Roger Norman drove the last lap to victory after teammate Larry Roeseler had spotted him a 10 minute lead driving the first three of four laps in the No. 8 Norman Motorsports
Ford F-150 race truck, capturing the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck victory Saturday the at the 13th Annual SCORE Terrible’s Primm 300 desert race. With Norman earning his first career SCORE Trophy-Truck race win and Roeseler his second, the duo covered the rugged 288-mile race in four hours, 50 minutes and 20 seconds, averaging a ground pounding 59.52 miles per hour while covering the four laps over the rugged 72-mile desert race course in Primm, NV., 45 miles south of Las Vegas.
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Roeseler, Irvine, Calif., started seventh in the star-studded field of 20 starters in SCORE Trophy –Truck in the elapsed-time race, was second after the first lap, moved ahead on lap 2 and extended it to just over 10 minutes on lap three before turning the wheel over to Norman, the Reno, Nev., businessman who owns the Crystal Bay Casino for the final lap. The victory almost slipped away on the final lap when the brakes went out forcing Norman to drive nearly 50 miles of uncertainty before winning the race by one minute, 48 seconds. Roeseler ran consistent laps of 1:09:23, 1:10:19 and 1:11:10before Norman’s last lap struggle turned into a lap of 1:19:18.
“Not bad for having no brakes,” a very happy Norman said at the finish line. “ I can’t thank the crew enough, this is a brutal race course. We had no GPS, no brakes, no intercom and I could not communicate with my co-driver Ronnie Gillespie for the last 50-60 miles. I’ve raced in the Pro Stock class, Class 8, Class 10, Class 1, a lot of other things, but not SCORE Trophy-Trucks very much. This is only my third race in a fast SCORE Trophy-Truck. I raced in a slow one for a while and this is a lot nicer. This race is at the very top of the list for me. We stopped at pit B and C but, we never did get the brake issue worked out and so I was downshifting quite a bit, but it didn’t really help slow the truck down much. I don’t know how we pulled through it, but we did. There were a couple of turns where we were going like 30 miles per hour too fast for the turn and we pulled it off. I was trying not to drive too slow because the race was so tight. It’s probably the toughest thing I’ve ever done because that was a lot of pressure. I can’t believe it. After all that, I can’t believe it. We lost the brakes about six or seven miles before Pit B on the last lap.”
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SCORE Trophy-Trucks, the marquee SCORE racing division captured seven of the top ten finishing positions with Class 1 claiming the other three. SCORE Trophy-Trucks have won nine overall titles in this race, including the last six straight. Class 1 has won the other four overalls.
“It’s real simple,” said Roeseler, who won Class 1 in this race last year with Troy Herbst. “Before the race, we’ve got Rob MacCachren in front of us, we’ve got B.J. (Baldwin) and then Brian (Collins) behind us and those were the three Trucks we looked after all day. We pulled out a little bit, but then we had brake problems and then Roger had a flat and I thought, ‘OK, here comes Brian.’ He actually had us by a minute and right at the end we saw him stopped. It was just neck and neck all day.”
The stage is now set for the season-ending 41st anniversary of the legendary Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race to be held November 19-22 in Baja California, Mexico. The world’s most popular desert race will start and finish in Ensenada.
