Multiple Class Wins for Jimco Race Cars at Vegas-To-Reno!
Cast shadows of off-road race cars, rumbled through the fog of still dust, under the late-summer sun in the Nevada desert. For the 20th time, this desert became the setting of longest race in the United States; the Vegas-to-Reno off-road endurance race. 342-vehicles entered this year’s race; including a generous handful of competitive, in-house, Jimco fabricated steel on wheels.
The 1500-class was graced with the Jimco elite Parkhouse team: Cody Parkhouse, who soloed the entire 644-mile race, displayed veteran characteristics of both patience and persistence. He drove his lines and qualified 3rd, he continued to drive an unsullied race in his Champion-series Jimco, and finished 3rd after Day-1. He kept a level-head after some timing and tracking issues plagued the event on Day-1, and started Day-2 with a calming urgency. As the lengthy race proved too much for the few cars in front of Cody, he was able to swoop into the top-finishing spot in his class. His combined effort over 3-stages granted his Parkhouse team with another class win. As quoted from a Parkhouse fan on Facebook, “Epic job by 1501!”
Just behind the Parkhouse team, another Jimco solo-driver was awarded a 2nd-in-class trophy over the 2-day course. Sam Berri, in his 2015-built Champion series Jimco, didn’t quite get to experience the blue skies above the course; as he as busy trusting navigations through the sooty fragments of desert kicked up from fellow racers who were off the start line before him. He qualified 5th in class, drove aggressively enough on Day-1 to finish 4th in class and moved all the way up to 2nd in class on Day-2. His consistency allowed him to take a Top-10 overall spot, and a 2nd place class finish.
Johnny Buss, in his single-seat chariot treated the silted course as if it were a red carpet. He threaded his Lakers colored Class-10 Jimco through troublesome sections and was sited on social media outlets who were tracking the event as, “such a smooth run… that is one quick car!” He would finish first on Day-1, with Jason Coleman and Shane Earn in their Jimcos just behind him in the 2nd and 3rd places on the day. On Day-2, Johnny handed his trusty stallion to co-driver Matt Loiodice, who would help not just keep, but extend the #1056’s lead on the clock before Johnny got back in to take the black and white checkered on Day-2, ahead of 2nd place man in class on the day, Jimco driver Shane Earn. Those Day-2 finishing positions for both Buss and Earn, would transpose on the combined 644-mile totals, giving Jimco the 1 and 2 spots for the annual Vegas-to-Reno race in Class-10.
Jimco Trick Trucks were as present as they always are during races as challenging as Vegas-to-Reno. Jason Voss, in his blue and white #35 Jimco, was looking to win the overall for the 4th consecutive time… and everyone knew it, causing mental self demur among all competitors in the trick truck class. On Thursday, his truck contently maneuvered the 3.5-mile qualifying course and slid in the number 2 position, just two-seconds behind 1st position qualifier, hall-of-famer Rob MacCachren. He held his second place position on the clock through all of Day-1. Day-2 was looking comfortable until an unrecoverable mechanical issue shocked and surprised race fans, as Voss would be shown as 0mph on popular tracking sites, leaving the overall win open for inheritance.
Jimco Trick Truck finishers include: Troy Vest, who climbed up the ranks from a 25th qualifying spot, to a 12th place class-finish over 2-days, Steve Strobel in his red #94 finished 14th, 2 positions higher than where they had qualified, and Anthony Terzo, who was described on the Youtheory Racing Team page as having, “two clean days of racing.”
Jimco Racing, Inc. is very proud of all their Vegas-to-Reno finishers!
12th- TROY VEST
14th- STEVE STROBEL
16th- ANTHONY TERZO
22nd- JASON VOSS
1st- CODY PARKHOUSE
2nd- SAM BERRI
6th- KEVIN THOMPSON
8th- MASON CULLEN
1st- JOHNNY BUSS
2nd- SHANE EARN
7th- DUSTIN MILLER
8th- JASON COLEMAN