Oberg Qualifies His Way To The Front Eagle River, WI (May 23, 2008) - Oberg Motorsports came to Primm, Nevada looking to build on their experiences from the opening rounds of Championship Off-Road Racing in Pomona. Mike Oberg was confident the...
Oberg Qualifies His Way To The Front
Eagle River, WI (May 23, 2008) - Oberg Motorsports came to Primm, Nevada looking to build on their experiences from the opening rounds of Championship Off-Road Racing in Pomona. Mike Oberg was confident the chassis changes that were made in Pomona would really make the truck come alive at faster tracks like the one in Primm.
Those chassis changes kept the #80 AMSOIL Kumho Tire Chevy in the top 4 during both early practice sessions.
During the qualifying session, the AMSOIL Chevy made its qualifying run with the first group, just as the track crew watered the track. The freshly watered track puts the first group of racers at a disadvantage due to the slick and muddy conditions. Ultimately, Mike qualifies fourteenth out of twenty five PRO-2 trucks.
The start of the race was pure mayhem. Early on, Mike receives hard contact from behind. This slows down his charge to the front. Undaunted, Mike works his way up to eighth place at the mandatory yellow. During this time the CORR track crew quickly waters the track as the dust continues to be a real problem for the drivers and the television crew. On the first lap of the restart, a fellow competitor spun in front of Mike just after landing the big table top jump. Unfortunately the ensuing contact damaged the front and rear suspension of the #80 Chevy, ending Mike's day, officially finishing seventeenth.
Oberg Motorsports quickly went to work repairing both ends of the truck.
"We were very confident we would have a solid run today, but its tough to get a good qualifying run when you are in the first group out on the track," stated Mike Oberg. "Starting back in the pack is really tough. Some of the guys are all over the place, and seem to use other trucks to get around the track. We'll get this hot rod back together tonight and hopefully we can race cleanly for once."
Sunday morning saw the track crew not watering the track before qualifying. CORR officials were hoping for a more fair qualifying session for all the PRO categories. This time Mike stopped the clocks with the second fastest time in PRO-4. After qualifying, the top eight trucks on the starting grid were inverted. This put the #80 AMSOIL truck back on the fourth row.
The start saw Mike cleanly make his way to the fourth position by the fourth lap. The AMSOIL Kumho Tire Chevrolet was really working well. Then suddenly the powerplant lost oil pressure, quickly Mike pulled off the track, ending his weekend. The culprit was a broken oil pump drive belt. Oberg Motorsports was credited with a nineteenth place finish.
"The team and I were really stoked after qualifying today," commented Mike Oberg. "Every after the inversion, I was confident we would land on the podium. Things were really looking good when the oil pump belt broke. I think a rock got between the belt and the pulley. When we get back to the shop we'll check the engine making sure nothing else happened. I can't saw enough about my crew repairing this truck in this one hundred degree heat, it's mentally and physically hard on everyone, but my guys came through and gave me a really fast truck. We seem to have this new chassis sorted out now as well. Look for strong finishes from here on out."
You can catch all the action from Round Two on NBC Sports, May 25, at 1:30pm eastern.
The next weekend of Championship Off-Road Racing is June 7 -8, at The Fairplex in Pomona, California.