The last race of the 2014 Best In The Desert series took place in the outskirts of Las Vegas, NV. The Henderson 250 would have Banning Motorsports bringing out all three race vehicles and the team was in the hunt for some final wins for 2014.
It is no surprise that the #1178 Banning Motorsports car with the Melton’s driving all year has been dominate and came to the Henderson 250 only needing to finish to secure the BITD Class 11 Championship. It would be at the start line early in the morning that the teams hearts would drop as the car would not be leaving the line. An issue with the cars clutch left the car stuck at the start while all other competitors took off into the desert. The BITD recovery crew would tow the car back to the Banning pit where the team asset the problem.
It was decided to get the car back on course and start the race even with so much down time. The 1178 car limped around the course at a slow pace but they never called it quits as they completed the 2 mandatory laps and crossed the finish line. This finish would give the team that championship they were chasing. Banning Motorsports has accomplished 4 championships in the past 5 years with this car.
The #2488 Ford Eco Boost car competed the in the first race of the day as well and in the first lap they gained a 45 minute lead on the field. After completing the first lap the car pulled into the pit with a front flat and the rear going low. A quick tire change got the car back on course right away. As the team was making their way around the 80-mile course they encountered heating issues that would slow the cars pace down. Still managing to complete the race. Bryan Folks, Rick Graf and Bradley Mcfarlin put in a solid effort in attempts at a win but would have to settle for a 2nd place finish.
The #1023 car came to this race with the chance to get a championship. The car has already had a great year, running strong all season. They started the race second in points and second 10-car off the line. A flat tire early on in the race would cause them to lose several positions. After fixing the flat, they pushed strong to the pit where the team added a new spare. Finishing 1.5 laps and stopping in Pit A for a drivers change and fuel would get the team back out on course to hunt down competitors and make passes to attempt at making their way back towards the front. The team would cross the finish line in 5th place, which would tie them for 2nd place in the championship hunt. Over 68 competitors entered the competition this year in Class 10 and Banning Motorsports is happy to be able to finish so close to the top of its class with so much competition.
” We would like to congratulate all our competitors for a very good year.” Stated Lee Banning Sr.
Banning Motorsports would also like to thank their team member and their families, friends and as well as all our fans and supporters.
To our sponsors , thank you for helping make all the success possible!