TrailReady Motorsports teamed up with Tracy Rubio and TNC Machine and moved up from the Mini-Unlimited Truck class to a state-of-the-art Trophy Truck
In their first race, the 1000 mile Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno, they qualified 14th out of 30 in the TT class, and worked their way into fourth place at the 700 mile mark, before a broken valve took them out of the running. For the second event, the 320-mile Silver State 300, they had just installed their brand new Ford Racing motor and still managed to complete the event in 8th position, even after being slowed by a couple of minor issues. In a sport with a 50 percent DNF rate, they have every reason to be pleased to get their first finish, in only their second event.
This weekend the team finishes the year with the BITD Henderson Desert Classic. The entire team is determined to end the season on a high, and they claim they will leave it all on the course in an all out podium effort. Time trials are Thursday; Tech/Contingency is Friday in downtown Henderson, and Racing starts Saturday Morning in Jean, Nevada.
"While we've been using K&N Filter products for as long as I can remember, quality intake filter products have never been so critical as they are in this power plant. At $30,000 plus, this represents the biggest motor investments I've ever made. Suddenly the choice of filters has become as important as our choice in tires. Desert racing, with its fine airborne silt, is harder on racing motors than any other form of racing," explains Larry Trim, president of TrailReady Products, LLC.
Trim and TrailReady are located in Lynnwood, Washington. Trim is also a very accomplished off-road racer with 13 years of total driving experience - three years in the NW Rally Series, seven years in the Pro-National Rock Crawling series, and three in the desert. He enjoys a 27 percent winning percentage in Class 6/7200 series since the middle of '06. He is also TrailReady Motorsports' alternate driver.
"As a truck builder, Tracy Rubio may be one of the very best in the sport. With over 20 years experience in desert truck construction, he quietly goes about his business building championship winning trucks for customers in the Kingman/Havasu/Parker area, for drivers including Curt Leduc, Randy Merritt, and off-road legend, Manny Esquerra. Having driven countless off-road racing vehicles, from rally cars, to rock racers, to desert trucks, I can say this truck fits me like nothing I've ever experienced. With the right drivers, support and just a little luck (I think we have the first two, and we're working on the last), it's only a matter of a few events before we see a TNC Machine trophy truck on the top of the podium regularly," says Trim.
Tracy Rubio is also a very proficient off-road racer and the diver of record with the TrailReady MotorSports team. Rubio has over 20 years desert racing experience and is a multiple championship winner in Class-7 and Class-8100.
"We simply could not be more pleased with the K&N products we use (E-3978XD, E-3770PR, 25-3770). We've always used K&N Products in our off-road racing applications. We begin a direct relationship with K&N when they helped us complete our 2005 SEMA "20 day Pre-Runner" Project truck. But, becoming a part of the K&N racing family with this Trophy Truck effort is hugely important, both in product support and with the quality of the product. We look forward to many years of working with K&N and to the confidence of knowing we have the best filters available for our race engines," continues Trim.
Ever building and growing as a team, TrailReady has even more changes in store for next season. "We have been asked to put together a LOORS Unlimited-Lite program for one of our partners who has pledged 70 percent of the required budget, and we are actively looking for the rest of the support to complete the program. The beauty of this opportunity is that it includes a provision that any excess funds will be poured into the Trophy Truck program, insuring that we can compete in the entire BITD series for 2010. With this program in place we will be competing in 21 televised races for next year. The Unlimited-Lite Ford Ranger and the F150 Trophy Truck will sport similar paint schemes and will be highly visible on the track, TV and the Show circuit," concludes Trim.
The Number 18 TNC Machine stats:
'03 F-150 Ford Trick Truck
Builder - Tracy Rubio, Kingman, Arizona
All aluminum Ford Racing V8 (800hp)
C6 Transmission (10" R&P)
Suspension - 4" King Shocks
Travel - 36" (rear), 30" (front)
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