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Fud 200 hits desert Saturday

March 29, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE

Staff Writer

PLASTER CITY — Recent windstorms have whipped up a challenging race course for Saturday's Corky McMillin Companies Fud 200, according to Chula Vista-based race promoter Otis "Fud" Fudpucker.

"It's been such a long time since we've had any rain. The wind — it just piles up the sand into soft spots," he said.

Those soft spots could slow racers and bunch them together as they burn through the 20-mile, 10-lap Fud 200 course.

This year, as in years past, the course will snake through the washes of the staging area here.

Since 1994, Fudpucker's FRT MotorSports Promotions has sponsored the Fud 200.

Last year 33 drivers, 27 pro buggies, cars and trucks and six sportsman class drivers started the race.

The winner, Scott McMillin of Poway, blistered the competition with a time of 3:01 in his Class 1 red, white and blue unlimited buggy.


This year he'll be back to defend his class championship and overall title against San Diego and Imperial county racers.

He'd better be.

His dad, National City-based home builder Corky McMillin, is the new title sponsor of the race.

With the promise of a richer pot of prize money (gracias Corky), Fudpucker said he expects to see more racers enter this year.

Among those who have already said they will be revving their motors Saturday morning is Heber's David Scaroni.

The 15-year-old will race his dad's SMD Motorsport's 1600 1/2 class buggy against 2001 Fud 200 class winner Eric Allen of El Cajon and 2000 champion Steve Laputz of Solana Beach.

Last year Allen finished second overall in his class 1600 1/2 racer after Class 1 racers Larry McCallum of Brawley and Chuck Hovey of Escondido dropped out of the race with mechanical problems.

This year, Scaroni will try to place as high or higher as he takes on Allen, Laputz and Brian Ickler of Poway. Fudpucker said the 1600 1/2 class should be one of the most competitive of the day.

Class 1 competitor McCallum said he and other local racers will skip this race.

Those racers are concentrating on the upcoming Terrible Town 250 in Pahrump, Nev.

To make sure the racers who do race the Fud 200 don't encounter any nasty wind-caused surprises on the course, Fudpucker drove it Thursday and Friday, re-staking the boundaries.

He expects 5,000 spectators to attend this year's race. Those that want to join the throng should "get out here by 7:30 a.m.," he said. Fudpucker plans to drop the green flag at 8 a.m. sharp.

The starting/finish line is near the pits. The pits are easy to get to.

From Interstate 8, head north on Dunaway Road and then west on Evan Hewes Highway. After passing the Plaster City plaster board plant, the staging area is on the right side of the road.

You can't miss it.

>> Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419 or

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