Deaknbuilt LLC Racing recently opened their season at Primm, Nevada, in the Battle At Prim
For the past six years, Deaknbuilt LLC has been competing as a
team in the sport of racing. In fact, the crew is likely somewhat closer connected
than other teams. It goes much deeper than a group of people with a
passion for the sport.
"Our entire team is family and close friends," shared Jeremy Deakins. His
team consists of his father and mother, wife and daughter; his brother,
Trever, uncles Glen and Gary. The team had grown accustomed to and found
strength in the spiritual leadership of his grandfather, Shelby Wise, as
well. However, this race would be a great deal different.
In fact, each and every member entered this event with a heavy heart, as
they had learned earlier of his passing. One could only imagine the
sadness the team was feeling. Nevertheless, in spite of the terrible news, they
opted to remain and compete in the Battle at Prim at Nevada, if for
no other reason, out of respect for him.
"We knew that he would have wanted it no other way," explained Jeremy. "We
had known of his (bad) health for a while, and he had prepared us for that
day." Looking back at previous events, he continued, "It was definitely the
hardest emotionally, but we encounter different challenges every race. So
as long as we work as a team. . . we manage."
Lining up in the 1400 unlimited sportsman's class of the Competition 1400
series, they were prepared to embark upon a two day event consisting of a
succession of four, 16-mile laps before the races were deemed over.
Prior to the Battle at Prim, the Deaknbuilt LLC Racing team learned of the passing of a family member. However, they remained to race in the event, as they were confident that’s what he would have preferred
Pulling a 16th spot starting position, Jeremy Deakins and his fellow team
members were confident of what would transpire in the laps to come. "We
know we prepare the truck well for the races," ensured Jeremy. "The team
does all of the work ourselves in the shop. So we don't like to think
about how many trucks are in front or behind." When asked the key to
success at this particular event, he reiterated, "Having a well
put-together team that preps the truck well for every race."
According to Deakins, the truck handled fairly well during the first day
of racing. However, they considered the front suspension somewhat soft and
the rear tires weren't grabbing optimal traction. That in mind, the crew
made a few adjustments and added a little weight
to the rear of the vehicle prior to day two. When the waving of the
green flag deemed the final day underway, it didn't take long to conclude
they had made the proper decision. "It made a big difference," recalled
Starting 11th on the final day of racing, Deakins' had managed to roll into
7th place by the third lap. Things were looking promising. However, in
the world of racing, it's not over until it's over. As fate would have
it, bad luck would soon thereafter rear its ugly head. With in the
neighborhood of three miles separating them from the finish line, all
chances of success quickly dwindled upon experiencing transmission
Although the team faced adversity during the opening race of the season,
they are anticipating what lie ahead during the remainder of 2014.
Jeremy Deakins and the crew have an acute understanding that the team's
close-knit relationship is the backbone of their program. They also
understand the importance of keeping their truck perfectly maintained. In
turn, they depend upon K&N products to ensure the internal components of
their engine remains contaminant free.
In reference to proper maintenance he said, "it's just as important as
everything else. It all has to be consistent in order to do well." One
would suspect that consistency is one of the attributes that they
appreciate most about the K&N products they use on their race vehicle.
"We use K&N air filters, oil filters, fuel filters, and the fuel filter
housing," he explained. "We use the K&N mini filters for the oil breather
and their degreaser for cleaning. We've been using them for about four
years now and have never had a problem."
"It's a great product," he continued. "Like earlier stated, we have yet to
have a problem. We put hundreds of miles on these products every year and
have always had great results."
Looking forward to the remainder of 2014, Jeremy Deakins
directed a gesture of thanks to the fans for their support. When asked what
their plans are for the remainder of the season, he concluded, "Competition
1400 Series championship and some good racing."