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January 15, 2007

Type Team Xterra Racing - a flash of yellow with a big bite! 

After running a partial race season in '06 in the Best in the Desert Series to work out the bugs, Team Xterra Racing is prepared to take on the '07 season in full swing. The factory supported Nissan Xterra has been prepped and tested. The VQ4.0 V6 motor is very strong, the suspension trued and tried. The XterraRacer is going to be a contendor against the mighty H3 and the Explorers - but at the end of the day XterraRacer will be at the finish line enjoying the checkered flag. 

The Team, led by owner/veteran driver Dave Blakely, is based out of Saratoga Springs (near SLC), Utah. The Team members hail from all over the country. These are fans of the Xterra that are willing to pit, work the radios, you name it. The TXR volinteers are very dedicated and have been instrumental in providing the support required to race in such a prestine series. 

TXR is sponsored by several large entities. Nissan, Nismo, Fox Shocks, PIAA, National Springs, DJ Safety, Speedhut, EVCO, Double D Bolt and CWI Hosting. It is because of great sponsors, Xterraracer is able compete on this level. We thank our sponsors! 

2007 will be an exciting year. The Xterra and Team are ready to rise to the top. 

Just remember one thing: You can either make dust or eat dust, we hope you are hungry! 
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August 17, 2007 
A Shot at Redemption 

Its not often in life that you get a "Do-Over" but desert racing is one place where you can get a second shot at turning defeat into victory. Returning with the same, but improved vehicle and virtually the same team, Team Xterra Racing is back in Vegas to finish what they started in '06. 

Plagued by new car gremlins and on the receiving end of a big time "love tap" early on in the '06 running of BITD's Vegas to Reno race, Team Xterra Racing's day was over early leaving the team members operating the Goodyear/Locos Mocos pits, diligently working on other racers vehicles without hope of ever seeing their own race vehicle come by... 

'07's running of the "Longest Offroad Race in North America" sees Team Xterra Racing return with high hopes and renewed vigor... 

TXR is supported by several large entities. Nissan Motorsports, Fox Shocks, PIAA, National Springs, DJ Safety, Speedhut, EVCO, Double D Bolt and CWI Hosting. It is because of great sponsors, Xterraracer is able compete on this level. We thank our sponsors! 


February 23, 2007

Team Xterra Racing - pushing it till there is no more left to give!!! 

Parker 425 was a huge success! We were able to hang with the big boys for a full lap and then some. Finishing a total of 150 miles of this treacherous race, TXR would be among the other 114 that DNFed (217 starters). Needless to say, Parker ate up a bunch of racers. 

What went right: TXR did everything to show that its commitment to Nissan, TXR Sponsors and its fans was and will continue to be first priority. The race would not be a cakewalk, losing all braking control for a total of 7 miles (that was fixed by Team Donahue Racing, Thanks guys!!!) At MM137 just after pulling out of the main pits the rear axle would start having problems forcing a return back to the pits. The team made all efforts possible to weld the broken parts and get back into the race. With a limped 2 wheel drive racer and a whooped out course it would only be a matter of time for the end to come; the passion for continueing on, however, never faded. The team stuck together and pushed all of its supporters until the battle was over. TXR's excitement and pursue of the Class title is still the goal, currently in 3rd place with 38 points and 3 points behind 2nd and 37 points behind the leader. One win, one mind, one Team! TXR! 

TXR is sponsored by several large entities. Nissan, Nismo, Fox Shocks, PIAA, National Springs, DJ Safety, Speedhut, EVCO, Double D Bolt and CWI Hosting. It is because of great sponsors, Xterraracer is able compete on this level. We thank our sponsors! 

We invite you to continue to follow TXR. Watch for more exciting coverage on our forum; additionally follow us live on IriTrack at http://216.23.184.44/. 

Just remember one thing: You can either make dust or eat dust, we hope you are hungry!

August 30, 2007 
Vegas to Reno: We done it!!! 

Vegas 2 Reno – The longest offroad race in the United States, 565 long miles to be exact. 79 of the 149 trucks / buggies would finish the challenge, the XterraRacer completes the task in just over 21 hours! The conditions would change from hot desert sun to high altitude passes in the dark. Thanks to the sponsors and their great equipment the X would run flawlessly with minor wear and tear. The driver and co-drivers would swap out 3 different times in order to keep their sanity and take the vehicle past the checkered flag. 

