Posted: Jul 28, 2011
If the OUSCI were run off-road...
In the Mickey Thompson Tough Truck Challenge, competitors race on a closed course, where as you can see, they'll catch plenty of air and take corners at top speed. One could equate it to the off-road version of an autocross and the bottom line is, you need a well-rounded truck to compete. We sponsor Wild Gator Racing's entry in the modified class and what makes theirtruck unique is that they actually drive their truck to and from competition. In fact, they are the only competitor who drives their truck to and from competiton.
The Wild Gator Racing GM-sponsored Chevy Silverado 4x4 E85 SEMA project is often overmatched in the modified class, since their truck is basically stock, with70,000 miles on the stock engine, transmission, transfer case and rear axle. Wild Gator's competitors are all trailered in and most feature engines that boast well over 500 to 700 horsepower. Last weekend, they beat out 11 other trucks to qualify 14th and finished in that position.
They may never win in the modified division, but if we ever had an Ultimate Street Truck Invitational, they'd definitely be first on our invite list!