CORR: Mike Savage Bark River II summary

Mike Savage Wins CORR Sportsman 2 Round 10 After a disappointing ending to round 8, Mike Savage and his crew were optimistic for a podium finish at the final weekend of racing at Bark River. The weather was a perfect Upper Peninsula ...

Mike Savage Wins CORR Sportsman 2 Round 10

After a disappointing ending to round 8, Mike Savage and his crew were optimistic for a podium finish at the final weekend of racing at Bark River. The weather was a perfect Upper Peninsula weekend, temperatures in the upper 70?s, sunny, and a slight southeasterly breeze.

Saturday - Round 9

The Sportsman 2 division-starting lineup had Mike and his #267 Savage Construction Kumho Tires Ford F-150 positioned in the third spot on the staggered land rush start. When the green flag fell from the Kumho Tires starter?s stand the field of 10 trucks headed for Turn One. Immediately Mike found himself in third position behind #217 Baudoux and #277 Williams. Mike held his ground for much of the race until lap six when the engine started to show smoke out the exhaust. Eventually Hoek and Wandasega passed the ailing truck. At the finish Mike was credited with fifth place.

Sunday - Round 10

Overnight Mike and practically his whole family went to work installing his backup engine. In fact, the backup engine just got back from good friend and fellow competitor Dan Baudoux just before the start of Round 9. Dan had borrowed the engine to compete in Round 8 during the previous weekend of racing at Bark River.

The crew got the engine fired about an hour before Sunday?s race. The backup engine a solid reliable powerplant, but Mike didn?t think it the power of the primary engine. The team was looking to stay out of trouble and come home with a solid finish.

The start saw Mike and his Kumho Tire shod truck came cleanly through Turn One in fourth place. On the opening lap, Mike passed #202 Kaiko and #215 Hallgren to move into the second spot. Suddenly the leader, #297 Wandasega, pitted on the next lap to replace a flat tire. Suddenly Mike Savage was the leader of the race. Behind Mike was the #217 truck of Dan Baudoux. The next six laps it looked like Baudoux would not be able to catch the leader.

On the final lap, Mike got caught behind a slower lapped truck. As Mike attempted to make an inside pass, Baudoux, tried the same on Mike. Baudoux made contact and turned the #267 Savage Construction truck around. At the finish Baudoux crossed the line first and Mike right behind in second. Then CORR officials ruled that Baudoux violated the last lap no contact rule when racing for the lead, and awarded Mike Savage the win.

"After the first lap, I knew we had a good shot at the win. We changed the gearing in the truck after the July race and that really seemed to make the difference. You know Dan and I are good friends and the contact on the last lap was just racing,? commented Mike Savage. ?I have to thank my whole family for all the support and help they give me. It feels awesome to win, especially in Bark River."

After round 10 of 12 rounds of racing Mike Savage is in third place, just two points behind second and eighteen points out of first place.

-credit: msofr

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