Mike Savage Battles Through Crandon
Friday morning saw all the competitors take their race vehicles to downtown Crandon for all the prerace festivities and the big parade back to the track. In the afternoon the Nismo Time Trials take place as all the Pro-4, Pro-2, and Sportsman2 competitors vie for the 30 spots available for Sunday afternoon's Borg Warner Shootout. Mike and his team make a good safe run and qualified 25th. With that out of the way, Mike and the rest of the Savage Racing family cleaned the truck and prepped it for Saturday's competition.
Saturday - Round 11
The land rush start into Crandon's "world famous" turn one saw Mike get a good jump entering the turn. As Mike began to enter the grandstand straightaway, Ross Hoek made contact with the right side of the Savage Construction, Kumho Tire Ford F-150 and sent the truck into the side of Dan Baudoux. Mike and Dan both spun with Mike completing the first lap back in 9th place. The lead pack of truck were well out of range, but Mike put the hammer down as his Kumho Tires took everything the new and improved engine could produce. By lap 6 Mike had made his way into sixth place hoping to catch fifth place, Rhonda Konitzer. Unfortunately time ran out and the team settled for a sixth place finish. It was only the second time this year Mike finished outside the Top 5.
Sunday -- Round 12
After a good practice session, the team was looking for a better finish to the final round of the 2005 Lucas Oil CORR Sportsman 2 series. The land rush start saw Mike use the new found horsepower in combination with a new set of Kumho tires to get through turn one with only Mike Oberg ahead of him. On lap two, the 2004 champion Dan Baudoux made a great pass moving Mike to third. After keeping Ben Wandasega at bay for 6 laps, Wandasega made an inside move work going through the Precision Gear Gravel Pit Corner. At the flag Mike Savage finished fourth, the behind the "corporate" teams of Baudoux, Oberg, and Wandasega.
Sunday Afternoon- Borg Warner Shootout
The race for the $125,000 Borg Warner Cup puts 30 of the fastest two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive CORR competitors together for the most exciting 15 minutes of off-road racing on earth.
After qualifying 25th for the Shootout, and the CORR Sportmans series had concluded earlier in the day, Mike decided to really let it all hang out.
The land rush start saw Mike starting in the back row in 25th position, but by the time the pack came through turn one, Mike had already made it to 14th place. At the halfway point of the race, Savage Racing was in 10th place. At the finish, Mike Savage came in 8th place overall and third place among all the Sportsman 2 trucks that competed. Congratulations to the 2005 Borg Warner champion, Jason Baldwin.
For the year, Mike Savage finished the 2005 Sportsman 2 season third overall. Congratulations to 2005 Sportsman 2 champion Ben Wandasega, and runner-up Dan Baudoux.
During the year Mike completed every lap of the 2005 season (including the 10 lap Borg Warner Shootout), finished on the podium five times, finished in the TOP 5 ten times, and never finished lower than sixth (only twice) all year long.
Mike Savage would like to thank all those that have supported Savage Racing
during the 2005 season including:
Savage Contruction, Kumho Tires. Ford Trucks, Signature Salon, American Racing, Autometer, Beards Seats, Boatec, Dynomax, King Shocks, K&N Filters, Mechcanix Wear, MT Graphics, MSD Ignition, Optima Batteries, Phil's Inc, Precision Gear, Saco's Mini Mart, Summit Racing, and Unique Metal Products.
Mike Savage would also like to thank his family for all their support:
Kathy Savage, Ben Savage, Maggie Savage, Brian Savage, and Mark Savage.