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    Alumi Craft Gets You To The Front

    Darren Hardesty Jr Wins Round 9 Lucas Oil Off Road

    San Bernardino, CA / Barstow, CA

    If you are serious about winning, Alumi Craft will get you to the front. Regardless if it is in the desert, or on the track, Alumi Craft race cars consistently run out front. In round 9 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, CA, Alumi Craft racer Darren “HotSauce” Hardesty Jr. stole the show. HotSauce put his Alumi Craft on the front row during qualifying and led the race wire to wire.

    Alumi Craft Pro Buggy, Darren Hardesty Jr, HotSauce, Lucas Oil Off Road

    Hardesty has been charging of late; finishing on the podium five times in the last six rounds of racing. “The track was sandy and a lot looser than usual,” said HotSauce, “It made it easier to slide the car. There were some deep ruts but my Alumi Craft was dialed into the conditions. I used the ruts to my advantage.”

    Alumi Craft Race Cars, Darren Hardesty Jr, Glen Helen Raceway, Win, Pro Buggy, Bink Designs

    Alumi Craft racer Taylor Atchison shared the podium with HotSauce. He qualified 8th fastest which meant he would have to come from back in the pack to get his third place finish. Atchison diced through the pack until he had worked up to 5th place. On the final lap, he picked up two spots in one shot when a pair of competitors ahead got tangled up. When his chance came, he had the performance he needed and the confidence in his Alumi Craft Pro Buggy to shoot the gap earning his third podium of the season.

    Alumi Craft Pro Buggy, Taylor Atchison, Tonka Off-Road, Bink Designs, Lucas Oil

    Sammy Ehrenberg was also at Glen Helen. It was his second time in his Alumi Craft Pro Buggy and his first Pro-level race. Ehrenberg was getting used to his new car. He qualified 10th and finished 7th in round 9. In round 10, Ehrenberg qualified 11th, the final spot, but charged all the way to the front before finishing on the podium in second place. As the laps counted down, Ehrenberg either picked people off, or inherited their spots when they crashed or broke.

    Alumi Craft Pro Buggy, Sammy Ehrenberg, Bink Designs, Lucas Oil Off Road

    “We had a great run, the car handled great,” said Ehrenberg, “Ralph Chadwick and I prepped the car ourselves in Vegas but Mickey Thompson helped us with our tires. We did extensive grooving in the rear; the tires hooked up well. The track was loose, rutted, and it had rocks all over. You had to pick your line carefully through the ruts. The clutch got welded together so it made it tough during the cautions. I hit a big rock that caused me to bicycle. I would normally push in the clutch to bring it back down but I had to power it out instead. I was staying clean and caught some breaks coming through the field. I could not hear my spotter so it was hard to protect my spot from behind; Swayne got by me on the final lap. I just love this car. It’s beautiful and really suits me. The set-up John Cooley put on the car when we got it is great.”

    Alumi Craft Race Cars, Pro Buggy, Sammy Ehrenberg, Off Road Racing, Bink Designs, Lucas Oil Off Road

    Alumi Craft is just as dominant in the desert. Just a few miles from Glen Helen, Daryl Mead took the class 10 and overall victory at the MORE series, Sierra LED 250 in Barstow, CA. If not for a last lap flat tire, Daryl and co-driver James Ward would have won the overall by a 27 minute advantage. As it was, they outran the entire field by 10 minutes at the checkered flag. Daryl took the green flag with James riding next to him. On lap one they passed every other class 10 car and started to reel in the unlimited vehicles ahead.

    Daryl Mead, Alumi Craft Class 10, Mead Motorsports, MORE Racing, Win

    “My Hans device got tangled up so I had to stop,” said Mead, “James slid over and took the wheel. Our light bar came loose so we had to shut most of the lights down, they were reflecting off the hood. I quit racing twenty years ago after a bad crash, but I got the bug to go racing again. My first race back was in January. I was doing 100 miles per hour and I jumped the groove. The car did a quick snap roll and landed back on the wheels. It started right back up again and I knew this car was for me. I am overwhelmed by the quality of fabrication on my Alumi Craft car; John Cooley builds the best class 10 car; he has his stuff down. The car is really fast and steers really sharp.”

    “I came to John as just another Joe Blow and he treated me like we were friends for 20 years. I figured it would take us a year to get the car dialed in but it’s been perfect, right out of the box. We were really looking forward to this Barstow course. It’s tight, technical, and very rough, that’s how I like it; we don’t like racing on graded roads. I can get the car to the front but my co-driver James Ward is a stick of dynamite. When you take the overall win, you know everyone wants a piece of you but we love it! We hope to see Starkey, Pfankuch and these young guys that have taken class 10 to a whole new level in our sights.”

    Daryl Mead, Mead Motorsports, Alumi Craft Race Cars, Class 1000, Buggy, Off Road Buggy, Race Car Chassis

    Alumi Craft owners prove the superior performance provided by their meticulously crafted cars every time out. Regardless if you are competing in the desert, prerunning or racing wheel to wheel on the track, Alumi Craft is committed to providing you with a competitive, safe and reliable vehicle that exceeds your expectations. If you demand the best, give Alumi Craft a call at 619-596-9841

    LOORRS Photography By: Bink Designs / MORE Photography By: JLacyPhotos