"Doc Glass," K&N sponsored Macrae Glass, proved once more that his is the team to beat in the desert. Glass followed up his impressive 2009 Championship, which saw him win every race in the Best in the Desert's (BITD) five-race "American Off-Road Racing Series" championship, by winning the TransWest Ford Henderson 250, and the 2010 Championship in his KC Hilites I-beamed Ford F-150.
When sun went down the KC Hilites went on and showed the way, and that's when Glass picked up the pace.
No wind, a choking layer of silt, combined with rocks, made this year's TransWest Ford Henderson 250 extremely treacherous at times.
"We did not have any problems whatsoever," commented Glass. "The truck could have been a little better in the front, the shock adjustment was off. The rebound was too slow and the truck would nose over in the big whoops. I'm really happy to be here. I'm just stoked, this truck has a lot of wins and finishes and I'm happy to get one more.
Owing to environmental and dust concerns, this year's race once again took place in Jean, Nevada, as did last year's race, despite its Henderson namesake. The 80-mile, three lap, course started just north of Jean, and continued north until Haul Road, then it ran east into Hidden Valley, and into the famed rock garden, before looping south to Primm, and finally winding its way back north across Roach lake to the finish.
"Super dusty and rocky – cold and no wind," is how Glass described it. "We raced in the afternoon with the last half in the dark."
The choking dust and rocks in fact quickly became a problem for most racers. The lack of wind and two or three inches of top layer silt, combined with rocks, made for a treacherous, low visibility racecourse at times, even though most of it was smooth and rally-like.
The KC Hilites Racing team approached the season finale with a realistically conservative outlook – simply finishing the race meant a 2010 Championship. Kevin Davis Navigated the first half on the race.
"We started about 46th overall, first in class," explained Glass. We played follow the leader for 80 miles, and then moved ahead as others stopped to fuel. We fueled and changed air cleaner wraps at mile 110, and Trevor Nieto climbed in to navigate the rest of the way home."
"The sun began to set and the KC Hilites showed us the way. We picked up the pace and charged. The truck worked great in all but the big chop-with the front shock rebound a little slow as I mentioned. No problems otherwise, and we finished first in class, 16th overall, and sixth fastest overall average BITD speed for the year. Overall the truck ran like a clock, the K&N filters got the job done with plenty of clean air to make the big horsepower. We had no flats for the entire year and now we are the 2010 Class 8000 Season Champs! I want to dedicate this win to my wife Kathy, she always believes I can get it done, and reinforces what I hope I can do."
Asked about plans for this season the Kingman, Arizona racer's only remarks were, "We have a few changes for the new year that I can't yet discuss. They are exciting though."
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