Bryce Menzies was the fast qualifier for Sunday’s Toyo Desert Challenge and led flag to flag to take the win in his Toyo-equipped Mason Motorsports 4WD T1 truck for the second year in a row, earning him $50,000 in the process.
“It was insane out there this year,” Menzies said. “This course was so rough, it threw everything at us and to come away with a back-to-back win is unbelievable.”
“Oh man it was it was a good game rough, Menzies continued. “The course from the rain just got super chewed up super thick, really square edge and a ton of rocks man. I’m surprised we only had one flat, but I earned that one. That is on me. Other than that it was insane. This course was so tough it threw everything at us and to come away with a back-to-back win is unbelievable.”
“With a lot of the up and downhills, it was a very technical, very hard and it started kind of square and outs everybody’s smashing the front of their trucks into holes,” Menzies continued. “And, man, there’s one of the roughest races I’ve ever done. So I’m glad to make it here to the finish and it feels good to win again!”
While Menzies won handily, Cameron Steele finished second only 14 seconds ahead of Kyle Jergensen, who physically finished ahead of Steele but finished third by the slimmest of margins on corrected time. Steele lost all oil pressure the last 20 miles of the race but refused to give up, an instinct that will serve him well when he participates at four more races throughout the week.
“I think it definitely helps kick us out of the gate,” Steele said. “Second place, you know, puts a lot of energy into the team, all those long hours that everybody has to put in.”
Stay tuned for more coverage from the lakebed, as King of the Hammers continues all week long. If you aren’t able to make it out to the event, be sure to check out the live coverage on the Ultra 4 Racing website.