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LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 13, 2018) – SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks continue the 2018 World Championship with its sixth straight appearance at the Grand Prix of Long Beach this weekend with Race 1 Saturday, and Race 2 after the IndyCar Grand Prix event on Sunday.
Last year’s race on the streets of Long Beach saw Matt Brabham withstand a carnage filled Race 1 to hold off a late charge by fellow Australian Paul Morris to capture the win, while Race 2 saw Toyo Tires driver Robby Gordon immediately jump out to the lead from his ninth starting position to dominate the Sunday afternoon finale.
The exciting high-flying trucks left a memorable mark on the fans attending the race, and hopes to deliver the same type of excitement this year.
The starting lineup for Saturday afternoon’s race was determined from each driver’s fastest lap time in Friday afternoon’s twenty-minute practice/qualifying session.
Following the qualifying session, a full field inversion from fastest to slowest was put in place, meaning Arie Luyendyk Jr., from Scottsdale, Arizona will start from pole alongside Erik Davis of Burbank, California making his first SST start of 2018. Both drivers’ encountered mechanical issues during qualifying that would effect their overall times.
Row two will consist of United Fiber & Data driver Bill Hynes of Nazareth, Pennsylvania, and Troy Deide of Lodi, California who’s making his first SST start since Long Beach last season.
Row three will find Davey Hamilton Jr. of Indianapolis, Indiana making his return to SST racing since SST’s appearance with Monster Jam last season in China. Next to Hamilton, will be the return of 2017 Baja 1000, and 2014 SST X Games Winner Apdaly Lopez of Tecate, B.C., Mexico.
Making his first SST start of 2018 Aaron Bambach of Rochester Hills, Michigan will line up to the inside of Row 4 next to 2017 World Champion Paul Morris of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
The fifth row will consist of a pair of drivers making there first ever appearance at the famed Long Beach Street Circuit. Cole Potts of Scottsdale, Arizona driving the HallmarkTrust.com entry will line up next to Blade Hildebrand of Yucca Valley, California.
A pair of Arizona teammates Gavin Harlien of Mesa, Arizona, and Jeff Hoffman of Phoenix, Arizona make up row number five, while Matt Brabham of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia make up the final row alongside fast qualifier Robby Gordon of Orange, California.
SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Race 1 will be contested Saturday afternoon at 5:05 PM local time.
1 Lake Elsinore, California January 27, 2018 Bill Hynes
Influenced by the former Mickey Thompson Stadium Off-Road Racing Series, where drivers such as Gordon, Casey Mears and seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson got their start, Gordon created SST in response to the public’s overwhelming interest in trucks and off-road racing. His plan to re-launch the former stadium series has led to exciting racing on both asphalt and dirt, while producing one of the most extreme forms of action sports today.
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