Thursday, October 2, 2008


Reno, NV (October 2nd, 2008)--Speed Technologies, one of the largest off-road race teams in the United States and Mexico, had plenty to celebrate last weekend at the Bilek Racing Silver State “300” in Mesquite. The HMS Avenger, driven by Chuck Dempsey and John Herder, took home a second place finish during the race --- the best ranking the team has achieved since they began their off-road journey two years ago.

“What a great day,” said team owner John Harrah. “We are finally making some serious headway with our car – our drivers are on target, our pit crews are in top shape and the entire team is really coming together.”

The race started off a bit bumpy for Dempsey and Herder after spending a day of hard work getting the car back on track after it had over heated during the qualifier (in which they ranked 7th). But once the team took to the track on race day there was no stopping them.

Herder ran the first part of the race hard and fast in typical John Herder racing style and managed to get the car into 4th place when he handed it over to Dempsey.

“When John got to the pit and handed the car over to me he told me that the car was running great, but you’ve got no brakes so do the best you can,” Dempsey said.

Dempsey was a little nervous because the course is very mountainous and challenging, but this seasoned driver is no chicken when it comes to challenges and jumped in the car ready to bring it home.

Although not having any breaks during the race certainly made it a challenge, it literally didn’t slow them down one bit. By the time Dempsey reached the pit in Calliente, he had passed two other cars putting them in second place. With the first place cars’ dust in sight, the race had ended with the HMS Avenger finishing only 2 minutes behind the wining car. A victory for any team and a win for Speed Technologies.

“Over all I think the whole team did great job and we were all winners because we are getting closer to a 1st place win,” Dempsey said.

The Jimco class 10 car, driven by Mark Levrett and Casey Currie, got off to a bit of a rocky start. It began with an electrical glitch and a dead battery at the start line. Their problems were solved with 30 seconds to spare before the green light thanks to the help of crew members and helpful spectators.

“By pit one,” Levrett explained, “we were breathing down the neck of first place, but they decided to make a quick stop at the pit to do a rolling visual check on an oil leak they had repaired the day before. This gave the car in first place a slight advantage on the Speed Technologies team.”

Within 10 miles they had caught up to the leader and were looking for a break which would allow them to take the lead and by mile 60 they had caught the leader.

“We had no dust and clear sailing to the finish in our Speed Technologies / Exotic Engine class 10 car,” Levrett said.

Unfortunately, the victorious feeling didn’t last long. By mile 80, in a long silt covered section of the course and with the second place car only 10 or so minutes behind, the motor blew up ending the race for Levrett and Currie, but not ending the drive and force behind the Speed Technologies team to be number one.

About Speed Technologies

Established in 2006 Speed Technologies is owned by John Harrah and headquartered in Reno, NV at Rancharrah. The team operates an off-road car and motorcycle team as well as developing cutting edge off road and aquatics products and designs. Competing in the SCORE Desert Series, Best in the Desert and Championship off Road Racing, Speed Technologies is a full-time operation supported by a full time staff as well as additional chase and safety crews. Speed Technologies is committed to safety both on and off the track. For more information on Speed Technologies please visit or call 775-851-7492.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

BITD Silver State 300 Photo Jihad!

All photos are now up at

Early discount for the next 10 days.

Thanks to all the drivers that put on a show.




Azusa, Calif. - - Short notice, but the quickest ever diesel-powered racing truck, the Banks Power S-10, is scheduled to go after a new NHRDA (National Hot Rod Diesel Association) quarter mile record at Speedworld Dragstrip in Whittmann, Arizona this Saturday, October 4.

The twin-turbocharged GM Duramax-engined machine currently holds title as the quickest and fastest pickup truck in the quarter-mile (taking only an astonishing 7.723 seconds and clocking a breath-taking 179.21 miles-per-hour in the process).

