True to their moniker the High Desert Racing Association (HDRA) hosted the King Shocks 250 in the high desert of Ridgecrest, California, a new venue for the series. More than a hundred teams showed up, all looking to collect their share of valuable points towards the 2013 Off Road World Championship title. This was the second round of the series, and for some it was their first time at the visually dramatic and deceptively gnarly topography. GreenArmy Motorsports driver, Justin Davis, on the other hand had some history with Ridgecrest's tortuously tough terrain in the past, so he knew better than to sneak a peek at the copious rock formations vying for attention. Run off course for even a split second and a guaranteed flat tire would be the least of your problem.
K&N sponsored Justin Davis inked his first trophy truck win at the 2013 HDRA King Shock 250.
"I have raced many times at Ridgecrest, in my old ten car and 1300 car. And I had won races there in the past, so I knew where I was going around the track," Davis commented.
For Davis and his GreenArmy race team track experience may have indeed played a roll, as he commanded the No. 85 K&N supported Jimco Trophy Truck to the overall win at the King Shocks HDRA 250. It was the team's first win in the Inaugural HDRA/SCORE World Championship of Desert Racing.
Early Friday morning, some of the top unlimited Trophy Truck and Class 1 Teams in the world lined for qualifying laps, to determine the starting order for the race. It wasn't until later that night when Davis got word that he would we starting the race in 7th place the next morning. He was up for the challenge. Saturday morning, for the first couple of laps, Davis focused on picking his way through the field and the extreme engine choking dust and killer rocks. After a flawless pit stop at the halfway point of the race, Davis continued with his methodical racing to the front. Entering the final lap, he was second behind the legendary team of Baja champions, Tim Herbst and Larry Roeseler.
And, that's when the aforementioned track knowledge kicked in with a heavy dose of logic. Sure Davis was closing in fast on Herbst and Roeseler, and for a second he may have considered making a move to get around them. But why, there was no good reason to try a risky pass, because if he simply tracked them in, he would win on the corrected time. In his post-race interview, Davis described his strategy as "latching on to the rear bumper."
"What I met by that was that I knew if I just followed him, I would beat him on time, and by not risking going around him, I couldn't get a flat tire or wreck," explained Davis. "It feels awesome to have that (first win) under my belt and to prove to people that I can hold my own in a trophy truck."
The GreenArmy wasted little time resting on their laurels, as they immediately began preparing the No. 85 for the next round of the World Championship of Desert Racing, the 45th Annual SCORE Baja 500 in Ensenada, Mexico May 31-June 2, 2013.
"I feel very confident and so does my team," Davis adds. "Mexico is my favorite place to pre-run and race; there are so many fans that support me down there."