Derek West Gains ULTRA4 Points in Hot Springs, AR

 Derek West Gains Ultra4 points in Hot Springs, AR
Springfield, MO (April 5, 2014) Off-Road racers Derek West and Jason Henne of Jimmy’s Racing Team drove their Nitto Tire, Northstar Battery race car to a 12th place finish at the Ultra4 Race in Hot Springs, AR. Derek qualified in 7th place behind a field of IFS cars the day before the race. “I started off pretty hot on the qualifying course on Friday and after a couple of pretty hard hits I made the decision to dial it back a bit and just get a decent time that would still put me towards the front. After rolling during qualifying at last years race here in Hot Springs it was an easy decision”, said Derek. While qualifying is important, the main race is an endurance race, so being fast and consistent always makes for good finishes. Off the start line and into the woods, the team was on a quick pace to try and overcome the leaders. The first lap was going good as cars in front of the 4420 car began to drop out and the team was catching some of the ones that were left. Close to overcoming two competitors in front of them, the 4420 car suffered a broken brake line after a rock was slung up out of one of the creek beds. Derek limped it back to the pits and crew chief Travis Brake quickly pinched if off and sent the car back out. After 3 laps were complete Derek was the 3rdphysical car on course and was looking to finish well. During the 4th lap the team started to encounter heavy lap traffic and while Derek was passing another team on one of the hard hill climbs the car suffered mechanical damage. Derek stopped, got out and assessed the situation. The decision was made to limp the car back to the the pit for repairs. The team was able to make it to the pits and make repairs and go on to finish the race with a 12th place finish. Expect to see results for the Ultra4 Eastern series points race soon!
Thanks to all of these companies and their great products to get us to the finish line:

Jimmy’s 4×4
Nitto Tires
NorthStar Batteries
Spidertrax Off-Road
ATX Wheels
Radflo Suspension
Rugged Radios
FK Rod Ends
Yukon Gear and Axle
PSC Steering
Pac Racing
Warn Winch
Johns 4×4
Advanced Metal Fabricators
Sho Me Speed
Rigid Industries
Branik Motorsports
Alltech Motorsports
Ouverson Engineering
Off-Road Solutions
Mega Hi-9 Differentials