Expectations for a win may not have been met, but the odds of finishing the race were on Curries’ side.
The week-long even from took place in Johnson Valley, CA, where over 40,000 off-road/rock crawling enthusiasts flocked to watch 158 entries take their chance on the brutal and unforgiving 150-mile KOH course.
Casey finished third in Wednesday’s UTV race and competed in the time trials on Friday. He qualified the #88 Ultra4 truck in the 44th starting position. On race day, Casey set a steady pace for the first lap, battling the tough course’s dry lake beds, sand washes and dunes. He finished the lap with no major issues and came into the main pit physically in the 20th position.
These laps would take their toll on numerous Ultra 4 vehicles. Some were out of the race while others rolled over and gave all they have to get back on all fours.
Casey and his co-rider, Oren Anderson, managed to make the right decision when making their way up the waterfalls.
“It is important to have a co-rider with you that is smart, calm and can assess the situation,” said Casey. “This is just what Oren does.”
As Casey made his way up the Backdoor, one of the hardest obstacles of the course, Oren had the challenge of guiding him up the slippery rocks. Other stuck vehicles would block the best lines, and another would roll onto its lid right next to them. This would be the only part of the course that would set the team back on time, but it wasn’t long before they made their way to the top and continued towards the finish.
In ten hours and 50 minutes, Casey and Oren crossed the finish line for a well-deserved 14th place finish.
“We couldn’t be happier with our finish,” said Casey after the finish. “It was a long day out there and the course was rough. The ruts were huge and dealing with other stuck competitors was a challenge. There is always the chance that they can take you out as well.”
“Finishing in the top 15 out 158 speaks volumes of our team and the vehicle,” added Casey. “A big thanks goes to everyone who puts this race together and on a great week of racing.”
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