Just as rain in the days before the race brought moisture to the parched landscape, Argubright's historic win was a fresh chapter in Husqvarna's desert racing history. "I'm really happy to get this win for Husqvarna," Argubright said. "Desert racing was a big part of Husky's legacy in the 60s, 70s and 80s. I'm proud to be on a Husky and put them back on the map in the National Hare & Hound Championship!"
Jacob got out to a modest start on his FC 450 and spent the first loop working his way into third place. By the time he reached the pits, the top-three riders were within a bike-length of each other. Argubright left the pits in a close third-place and then put his strategy to work.
"It was crazy windy again," Argubright explained. "Just like at the last round, some of the course markings were blown down so I knew I needed to focus on the course." Argubright stayed in a close third in the early part of the second loop. Then as the course began to get twisty, he made a pass when the second-place rider blew a turn then repeated the action to move into the lead. "I let them make the mistakes for me," Argubright said. "Actually taking it down a notch helped me win.” Once he had the lead he never looked back.
Mixed day for DeLong in GNCC
Factory Husqvarna Andrew DeLong was also in action at the Limestone 100 GNCC in Crawfordsville, Indiana. But it turned out to be a rough day for DeLong and his FE 350, especially after a hard crash in the first hour of the race.
"Andrew was making a pass when he hit a root and went over the bars hard” explained Husqvarna Race Team Manager Andy Jefferson. "Today was a rough one, but he kept on pushing."
Andrew pressed on throughout the three-hour race, but suffered additional crashes and frustration on his way to an eventual eleventh place finish. Fortunately his brother, Craig DeLong, fared much better. The Husqvarna rider topped the amateur division with a win in the 250 A class, and also carded a 17th overall finish.
Caption: Factory Husqvarna's Jacob Argubright charges through Lucerne Valley on his FC 450 en route to his first National Hare & Hound victory of 2014. Photo: Mark Kariya