MacCachren wins it all CORR championship clinched
CORR Round 15, Saturday October 21 - Great starts lead to great finishes - that's the "final" word for the 2000 CORR season. Saturday's Round 15 of CORR Pro-4 action found the MacCachren Motorsports team ready to do battle and clinch the season Championship. "The outside row went wide, the inside row went tight - that left us the middle wide open," beamed the victorious Round 15 winner, Rob MacCachren. MacCachren moved up 5 positions in the first straight, one more in the first turn and had the lead by the 4th turn. For the next 11 laps, the Ford BFGoodrich Precision Gear #21 entry protected its lead and went on to take the victory flag. "Preparation is the key to our success this year. With 4 points races in 2 days, the best prepared team will prevail," commented Crew Chief Dave Clark. "We have been working on our durability and reliability all season always focusing on this weekend's final 4 races. Rob prepared himself and studied the track and the team had the truck ready to win. It was a great team effort," summed up Clark. MacCachren held a 37-point lead going into Round 16.
CORR Round 16, Saturday October 21 - With no time to celebrate the victory earlier in the day, the MacCachren Motorsports crew went straight to work and prepared themselves for Round 16 which turned out to be a near repeat of Saturday's prior race. MacCachren won Round 16 by getting to the front early and taking the lead never to relinquish it thus clinching the CORR Championship with 2 races remaining. "The BFGoodrich tires were a perfect match for the conditions here at Topeka," grinned an elated MacCachren. "The track layout is similar to the stadium tracks we used to run," reminisced the new Pro-4 champion. "Our Trailmaster suspension handled everything without a problem. We showed how prepared we were and how durable our truck is, especially the Ford powertrain."
CORR Round 17, Sunday October 22 - Three was the number of the day for the MacCachren Motorsports crew. After completing Sunday's Round 17 with yet another victory, it was 3 wins, in 3 races with 3 lead changes in the third race. "It looks like things really do happen in three's," grinned the newly crowned 2000 Pro-4 Champion. With the pressure off for the Championship, it was decided Rob would aim for race wins for the crew and sponsors. "The mud today was really different from the conditions yesterday. The Heartland Park Raceway fans got a real off-road racing treat today," stated a dirty Round 17 winner. MacCachren took the lead at the mid-point of the race but lost it 2 laps later as he slid off the track due to poor visibility - it had rained all night prior leaving the track extremely muddy. The Precision Gear Trailmaster entry quickly passed the race leader but again slid off the track with one lap to go. Ever so determined, MacCachren aimed his Championship truck toward the finish line and gave the crowd a one lap driving show they would never forget. With 3 turns to go, MacCachren overtook the leader for the third time to take the checkered flag. "I am glad the fans got a good show," smiled MacCachren. "This was definitely not my plan but it turned out okay. I am pleased with the result because the crew does such an outstanding job on the truck and they deserve success. This was really 2 races in 1, we beat the competition and the mud!"
CORR Round 18, Sunday October 22 - More mud marked the final round of CORR racing for the 2000 season. After a big clean-up from the mud accumulated in Round 17, the MacCachren Motorsports team had the Trailmaster F-150 ready to win for the fourth and final try at Topeka's track. "We had a lot to do and not much time to do it," commented Crew Chief Clark. "The crew did not miss a beat this afternoon as we got ready real quick." The final event went well with MacCachren closing on the leader with 5 laps to go when the built up mud on the front window net caused it to drop. "I had to stop and put it back up," sighed MacCachren. "We just ran out of time to catch the leader." MacCachren went on to finish second. "I would have to credit Mother Nature with the win today," joked the 2000 Pro-4 Champion. "I beat her earlier today in Round 17 but not this afternoon." With the conclusion of the 2000 CORR season, Rob personally thanked each and every crew member for an extremely successful season. "These guys are the best. They work hard and our accomplishments this season show that hard work. The biggest thing they have to do now is improve upon this year for next season. I know it can happen." concluded MacCachren.
Notes * Compliments of Trailmaster, athletic bags were once again distributed to the race fans before each of the Pro-4 races this weekend. * The MacCachren Motorsports team set a CORR Pro-4 record by leading the points race from Round 1 through Round 18. Quite an accomplishment. * Ending the season with 11 total wins, MacCachren set a new CORR Pro-4 record. Another notable first for 2000 finds MacCachren to be the only driver to win the Wisconsin Governors Cup, the Borg Warner Trophy, and the CORR Pro-4 Championship in one year. * MacCachren Motorsports had the BFGoodrich, Precision Gear in-car camera for all 4 events this weekend.
Upcoming * The 2000 Pro-4 Championship truck will be on display at the upcoming SEMA show held in Las Vegas in December. * Rob MacCachren will be home for only a short while as he heads South to pre-run for the upcoming Baja 2000 where he will be teaming up with fellow off-road drivers, Robby and Bob Gordon. * The Ford Ranger Edge was on display at the Off-Road Expo held in Las Vegas this past weekend. Many local fans had the opportunity to try their skills on a simulated off-road track while also having a chance to see many Ford Motor Co. race vehicles and newest edition trucks and SUV's.