Congratulations to Todd Walter and the entire AMR team for winning the Best in the Desert Class 7100 Championship for 2019. Todd has been a long time Camburg racer and it’s great to see such a well deserved team earn the top spot.
Todd’s Toyota Tacoma is outfitted with our Camburg 2.50 front race hubs, our Tacoma ’05-20 long-travel spring-under kit with one of our complete race rear ends that uses our 3.50 housing and 2.50 rear hubs. His truck uses many of our fabrication products as well, along with products we sell and recommend from our other race suppliers.
Coming off their win at the Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno race, Camburg set their sights on finishing off the 2019 racing season with another win and to set the tone for next year.
The “Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic” is a fun and unique 2-day race format that mixes short course and desert racing elements on a 16-mile course in Laughlin, Nevada. With each race consisting of 4 laps, there’s zero margin of error to finish on the podium. Your overall standings for the weekend are based on your combined times for both days of racing. The Camburg General Tire Scosche Monster Energy #6188 Spec Trick Truck was up for the challenge.
The team headed to Laughlin, NV from Huntington Beach, CA for qualifying on Thursday and tech/contingency on Friday. Only the top classes in BITD qualify prior to the race to determine the starting order come race day. By random drawing, Camburg was 24th off the line in qualifying in a massive field of 6100 trucks.
With Kyle Jergensen behind the wheel with his co-driver Shawn Shanks, as soon as the light turned green they were full throttle start to finish. The truck was on rails through the corners and they put down a run to be proud of. Qualifying 2nd, their lap of 5 mins 20 seconds was just shy of qualifying 1st by less than 4 seconds. This meant that fellow Method Race Wheels teammate #6183 Brock Heger would be first off the line with nothing but clean air ahead of him and a target on his back.
Saturdays starting order was based on Fridays qualifying results. With a side by side drag race start, the Camburg 6100 was staged 2nd since the fastest qualifier gets to start solo. Each group is also staged 30 seconds apart. Camburg got the green flag and the race was on! Kyle hit all his marks, the General Tire X3’s were hooking up and he put the Camburg truck ahead leaving the infield and out into the desert. Since #6183 started 30 seconds ahead of them, they needed to close the gap in order to win. Lap after lap Kyle got closer and closer and was leading the race on time even though he was physically 2nd on course. When it was all said and done the truck ran flawless and Camburg crossed the finish line in 1 hour 3 minutes and 56 seconds and was the winner of day one by 15.5 seconds.
Sunday’s game plan was one and the same, to drive hard and make no mistakes. By winning Saturday, Camburg was lined up side by side with 2nd place finisher #6183 and they would be the first group off. When the light turned green, both were hard off the line and Kyle was able to pull ahead and get out of the infield first. Both drivers wanted the overall win and the pressure was on Brock to make up for lost time. About 8 miles into lap 1 the #6183 got around Kyle and started to pull away a little. Kyle knew he couldn’t let him stretch too far out of his sights so he ran a pace fast enough to stay out of his dust. He knew the time split needed to win so he paced himself and waited to see how each lap progressed.
Finishing the 3rd lap it was time to turn it up. Kyle pushed the Camburg 6100 the hardest he ever had and it took everything he could throw at it, as #6183 was doing the same to stay out front. You could see in the infield Kyle was going for the win and he was hanging it out. On the last lap he was able to reel in Brock and it was one of the closest battles all weekend. The Camburg 6100 finished day two in 1 hour 4 minutes and 45 seconds in 2nd place only 7 seconds behind the leader. With the combined 2-day results, the Camburg General Tire Scosche Monster Energy #6188 Spec Trick Truck was the overall winner of the “Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic”.
Ending the season with two wins in a row for the Camburg team was a great accomplishment as they didn’t race the full season and weren’t going for a class championship. This year’s schedule was all about racing select events and going for the win in each.
“To end the year with a win is awesome! Kyle drove the wheels off our 6100 truck all weekend and had no issues. Looking at the engine management data we can tell our torque converter was too tight for this race so the truck will be even faster here next year with that change. On a race course like this it’s awesome to see the top 6100’s running so close to the top Trick Truck times, goes to show you how competitive they are and how fast they are becoming.” – Jerry Zaiden
“After Vegas to Reno we spent a little more time dialing in the FOX shocks with SDG and the results speak for themselves. Laughlin is a rough course with some big jumps and big holes and the truck took it no problem. Kyle and Shawn pushed the truck the hardest they ever had and it never skipped a beat.” – Jason Campbell
“After us winning day one I knew Brock was gonna push it as hard as he could on Sunday and I did the same. Finishing off the year with a win is great and I’m looking forward to next year. It’s been great being a part of the Camburg team these last two races and the truck is working awesome.” – Kyle Jergensen
Now with the race over, Camburg is already tearing the truck down and getting it ready for the upcoming SEMA Tradeshow November 5-8.
