TrophyLite Race Blog - 2016 Season Archive -
New Faces Look to Overthrow Veterans in 1st Race of the Season February 10, 2016
The Best in the Desert Parker 425 kicked off the 2016 TrophyLite race schedule with a dozen trucks ready to challenge the sandy Parker desert. The pre-race festivities kicked off with technical and safety inspection on Friday, which let several new teams display their 2016 liveries. For the first time in its 8 year history, TrophyLite produced the first KC HiLites TrophyLite Throwdown podcast which featured driver and team member interviews showing some insight to what it was that got them into desert racing.
TrophyLite Throwdown Podcast February 22, 2016
As the 2016 race season approached, TrophyLite had a lot of things happening and TL co-driver Daniel Plaza and our web tech Gene Addison worked to bring the latest information to you. They came up with the TL Throwdown podcast! The podcast, almost like an online radio show features the hot topics going on in TrophyLite along with interviews from the owners, drivers, past and present and our series sponsors as well. The podcast is powered by KC Hilites and we would like for you to stop in and listen. Interviews with Rick L. Johnson, Todd Jackson, PJ Guglielmo, new comers to the series Josh Cobb, Austin McKnight and Sydney Schwab. You can find the TL Throwdown on iTunes by searching TL Throwdown, or on SoundCloud by clicking the link below!
The Mint 400 - Jackson and BFGoodrich win big in Vegas! March 17, 2016
Several TrophyLite teams made the trek to kick off the race week festivities by participating in the 10 mile drive down the ‘Vegas Strip’ on Wednesday afternoon. After quite the journey to get to the race, Chris Hutton and his team from Australia behind the wheel of the 6009 house rental truck would win the furthest distance traveled ever of a Trophylite team. A close runner up would be the 6061 Fast Line Driving School rental of Luiz Facco and his navigator Humberto Ribeiro from Brazil. John Boyd and his team would fly in from Austin, Texas in another house rental to take on the brutal Mint 400 course.
New to 2016, the inaugural BITD Laughlin Desert Classic was a hit with all of the TrophyLite teams that chose to make the trek to the Colorado River based tourist destination. A fast 17 mile course was laid out to test man and machine against Mother Nature and fierce competition. The skies would open up Friday evening, creating a virtually dust free day one of racing Saturday. A flawless team of Jackson in 2016 season was to butt heads with series regulars such as Ed “Doc” Chantler, Jeff Mortis, Brandon Arciero, John Clark, Craig Spitz, Russ McKnight, Joshua Cobb and Larry Schmueser.
Vegas to Reno - A Young Cobb’s Patience Prevails August 21, 2016
The young gun Joshua Cobb did an amazing job executing the game plan, a plan put in place by his father Jason. As the last few miles clicked off for the KC HiLites backed TrophyLite, Josh had his sights set on his first series win. The 17 year old from Phoenix Arizona is enjoying his first year behind the wheel of a TrophyLite Truck and showing that he has the talent to run with the series veterans. Making his way to the top of the podium would not prove to be the easiest of tasks at this race. Two brutal days of nasty silt that the 2016 Vegas to Reno course had to offer, the young Cobb would claim a commanding victory over ...
BlueWater Desert Challenge - Temps cool as competition heat upOctober 10, 2016
The BITD BlueWater Desert Challenge is notorious for ramping up the emotions within the ever competitive TrophyLite class. 16 TrophyLite Spec trucks made the trek to beautiful Parker, AZ for stop number 5 of 6 in the 2016 TrophyLite Race Series. This course, notorious for its deep and continuous sand and big holes did not disappoint yet again in the fight to the checkered flag.
The Parker race would draw teams from all over, including three teams of TrophyLite rental customers in the mix. Bobby NG, Matthew Halliday in the 6006 machine backed by ....
A ‘Race for Gold’ and a New Class Champion December 22, 2016
The final race of the 2016 TrophyLite Race Series takes teams back to the Nevada desert and the return of the Pahrump ‘250’. After a 9 year hiatus, BITD participants will race a new and improved Terribles Town ‘250’. Titled as the “Race for Gold”, 11 TL teams will battle for one last time through rock gardens and nasty silt beds to crown a new champion. The Nugget ’250’ pre and post-race events would take place at the Pahrump Nugget Hotel and Casino. Tech & Contingency was located in the parking lot and the Azunia Tequila after-party in the Pahrump Nugget Sports Bar.