Douglas thunders to front in Crandon, only to suffer mechanical failures.
Crandon, Wis., Sept. 2--Scott Douglas and the Rancho® Ford F-150 roared out to commanding leads in both CORR Lucas Oil Series Pro-4 points races here this weekend, only to suffer mechanical breakdowns that left the No. 12 truck well back in the field and its driver predicting better days ahead.
"I don't like to talk about good luck and bad luck because your performance on the track reflects your preparation and the quality of your program, but there's simply no way to avoid the kinds of issues we ran into here," said Douglas, two-time Pro-4 world champion. "We've got an excellent machine that we simply need to tweak over the off-season in order to get back into the championship picture."
Douglas continued his recent string of strong starts in Saturday's round by quickly claiming a two truck-length lead going into the first turn and eventually building his advantage to five truck lengths. That margin disappeared in a matter of seconds, however, due to a failed hydraulic transmission pump, leaving Douglas with a single working gear. He was unable to continue in the race.
"Everything was working great, then suddenly I couldn't shift," Douglas said. "Our transmission guys were as shocked and disappointed as I was -- this isn't the kind of failure you typically run into with driveline systems."
During Sunday's finale, Douglas again dominated the field at the starting line. Pulling away from the pack in Crandon's legendary land-rush format, the Rancho Ford's 700-horsepower Wolverine Performance Ford Racing Technology V8 engine carried Douglas to a nearly 13-second lead when trouble struck again -- this time in the form of a broken left rear wheel. Pro-4 competitor Curt LeDuc quickly took advantage of Douglas' misfortune and claimed the final points-round win of the 2002 season. Douglas was able to finish but fell back to last place.
"It would be easy to come away from this weekend thinking about not getting any good breaks, but we're convinced that this truck is on the verge of a breakthrough," he said. "We've got outstanding power, the best suspension in the field and a great team. I couldn't ask for a better combination -- we're very excited about 2003."
The Rancho Ford F-150 features an uncommon array of cutting edge technologies, including a custom-engineered Rancho suspension, DynoMax® performance exhaust system, Wolverine Performance LLC Ford Racing Technology V8 engine, ATD automatic transmission, Fuel Air Spark Technology (FAST) electronic fuel injection system, Reider Racing/Precision Gear front and rear differentials and BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tires.
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