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Tuck continues domination

February 19, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE

Staff Writer

SUPERSTITION MOUNTAINS — Hell hath no fury Aaron Tuck couldn't handle.

The 20-year-old Imperial motocrosser smoked all comers in the "King of the Desert" off-road race Saturday.

Tuck tore through five laps of a 25-mile course in 2 hours and 56 seconds, averaging 62 mph on his big Honda 650R.

San Diego-based racing promoter Otis "Fud" Fudpucker called the back stretch of the "King" course "14 miles of hell."

He said that stretch forced racers to the north side of Superstition Mountain, a place "you wouldn't go if you were promised something."

Tuck and the rest of the motocrossers kicked off a day of racing at 7 a.m. After Fudpucker flapped the green flag, the racers spun away from the pits. The start line and the pits were near the end of Wheeler Road.

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From the pits the racers went through the "14 miles of hell" before coming from the dark side of the mountain and back down toward the pits.

The win was relatively easy for Tuck.

"Yeah, he was way out in front. He finished half a lap out in front," Fudpucker said.

Finishing second was Corey Brewer of Alpine, a 15-year-old.

Fudpucker said, "He looked good but it's going to be a few years before he's up there with Tuck."

Later that day, the class 1 unlimited buggies took on the course.

Local racers didn't fare too well and most of the big names didn't show up, but Fud stalwarts Chuck Hovey of Escondido and Scott McMillin of Poway put on a show for Valley race fans as they dueled in the desert once more. Hovey held off McMillin to take the checkered flag in 3 hours and 12 minutes. McMillin finished a minute later.

A minute behind McMillin, Dean Atkinson of North Long Beach rolled over the finish/start line.

Local racers, including the Scaroni family racing team from Heber and the McCallum team from Imperial, did not show for the "King of the Desert." A number of local teams are readying their rigs for the SCORE San Felipe 250 on March 1-3.

>> Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419 or claverie7@hotmail.com

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