August 14-15, 2004 Bark River, MI. After a 5 week break in the schedule, the CORR Lucas Oil Pro Series was resumed in Bark River, MI. this past weekend. The Probst team had plenty of time to check out the ...
August 14-15, 2004
Bark River, MI.
After a 5 week break in the schedule, the CORR Lucas Oil Pro Series was resumed in Bark River, MI. this past weekend. The Probst team had plenty of time to check out the # 99 Pro 2 truck. With all systems prepped and at the ready, the team made its way to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The weather was unusually cool for August in the UP, and the teams and crowd seemed to enjoy the sunshine.
The Saturday morning practice went well with the team needing minimal adjustments for the start of the Pro 2 race later in the afternoon. The green flag dropped and Kevin made way to the first turn from the land rush starting grid some 1000 feet away. Crowded as usual, Kevin made it through the turn in 4th or 5th, trying to make it past the timing area where a quick right turn, left turn chokes down the field to a single file situation. Coming out of the timing area, Kevin made a pass on 2 trucks making him 3rd. After several laps, the #99 was still 3rd within striking distance of Carl Renezeder in 2nd. Evan Evans was leading with no pressure from the rest. By the end of the race, it was Evans, Renezeder, Probst on the Podium in 1st, 2nd and 3rd. "The Truck gearing was not right for today", Kevin said later, "we needed a shorter gear to get the engine freed up on the loamy Bark River track". The team made the needed gearing change Saturday night for the Sunday afternoon round.
Sundays practice saw Kevin and Scott Taylor setting a blistering pace. The gear change was the correct change needed to get the #99 up to speed to compete with the high level of competition in Pro 2.
The capacity crowd had no idea that the race about to start would be the race of the weekend. At the green flag, Kevin found his way to and through turn 1 in 3rd. With Hinman and VandenHuevel ahead, Kevin, Renezeder, Evans, Taylor, and Barlow were all in striking distance. Lap after Lap, the top six trucks were in a dogfight for the next available position. Evans made a bonsai move to pass Kevin at the 1/2 way point. Hinman was out, VandenHuevel was leading with Renezeder, Evans, Probst, Taylor right behind. If you have never been to Bark River, the Rancho hill is a rising hill the the trucks jump, sometimes over 200 feet in the air. The top 4 trucks seemed so close that all 4 were in the air at one time. Shortly past the 1/2 way point, Renezeder and VandenHuevel tangled opening the door for Evans and Probst. Evans and Probst were 1-2 with Taylor 3rd, Renezeder 4th, and VandenHeuvel 5th. The trucks raced in these spots nose to tail until the 2nd to last lap when Taylor past Probst in the back straight jumps only to loose the position back to Probst in the next corner. No one was giving up! It was Evan Evans 1st, Kevin 2nd, Carl Renezeder 3rd, Taylor 4th and Dan VandenHuevel 5th. Last Lap, white flag out, Carl makes a move on Kevin in the grandstand jumps, only to have Kevin take it back at the top of the hill. Kevin was feet ahead of Carl and with only 3 turns left to the checker, Carl made a great outside move to pass Kevin coming home to finish 2nd with Kevin 3rd. Dan finished 4th and Taylor 5th after breaking a wheel on the last jump.
It was the race of the weekend, and probably the seasons best.
Look for it on SPEED.
next up Crandon, WI. Labor Day Weekend in 3 weeks.