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    Alumi Craft Racers Run Strong On The Track And In The Desert

    Santee, CA

    Alumi Craft racers had a very fast weekend. They had dominating performances on the track and in the desert. At the Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Racing Series finale at Elsinore Motorsports Park in Lake Elsinore, California, a pair of Alumi Craft young guns showed their speed. Darren “HotSauce” Hardesty Jr. wrapped up the season-long points championship in the Pro Buggy class and secured the Rookie of the Year title as well.


    He did it in authoritative fashion by winning the final race which kept his streak of standing on the podium for every single round intact. The 14 year old Hardesty also competed in the Pro series this season where he picked up his first win, making him the youngest competitor to win a pro series event, and took the Rookie of the Year title too.


    When the non-points, shoot-out race was run on Sunday, Hardesty chose to save his car for the upcoming Pro series event and instead helped with color commentary in the announcer’s booth. It gave him an opportunity to talk about his lifelong friend and fellow Alumi Craft racer Elliott Watson who took the Pro Buggy victory, his first. Watson is an up and coming racer and a solid 4.0 grade average high school student. Watson was busy doing homework but his father Tom said he is learning a lot and getting consistently faster in his Alumi Craft Pro buggy. He will have a huge advantage when he goes for his driving learners permit this week.


    At the Best In The Desert series BlueWater Challenge race in Parker, Arizona Alumi Craft competitors were participating in a two-day heat-race format that was an all-out sprint both days. In class 10, Alumi Craft racer Adam Pfankuch set a blistering pace in Saturday’s heat, taking an impressive win. Looking like he would back it up on Sunday, an experimental lightweight clutch assembly failed while he looked to be cruising to another win and the overall victory.


    With Pfankuch out, it jumbled the overall standings but Alumi Craft racers Roger Starky was second overall followed by 14 year old Alumi Craft racer Seth Hilfiker in third overall.


    Hilfiker arrived in Parker Friday night after school with little time to prepare for the race. He also had a tough time getting a co-driver so his cousin Cody Johnson, who is also 14, jumped in the passenger seat. The two ran trouble-free both days to earn the podium finish.


    Also on the podium in Parker was Class 1500 racer Scott Bailey who ran solid both days to take third place overall in the unlimited open wheeled class. Since returning to desert racing competition, Bailey has been steadily picking up speed in his MavTV Alumi Craft unlimited race car.


    Alumi Craft racers come in all ages and from many different backgrounds. The one thing they share is the performance provided by their meticulously crafted cars whenever they line up to race. Whether 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 or go to: http://alumicraft.info/ to find out more about our race products and services.

    Photography By: Bink Designs