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Uncontrollable Events Turn Parker 425 into a Character Building Seesion for SMD Motorsports

Parker, Ariz. (February 7, 2006) Maybe the ancient ones were peering into the future when they nicknamed Arizona the Grand Canyon State. That’s about the size hole SMD Motorsports found themselves in this past weekend at the Blue Water Resort & Casino Parker 425, the first truck event of the 2006 Best in the Desert series.

Well prepared and well tested, the SMD Motorsports team, led by Steve, Matt and David Scaroni, entered the event confident and with every expectation of winning. They started the race in ninth position behind NASCAR racer Robby Gordon and made their way consistently around the 400-mile looped course before losing an alternator at the end of the first lap.

“We knew going in that this was going to be a tough race, but we were well prepared,” Matt Scaroni, the oldest son and lead driver for the Parker 425 said. “We started off great and were making our way to the front, when we experienced an alternator failure. Unfortunately, it snowballed from there.”

After fixing the alternator, the No. 27 Ford F-150 truck started its second 133-mile lap, but brake issues literally stopped the truck in its tracks.

“We completely stopped,” Matt Scaroni said. “The brakes wouldn’t allow us to move forward. (Navigator) Tom Geviss finally found a tree branch out in the desert and jammed it into the truck to free the brakes. We were pretty upset because we lost so much time. Then we got stuck in the silt behind a buried 1600 car and the anger turned to humor. We just knew that it wasn’t our day. It stunk for us, but we were able to joke and laugh the remainder of the race and really take everything in. It became therapeutic for us.”

The SMD Motorsports team completed the second lap before Steve Scaroni took over driving duties. The team didn’t experience any difficulties on the third lap and cruised across the finish line in 66th place, 13th in Class 1400, also known as Trick Truck. Robby Gordon took top honors in the Trick Truck class. John Herder was the overall winner of the race, averaging 55.6 mph around the 400-mile course.

“You have days like this in racing,” Steve Scaroni said. “I’m really proud of the team, though, because days like today test the character of your team. We never quit. We overcame all of the obstacles to cross the finish line.”

The next race on the 2006 Best in the Desert series is the Terrible’s Town 250 in Pahrump, Nev., April 28-30, 2006.

SMD Motorsports, based in Heber, Calif. won the 2003 SCORE Baja 1000 in the Pro Truck division. They captured three wins in 2004, as well as the Pro Truck championship and the points championship in both the SCORE and Best in the Desert series – an unprecedented Triple Crown! The team moved to the elite Trophy Truck class in 2005. For more information on SMD Motorsports, visit its website at