Alumi Craft Racers Take Top Spots At Rage At The River, Cooley Secures SNORE Championship Title
December 22, 2014
Alumi Craft Racer Richard Glaszczak had a breakthrough race at SNORE’s Rage at the River, (RATR) taking his first victory in his Alumi Craft class 10 race car. Richard secured the best overall finish in class 10 after two days of tough competition at RATR in Laughlin, Nevada. He was followed by fellow Alumi Craft racer Roger Starkey who took the second overall spot.
The course was a combination of a man-made short course section, filled with jumps and loose sandy corners and a punishing desert section that contained huge square edged holes and miles of challenging desert terrain. The racing was fast and frenzied as everyone was hungry to close out the SNORE season with a victory. Competition is so fierce in class 10 that winner Glaszczak had removed the passenger seat and belts to shave some weight before the race. RATR has shorter laps than a typical desert race and there are several single seat cars that he had to race against. He chose to run without a co-driver.
“I qualified 4th so I started on the second row,” says Glaszczak, “I picked off Robinson and then got by Davis and was racing for the lead with Cooley. The constant pounding caused the power steering pump to fail. I did the last half of the race with no power steering. After I finished, I had to sit in the car until I stopped shaking; the arm pump was so bad. On Sunday, the course was even rougher. I saw cars rolling and breaking all over but I never backed off; the car handled bitchin. I was slamming it into some huge holes. It’s amazing the abuse I put my Alumi Craft through and it just took it!”
One of the single seat cars Richard Glaszczak had to contend with was fellow Alumi Craft racer Roger Starkey who finished second overall. “Our race went OK,” says Starkey, “I qualified 7th and after a lap or two I was running with the lead pack. I was pushing so hard that I laid the car over on its side. I was near the hot pits so some people came over to help me get back on my wheels.” Starkey lost three minutes to the pack of leaders who were separated by only seconds. “Three minutes is a lot of time to make up at RATR,” says Starkey, “It changed our strategy on Sunday. We decided to run a levelheaded pace and hoped the race would come to us. Some of the top guys had problems so our strategy worked out. We had a strong second place finish. Our Alumi Craft worked perfectly; it ran great all weekend.”
Geoffrey Cooley was also racing in class 10 at RATR. He was looking to wrap up his SNORE class 10 season points championship. He looked to be having another trouble free weekend when he took a convincing victory on Saturday. He was the only driver to break the one hour mark during the 5 lap heat race with a time of 00:59:59.865. On Sunday, his luck took a turn for the worst; he was unable to finish. Despite his troubles at RATR, he had amassed such a commanding lead during the season that his title was never in doubt. Geoffrey Cooley captured the 2014 SNORE class 10 championship for Alumi Craft race cars.
“Going into my rookie year in Class 10 desert racing, I wanted to learn all aspects and gain experience,” says Geoffrey, “ A big part of my success this year in the SNORE Series was due to my father John Cooley, aka Alumi Craft. His knowledge in desert racing helped me to not only use my right foot, but to use my head to make the right decisions. I want to thank my team and sponsors Alumi Craft, Competitive Metals, Impact, Jackson Motorsports Group, Fox Shox, ProAm, Redline Performance, Harmon Racing Cells and CBR for making my transition from short course racing to the desert a smooth one.”