Davidson Racing wins 25 Hours of Thunderhill; NASCAR’s Kurt Busch 4th in class

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Overcoming engine and transmission issues, the team of ex-IndyCar racer Alex Lloyd and sports car veterans Brian Frisselle, Randy Pobst, and Kyle Marcelli pushed the No. 17 Davidson Racing Norma to the overall and ESR class victory in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill yesterday in California.

The winning No. 17 Norma logged 682 laps and 1,910 miles en route to the victory and also set the fastest lap of the race on Lap 28 with a 1 minute, 38.371-second time.

Team owner Bob Davidson was called upon to take the Norma over the finish line. It’s his first Thunderhill win in four years of trying.

“It has been a few years of hard work trying to win this race,” said Davidson. “We felt really good coming into the race this year. We have a great crew and a great line-up of drivers.

“The Norma has been a good car for us for a couple of years. It really came into its own this year and we had lady luck on our side.”

Said Frisselle: “I am so happy for Bob. He really deserves this victory. I don’t know if there is a team owner in this whole paddock that is more passionate about the 25 Hours of Thunderhill than Bob. We have been hard at it for four years trying to win this for him.

“Bob has a lot of hard work into this project. We had some engine trouble at the end so we were a little worried. We were able to put Bob in at the end and let him bring the Norma across the finish line to take the checker, so it was perfect.”

Also taking part in the weekend’s events was former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch, who co-drove the No. 61 Road Shagger Racing BMW in the E0 class.

The team held the class lead early on, but a later penalty cost them precious time in the pits. Problems with the car’s differential also plagued the BMW during the event and forced the team off the track with one hour to go. They eventually returned to the track, however, to pick up a fourth-place finish.

The No. 31 Hankook Tires/El Diablo Motorsports BMW (Lance Boicelli, Scott Smith, Dale Sievwright, William Brinkop) took the E0 class victory.

Other class winners include: ES (second place overall) – No. 00 Award Motorsports/Ehret Family Winery Porsche (Pierre Ehret, Kelly Collins, Tom Hacker, Spencer Trennery, Tommy Sadler); E1 – No. 67 BMW of Sparta Evo Brakes/Maxxis Tire/Bullet Performance (Brett Strom, Mickey Miller, Ralph Warren, Robert Green); E2 – No. 34 Team RDR Mazda RX-8 (Dennis Holloway, Joel Miller, Lee Papageorge); E3 – No. 23 RJ Racing Mazda Miata (Gary Brown, John Gibson, Rob Gibson, Roger Eagleton).

Supercross: Husqvarna’s Jalek Swoll and Malcolm Stewart out with injury

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Jalek Swoll and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna teammate Malcolm Stewart sustained injury in separate crashes late last week. Stewart missed Anaheim 2 and Swoll will not mount up for the 250 East season opener in Houston on February 4.

“Spent all of yesterday in the ER and today getting surgery so haven’t been able to make an update post,” Swoll posted on Instagram. “Spiral fractured my humorous yesterday and was lucky enough to get into surgery today. Absolutely heartbroken that I couldn’t show all the hard work me, [Mike Brown], [Aldon Baker], and [Joel Perez] were working on truly felt like this year was going to a big one with massive improvements we made but I guess it just wasn’t my time.”

The team announced on Instagram that Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken bone in his arm, sustained in a practice crash on Friday. After missing the division opener, no further timeline has been given for his return.

Swoll made eight starts in the 250 West division last season with a best finish of fifth. In 2021, he scored his first SuperMotocross win in the outdoor Pro Motocross season at High Point Raceway in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania.

Stewart missed Anaheim 2 due to a practice injury. Likewise, the team did not announce a timetable for Stewart’s return.

He showed a lot of speed in the first two rounds before accidents eliminated him from contention in both rounds. He finished 16th at Anaheim 1 and 15th in San Diego, putting him in a points’ deficit that was already going to be difficult to overcome.

Stewart entered the 2023 season with a ton of confidence and believed all he needed was to stack his chips the right way to get this year’s championship.

Husqvarna is now represented by RJ Hampshire in the 250 West division and Christian Craig in 450s.

Hampshire had a rough weekend in Anaheim 2 and finished 11th in the overall standings after scoring a last place result in Race 2 with a bike sidelined by crash damage and a 13th in Race 3 after another fall.

Craig has not yet scored a top-10 on his 450 with a best of 11th at San Diego and Anaheim 2.

The news of these two injuries comes on the heels of the Pro Circuit Kawasaki team losing three of their four 250 riders.

Last week, Pro Circuit Kawasaki announced Seth Hammaker would miss the season opener with a wrist injury. Almost immediately, it was announced Jo Shimoda would also miss the 250 East opener with a shoulder injury.

Chris Blose will serve as a replacement rider in the 250 East division with Carson Mumford scheduled to replace the injured Austin Forkner in the West.