Camburg would like to thank all their sponsors, team members and fellow racers for the opportunity to be racing in this class and series. Best in the Desert puts on the highest quality and most well-organized events out there today. The Spec Trick Truck 6100 class has some of the most exciting off-road racing out of all the classes.
For more information on Camburg products, race photo gallery and race team involvement; check out their website www.camburg.com. Make sure to follow them on Instagram and on Facebook @CAMBURGRACING
Camburg Racing Start to Finish – Wins Vegas to Reno
For 2019, Camburg changed the scope of their racing schedule and set out to only race the most prestigious races in the Best in the Desert series in the 6100 Spec Trick Truck class.
The “General Tires Vegas to Reno presented by FOX” is the longest off-road race in the US with over 500 miles of the harshest terrain and conditions in the Nevada desert. The Camburg team had one goal and one mission, to put the Camburg General Tire Scosche Monster Energy #6188 Spec Trick Truck on the podium at the top spot.
Coming into an event like this is weeks and months in the making and involves many different facets. From shock tuning sessions and system functionality tests to coordinating race and pit logistics, it takes all these aspects and more to be successful, let alone win.
The team headed to Las Vegas, NV from Huntington Beach, CA for qualifying on Wednesday and tech/contingency on Thursday. Only the top classes in BITD qualify prior to the race to determine the starting order come race day. By random drawing, Camburg was 4th off the line in qualifying in a massive field of 6100 trucks.
With Kyle Jergensen behind the wheel and his co-driver Shawn Skanks, as soon as the light turned green they were in full kill mode. Kyle drives at 100% intensity start to finish and they rocketed through the short qualifying course with no issues or mistakes. Their qualifying run of 5 mins 26 seconds was the fastest of the day and nearly 2 seconds faster than 2nd place qualifier, which is significant on such a short distance course in a spec. engine class. It was also faster than 80% of the unlimited Trick Truck class racers. Qualifying 1st made the statement that the team was going for the win.
After technical inspection and contingency, the team headed 100 miles northwest to the small town of Beatty, NV where the starting area is to camp for the night. This was made easy by their fleet of chase/pit trucks that are outfitted with Go Fast Campers.
With a final early morning prep/check that Friday, the #6188 Camburg truck was off the start line at around 10:30 am.
The pace Kyle set was on point from the start and he was immediately catching up to the slower Trick Trucks ahead of him. This made for some dusty conditions and smart driving but it didn’t faze them. They knew they had a target on their back and needed to keep making moves and pull ahead which they did. Before pit 4 around race mile 120, they caught up to another slower Trick Truck that wouldn’t move over, even with the Racing Trax system that alerts all racers that a faster vehicle is approaching behind you to pass. Only decision was to nerf the truck ahead to let them know they needed to get by. In doing so it blew the front fiberglass hood and fenders off the truck but was still attached blocking Kyles field of vision as he drove. He wasn’t about to pullover let alone slow down since he got around the slower truck, so he continued to drive with the hood blocking 90% of his view. He was looking through a small ventilation hole in the hood to see where he was going until it finally gave way and broke off completely. There is always something unexpected and exciting in desert racing.
With zero issues in 162 miles, they pulled into their first scheduled pit stop in Tonopah at pit 5 where they received fuel, fresh rear tires and had a quick once over of the truck. They were back underway and putting time on the trucks behind them both physically and on corrected time. Up to this point they have been leading the race from the very start.
Now mid-day, the outside temps were climbing. Southern Nevada summers are brutal with temps over 110 and this year was one of the hottest. Engine and tranny temps were on the rise due to the lack of aerodynamics of the truck with the missing body panels, so they had to keep an eye on them. They finally leveled out and stabilized thanks to the added protection AMSOIL Synthetic oil in the engine and transmission offers. High outside temps can wreak havoc on trucks and the racers themselves which it did for many others. You can easily see temps inside the cockpit over 120 degrees, then combine that with 2-3 layer race suits and helmets. Drivers and co-drivers endure some of the harshest conditions both mentally and physically.
