Douglas Motorsports Continues to Run Up Front El Cajon, CA (June11, 2008) - Douglas Motorsports headed to The Fairplex in Pomona, California looking for strong finishes to put the ...
Douglas Motorsports Continues to Run Up Front
El Cajon, CA (June11, 2008) - Douglas Motorsports headed to The Fairplex in Pomona, California looking for strong finishes to put the #7 AMSOIL Kumho Tire Sycuan Casino Ford F-150 at the top of the Championship standings. After four rounds of racing, Scott Douglas is in second place only 10 points behind the PRO-4 leader.
The Saturday morning practice and qualifying session saw Scott really power his way around the track. The #7 AMSOIL Kumho Ford qualified second fastest only .016 seconds off the pole winning time.
The Round 5 starting grid saw Scott line up on the inside of the third row. The CORR official had inverted the six fastest qualifiers.
The start saw Scott get a great launch as he quickly went through the field and into the lead. The AMSOIL Kumho Ford had a two truck lead just past the midway point of the first lap, when the race was red flagged for an incident involving #86 Baldwin.
The restart saw Scott drive through traffic and putting pressure on #99 Kyle LeDuc for the top spot. As the mandatory yellow approached, #1 Renezeder joined the fray.
After the caution period, the race quickly became a battle between #99 Kyle LeDuc, #4 Greaves, #1 Renezeder and #7 Scott Douglas. As the laps wound down, the top four trucks raced side by side as if they were running pace laps, except at 80 mph. At one point the front runners went three wide, all looking to grab the win. With three laps to go, racing contact caused the left rear tire on the AMSOIL Kumho Ford to go flat. Undaunted Scott pressed on. When the checkered flag came out, Scott Douglas crossed the finish line in second place.
"That was some incredible racing," exclaimed Scott Douglas. "The four of us ran so tight, yet we all gave each other enough room to race. When we went three wide, I was the definitely the meat in the sandwich. The truck just came out of that deal in second place. Thanks to ProPower for all the horsepower, Fox Shox keeping the horsepower in control, AMSOIL for maximizing all the power and Kumho for getting that power to the ground. Can't wait to get racing tomorrow."
As soon as Scott took the AMSOIL Ford out for practice, he knew something was wrong. The torque converter failed, putting the #7 Sycuan F-150 at the back of the pack for the start of the afternoon race. The question was would the team have enough time to replace the transmission or run the backup truck'
Bill Smith, Jason Schampers, and the crew went to work immediately, confident the primary race truck would be ready for Round 6.
The crew had the #7 Ford ready in plenty of time for Scott to make the fifteenth and final spot on the starting grid. When the race started, Scott began working his way through traffic. At the competition yellow, Scott had worked his way to seventh place. With five laps to the finish, Scott had worked his way into third place, right behind Curt LeDuc. Then things got interesting. Leduc seemed to be really holding up Scott from making a pass. While this was happening, Barlow was able to close up on Scott. Then coming out of the final turn on the final lap, there was contact every where. Rick Huseman took the win, but behind him, Curt LeDuc got shoved back to fourth, and Barlow and Scott Douglas had a drag race to the finish for the runner up spot. In the end Scott Douglas finished third .07 seconds (about 2 feet) behind Barlow. Afterwards, LeDuc and Barlow had words for each other.
"Man, I saw Barlow coming with a head of steam," noted Scott Douglas. "I didn't want any part of that, so I moved over giving Steve some room. Then he really got into Curt. His momentum carried him past me, and then we drag raced to the line. Another ten feet I would have had second place. I couldn't ask for a better team. The guys really had to hustle to replace the transmission. Then having to start from last place and charging through the field to finish on the podium, it's a true testament to everyone at Douglas Motorsports."
Since the start of the season, Douglas Motorsports has qualified first or second and finished on the podium five out of the six rounds of racing.
After Round Six, Scott Douglas sits in second place in the CORR PRO-4 Championship standings. Just nine point behind the leader.
Next CORR race for Douglas Motorsports is July 26-27 at "THE QUARRY" in Chula Vista, California.
Douglas Motorsports is attending the 35th Anniversary AMSOIL Convention in Superior, Wisconsin, July 16-18, 2008.