Driveline gremlins cause frustrating weekend for Douglas, Rancho Â® Ford Crandon, Wis. -- With 51 career wins and two Pro-4 world championships under his belt, Scott Douglas has conquered virtually every off-road racing challenge - with the ...
Driveline gremlins cause frustrating weekend for Douglas, Rancho ® Ford
Crandon, Wis. -- With 51 career wins and two Pro-4 world championships under his belt, Scott Douglas has conquered virtually every off-road racing challenge - with the exception of Crandon International Off-Road Raceway.
Douglas and the Rancho Ford F-150 saw clear shots at Crandon victories disappear due to seemingly identical driveline issues during Saturday and Sunday's Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run Races and the bonus Governor's Cup event, resulting in disappointing fifth- and sixth-place finishes in points competition and a DNF to end the weekend. The Rancho Ford holds on to second place in CORR Pro-4 championship points, however, just five points behind series leader John Greaves.
"Disappointing" may not do justice to Douglas' sentiments following each of the weekend's three events: In Saturday's round, as one example, Douglas had battled back from a collision at the start to pull within feet of race leader Jason Baldwin and Curt LeDuc in the closing laps, only to fall out of contention due to an overheated transmission.
"I've been saying all year that we aren't going to push things - we're going to wait for the race to come to us, and that's exactly what happened in all three rounds here," Douglas said. "We were in perfect position for wins in all three events, but the same issue came back to bite us."
Douglas' Saturday position behind Baldwin and LeDuc almost certainly would have resulted in a Rancho win, as the two leaders ended up banging away unmercifully at one another on the final lap. Both limped across the finish, with Baldwin a truck-length ahead.
Sunday's points race followed virtually the same script, with Douglas moving from fourth off the start to third, then second behind leader Carl Renezeder when the driveline let go. After the second tranny switch of the weekend - accomplished in less than three hours - the Rancho Ford was back in shape for the big-money non-points-earning Governor's Cup.
Douglas again reeled in the leaders after rounding the first turn in sixth place (the race includes a handicap start benefiting Pro-2 drivers). The Rancho Ford again pulled within passing distance of the leader - in this case Curt LeDuc -- when the same as-yet-unidentified driveline gremlin ended the day.
"This truck was wickedly fast all weekend and we had excellent chances to win. Unfortunately, one small problem can undercut you, which is what happened to us," Douglas said. "I can't say enough about how hard our crew worked this weekend. They did a fantastic job getting this truck in top shape at the starting line and our performance over all but the last few laps of each race is a testament to them and to our excellent technology partners, including Ford and Rancho."
The Douglas Motorsports-owned Ford F-150 features the most advanced engine, suspension and driveline technologies in CORR racing, including a Rancho suspension system, 750-horsepower Wolverine Performance LLC Ford Racing Technology V8 engine, Reider Racing/Precision Gear differentials, ATD automatic transmission, and BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tires. The truck gains additional power - and an unforgettable sound - from a DynoMax ® performance exhaust system. The Douglas Motorsports crew is led by Ted Kendall.
The 2003 CORR Lucas Oil racing series continues with two rounds July 11 and 12 in Bark River, Mich. For more information on Scott Douglas and the Rancho Ford, check out the Douglas Motorsports website at www.douglasmotorsports.com.