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Four days until the start of the BITD Vegas to Reno The Long Way Race, and we are ramping up the plans for the coverage on this epic event!

There will be coverage from the pits as "live as our electronics will permit in the middle of the Nevada desert" right here on Pirate4x4.com!


To get you started... search "Vegas to Reno" and check out some of the other teams posts and prep stories...some are great! Also check out www.bitd.com



Here is the official Entry list for the Ultra4 Class (as of 8/14/09) (This is a qualifier for the 2010 King of the Hammers; Top 10 cars that start on Saturday will earn a entry.)

As of 8/14/09 Official BITD Registrations for Ultra4 Class are as follows:
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Jason Carner (34) Birmingham, AL,
James Schofield (27) Birmington, AL,
Troy Johnson (40) Riverside, CA,
BlueTorch Fab, Superior Axle, Turnkey, JE Reel, Ruggeo Radios, SpiderTrax, PRP,cQal, Fox, The Fab School, Howe, CTM, BFG, United Rentals, ProComp Wheels, Safety Solutions

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Travis Carpenter (28) Orangevale, CA,
Dan Trout (24) Rancho Cordova, CA,
Hasa Pool Products, Yukon Gear, Powertank, infinit Graphx, Solid Axle, Fishmouth Fabworks, MFS, Rock Zombies 4x4 Club

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Robert Usnick (36) Fayetteville, NC,
Steve Tolbert (37) Fayetteville, NC,
Brandon Kasnick (25) Raeford, NC,
Billy Brown () Fayetteville, NC,
Performance Off-Road, Final Touch Powder Coating, Trail Tough, HeiserOil.com, Paraclete, Raceline Wheels, BF Goodrich

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Dean Bulloch (51) Cedar City, UT,
Tom Allen (49) Weatherford, TX,
PSC, MasterCraft, BFG, Stak, CTM, Currie, Mast Motorsports, Heavenly Bodies, Winchline, Tom Woods Driveshafts, MS Inc, Seymour Martin, Warn, TrailGear, D&P Perf

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Kevin Sacalas (26) Riverside, CA,
Douglas Williams (32) Redlands, CA,
Jon Jonsson (51) Ferndale, WA,
Sam Wiseman (44) Riverside, CA,
Viking Off-Road, Winchline, Bilstein, Griffin Thermal Products, RCV
Performance, Trail Gear, BFG, Twisted Stitch, Livorsi Marine, JE Reel Driveline

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David Cole (38) Twin Peaks, CA,
Chris Ridgway (38) Apple Valley, CA,
Brandon Naves (29) Camrillo, CA,
Steve Schneider (30) Temecula, CA,
Kirby Off-Road, Griffin Rad, BFG, Raceline Wheels, RCV, Vision X, PRP, High Angle Driveline, Longfield, G&J Aircraft

4455
Joseph Thompson (38) Grass Valley, CA,
Richard Mooneyham (33) Lake Havasu City, AZ,
Scott Ward (36) Lake Havasu City, AZ,
Les Figeuroa (44) Lake Havasu City, AZ,
Trick Toys Fab, Sims Trucking, BFG, Raceline Wheels, PSC Steering Comp, Turnkey Engine Supply, Sway-A-Way, Figspeed.com, Longfield-Super Ax, Brannik Machine

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Ben Napier (26) Sydney, Australia
David Camp (32) Brisbane, Australia
Randy Slawson (32) Cotton, CA,
Bomber Fab, BFG, Raceline Wheels

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Matthew Legg (32) Boulder, CO,
Jason Tomas Walton (30) La Porte, CO,
Camron Abernathy (31) Fort Collins, CO,
Philip Christensen (26) Wellington, CO,

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Jeff Knoll (39) Menifee, CA,
Dave Schneider (34) Reno, NV,
Wayne Israelsen (40) Menifee, CA,
HammerKing, Raceline Wheel, BF Goodrich, Vision X, PSC, Griffin, Bilstein, Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Superior Axle & Gear, S&N Fab, The US Stimulus Package!

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Brandon Watson (34) Glenwood Sprongs, CO,
Stephen Watson (36) Carbondale, CO,
James Watson (58) Carbondale, CO,
Our families, Off-Road Design, PSC, Bighorn Graphics, Tom Woods Custom Driveshafts, Premier Power Welder
 

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First UPDATE:::::

It is Sunday, and after MANY MANY hours of work on these great cars, it is TESTING day! I know of 3 cars for sure that headed up to Barstow this morning to give the cars a run...

The UNITE Team is making it happen. Here is the post to their official press release: http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=811317&referrerid=130874

Jeff Knoll and the crew from car 4471 left around 10am and by 2pm called to say they have a Broke Rear Axle Housing. The car is back on the trailer and headed to the shop to rebuild the rear end.

The 4461 Ben Napier/Randy Slawson car is running great with no worries.

There was another car up there that was experiencing troubles also.
 

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Jeff Knoll and the crew from car 4471 left around 10am and by 2pm called to say they have a Broke Rear Axle Housing. The car is back on the trailer and headed to the shop to rebuild the rear end.
Uhhh... any more info on this one?! :eek:
 

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Only something about it breaking in half....and then he had to go...
Should know more tonight on how far they have gotten on the rebuild.
He did say that everything else with the car seemed fine!
 

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4405 is leaving the shop in about 30 mins, we are in sacramento and don't have any "open" desert to test in, so we are going to praire city to test on the Vorra short course:)
 

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Jeff just called;
Reporting in for Cole #4454 -> they had a good day testing and will be staying out there and testing again tomorrow. No issues, just tuning :smokin:

Knoll #4471 has completely taken a part the rear end and has already started putting it back together...over 50% done. :D Those boys rock!!
Here is a pic from the shop:
 

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Thanks for this... anxiously following the events! EPIC! :smokin:
 

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Its about to get interesting. I'll see ya out there
haha that is an understatement! :laughing:

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Just talked to Kurtuleas ... he is going to be the communications guy for Travis Carpenter and Dan Trout #4405. This will be a fun team to watch...they are IRON MANNING the race. Travis will be driving the entire mileage with Dan co-piloting. Um, has it been mentioned yet that Travis has no desert experience? This will be fun! Get IT! http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=808653&referrerid=130874 -> post # 30 is the press release on their team
 

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Dave #4454 just reported in: Over 65mph passes through the Barstow Pits... (that area has some pretty BIG whoops!) They have shut it down until daylight and the crew is celebrating :smokin: on site in Barstow and will resume testing in AM.
 

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Shop update from Knoll#4471
Axle shafts are going back in ... Band aids on axle for now, and hope to add an axle truss when they have the right tools. Read access to Torchmate cutting system.

At least they are still having fun!! :D
 

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Well most of them :laughing:
 

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Wow its been a tough three days. More fun to follow.

No brakes, broke rear end is fixed as it is gonna get, Hitting Kartek(shameless plug we need a price break) in the morning for brake parts, and we hope they have what we need. That is the last item we need.

I am just beat. And we dont start racing till Thursday.:D

Cole says his car is wickid fast. The changes we made to 4471 reports that it is faster then our last test run. More to follow, I out!
 

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Update from the Bilstein Trailer:

Sacalas/ Team Viking rig tested on Saturday, the rig is HUGE. Headed home for some final touches after a productive day in the desert.

Schneider/Knoll fixing rear end and hoping to meet up again in Barstow today. Rig better than before but going for more.

Napier/Camp team from AU, glad to meet you guys and help a bit, rig looks light, simple, and ready to go. V2R will be a trial by fire.
 
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