On the track or in the desert, day or night, Alumi Craft continues to rack up results in the dirt. The KC Hilites Midnight Special combines racers from the MORE and SNORE desert racing series into a single event. 23 class 10 racers lined up to run 5, 65 mile laps in the Mojave Desert to find out who was fastest. The Midnight Special starts in the late afternoon and runs into the darkness to beat the summer’s heat. Cooley took advantage of his NEW BFGoodrich 35″ Baja T/A KR2 tires to move up through the field. He moved into the lead by mile 19 on the first lap. As the laps counted down, the lead went back and forth between the Alumi Craft car of Roger Starkey Jr. and Sr. and the Alumi Craft car of Geoffrey Cooley and John Cooley. Geoffrey behind the wheel in his first night race drove a majority of the laps handing the car over to John on the final lap. Roger Starkey Sr. who already had a lap behind the wheel, poured on the speed during the final lap; cutting ten minutes off his previous lap time to take the win. An incredible one – two finish for Alumi Craft.
“We had no issues all day,” said Roger Jr. “I ran the first three laps and my dad drove the last two. We changed one tire in the pits while the crew fueled the car so it didn’t cost us any down time. The course had a mix of whoop sections, rocks and fast lakebeds. It got rougher and looser as the laps went by. After dark, it was a challenge avoiding the cars and trucks stuck on the course. The silt and sand was deep and the dust was thick.” The Starkey’s Alumi Craft was recently modified with a new transmission. The new transmission performed perfectly and did nothing to change the cars nimble and predictable handling. “Alumi Craft builds the greatest cars,” said Roger Sr., “We had a trouble-free race; our car ran flawless.”
200 miles north in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series was getting drenched with monsoon rains forcing the cancellation of round 14. Fortunately for the fans, the previous evening’s races went off fine and were packed with action. One of the most competitive classes on the track, Pro Buggy, saw Alumi Craft cars finish second, third, fourth and fifth. Second place Dave Mason Jr. was only a half second ahead of Mike Valentine who finished in third ahead of Larry Job in fourth and Taylor Atchison rounding up the top 5. It was Valentine’s second podium of the season in the big series but he has dominated in the Lucas Oil Regional series, winning every round but one.
“We have the speed,” says Mike, “We just need some better luck. Racing in the big series is super competitive. When we stay clean, we end up on the podium. The reason we went with Alumi Craft is they are fast cars right out of the box. We don’t really mess with the set-up too much; just a few tweaks here and there; it works well everywhere we go.” Mike got his wish in round 13. After a late race re-start he found himself three wide on the track. “There was carnage on the right, carnage on the left; we made it through and came out fourth.” He went on the finish third and is looking forward to reaching the podium again when the final rounds are held in Lake Elsinore, CA. on Oct. 23-25. The Elsinore race will also be held under the lights.
Regardless if you are racing in the desert, prerunning or competing 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 or go to: http://alumicraft.info/ to find out more about our race products and services.