13th SCORE Terrible’s Primm 300
Round 4 of five-race 2008 SCORE Desert SeriesSaturday, September 6, 2008 Primm, NevadaTotal Distance – 288 miles (4 laps, 72-mile course)
Top Overall Finishers
1. Roger Norman, Reno, Nev./Larry Roeseler, Irvine, Calif., Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck) 4 hours, 50 minutes, 20 seconds (59.517 miles per hour)2. Brian Collins, Las Vegas/Chuck Hovey, Escondido, Calif., Dodge Ram 1500 (SCORE Trophy-Truck) 4:52:08 (59.151 mph)3. Armin Schwarz, Germany/Martin Christensen, Escondido, Calif., Jimco-BMW (Class 1) 4:58:54 (57.81 mph)4. Ron Whitton, Mesa, Ariz.,/Todd LeDuc, Cherry Valley, Calif., Ford F-150, (SCORE Trophy-Truck) 5:04:24 (56.767 mph)5. B.J. Richardson, Las Vegas, Bunderson-Chevy (Class 1) 5:06:10 (56.439 mph)6. Damen Jefferies, Apple Valley, Calif., Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy-Truck) 5:07:29 (56.198 mph) 7. Bill McBeath, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy-Truck) 5:10:39 (55.625 mph)8. Nick Vanderwey, Phoenix/Larry Vanderwey, Litchfield Park, Ariz./Michael Vanderwey, Phoenix, Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy-Truck) 5:11:11 (55.529 mph) 9. Mark Post, Laguna Beach, Calif./Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck) 5:12:50 (55.237 mph)10. Dale Lenk, Costa Mesa, Calif./Randy Perry, Santa Ana, Calif./Grant Lenk, Costa Mesa, Calif., Penhall-Chevy (Class 1) 5:18:00 (54.339 mph)11. Bekki Wik/Adam Wik, Las Vegas, Bunderson-Honda (Class 10) 5:18:15 (54.30 mph)12. Adam Ashcraft, Vista, Calif., AlumiCraft-VW (Class 10) 5:19:47 (54.036 mph)13. Robbie Pierce, Santee, Calif./Brent Gustin, Seal Beach, Calif., Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy-Truck) 5:22:12 (53.631 mph)14. Brian Parkhouse, Bell Gardens, Calif./Tom Ridings, Los Alamitos, Calif. Jimco-Chevy (Class 1) 5:26:06 (52.989 mph)15. Tim McDonnell, Yorba Linda, Calif./Brian McDonnell, La Habra, Calif., Penhall-Chevy (Class 1) 5:29:10 (52.496 mph)16. Randy Wilson, Lakewood, Calif./Charlie Gioffredi, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (Class 1) 5:30:27 (52.292 mph)17. Daniel Wingerning, Redondo Beach, Calif./Bill Wingerning, Rolling Hills, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (Class 1) 5:31:46 (52.084 mph)18. Guy Peterson, Arcadia, Calif./Mike Nex, Temecula, Calif., Penhall-Chevy (Class 1) 5:43:13 (50.347 mph)19. Perry McNeal/Alfie Bueno, San Diego, Lothringer-VW (SCORE Lite) 5:43:54 (50.25 mph)20. Steve Sourapas, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., RPS-Chevy (Class 1) 5:44:36 (50.145 mph)21. Brian Burgess, Riverside, Calif./Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif., Moulton-VW (SCORE Lite) 5:45:46 (49.975 mph)22. Tom Watson, El Centro, Calif./Tim Noe/David Scaroni, San Diego, Prill-VW (SCORE Lite) 5:47:43 (49.695 mph)23. Adam Householder, Orange, Calif., Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy-Truck) 5:48:14 (49.621 mph)24. Aaron Hawley, Las Vegas/Bryan Freeman, Henderson, Nev., Seagrove (Class 1-2/1600) 5:51:40 (49.14 mph)25. Mike Sandoval, Escondido, Calif., Meco-VW (SCORE Lite) 5:55:30 (48.607 mph)
SCORE Terrible’s Primm 300All-Time Overall Winners
1996--Robby Gordon, Orange, Calif., Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)1997--Curt LeDuc, Cherry Valley, Calif., Jeep Grand Cherokee (SCORE Trophy-Truck)1998--Ed and Tim Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)1999--Troy Herbst, Las Vegas, Smithbuilt-Ford (Class 1)2000--Steve Sourapas, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (Class 1)2001--Troy Herbst, Las Vegas, Smithbuilt-Ford (Class 1)2002--Mike Julson, Santee, Calif./Bob Lofton, Westmorland, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (Class 1)2003--Tim Herbst/Ed Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)2004--Alan Pflueger, Honolulu, Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy-Truck)2005--Brian Collins, Las Vegas/Larry Ragland, Cave Creek, Ariz., Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy-Truck)2006—Bob Shepard, Phoenix, Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy-Truck)2007—Garron Cadiente, Mesa, Ariz., Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)2008—Roger Norman, Reno, Nev./Larry Roeseler, Irvine, Calif., Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy-Truck)
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