Sand Drags Season Opener at Soboba

Photo by Debbie Vena/The Valley Chronicle
Racers await the signal to start the races at the San Drags 2017 opener at Soboba Casino.

■ By Debbie Vena / Reporter

Recently the Hidden Treasure Emporium closed its doors on Seventh Avenue; a store that will be missed by many in the valley. Unless you happen to work with metal or ever need something to hang your magnets on.
Talley’s Metal Supply has answered the dreams of many fabricators in the area, in more ways than one. Let’s start with people who work and play with autos. More specifically, the Otis Express, which holds the 2016 record at the Soboba Sand Drags for the ProMod category with their custom built jeep. Talley’s Metal Supply is their new sponsor, turning the fastest professionally modified jeep last year in the races to white as recently seen in the San Jacinto’s Christmas parade.
It was so fast that recently in Dome Valley, Arizona, Jimmy DePasse (Little Jimmy D) running as jeep race driver, caught himself on fire, blowing the dash off as the racing jeep hood burst into flames on the track. Don’t worry, Little Jimmy D is OK and walked away with no injuries. The blower blew off, the jeep went up in flames and even turned into a fireball, which just made these guys get down to business as they repainted and rebuilt and tinkered with the jeep to get ready for this 2017 season opening weekend. This past weekend Little Jimmy was back behind the wheel at the Southern California Sand Drag Association (SCSDA) Sand Drag, which ran out at the back track at Soboba Casino starting Friday.

The next time the Sand Drags will be racing in Soboba will be March 31–April 2. Come out and enjoy the show, grab a meal and get dirty watching the sand fly as these drivers test the limits of their toys racing friends in the sand at Soboba Casino”

Talley’s, which moved into the Hidden Treasure building, has everything you could ever want if you are a metal or welding professional. Wrought iron, fences, posts, pipes, rebar, stuff to make gates. Any kind of piece of metal you could want–and if they don’t have it in stock they will order it for you.
And they will match or beat anyone’s price, so you no longer need to leave the valley to get something since they opened after three days of moving over four million pounds of steel into the building. Race cars, planes, garden gates. They even carry welding tools and specialty equipment. Two words: Chromoly tubing. Apparently, that is a specialty item that Otis Simpson, who owns the Jeep ProMod Express, said people will drive long distances to find but is always in stock at Talley’s.
Anyone in the valley for long that knows Otis, knows life is Mo’ Betta on a bike or in a jeep of one kind or another. Or out on a track at the Sand Drags with many other racer friends and family even if you’re racing against Derek Balcunas in the blue and gold Larry Minor Motorsports Jeep, which picked up a wheelie half track doing 129 mph and won the race Saturday night against Jimmy D in the Otis Express.

Photo by Debbie Vena/The Valley Chronicle
Crowds at the San Drags opener Jan. 27-29.

The 2017 Sand Drag Season is sponsored by Greg Tounget Motorsports / Southern California OTR Recycling. Greg also has a new jeep this season. Each season every vehicle on the track starts out even, pairing off in their class. As the season progresses, things get more competitive. Street vehicles, ATV’s, dirt bikes and many custom vehicles of all kinds will be racing this weekend.
The next time the Sand Drags will be racing in Soboba will be March 31–April 2. Come out and enjoy the show, grab a meal and get dirty watching the sand fly as these drivers test the limits of their toys racing friends in the sand at Soboba Casino. Dan “The Man” Beard, announcer for Southern California San Drag Association (SCSDCA) says he is “looking forward to seeing you at the next event. We had a great crowd (even in the cold) out Saturday kicking off a new Sand Drag season in 2017.”

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