Gates open for the single day (Saturday) event at 9am, with qualifying from 10am until noon, and elimination rounds start at 1pm. Speedworld Dragstrip is located about 30 miles North of Phoenix on Highway 60. (for further track information and media credentials: 623-388-2424 -

This appearance will be the 1,200 horsepower Banks S-10’s first at an NHRDA event and there’s been a great deal excitement in the diesel racing world on that news!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Doug Stokes (626) 969-9600 x 6200

General Tire will provide $170,000 contingency program for the upcoming Baja 1000 for drivers running on General’s Grabber tires.

Overall four-wheel race winner:

Trophy Truck class:

Class 1:

Class 10:

Class 8:

Stock Full:

Class 7:

Class 7sx:

Class 5:

Class 5/1600:

Stock Mini:

Score Lites:

Class 9:

Class 11:

Class 1-2 1600:

Class 3:

Class 24:

Class 25:

El Chinero is back

Ruining it for the internet.

G&R Primm 300 Race Report

Heating up the Nevada desert just outside of Las Vegas was the 13th Annual Terrible's Primm 300, marking round 4 of SCORE International's 5-race desert racing series.
Looking to defend his overall and class win from last year's SCORE Terrible's Primm 300 was G&R Racing's Garron Cadiente in the #38 Geiser-built Trophy Truck. Drawing a 17th starting position, Cadiente was quick to announce his strategy for repeating last year's impressive victory and conquering all four laps of the 72 mile loop course. "I gotta pin it to win it! This course is fast and we have to keep on pace all day." Cadiente further added, "This will be the first race for Jeff Whiteman who will be my co-driver for the first two laps and it will also be the first race for our new team sponsor - Empire Cat Southwest. We have stepped up our program and made a lot of exciting changes and we are definitely looking to repeat last year's victory."
Gaining and maintaining the 5 position within the first lap, Garron was well on his way to claiming a podium finish in #38 when a rocker arm failed in the 2nd lap of the race. "It's a disappointing ending to what looked like a promising race. Everything on the truck was working awesome. We definitely had the suspension dialed in and we put the King Shocks to the test out there. I am a little upset that we couldn't repeat last year's victory but all in all, I think we had a great showing," said Cadiente at the pits after the race.
Taking home an impressive third place finish in SCORE's Trophy Truck class and a fourth place overall was the driving team of Ron Whitton and Todd LeDuc in the #39 Geiser-built Trophy Truck. Starting almost dead last in the 21st position in a field of 22 class competitors, the Whitton / LeDuc team proved they were a force to be reckoned with early on when just after the first lap LeDuc had worked his way up to the 4th position.
"Todd and his co-driver, Eric Whiteman, did a heck of a job out there! I stepped into the truck at the main pit and completed the third and fourth laps of the race. LeDuc handed me over a truck that was in third place and me and my co-driver, Gerald King, held every one off and kept the position the rest of the race. The track was getting torn-up and rough at the end and we could barely see in front of the truck. Passing was next to impossible out there," said Whitton at the podium after the race. "There was some tough competition and I think one little slip-up would have cost us our third place finish. Fortunately, we are running the Toyo Tires and we have had nothing but good luck and not a single flat during our run."

G&R Racing's next race will be the SCORE Tecate Baja 1000. Check out for more information and race team updates!
On behalf of the entire team I would like to thank each and every one of our Dirt Squad newsletter members for taking an interest in G&R Racing. Enjoy the content and feel free to send me your comments.

Hasta Luego

Brian Godfrey
Team Manager

SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards update

In 11 Pro Classes
15 SCORE racers in hunt for Toyota Milestone Awards
Heading into 41st Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000

Season finale of five-race 2008 SCORE Desert Series to be held in Ensenada, Mexico, Nov. 19-23

