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Dixon Bros Racing WINS at ‘TERRIBLE’S 250 AT PRIMM’ Print E-mail

    Lompoc, CA - April 19, 2008: After damage to the radiator resulted in the loss of their engine early in the season opening ‘Parker 425’, Dixon Bros. Racing’s Class 7100 Ford Ranger got back on track with a convincing win at Best in the Desert’s ‘Terrible’s 250 at Primm’, held April 19th in the desert north of Primm, Nevada. Team owner, Aaron Dixon, drove the entire event in the #7101 Ford with Phil Ramirez in the second seat. Other than having to put up with some very dusty conditions during a windless day of racing, the 2007 BitD Class 7100 Points Champion ran a trouble-free race, taking the checkered flag by 18 minutes over Erin Wahl in the #7120 Ford Ranger. Although the Terrible’s 250 was the first win of the season for Dixon Bros. Racing, this is the third win in the last four races for the Lompoc, California based team.

    According to Aaron Dixon, “We started fourth in Class 7100 and after passing one truck stuck in a 90 degree turn around race mile three, we caught Wahl (#7120), but the dust was too thick to try for a pass, so we held back to keep decent visibility and not risk damage to the truck early in the race. At one point we were racing directly into the rising sun on the horizon and in the hanging dust hit a huge rock on the side of the course that ripped the steering wheel out of my hands and launched the truck up on two wheels. The truck survived the impact and we kept feeling our way through the blinding dust trying not to lose time. We would catch the #7120 truck in the rough, tight and twisty sections, but once the course turned into fast graded roads we would again be blinded by the dust. We tried to pass on the dry lake section, but our trucks were pretty evenly matched on top speed so we had to fall back in the dust and wait. Eventually, the #7120 Ford stopped in Pit A, on the second lap and we were able to finally get into clean air and put six minutes on them prior to our planned fuel stop at Pit B. We left the pit with a four minute lead and a full tank of gas. The final lap of the race we tried to keep up our pace and stretch out our lead. We finished the race with an 18 minute lead, beating all of the other truck classes in the morning race. Our only issues during the race were a high oil temperature during the high speed dry lake sections, and a handling issue that was later determined to be the steering wheel shaft rubbing on a cage tube which caused a slow steering response.”

    With three races remaining on the 2008 racing schedule, the ‘Terrible’s 250’ win moves Dixon Bros. Racing into second place in the race for Best in the Desert’s Silver State Series points championship in Class 7100. The next race for Dixon Bros. Racing is the Best in the Desert ‘Vegas to Reno’, August 21-23 which will start near Las Vegas, Nevada and stretch over 550 miles across the state of Nevada to the finish, outside of Reno.

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