Speed Energy Reins Supreme for the Stadium Super Trucks in Los Angeles
Week three of the Stadium Super Trucks would descend upon one of the most historic stadiums in the country. The LA Coliseum has seen USC football win some incredible games, and was a staple in the classic Mickey Thompson off-road series from years ago.
The SST Series announced their initiative in this stadium, and finally had returned to an incredible track, and a great turnout by the fans.
The course itself was limited inside the stadium, as facility owners requested that Gordon and his team of track builders not use any of the actual football field. This meant that the track would run right around the perimeter, right near the fans. But, taking some ideas from a week ago at Long Beach, Gordon made the track part dirt, and part pavement, with metal ramps inside the stadium, and the optional lane choice being between dirt and asphalt.
The lane choice would run right up the side of the stadium, through the pillars that the Coliseum is known for, and then will re-enter the stadium through the big arches, actually stepping down into the over-under jump.
This made for incredible action for all three classes of vehicles in attendance.
It was the Super Buggies that had the first main event of the night and for this class, it was a historic name taking the win. Long-time racer, Jerry Welchel, would return to the top of the board as he would take his first win of the 2013 season. Tyler Winbury and Phil Bollman would round out the podium.
The second class, the big boys...the monster trucks.
This weekend would see four Bigfoot trucks in attendance, all four running the off-road body, along with the Swanson team based out of California, and 2Xtreme Racing with the Bounty Hunter and Iron Outlaw machines.
Ironically, this event would see Team Bigfoot sweep the first round, assuring a new winner on the tour. It would come down to seeing Larry Swim in the Speed Energy Bigfoot #19 take on Darron Schnell in the Vi-Cor Bigfoot #15. Schnell already had a rough weekend as he had a crash in practice while trying to work around the over-under jump, hitting the container and doing damage to the front clip.
But in the finals, it was clear that the Speed Energy truck had the course dialed in, as in the two-lap final, Swim pushed his orange Chevrolet to victory, his first of the year, and now taking the lead in the monster class.
The final class of the night were the stars, as the SST machines took to the track for their main event.
Arie Luyendyk Jr and PJ Jones would win the two heat races to transfer into the main event, with last weekend's winner Justin Lofton taking the last-chance qualifier. A total of 13 trucks would made it to the final event, and it would be a very competitive race for the full 20 laps.
Midway through, opening event winner Rob McCachren would show he was still just as strong, but Gordon was right there with him as he led at the halfway mark. At that point, it was time to begin the chase.
The combination of the pavement and dirt, along with the difficulty that the lane choice gave, and the tight corners, and the competition made it a strong race for everyone. But, there was no one that was catching the Speed Energy truck on this night, as Gordon would follow up his third-place at Phoenix and his runner-up at Long Beach by putting his truck atop the podium at the LA Coliseum.
Points are tight, and heading into May the next two events happen at the same venue. Next weekend the SST Series heads to Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, home to the Chargers. Two weeks later on May 18, San Diego will host yet another event at the same venue, likely with a different track.
Visit StadiumSuperTrucks.com for the schedule of events, and all ticket information for both events in San Diego, along with the rest of the season.