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"Easy" Rick Mooneyham & Team 554 Finish 2010 King of the Hammers 4th Place
Posted on 02.15.10 by camo

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JOHNSON VALLEY, CA - "Easy" Rick and Co Driver Scott Ward left the starting line on the front row and were first into the desert to the first obstacle Crowbar, the plan was to keep ahead of the other 99 cars as carnage was expected on several of the rock crawling obstacles.

Lucas oil car 554 followed race strategy to perfection. Leading with 22 minutes ahead heading into Chocolate Thunder with gaining time 25 minutes ahead coming down Wrecking Ball.

2010 was the most punishing 135 mile course KOH has presented to the cars and drivers, running through the desert with an average speeds of 90 MPH and topping out at nearly the 100 MPH mark. They were brought to a screaching halt when on Claw Hammer the car broke a left front stub shaft (axle) and had to drive two rock trails in three wheel drive before reaching the pit where repairs could be made. 35 minutes later the 554 car was back on the trail and again gaining lost time, after the final Rock Trail a haunting noise could be heard and the car had something coming apart, which 55 MPH was as fast as they felt safe going to ensure the car would cross the finish line. the Lucas Oil car came across the finish line first, however with the lost time on the repair it was not enough for the crown, and the Boys finished a respectable 4th place.

" Once again we gave it everything we could for the good folks that made this happen. A Big Shout Out and Thank You to Dave and Jeff for putting on the best race on earth, and we could not be here without the help and support of Trick Toys Fabrication, Lucas Oil, BF Goodrich Tires, JH Sims Trucking, Figspeed.Com, Longfield Super Axles, Sway Away Shocks, PSC Steering and Brannik Motorsports.

Congratulations to Loren Healy the 2010 king, we had so much fun running with this group of very competitive and talented drivers this year and to Friends of Johnson Valley for working so hard with many other groups to keep the land open for all of us to enjoy.We will be back next year with a new car and the fight to be the 2011 King".

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