One lap in, he had managed to overtake most of class 2 and came back into the truck track looking strong and fast. By this time it was completely dark and the rain was still coming down, “Just like at home!” By lap 2, Stambaugh was a solid 3rd overall — he had taken the lead early and never looked back at Class 3, then overtook most of Class 2 in a matter of 2 laps and had his eyes set on the leaders. The two RZRs in out front were battling it out in the whooped off-road and Jeff managed to put his head down and charge on to catch up to them. He drove smart and tailed them both. He managed to get around one RZR in Class 1 and then the leader made a mistake that left the door wide open. Jeff passed the leader on the last lap seconds before they would enter the scoring chute. The former leader made a last ditch effort as they came off the pavement and headed toward the chute, but was unsuccessful. Jeff crossed the finish line 1st in class, and 1st overall.
Times do not get adjusted for the Rhino race, but he did leave 2 minutes after Class 1 and still managed a phenomenal finish coming from the last row to first battling machines with bigger engines (up to 1000cc in Class 1). “I couldn’t be happier with that finish, ” he stated right after the race, “I thought I finished 2nd overall, but then I was told the guy I saw in front of me was broken and that was his 1 and only lap
— I was really excited! I couldn’t believe it but, MAN! That’s awesome. I didn’t even care about being cold and wet after that!”
Jeff would like to thank the following- without them he would not have had such a good weekend: Lonestar Racing, Elka Suspension, Fullbore Innovations, Blitz Vision, SixSixOne, Weller Racing, S&S Motorsports, Patriot Racing, Kelley Blocks, & his girlfriend.