|Mark wasn’t the only one talking about how rough it was. “Lightning” Larry Ragland was the first across the line driving Jimmy Smith’s Ultra Wheels car. “The young guy over there beat me on time,” said Ragland, pointing towards the younger Pierce Herbst who is only 14 years old, “We tried to hold him off but we could have used some more wheel travel.” No Trophy Truck driver, especially one as accomplished as Lightning Larry, will ever be satisfied with the wheel travel on a transaxle car.
“We’ve been driving all day,” said Herbst, “We had no flats; we didn’t even get out of the car. There is not much to do on the truck tonight.” When asked if he had some good battles during the day he replied that it was a good day and was really fun. Ed Herbst was piloting the number 3 truck of Mark Post. “We were running in the top three but I missed a corner,” said Herbst, “When I spun around, it was dusty and I slipped into a deep rain rut. It seemed like an hour before we got out. It’s all good, we had a fun day.”
Steve Olliges had a good showing in the Zorro truck. Steve’s truck usually has a huge FOX shocks logo on the side. Apparently, Zorro means fox in Spanish so they put a special wrap on for the Mexican 1000. “It was a great day,” said Olliges, “It was left, right; you had to be on your toes all the way. It was very technical. We were chasing the Herbst Truggy and Apdaly (Lopez). There were some penalty zones so we’ll have to see how that plays out, but the truck ran perfectly today.”