Putting time on the rest of the class and moving through the slower field of trucks ahead, they pulled into their next scheduled pit stop in Mina at pit 9 which is now 312 miles into the race. Same protocol as the last pit, fuel, rear tires, water, food and then they were back underway. By this point they had a 15-minute lead on 2nd place so they knew they didn’t have to push it too hard, but still keep up a race winning pace.
Leaving Mina, they saw some fluctuations with the alternator output which was concerning at the time but it ended up self-correcting, could have been an issue with silt in the case. Come to find out the internal voltage regulator was having an issue. At the continued pace they were on, they wouldn’t need to use their Rigid Industries LED lights since they would be finishing in daylight, so there wasn’t going to be a higher demand on the electrical system.
Now it was a sprint to the finish through the dust. The next 190 miles is not easy and gets very rocky and tight towards the end. Races are won and lost in the last 20 miles of this race and take many competitors out just with the finish insight.
With zero flats on their General Tire Grabber X3 tires and only a few minor issues throughout the day, the Camburg General Tire Scosche Monster Energy #6188 truck crossed the finish line 1st, with an overall time of 8 hours 35 minutes with a 58.79 mph average speed. With the commanding pace they set, the 2nd place truck finished 28 minutes behind them on corrected time with a 55.8 mph average speed. Not only did Camburg win their race, but they also finished 8th overall when mixed in with the faster Trick Truck and Unlimited Buggy class finishers. They were the 6th truck overall to cross the finish line this year.
For comparison sake, last year’s Vegas to Reno 6100 winner had a slower 55.29 mph average race speed and finished 18th overall. It just goes to show the pace Camburg set this year on course and the caliber of racing they put forth.
“This year we decided to focus on a few of the bigger races that draw the most competition. Qualifying 1st and then winning Vegas to Reno start to finish put the spot light on our team and our KINETIK trucks. Feels good to get the win and show off all the hard work the team and our sponsors put into our racing program.” – Jerry Zaiden
“Time spent dialing in the FOX shocks with SDG this spring made a significant improvement to the overall balance and handling of the truck. I’m really happy with where the truck is and where we’re at as a team. It’s always awesome to win at this level of racing and we just did that in the longest and hardest race of the series.” – Jason Campbell
Now with the race over, Camburg is already tearing the truck down and getting it ready for the next event. Preliminary everything still looks good and could go another 200 miles. The FK Rod End bearings are tight as can be, the K&N filter will get a quick wash and the Magnaflow mufflers a quick polish. Then the truck will be on display at the upcoming Offroad Expo in Pomona, CA on September 28-29.
Their next race will be the Best in the Desert Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic October 10-13 which is a 2-day race format so it makes for some very exciting racing. Then it’s off to the SEMA Tradeshow November 5-8.
Camburg would like to thank all their sponsors, team members and fellow racers for the opportunity to be racing in this class and series. Best in the Desert puts on the highest quality and well-organized events out there today.
For more information on Camburg products, race photo gallery and race team involvement; check out their website www.camburg.com. Make sure to follow them on Instagram and on Facebook @CAMBURGRACING
Congrats to Todd Walter and his AMR team for winning the Best in the Desert Pahrump 250 in Class 7100. Todd runs our Camburg 2.5 front race hubs, our complete Camburg rear end connected to our Tacoma 05-16 L/T spring-under kit. This was his 2nd time racing the truck, to see him do so well once again is a testament to the parts and effort he and his team made.
Congrats to Todd Walter and his AMR team for taking 2nd place for the weekend at the Best in the Desert Bluewater Desert Challenge in Class 7100. Todd runs our Camburg 2.5 front race hubs, our complete Camburg rear end connected to our Tacoma 05-16 L/T spring-under kit. This was a new build and his first time racing, to see him do so well is a testament to the parts and effort he made.
Unfortunately our plans for the 2016 Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno race didn’t pan out as we planned. With our KINETIK 6100 Spec TT at it’s best and dialed in for the race, we were hoping for a podium finish. The start the race became a quick bottle neck of trucks and buggys stuck in the silt beds. Getting around one group at race mile 5 we came into another jam at race mile 8 where we weren’t able to pass by and had to come to a stop. Soon after we were hit from behind by another 6100 truck at race speed in the blinding dust. Luckily driver and co-driver were still in the truck and belted in. Only having the wind knocked out of them, the situation could have been much worse as they were about to get out. Once it was safe to proceed, they got out and found the other truck up on top of them. Once the dust settled, they had to wait for a BITD support truck to tow the trucks apart. 1.5 hours later, they determined the race was over for us and would have to limp the truck off course. The crash damaged the engine radiator and both transmission coolers among other things.
