Jason Coleman’s recent announcement that he will be racing the GetPipe.Com Trophy Truck of Gregg Hempel does not mean his 1600 car will be parked; especially when the chance to do battle with some of the best, limited class racers on the planet comes along. SNORE’s Battle at Primm has always been a huge draw for the 1600 racers. Five intense laps on a rough, shortcourse style track run two days, back to back is the kind of challenge they thrive on.
The Coleman Motorsports team had their Wiks racing engine topped off with LAT racing oil, the King shocks dialed in and the tank filled with F&L race fuel in preparation for qualifying on Friday. Jason took the car around the time trials course in 4:13.468, good enough for a top ten start in 9th place. “We had hoped for a better starting spot but 9th is not that bad,” said Jason, “On a shorter course you are in traffic by lap two. You don’t have a chance to build a huge lead in clean air.” The team did a quick check and then put the car away for the night.
Saturday’s race went according to plan with no problems. Jason and navigator Jeremy Munyon ran five, 14 minute laps that catapulted the team from their 9th place starting position into 5th in the standings. “The course was a little drier this year than last but SNORE did a great job putting the course together,” said Jason, “The dust was not too bad, we had a good run.” The two day race format meant that they would do it all again on Sunday. The Coleman Motorsports team does a great job preparing the car for the race. Their experience, hard work and the support they get from Golden Construction, McKenzies, HB Ultimate Training Center, Dirt Bagz, Laughlin, Universal Metro, Christianbelle Electric, Simpson, Jakes Fabworks, Hella and Scott Shop Towels allows them to field a solid car that can take the abuse. No changes were made after the first race; they checked all the vitals
and put the car away.
The course is always tougher on Sunday but the plan was to pick up a few more spots, landing the team on the podium. Everyone in the top five ran slower on Sunday due to the bigger holes and deeper ruts. The Coleman Motorsports car was flawless and Jason put in consistent laps but the top three drivers were on their game too. In the end, they moved up another position to finish 4th place over two days of intense racing.
“The holes get deeper and the bumps get squared off after a full day of racing on Saturday but SNORE did a great job prepping the course for Sunday,” said Jason, “We are proud of the effort we put in. The car was flawless, the crew did a great job in the pits and I can’t thank our supporters enough however, I’m a little disappointed that we didn’t get on the podium. We will go back to the shop and analyze our performance and make adjustments so that next race we will be back running out front.”
Race Photography By Mike Wilson