The day started off with challenges that would have made any ordinary team call it quits. Heading out to the start, located 75 miles to the west of Las Vegas in a town named Johnnie, the tow vehicle and trailer would suffer 2 blow outs. Arriving to the start after all of the 3100 (stock mini SUV) had long since departed the Team unloaded and placed their faith in the Yellow truck that had been prepared and calibrated for this type of endurance race. Seconds later, the X was on its way and racing the Team to Pit 1. And so the day started and continued with no incidents other than hydrating the driver and co-driver. A flat tire changed out in the open would be the only down time experienced in the day light. By Pit 6 the original duo, Dean and Daryl Blakely, traveled a total of 184 miles and would switch out with Dave Blakely (owner) and Dan Spalinger. This stretch of the race would bring them into the dark – only the best racing lights could illuminate the desert enough, thank you PIAA! Dave would take a perfectly babied machine and continue to press strong, covering the next 100 miles in little over 3 hours. A quick co-driver change and Robert Pinon would be swapped in as the roller coaster ride would make the best out of Dan. Midnight would roll around and the X continued to press strong! Pits would come and go, fallen vehicles along the wayside would remind the Team of the harsh conditions of racing the desert. 

TXR wishes to thank all of its sponsors that helped make it possible to participate in this race, and in all the Best In the Desert races this year. This includes, but is not limited to: Nissan, Goodyear, Fox Shocks, PIAA, National Springs, DJ Safety, SpeedHut, Evco, XOC, CWI Hosting, LMR, Motografx, Double D Bolt and Champion Motorsports. The Team wishes to thank the Pit Crew, especially the 3 volunteers that drove down from Washington: Don, Jose and Jim. 


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May 6, 2007

Team Xterra Racing gains podium at Terrible’s Town 250!!! 

What a way to celebrate a birthday!! Exactly one year after Team Xterra Racing (TXR) made its professional debut at the ‘06 version of the Terrible’s Town 250 they returned to finish what they had started a year before... 

Under nearly ideal racing conditions -- blue skies and 90 degree temps -- “The Richest Off-Road Race in Nevada” got underway with TXR starting sixth in its class. Before the race even reached its first pit TXR had passed a number of vehicles in its class and stood in 2nd place on time... 

This is desert racing however, and its not IF you will have issues, but WHEN and how you and your team deal with them determines where you will finish, if you finish at all... 

First up was a U-joint in the steering column which snapped and nearly ended any ability to stear... About 20 feet of duct tape (what doesn’t duct tape fix???) and Dave Blakely (driver) and Robert Pinon (co-driver) were able to limp the Xterra into pit #2 at half speed. 

Out came the welding machine and an ingenious usage of a Snap-On wobbly socket to replace the broken U-joint got TXR back in the race (but not without losing some significant time). It was soon evident that the steering fix would hold and Dave was back on the gas. 

By the time the Xterra reached Pit #3 TXR had moved back up to 4th place but were plagued by a loud bang- ing noise underneath the rear of the truck. Getting a splash of gas here, Dave asked the chase crew to take a peek at the underside of the Xterra where they discovered that one of the rear leaf spring shackles had literally dissapeared... Fortunately this was a quick replacement and once again TXR was on its way. 

Finally the bugs seemed to be going away as Dave and Robert buzzed through pits 4 and 6 without stopping, pausing at pits 5 and 7 for some quick Goodyear tire changes. At this point the team was aware that they had secured 3rd place as long as the truck completed the course... Taking a conservative but wise approach for the last 70 miles or so the Xterra crossed the finish line in a time of 9 hours, 54 minutes and 52 seconds, good for a third place, podium finish. 

Taking a few moments during his post race interview to thank all his sponsors Dave added “This was the finish... Next is the win.” And it shouldn’t surprise anyone if that win comes long before TXR’s 2nd birth- day... 

TXR is sponsored by several large entities. Nissan, Nismo, Fox Shocks, PIAA, National Springs, DJ Safety, Speedhut, EVCO, Double D Bolt and CWI Hosting. It is because of great sponsors, Xterraracer is able compete on this level. We thank our sponsors! 

We invite you to continue to follow TXR. Watch for more exciting coverage on our forum; additionally follow us live on IriTrack at http://216.23.184.44/. 

Just remember one thing: You can either make dust or eat dust, we hope you are hungry!

January 11, 2007

Vegas 300 

The XterraRacer and crew get a great start passing most of the 3100 Class cars within 10 miles of the starting line. TXR completes 1 full lap and takes 2nd place in the 1800 Class (Sportsman class used by teams to test their vehicles, no points acquired). The XterraRacer takes a good work out and overcomes some obstacles. The radiator fan motor takes a dump at mile marker 28 and after a new fan is replaced the X is back on its way. Finishing the lap only minutes after the leader (Grand Prix finish) the team is forced to not continue another lap. 

Henderson 400 - XterraRacer comes through the first jump and clears 60'! With no time to waste the X is out of the arena and out on the course. This is the last preparation race prior to the 2007 season. The X is ready, the Team couldn't be more excited. 

​Team Xterra Racing