San Bernardino, CA (September 21, 2017) - After dominating much of the 2017 season, Alumi Craft Pro Buggy competitors Darren Hardesty Jr, Elliot Watson, and Sterling Cling, all suffered mechanical maladies during round 11 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, Ca.
Pole sitter Watson broke his throttle cable at the drop of the green flag and had to look on in anguish as the field left him sitting on the front straight. That left Hardesty in second, and Cling in third to carry on. After several laps, Cling broke a shock absorber on the rough track and began dropping positions. After a yellow flag and a restart, Hardesty seemed inconsistent, running fast in some spots but slowing in others. It turned out that he had lost third and fourth gears in the transmission. While Cling dropped back in the field, Hardesty did an amazing job trying to keep pace despite having only top gear available. He simply kept the throttle pinned, even off the jumps, trying to keep his rpm's in an acceptable range. Instead of slowing for the corner, dropping down a gear, and accelerating out, Hardesty just kept the throttle down and hoped to stay in control as he railed every turn on the very edge of control.
The result was a DNF for Watson after starting on the pole, a 4th place for Hardesty, and an 8th place finish for Cling, the last car to finish on the lead lap. It was a far cry for the three Alumi Craft drivers who maintain the top three spots in the Pro Buggy points championship. Every racer will admit that they would take any bit of luck that comes their way. Despite the problems they faced, the three Alumi Craft racers were relatively unscathed. Their results had very little effect on their standings in the points, other than Hardesty putting a little cushion between he and Watson who have been locked in an intense battle for the top spot all season. Currently, Hardesty is leading with 571 points, Watson is second with 548 and Cling is third with 540.
In addition to providing competitive turnkey race cars, Alumi Craft also provides incredible support for their racers. The setbacks suffered in round 11 were easily remedied immediately after the race. Replacement parts are readily available and because of their strict manufacturing procedures, will fit and function just like the originals. During round 12 on Saturday night, all three Alumi Craft racers were back at full strength, Hardesty jumped out to the lead on lap one. Watson was right back on his tail for second, and Cling battled to the final podium position in third. With twelve rounds completed, 36 possible podium positions have been available. Alumi Craft racers have taken all but 7 so far with only one weekend of racing left.
The domination shown by Alumi Craft cars speaks loudly about their speed and consistency. Alumi Craft racers have the confidence to push their cars and trucks, even when the conditions are at their worst. Every vehicle they build benefits from years of refinement and the proper application of technology and materials. Alumi Craft has an impressive record in competition, but they also build the most reliable and best performing pre-runners and sand cars available. Regardless if you are doing course reconnaissance, racing for a championship, or just having a blast with your friends, Alumi Craft is dedicated to providing you with a fun, 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.
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About Alumi Craft
Alumi Craft is the premier race car chassis manufacturer in the off road industry. Crafting cars from lengths of 4130 Chromoly tubing is our specialty. We offer a variety of vehicles to accommodate the professional off road racer to the recreational driver. Since 2004, Alumi Craft racers have earned countless wins, four prestigious Lucas Oil Challenge Cup champions and twenty-five points championships; nine short course and fifteen in desert. Darryl Smith 4X, Rob MacCachren 2X, Luke McMillin 2X, CJ Greaves 2X, Gunnar Peterson 2X, Luke Johnson, Raphael Navarro IV, John Fitzgerald, Andrew McClelland, Andrew Meyers, Roger Starkey, Mitchell DeJong, Mike Porter, Randy Minnier, Cameron Steele, Matt Cullen, Chuck Cheek, Darren Hardesty, Darren Hardesty Jr. and owner John Cooley have all won championships behind the wheel of an Alumi Craft race car.
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