According to Ray, he drove out onto the salt flats on Wed. 5/2 and followed the International Track out to about Mile 9. The winter pond and salt laydown brine is gone. The salt was mostly dry with not much surface moisture or tackiness for so early in the year. Ray feels that the water table is down from last year. Surface conditions out to the start line were not nearly as soft as expected for May.
The laydown brine appears to be doing its job. From the start line, conditions were hard and smooth with scattered soft pancakes of salt that should get taken care of with a couple of rainstorms. According to Ray, "At top speed for my gov't rig (95 mph), there was very little vibration or bumpiness. Vehicle stayed straight as an arrow with little effort. All in all, I would say conditions are shaping up to be a repeat of last year. Yahoo!"
Good news for the Hellions!