We all have our process for observing the passing of one year and welcoming the next, for Kingman, Arizona chiropractor, Dr. Macrae Glass that celebration includes the Henderson 250 and collecting championships. Five, Best in the Desert's (BITD) Class 8000 titles in a row to be specific, and seven total to date.
2013 marked the fifth consecutive (BITD) Class 8000 Championship for Macrae Glass
"Henderson marked my 30th career win," Glass declared, "And all with K&N Filters."
The Henderson 250 was the last stop of the 2013 BITD series, and this year for the K&N supported KC Hilites/Glass Chiropractic Racing Team, the pressure was off. The race started in Jean, Nevada, some 25 miles south of Las Vegas and covered 240 miles of brutal topography. The last race of the year is generally considered the Finals, since the points leading racers usually show up with a chance to win the championship, but this year Glass already had it locked up.
"We sure had a great time at the last race of the year. In essence, we wrapped up the season championship at the second to last race of the year with the win at Parker," Glass explains. Our combination of 1st and 2nd place finishes at 4 of 5 events this season gave us a comfortable lead, and per the rules, we only had to take the green in order to seal the deal. So we were able to go out, have some fun, and just cruise around. Also, that gave my son a shot at navigating."
Winning the 2013 Henderson 250 provided Macrea Glass with his 30th career victory
With the pressure off dad, he invited his oldest son, Robby, to climb in to the navigator spot and log some valuable seat time for the 2014 season. "He had ridden 100 miles at V-R," said dad, "But never the whole race. We cruised off the start line and set a comfortable pace to save the parts and have some fun. We stopped each lap to fuel and even helped right a rolled trophy truck on the way to the finish. He did great, and only at the finish did he say, ‘man, I'm frozen!'"
"This round was one of the coldest I've raced in," said Glass. "The entire southwest was in a cold snap, with rain, sleet, and light snow falling when it wasn't blowing like mad. Each championship is a little tougher than the last, it seems, so as a team, we were stoked to bag another. Really cool to get the kids involved too!"
Robby is 16 and the plan is to have him in the truck at least half the races this year. "It takes a while to groom navigators and his training is well under way, Glass says. "He'll also be joined by my youngest son, Walker. Robby is a basketball player all the way, but he enjoys the truck stuff almost as much. Walker, on the other hand, is a total motor-head. They are an interesting brother combo, and together I think we have a great mix going forward. And, they are named after two rowdy racers that caught my eye when I was a 17-year-old off-road racing spectator - Robby Gordon and Walker Evans."
"This wraps up five years in our new truck, and five consecutive class 8000 championships. Thanks to my wife, children, and the crew for their commitment and tireless work - it's paid off once again!"
"Wow! It's been quite a ride, and we'll be back at it when the 2014 season kicks off at the Parker 425 in early February."