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Mike Childress and THR Motorsports Overcome Challenges to Finish Third at BITD Silver State 300

Mike Childress blasting through the silt at the SS300

Mike Childress and THR Motorsports came to the Best In The Desert (BITD) Biltek Silver State 300 (SS300) with high expectations after winning the prestigious Mint 400.  With less than a month to prepare Childress’ Porter/ES Motorsports buggy for the Silver State 300, there was little time to celebrate their victory at the Mint.  Childress qualified 14th at the SS300, finishing less than eight seconds behind the fast time in an extremely tight field of 24 Class 1500 (the equivalent of SCORE’s unlimited Class 1) buggies and 22 Trick Trucks.
When the green flag dropped, the wind made dust less of an issue than it was in qualifying and Childress was able to reach speeds up to 137 mph in the #1565 THR Motorsports buggy.  By the first pit Childress was in the top ten overall and advancing on the competition, but brake issues slowed his progress.  With no visible leaks, the THR Motorsports pit crew was unable to determine the cause of the brake issue, so Mike Childress continued on at a conservative pace.  Still, he was the fourth physical finisher in the race.  When all of the times were compiled, Mike Childress and THR Motorsports finished third in Class 1500 and in sixth place overall, less than one second from a Top Five finish!
In addition to the Class 1500 buggy of Mike Childress, THR Motorsports campaigned numerous motorcycles in the Silver State 300 as well.  Despite starting in frigid temperatures, the Open Expert team of Garrett Osteen & Ty Renshaw finished first in class and fourth overall amongst 59 motorcycles and quads.  Teammates Shane Esposito & Bobby Garrison finished just ahead of Osteen and Renshaw at second overall and second in Open Pro, despite a crash half way through the race.  Unfortunately, a questionable 15 minute penalty for roosting on the pavement bumped Esposito and Garrison back to third overall and third in Open Pro in the official standings.
Mike Childress and the THR Motorsports Class 1 car
The next stop for Mike Childress is the 43rd annual Tecate SCORE International Baja 500 on June 5th.   Childress drew the 13th starting position amongst 23 Class 1 cars and intends to show the competition what he is capable of with a fully functioning car.   Meanwhile, THR Motorsports will be campaigning four bike teams at the BITD Blue Water Grand Prix this coming weekend on May 14th and 15th in Parker, Arizona.  For the latest team information please visit:
1565     Mike Childress & Jimmy Hook                                    Class 1
7266     Rob Sims                                                                  Class 7200
N5        Shane Esposito & Bobby Garrison                              Open Pro
306       Garrett Osteen & Ty Renshaw                                    Open Expert
351       Jason Jacobson & Scott Jacobson                             Open Amateur
352       Russ Scarce & Joe Jacobson                                    Open Amateur
506       Don Cambell & Eric Caudillo & Zack Dodson               Over 30 Expert
Mike Childress on his way to 3rd place at the SS300
Mike Childress and THR Motorsports are sponsored by:
General Tire • Hoosier Precision Machining • Chiron King • Shocks
Monster Energy • MasterCraft Safety • PCI Race Radios • F&L Race Fuel
Team 71 • Hostyle • Method Race Wheels • ZLT • Es Motorsports • Checkers Pit Club
THR Motorcycle Team is sponsored by:
THR Motorsports • Hoosier Precision Machining • Chiron • Precision Concepts
Dunlop Tires • Corona Motorsports • ZLT • KLEN • Oneal • GPR

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