We’ve already started repairing the truck and getting it ready for the next BITD race, the Bluewater Desert Challenge in October. Thanks to all our sponsors, team members, supporters and fans, we’ll get them next time.
We’re headed out to the Best in the Desert Mint 400 race. Our shop will be closed during this time as we’ll be setup with our RV and displays on Freemont St. in Las Vegas, NV. We’ll have our new hats and limited edition Mint 400 t-shirts for sale on Thursday afternoon and all day Friday before the race. We’ll be racing Saturday afternoon in our #6175 6100 TT Spec truck and going for the win! Track us online at www.race-dezert.com
Huntington Beach, CA – Having finished 2nd in the 2014 points Championship in their new KINETIK 6100 truck, Camburg Racing is focused on earning the class Championship for 2015 in this ultra-competitive class.
The BITD Bluewater Parker 425 is one of the longest, punishing and technical races throughout the year. It also signifies the start of the season with some new teams, faces, game plans and racing excitement. For 2015, this is the first year the 6100 class would have to qualify for race day starting positions.
The Thursday before the race, the 6100 teams along with the unlimited trucks and buggies had to qualify on a short 5 mile race course. Like with any racing, there is strategies for qualifying. Do you go all out and push the limits of the driver and truck or do you hold back a bit? The Camburg team wanted to set a conservative pace to see how the field of over 20 trucks measured up. Jason Campbell qualified the truck in 8th place. This was all rounded out with the Parker Downtown Experience for fans and friends alike to check out the race vehicles one on one and meet the teams and drivers.
With an early Saturday morning start after being paraded through the downtown streets of Parker, Arizona, Jason Campbell with Russell Hampton co-driving in the #6175 Camburg race truck were off the line at 8:03 am. Unfortunately a few turns into the race in a high speed sweeping right corner, Jason lost the horizon in the sun and rolled the truck. Stuck on their side, they had to wait for the BITD officials to pull them back over which took about 14 minutes. Once back on all fours and doing a quick look-over of the truck, they fired it up and got back under way. Not only were they dead last in the 6100 class but were also behind a majority of the slower buggies that started after the faster truck classes. Now it was going to be a fight to the finish over the next 400+ miles. Jason was able to make up time and at the end of lap one put the truck up to 11th place from being in 23rd at the start.
Coming into Camburg’s main pit for fuel and a driver change only, Jason got out and Alex Figge got in for his first off-road race. Alex joined the team this year coming from the professional road racing world. Alex fell into his groove and set a very fast pace, so fast that he had the fastest 2nd lap out of all the 6100 trucks. He did his lap in 2hrs 47 min and didn’t break a stride other than dislocating his thumb.
With the last stop of the day, Alex pulled the truck into main pit so that Jerry Zaiden and Craig Hall could get in and take it to the finish line on the last lap. With splashing fuel only, they were under way, still on the original General tires they started on. Jerry set a pace that the leaders were running and was able to gain not only time but positions in the class. Jerry crossed the finish line at 4:35 pm. and solidified a strong 4th place finish for the team. After everything that happened at the start, they were happy with the final outcome.
The upcoming Mint 400 will have some exciting racing in the BITD 6100 class and Camburg is ready to mix it up with the best of them.
Camburg would like to thank all their sponsors, team members and fellow racers for the opportunity to be racing in this class and series. Best in the Desert puts on the highest quality and well organized events out there today.
“Once we were back under way we were able to make up positions and work our way through the pack. It was great to see Alex behind the wheel for the first time and do so well.” – Jason Campbell
“This was my first time racing off-road and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel again at the Mint 400. I’m really excited to be onboard with the Camburg team.” – Alex Figge
“Not the start we were hoping for, but to charge from dead last to 4th shows we’d be running up front all day. The Mint is right around the corner and we’ll be ready for it.” – Jerry Zaiden
For more information on Camburg products, race photo gallery and race team involvement; check out their websites www.camburg.com & www.kinetiktrucks.com