Rancho F-150 Faster Than Ever in Michigan
Bark River, MI-To a racer, confidence in the race car (or truck) is everything. Because to win, you must constantly push to the limit-drive it out there on the ragged edge, look over the edge, and then push a little harder. That takes faith.faith in your equipment, faith in your crew, and faith in your ability as a driver to hold it all together. With 55 career wins and 9 championships under his belt, veteran off-road racer Scott Douglas knows the ragged edge well. This past weekend in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan he also knew he had the truck to beat.
With a few open weeks in the schedule between the Championship Off-Road Racing (CORR) race in Topeka, Kansas and the Bark River, Michigan race, Douglas Motorsports did what every professional race team does with spare hours.they worked hard to make the truck even faster and find an edge.
"Our suspension is the class of the field" stated Douglas. "The long standing relationship with Rancho Suspension and constant tuning by crew chief Ted Kendall are a huge asset when track conditions are challenging. It's a delicate balance between suspension demands, chassis setup, handling, and putting our 850-plus horsepower to the ground-the Rancho Ford has that balance."
Though Douglas wasn't tipping his hand at Bark River, he was quite pleased with changes made since Topeka. "Reider Racing and Precision Gear are two of the best sponsors a racer could have.in fact, they are more than sponsors, they are part of the team. Tom Reider studied traction as a drag racer, and his engineering background means his mind is always working on ways to make our axles keep all four wheels hooked up and pulling. We made changes that allow me to drive the Rancho F-150 harder than ever. In testing and during practice at Bark River it was evident that we found a setup that would make a difference on the high speed circuits like Bark River and Crandon, Wisconsin. I was really looking forward to putting it to the test this weekend."
When the green flag dropped on Round 9 of CORR PRO4 racing Saturday it looked like the Rancho Ford was a force to be reckoned with. The start was flawless and Douglas had a great position going into turn one. Not to be. At that moment, a throttle position sensor failed (one of those parts that never fails) and the truck fell on its nose. Bark River is a high speed track and with a malfunctioning sensor, the Rancho F-150 was managing half- throttle at best. Amazingly, Scott was able to persuade the truck around to finish in the points with a fifth.
Round 10 was without question the most exciting race of the weekend. Through the half-way point it was a nose-to-tail freight train of thundering four-wheel-drive mayhem. Douglas was confident, the Rancho Ford was on its game and working cleanly to the front. Then there were two. Scott Douglas and Curt LeDuc pulled away and checked out on the pack. Douglas knew he had LeDuc covered, the truck was just working so well. With a few laps to go, Scott backed off the pace momentarily to clear his face shield and focus on the coming pass. He closed again, battling with LeDuc who was using all of the race track in an effort to keep Douglas at bay. With two corners to go, Scott made a run on the inside, pulled even with LeDuc then contact sent both trucks spinning. Out of the dust, the Rancho Ford crossed the finish line first, but LeDuc was awarded the win with Douglas second. One thing everyone agreed on was that the record Bark River crowd got their moneys worth and SPEED Channel had plenty of great racing footage for their upcoming broadcast.
Scott Douglas continues to lead Class 3100 points in the Best In The Desert (BITD) series. The next stop on the CORR schedule is Crandon, WI on September 4th & 5th for CORR Rounds 11 and 12 and the prized Borg Warner Automotive Manufacturers Challenge Cup-won by Scott Douglas 1997. For the latest information on Douglas Motorsports and links to sponsor websites, log on to: www.douglasmotorsports.com.