LOS ANGELES—Following the first four of five races in the 2008 SCORE Desert Series, 15 of SCORE’s toughest drivers are in the hunt to earn 2008 SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards.
A Nevada father and son team leads the way as Reno’s Rod Hall drives a Hummer H3 in the Stock Mini class and his youngest son Chad drives a Hummer H3Alpha in Stock Full.
Giving Nevada four of the 15 racers still in the hunt for 2008 Toyota Milestone Awards are Las Vegas’ B.J. Baldwin and B.J. Richardson. Baldwin leads the points in the featured SCORE Trophy-Truck division in the No. 97 Baldwin Motorsports Chevy Silverado while Richards leads the unlimited Class 1 in a Chevy-powered Bunderson open-wheel desert race cars.
The finale of the 2008 SCORE Desert Series will be the 41st Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, to be held Nov. 19-23 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, 65 miles south of San Diego.
Over 300 total entries are expected to compete in 28 Pro and 6 Sportsman classes for cars, trucks, motorcycles and ATVs. The live drawing for starting positions, by class, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 11 at the new Off Road Warehouse facility in Temecula, Calif. With refreshments, vehicle displays and racer appearances from Noon until 5 p.m., the drawing will start at 2 p.m.
Toyota is presenting these prestigious awards to the world’s toughest desert racers for the 23rd consecutive year. The Toyota Milestone awards will go to those drivers who finish every required mile in the five-race 2008 SCORE Desert Series, the World’s Foremost Desert Racing Series.
“Toyota is proud to honor the world’s best desert racing drivers,” said Les Unger, national motorsports manager at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. “For over two decades, we have had the privilege of presenting the SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards to the toughest racers on the planet.”
Entering the season finale the 2008 SCORE Desert Series, SCORE Trophy-Truck with three and the unlimited Class 1 and Class 1-2/1600 with two each lead the way with eligible drivers for 2008 SCORE Toyota Milestone awards.
This year’s Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 race course will cover nearly 650 miles of Baja California, from Ensenada to Ojos Negros, to Mexicali to San Felipe to the Mike’s Sky Ranch area to the Pacific Coast up through Santo Tomas, back inland to Ojos Negros and back to Ensenada.
Racers from at least 30 U.S. States and a dozen countries are expected to compete in this year’s Granddaddy of all desert races.

2008 SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards
(Through Round 4, 15 Racers have completed every required mile
In the five-race 2008 SCORE Desert Series)

SCORE Trophy-Truck
B.J. Baldwin
Damen Jefferies
Robbie Pierce
Class 1
Chuck Dempsey
B.J. Richardson
Class 1-2/1600
Cory Boyer
Adam Pfankuch
Class 3
Donald Moss
Class 5
Kevin Carr
Class 5/1600
Marcos Nunez
Class 7SX
Heidi Steele
Steve Mamer
Class 11
Ramon Fernandez
Stock Full
Chad Hall
Stock Mini
Rod Hall

Sigal Racing continues her First Place lead in Points at Silver State 300

Sept 27, 2008:
Best in the Desert held the Silver State 300 Race in Mesquite, NV

Sigal Racing extends her lead in first place in CLASS 1100. There were 200 entries and only 67 vehicles finished the race. The race was extremely challenging with 300 miles of difficult track, heavy silt in places and 180 degree corners. One might have thought it was rally racing, but indeed it was an off road race!

Justin Bradley Smith, Sigal Racing's main mechanic and one of Sigal Greenberg's co-drivers, drove the first half of the race. He had a clean day except an over shot at corner MM42, which put him out of the race for 45 minutes. Up and going again, within 25 miles, he put himself back into second place in Class 1100.

Sigal Greenberg climbed into "Pinkie" around 2;30PM. Less than an hour into the course, she and her crew chief Lee Creiglow, got stuck in a huge silt bed for a good 45 minutes. Best in the Desert pulled them out and even after losing 45 minutes, Sigal made up the time and finished the race with no mechanical issues around 7:20PM, taking a SECOND place victory!

Talking to Sigal about the final upcoming race in Henderson, she said, “I feel very confident going into this race. My team is top notch. Our race car "Pinkie" is in great condition and we are very familiar with this course. This will be a good race and a great finish to an exciting year with Best in the Desert.

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