The Sun Was Shining this Weekend at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway! Heading into Round ...
The Sun Was Shining this Weekend at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway! Heading into Round # 5 this weekend all of the CORR teams had their eyes on the weather. What with the downpours we all experienced at the last two races the bright sun shining in the North wood was a pleasant change.
After making a few major changes since rounds 3 and 4, Federico Racing went out for practice Saturday morning with the P.F.Chang's, Philsinc.com, Goodyear Toyota. "We needed to get the truck to fly high, corner sweet, and be fast in the long straight-aways", said Federico. After practice the crew chief A. J. noticed a grinding sound coming from the transmission. Luckily our builder Todd Attig was at the track so he and the rest of the crew tore down the clutch and found that one of the clutch plates had lost all the lining. "We never would have finished the race Saturday if not for A. J. catching that strange sound and Todd being at the track to help change the clutch", praised Steven.
SATURDAY'S RACE, ROUND #5
Going into and coming out of the first turn at Crandon is part of the hairiest start in Off-Road racing. "Eighteen trucks heading into an off camber turn at over 90 miles an hour that heads straight into the two big jumps on the course is nerve wracking to say the least", said Federico.
The Crandon start lineup...
We got a good start coming out in sixth position. Making some great passes Steven eventually found himself third right behind four-time champion Jeff Kincaid who was behind Rich Huseman. Federico settled into third and was finding his rhythm when we broke a front shock shaft in the right coil-over. Luckily the coil got caught up in the a-arm and was still able to hold the truck up but Federico describes trying to drive it as "Tough... I needed to back way off over the jumps but it seemed not to hurt the performance in the corners or down the straight." On lap six of twelve Jeff Kincaid smoked his motor and Federico inherited second right behind Huseman... "I tried everything to go around him but, because of the bad shock I was forced to back-off for the jumps so we ended the race in second place." It was a great race. "Our team will take a second at Crandon any day of the week", said A. J. Satenstein.
SUNDAY'S RACE, ROUND #6
Round six and moving up to sixth in points for Sunday's race, our team goal was to finish in the top five and keep our position heading into round # 7 in Topeka, Kansas. Another wild 'Crandon' start and we exited the first turn in eighth place. Two black flags were given to Lee O'Donold and Jim Kendell for jumping the start so we found ourselves in sixth place after the third lap (as the start was downhill, we were all using rocks as 'chocks' to keep the cars from rolling; Lee and Jim kinda rolled over theirs as they pushed in their clutches at the start so we don't feel that the black flag was justified). Steven found his rhythm and began picking 'em off, one by one until he was in third. Jeff Kincaid went wire to wire for his first win of the season and Federico Racing came in third after holding off a late charge by Rich Huseman who came in fourth.
We jumped from seventh in points to tied for fifth heading into Topeka. Steven would like to thank Todd Attig and his crew for the great job done by them this weekend.
We would like to thank all our sponsors for their support... P.F. Chang's, Racing Optics, Mechanix Wear, Wilmette Auto Body, Goodyear Tire Company, NAPA Auto Parts Evanston, Phil's Inc.com, American Racing Custom Wheels, Toyota, Venom, Precision Gear, Stoner's Invisible Glass and... Steven's family.