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The diversity of racers winning on King Shocks was clearly on display at Best in the Desert’s season opening Parker 425 race in Parker, Arizona. King Shocks racers took numerous podium positions including 6 wins in car and truck classes that ranged from light weight 1600 buggies to the heavy hitters in the unlimited classes. Parker is known for being a very torturous race. The course varies from deep, power robbing sand to big rocks, gravel river beds and miles of pounding whoops. This year’s course was especially rough and the attrition level was very high.

2014 BITD Parker 425

In the unlimited Trick Truck class, Tim Herbst and Larry Roeseler in the #19 Terrible Herbst Truck had a flat tire in the last 10 miles of the race that dropped them to third place on the podium and third overall for the race. They were followed by Harley Letner who was 4th overall; taking the win in the unlimited open wheeled class 1500. It was the 5th straight podium finish for the Letner team. “We started 13th overall so I was pushing hard,” says Harley Letner, “At mile 60 I caught Hutchins, at 80 I passed Lalo and at 130 I caught Bailey and took the lead. The course was different on every lap. The first lap was ok. The second lap, it was getting rough. The third lap I hit some bumps that shot the car up in the air; that definitely wasn’t there on the first lap! With a one minute lead and 20 miles to go, I lost the power steering pump. I had to muscle the car the rest of the way to the finish line without power steering.” Finishing 2nd to Harley and 7th place overall was King Shocks racer Brian Wilson in the Wilson Motorsports # 1522.

2014 BITD Parker 425

A familiar sight on the podium, Macrae Glass took another victory at Parker in his big yellow Class 8 truck. Glass was apprehensive going into the race because he had just installed King 3.5” shocks in the front without any testing. The plan was to run the first lap and then turn the truck over to his relief driver. The truck handled so well, despite the conditions on the course, Glass remained in the truck for a majority of the race. At mile 50 of the last lap, they got a status on the rest of the Class 8 field. Their lead was significant and decided to put it on cruise control to the finish. The new 3.5’s made a huge difference in the handling of the truck. 2014 BITD Parker 425 Minutes later, Class 7200 winner Gary Messer took the checkered flag in his King Shocks equipped Eco boost Ford. “Other than a power steering belt that came off when I was doing 90, we had no problems,” says Messer, “That was a sketchy 15 seconds or so until I got control. My crew replaced the belt and we were good. We had a great race because we spent time tuning our Kings for what we figured would be a rough race and we were right. For me, it’s all about the tune. We are anxious to get to the Mint 400.” 2014 BITD Parker 425 As the race went on, King Shocks racers continued to rack up the wins. Jim Bunn was the first overall Class 1800 truck in the group running two laps. Jeepspeed racer Billy Bunch made it look easy on the way to the win in Class 3700 and after nearly 12 hours battling a course with holes big enough to swallow their car whole, the Myers Girls, Britney and Tamara, took their first Class 2000 win of the season while defending their 2014 championship. The result was 6 King Shocks victories in one of the toughest races on the schedule. 2014 BITD Parker 425   2014 BITD Parker 425 The durability, adjustability and superior performance available from King Shocks was clearly demonstrated by the results at the Parker 425. Regardless if you are competing or just having fun, whatever your application; King Shocks has the shock for you with the performance and reliability you need.
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