As 2019 comes to an end, the Camburg Kids wanted one last race under their belts as they roll into 2020 with some big plans and even bigger goals. The decision was made to bring out the Camburg Ranger to SNORE’s Rage at the River race.
“Rage at the River” is a fun and exciting 2-day race that mixes short course and desert racing elements on a 12.5-mile course in Laughlin, Nevada. Each race consists of 4 laps and your overall standings for the weekend is based on your combined times for both days. If you have a bad day it’s hard to recover and finish up front with how competitive and large the 1450 class is.
The team headed to Laughlin, Nevada for tech inspection and contingency on Friday as the racing started early Saturday morning. With 3 drivers, they would be running two classes and switching up driving duties. Corey Campbell would be running the truck both days in the morning race in the Sportsman Truck class. While Zach Zaiden and Cody Campbell would be splitting driving duties in the truck in the afternoon race in the 1450 class.
If you’re not familiar with who these young drivers are, here’s a quick rundown and you will surely be hearing more about them. Cody at 19 is the oldest son of Jason Campbell who’s one of the owners of Camburg. Zach who’s 18, is Jerry Zaiden’s son who is the other owner of Camburg. Corey is Jason’s youngest at 16 years old. Long story short … they’re the “Camburg Kids”.
With an early morning start, Corey got strapped in with Keith Marygold as his navigator. They were off the line and Corey was on a mission of redemption since he put the truck on its side the last race. He was not about to end the year on that memory. He charged through the field, was having fun behind the wheel, had zero issues and finished in 4th place for the day. There was only a half second gap between him and 2nd place!
With a quick inspection and re-fueling Zach got in with seasoned driver Darren Parsons as his navigator for the afternoon 1450 race. Once they got the green light it was a hard charge up the infield. The truck was handling awesome and they were making passes left and right, all while being smart behind the wheel. Going through the dust Zach got caught up in a rock section and ended up having to pit which put them down for about 6.5 minutes total. They got back under way to make up lost time as the race was coming to an end. Zach was able to finish 9th in class out of 29 racers and felt good about handing over the truck to Cody for day 2 of racing.
After a solid and exciting day of racing, it was time to do a quick prep on the truck to get it ready for day 2, cook some taco’s in the pits and hang out with friends and family. As fierce as everyone is out on the track, everyone comes together and helps one another before and after.
Sunday morning Day 2 was underway with Corey getting back in the truck. Coming off his finish the day before he was excited to do a repeat. With 3 trucks starting side by side, he left the starting line hard and was able to pull ahead of the other trucks and lead off into the desert. The Camburg Ranger was working great and he was putting down a great pace. Unfortunately, the truck had a slight issue at the end of lap 3 so he pulled the truck into main pit to get it fixed and ready for the afternoon race for his brother.
Now it was Cody’s turn to put down some laps in the 1450 class. He had his brother Corey jump in with him as navigator and they were going to tag team this last race. No holds barred, give it all she’s got to end the year. With a 9th place finish the day before, they had a good starting position to make up time. The race got under way and they were in the zone. Cody hammered down and made some critical passes early on and kept charging. The race course was much rougher and tore up from all the racing the day before and prior that day. After 4 consistent fast laps, the brothers finished in 3rd place for the day and with the combined times, Zach and Cody finished 3rd overall in one of the largest 1450 races of the year.
With the 2019 racing season done for the year, it’s great to see the kids finish on a high note and have that much more motivation and seat time going into 2020. The Camburg Kids are making their mark and will continue to do so in the years to come.
“It’s awesome to see all our kids growing up and getting behind the wheel and experiencing the highs and lows of off-road racing. Thankful we and our sponsors get to help them along the way.”
– Jerry Zaiden
“While it’s not a passing of the torch, seeing the kids battling out on course and putting in the time after hours at the shop to get the truck to the next race is great to see and be a part of. Our kids aren’t really kids anymore.”
– Jason Campbell
Camburg would like to thank all their sponsors, team members and fellow racers for the opportunity to be racing with them and be a part of the next generation of young racers.
The Camburg Kids 2001 Ford Ranger Edge showcases Camburg’s suspension and racing parts along with their sponsors. For the front suspension the truck is outfitted with Camburg’s race series long-travel kit that utilizes their 2.50 front race hubs, FK heims and uniballs and a HOWE steering box with FOX’s 2.5 coilovers, 3.0 bypass shocks and 2.5 bump stops. The rear suspension is made up of Camburg’s 4-link kit connected to their 4.00 rear axle housing running their 3.25 race hubs. With FOX’s 2.5 coilovers, 3.5 bypass shocks and 2.5 bump stops there is plenty of control in the rear. The chassis and suspension are coated with STEEL-IT for optimum corrosion resistance and protection. Powering the truck is a K&N filtered 600hp Moruzzi built LS engine with a Magnaflow exhaust matted to a Culhane built Turbo 400 transmission that is fed by a custom Pyrotect fuel cell. AMSOIL lubricants are used throughout the truck. The Ranger sits on General Tire Grabber X3 tires and Method Race Wheels 103 beadlock wheels. In the cockpit the kids are strapped into Sparco EVO seats with their Sparco steering wheel and Rugged Radios communication in arms reach along with an assortment of Scosche powersports mounts and accessories. When day turns to night, they rely on their RIGID Industries LED series of lights.
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