Douglas Motorsports Runs Up Front & Lands on Podium
El Cajon, CA (May 19, 2008) - After back to back third place finishes in Pomona, Scott Douglas was looking to continue his streak of podium finishes. The brand new Bill Smith designed, Pro-Fab built PRO-4 performed extremely well at the CORR season opener in Pomona, so the team had high expectations.
The track in Primm, Nevada was basically the same at it was for the 2007 season finale. The only difference in 2008 was the air temperature. The weekend saw temperatures exceeding 100 degrees F. The unseasonably hot temperatures really taxed everyone at the track, the track workers, the die hard CORR fans, the drivers, and most of all the crew members of all the teams.
The Friday afternoon qualifying sessions saw Scott Douglas and his #7 AMSOIL Kumho Tire Sycuan Casino Ford F-150 stop the clocks second fastest overall, with a time of 56.02 seconds, just .30 seconds behind the polesitter.
Championship Off-Road Racing decided to invert the starting order of the eight fastest qualifiers. This put the AMSOIL KUMHO Tire #7 back in the fourth row instead up front.
The rolling start saw the fifteen truck field head for Turn One. In six laps, Scott passed Renezeder, Greaves, Huseman, Coyne, Cenni, Baldwin, and Leduc putting his Ford F-150 into the lead. At the mandatory yellow Scott picked up the added bonus points for leading at the halfway point of the race.
When the field went back to green flag racing, Scott found a hard charging Greaves in his mirrors. A couple of laps later, Scott had the rear tires break loose momentarily twitching the back of the truck. When this happened, Greaves tagged the rear of the truck causing damage to the rear suspension. One lap later, Douglas Motorsports retired from the race as the suspension damage caused the driveshaft to break, Officially Scott Douglas finished in ninth place.
Quickly Bill Smith, Jason Schampers and the entire team quickly accessed the damage, and then went to work replacing every component necessary to be one hundred percent ready for Sunday. By the time the truck was ready for qualifying, the entire rear end housing, one track bar, one rear hub, one brake caliper, the transmission housing, and the driveshaft were replaced.
Sunday Morning Qualifying
The late night thrashing on the Douglas Motorsports #7 was worth it as Scott won the pole position with a time of 54.802 seconds with an average lap speed of 61.75mph.
"My team is absolutely awesome," exclaimed Scott Douglas. "The guys didn't just put the truck back together to make the show, they gave me a real hot rod!"
Again the top eight qualifiers were inverted for the day's PRO-4 race. This put Scott in the middle of the field. Nonetheless, when the green flag dropped Scott quickly moved forward.
At the mandatory yellow, the AMSOIL Kumho Sycuan Ford was third in line. When green flag racing resumed, Renezeder, K. Leduc, and Scott were racing for the second spot. Then with four laps to go, the one of the axles on Scott's truck, leaving him with only three wheel drive. At that point he settled into third place, bringing the team its third podium finish of the season.
This now puts Scott Douglas in second place in the 2008 CORR PRO-4 Championship standings.
Afterwards Scott Douglas commented, "Our AMSOIL Kumho Tire Sycuan Casino Ford F-150 was fast all weekend. Bill, Jason and the guys really worked hard this weekend to keep me up front. Saturday's deal, John was coming hard, when the back end kicked out and he hard no where to go. Today the truck was spot on, until we broke an axle. Under the extreme heat of the weekend AMSOIL kept everything running cool, the Kumho Tires really kept us hooked up, our Fox Racing Shox really kept us fast through the whoops, and I can't say enough about my crew. Getting on the podium during this weekend's conditions really make me proud of Douglas Motorsports."
The next weekend of Championship Off-Road Racing is June 6-7, back at The Fairplex, in Pomona, California.
Don't forget to watch NBC Sports, May 25, 1:30pm eastern time, for the ninety minute broadcast of round 2 from Pomona.