Two weeks ago, the Stadium Super Trucks made their first stop in San Diego, racing on a track that included a crossover, a figure-8 design, and two strong sweeping corners.
This week, the SST Series made it's second straight stop in San Diego. Track crews made some drastic changes, as this track was tighter in cornering, and had a few different turn options to make the drivers really think about what the right line would be to make the most time.
Fans once again flocked to the stadium to witness the intense action, and got much more than expected.
The night started off just like the previous one with the Trophy Super Karts, giving the young kids a chance to make their mark in front of such a big crowd. Miles Creek was once again in this race, hoping to go a perfect 3-for-3 in the races, and starting on the pole helped out. But on this night, Miles would not make it a perfect run. In fact, he finished near the back of the pack.
On this night, for the first time in any of the classes, it was the ladies standing and cheering because young Shelby Anderson would stand tall over the boys, winning her first Super Kart event of the year. It was a very popular win for everyone in attendance, and the young girls had a reason to cheer on this night.
Next up on the docket, the Super Buggies. Track crews made some minor changes to the track, and the six drivers in attendance went to work to get the next victory on the night.
The winner of the buggies, after starting outside of the second row, was Apdaly Lopez, taking his first victory of the season.
Rolling onto the track next were the big boys, the monster trucks. Only four trucks would attend this event, and the track would prove to be a very difficult one. Like two weeks ago, the winner would be the truck to complete one full lap and return to it's starting line. The early heats were tight, both in times and in cornering. But it came down to ironically the same two trucks that faced one another in the inaugural event in Glendale, Arizona.
In one lane it was Darren Mingues in the Bounty Hunter, while the opposite lane belonged to Larry Swim in the Speed Energy Bigfoot.
But, on this night, the title sponsor of the SST Series would stand tall, as Swim powered his bright orange Chevrolet to it's second victory of the season, getting revenge for his opening-round loss to the Bounty Hunter. This puts Swim atop the standings heading into the next event.
Up next would be a debut class for the SST Series, but one that at one time was very popular at the X-Games. Getting away from four wheels, the bikes would come out. The SuperMoto class was making a return to racing in the U.S. as the dirt-bike style rides would have street-style tires, which worked well considering the track had dirt, sand, and pavement.
The race was extremely tight, and at the end of the debut main event for the SuperMoto class, it was Derek Costella standing tall on the podium, taking home a $5,000 payday for the victory.
Now, the main event of the night had arrived. It was time for the Stadium Super Trucks to take to the course for it's 20-lap main event.
Heat winners Robby Gordon and Rob McCachren started mid-pack, while surprising pole-winner, 15-year-old Sheldon Creed, would take the outside pole position to start out the main. Arie Luyendyk, Jr, would start alongside, and finally the big moment had come. The green flag was in the air and away the field would go.
At the mid-way break, Gordon had worked his way up to the lead, but Creed was holding his own in just the second SST event he ever ran in, and looked to put pressure on the Speed Energy truck.
Gordon still had the lead as the second half of the race got under way, but a caution with six laps to go bunched the field up one more time.
WHen the field went green again, Creed had ultimately one more shot at getting the top podium spot on this night, but it was not enough. After coming so close two weeks ago, Gordon powered his Speed Energy machine to the top spot one more time, capturing his second win of the 2013 season. Creed would hold on and finish second, while McCachren would take third, which allowed him to maintain his point lead.
Fans unable to make it to San Diego will get to see highlights on the NBC Sports Network this upcoming Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET, with this coverage lasting 90 minutes compared to the hour-long episodes thus far.
The series now has a three-week break from action, returning to the track on June 8, for their first indoor stadium race of the season since their opening round, but this time it's a closed roof, as the SST Series will make a trip to the home of Bigfoot, and go inside the Edward Jones Dome.
Tickets for the event are on sale now, so visit StadiumSuperTrucks.com for all the info on the upcoming events.