicles to an overall win. The elite list stands as follows:
Reve Cuervas – CODE Grand Prix – FEB 12
Ross Mattox – SNORE Battle at Primm – FEB 21
Billy Wilson – SCORE San Felipe 250 – FEB 28
Justin Lofton – BITD Mint 400 – MAR 13
Danny Brown – ARB Griffith 400 – MAR 20
To add to the 5 overall victories on the year Jimco vehicles have 11 classes victories in those 6 races. Jimco’s have claimed real estate on 22 podium positions. These driver’s are all dangerous contenders in the hunt for championship titles and bragging rights.
1st – Will Staats (Battle at Primm)
1st – Billy Wilson (San Felipe 250)
1st – Justin Lofton (Mint 400)
3rd – Jason Voss (Mint 400)
1st – Reve Cuervas (Grand Prix)
2nd – Alfredo Torres (Grand Prix)
1st – Cory Keysar (Parker 425)
1st – Ross Mattox (Battle at Primm)
1st – Ronny Wilson (San Felipe 250)
1st – Cody/Brian Parkhouse (Mint 400)
3rd – Pat McCarthy (Parker 425)
1st – Danny Brown (Griffith 400)
3rd Terry Merriman (Griffith 400)
2nd – Jason Coleman (Parker 425)
3rd – Sergio Salgado (San Felipe 250)
3rd – Jason Coleman (Mint 400)
1st – Bob Elio (Parker 425)
1st – Brad Wilson (Mint 400)
3rd – Rafael Navarro (San Felipe 250)
3rd – Sam Egan (Griffith 400)
Pro UTV Turbo:
2nd – Wayne Matlock (Mint 400)
2nd – Kristen Matlock (Mint 400)
Great Race Cars Succeed in the Great American Off-Road Race:
Jimco Wins MINT 400
Justin Lofton came into the weekend of the 2016 Mint 400 with his Jimco Trick Truck, as the previous overall winner and winner in his class. After qualifying first, it became clear to all that his intentions were more than just to participate in the legendary Great American Off-Road Race, but he wanted to win.
After approximately 35-minutes into the first lap, Lofton began to lose precious seconds to the #35 Jimco Trick Truck of Jason Voss. By the time the first lap was complete, Lofton was a full minute behind Voss on time. The desert began to put up a good fight against Voss during that second lap, and the lead on time was up for grabs between pristine drivers like Rob MacCachren, Bryce Menzies and Eduardo Laguna, with Andy McMillin looking to get a piece of the top spot as well. By the end of the 2nd lap, Lofton was sitting in fourth place on time, 2 full minutes out of first place while Jason Voss was back in the 8th spot.
Both Lofton and Voss knew their Jimco Trick Trucks could handle their determination on that final lap and through down their gas pedals. Photographer Eric Minks said this of Voss’s effort: ” I have to say, some of the most impressive driving I had seen all day was Jason Voss. He launched down a whole hill never lifted and was trying to give it all that truck had!” At the mid-point of the last lap, Voss had cataputled all the way to 5th place on time, less than 1-minute away from Bryce Menzies, who was holding on to third. Meanwhile, Justin Lofton had reclaimed the top spot… and that is where he would remain.
The champagne rained down for 2nd generation Jimco driver Justin Lofton, and his crew, as he became the first driver since 1972 to hold the title of Back-To-Back Mint 400 Overall Winner.
Jason Voss diligently crossed the finish line in 3rd place.
Other Trick Truck finishers include the Jimco builds of Troy Vest, Justin Summers, Robbie Pierce and Kevin Curtis.
The Father/Son Parkhouse team has had their fair share of more than enough 2nd place finishes in Best In The Desert races, but their #1501 Jimco is now a Mint 400 class winner, and also holds the fastest lap-time!
Cody Parkhouse was structured in a side-by-side start and dropped the lead position to Kevin Thompson. Parkhouse spent the first lap fighting to get his time to the number one post, and by the beginning of the 2nd lap, the fight was won. Through every timing check from there on out, including the third lap when Brian Parkhouse took the driver’s seat, the lead extended. Congratulations to Brian and Cody on their team effort!
Cory Keysar and Erick Jacobs enjoyed finishing spots in the Top-10 for their respective Jimcos, while Jimco drivers Pat McCarthy and Sam Berri can claim they too finished the 2016 Mint 400.
Jason Coleman stands among the Mint 400 podium, for his second consecutive Best In The Desert race, with his #1071 Jimco.
Like Parkhouse, Coleman also had to display patience with a side-by-side start. It was between Coleman and Roger Starkey as to who would set the pace for the first lap of over 30 other cars in their class. The two competitors flipped back and forth between the lead position, and also took turns getting flat tires over the rocky topography. Approaching the third lap brought new challenges; like lap traffic and a torn up track. Being the smart driver that he is, Jason chose not to risk more flat tires with hazardous passes and finished the race 2nd physical, 3rd on corrected time, 10-seconds away from the 2nd place mark.
Miguel Torrel and Shane Earn also celebrated top-10 finishes in their Jimcos, for the 1000-class.
Still hyped-up from his impressive San Felipe run, Brad Wilson was unstoppable at this years Mint 400 in the 1100-class.
Brad started in the 3rd position, but stole the lead early in the first lap and never looked back. Finishing first physical hinted to a win on the clock, and as the other drivers finished their races, it was confirmed that Brad held the best time by a huge margin of almost 25-minutes. Unsurprisingly, Wilson also holds the title for fastest lap-time.
The UTV Turbo and UTV 1900 classes were graced by the Matlock’s podium presence, as both Wayne and Kristen stood proudly in second place, in their corresponding classes.
Wayne Matlock chose to take a slow but even pace at first, understanding the contour of the land. Flat tires plagued his Jimco UTV Turbo , but Wayne was able to charge on the last lap and launch himself in second place.
Kristen Matlock secured the second place finishing spot, in her second ever Best In The Desert Race. The previous race she ran in her Jimco UTV 1900 was also a second place finish. Two consecutive races, Two consecutive second place finishes… this could be the start of a very successful UTV racing career for Kristen in her pink Terabit Racing Jimco. “I can’t believe this,” Kristen exclaimed on the finishing stage, “I’m so excited! [Wayne and Kristen] finished second, we finished the Mint-400 and I’m super happy!”
Races next up for the Jimco elite:
The ARB Griffith 400 – March 18/19/20 – NSW, Australia
The AORC Sunraysia 600 – April 8/9/10 – Mildura, Australia
The CODE Night Race – April 8/9/10 – Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico