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Brawley's Jimmy Nuckles wins, other racers happy despite attrition

April 11, 2012|By JONATHAN DALE | A Special to this Newspaper

PLASTER CITY — Brawley’s Jimmy Nuckles drove his Racer-built trophy truck to victory here Saturday in the Imperial 250, put together for the first time by the High Desert Racing Association.

In HDRA’s first local off-road race, more than 100 drivers enjoyed the event, despite a rough terrain.

“It was a two-race event for the day,” HDRA director of marketing communications Lawton Shank said. “The racers said the first half of the course was really fast and the second half of the course was really rough.

“They said it was really challenging, and it was typical Plaster City,” he said. “They love it down there.”

The first race of the day was for the smaller sportsman class of vehicles, Shank explained, with the big, fast machinery such as trophy trucks racing in the afternoon.

Each event was about 225 miles around the popular yet demanding terrain here.

“The course took its toll,” Shank said. “We had 112 actual starters combined for the two races, and there were 61 did-not-finishes.”

Carlos Fonseca won the morning race, with Nuckles topping the afternoon drivers.

“This was our first event as the HDRA,” Shank said. “With the support of the community and local businesses, we were just absolutely thrilled with everyone.

“Really a great time was had by all, and we can’t wait to be back,” he said.

Look in SCOREBOARD for full race results.

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