Ultra 4 King of Hammers 2020 started out on the right foot. We caught the millers before mile 2 and the race was on. I battled with hunter for the next 20 miles and was able to capitalize on a mistake he made in the Notches to take the lead. We were neck and neck all the way to Backdoor coming Into Hammer Town on lap 1.
My co-pilot Scott Lawrence got out to tether us down back door and he noticed the transmission was leaking a lot of oil. So, our plan was to radio pit and tell them to tell pit two to have us fuel and gear oil. I knew I could baby the car through the desert and create enough dust hunter would not be able to pass. Well that plan was shot down after our radios decided to stop working. So, at around mile 90 I had to pull into pit one and relay the message verbally. At that time Hunter got around us and we ate his dust for the next 20 miles. Then things start going bad. I’m following hunter up a rock hill and I’m following his bumper because the dust was so bad and next thing, I know we’re on our side.
Scott and I craw out of the car and we attempt to flip it back Over. The car is tipped downhill, so we are fighting gravity. We try and try with no luck. Then Scott says grab the Pro Eagle jack. I start digging under the cage and wedge the jack between the ground and cage. That got the car at least 12” off the ground and we were able to push it back onto its wheels, and at that moment I knew we messed up bad. The car started rolling backwards down the hill. I forgot to put it in park. I knew if I did not get it slowed down or stopped it was going to flip down the mountain. I did everything in my power to get in to get the brake pedal or park lever, but my attempt failed and by that point it was too late. The car had caught me and threw me like a rag doll. I was lucky enough to slow it down and it made a slight turn and stopped sideways in the track.
When I went to stand, I felt just rock on the bottom of my feet. I went to put my right shoe on and couldn’t because two of my toes were sitting on top of my foot. I quickly pushed them back straight and got both shoes on. I tried to get up and run to the car, but I could hardly stand. I scooted to the car and got in. The crash had blown the power steering. I had to drive to the bottom of mountain to get turned around and came back up to get Scott and try to fix the power steering. After a few minutes he finally found it was a blown fuse. We cut a wire out of our helmet pumper and he jumped the fuse to get it back working. We got to the pit and they gave us fuel and rear gear oil. At that time, we had lost 20 minutes and I knew I had to drive flawless through the rocks to even have a chance to podium. We hit our marks and blitzed through some of the toughest rock sections known to man.
By the time we roll into Hammer Town to see the checkered flag we were able to make up 17minutes in under 30 miles, but we fell under 2min 46 sec short of the win.
Thank you all and I’m grateful to have you all part of my program!
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