Scott Douglas Ends 2004 CORR Season With An Impressive Showing in New York
New Berlin, NY - The final round of Pro-4 competition left little doubt that Scott Douglas and the Rancho Douglas Motorsports team are on top of their game. Starting on the outside of row two, Douglas didn't waste time going to the front. Dicing through traffic, Douglas passed for the lead halfway through lap one and never looked back. Recalling the 2003 final round finish at this very same race track, the New York fans went nuts. Lap after lap, Douglas drove flawless lines - pitching the Rancho Ford sideways through the high speed sweepers and flying long over the big Unadilla jumps.
In a flashback to 2003 Pro-4 New York battle, Curt LeDuc made a charge on Douglas early in the race, but rolled his Skyjacker F-150 in the process. "My radio wasn't working, so I had no idea what was going on behind me" stated Douglas after the race. "All I could do was drive my race and let the others try to catch me."
Setting an astounding pace, it appeared that Douglas was going lead flag-to-flag. Jason Baldwin, followed by Carl Renezeder and Johnny Greaves closed late in the race, but weren't allowed the opportunity to capitalize on a Douglas mistake. In several turns, Baldwin drove deep into the corner, but the Rancho Ford stayed on the race line and powered away on the exit.
[IMAGE]With the 2004 Pro-4 championship on the line and the leaders locked in a tight point's race, the final lap was sure to be an exciting one. Three corners from the checkered flag, the Rancho Ford braked hard and pivoted around the tight 180-degree turn at the bottom of the Kumho jump with Baldwin, Renezeder, and Greaves in trail. But rather than rocketing back up the hill as it had lap after lap, the Rancho Ford spun. The outer left front CV joint failed and all Douglas could do was gather it up and muscle the truck around to a third place finish.
"It was a huge disappointment, I really wanted to win here for Rancho Suspension, Reider Racing, Precision Gear, BFGoodrich, and all our loyal New York fans," continued Douglas. "But I'm thrilled with our showing...this is one of the fastest and most demanding tracks we race on, and nobody had anything for us today. It's a bitter sweet way to end the season. We showed that the Rancho F-150 is the truck to beat going into the 2005 CORR season."
Scott Douglas finished the 2004 CORR season in third place in overall Pro-4 points and the either Douglas Motorsports team would like to congratulate Jason Baldwin as the new champion. Final points standings for the top five in Pro-4 are; Jason Baldwin - first, Carl Renezeder in the Lucas Oil Chevrolet - second, Scott Douglas in the Rancho Ford - third, Curt LeDuc in the Skyjacker Ford - forth, and Johnny Greaves in the Potawatomi Toyota Tundra - fifth.
Scott Douglas and the Rancho Explorer continue to lead Class 3100 points in the Best In The Desert (BITD) series. The next BITD race is the Las Vegas 200 October 15 to 17, just outside Las Vegas, Nevada. For the latest information on Douglas Motorsports and links to sponsor websites, log on to: www.douglasmotorsports.com.