It was this time unfortunately that we heard on the radio that our rig was having electrical problems.
It turns out that after a good 2 hours of trouble shooting, the driver and co-pilot could not get the rig to start, and finally after 7 long years the most successful King Of the Hammers team Marlin Crawler had to abandon their vehicle and for the first time not finish a KOH event.
It was really bitter sweet for me. KOH is an event that truly tests a company's product. Setting this KOH-best record has been a reward in itself, something we are VERY proud of!!
We left our rig there, and with the winds and approaching rain not looking good, we decided to leave the rig overnight.
That night the team discussed to John more of the details of what happened and John was certain that the crank positioning sensor had been knocked out of alignment.
Sure enough, the next morning they simply repositioned the crank sensor and wa-la, she fired straight up. Frustrating when its such a simple issue like that which caused the rig to DNF.
We surly can't complain: Everyone is safe, we had a great time, the rig is ready to race again, and we'll be back next year for more fun!
Mike Hendricks reported that due to the increased power and the car handling the bumps very well, we were doing better than last year, they had passed a lot of rigs, and we certain of a top-20 finish -- which would have been our best finish.