Savage Holds His Ground in the Championship Race
After eight rounds of racing, Mike Savage and #267 Savage Construction Kumho Tire Ford F-150 used the 5 week break in the CORR season to get away from racing and spend some time with family and friends. Mike a former motocross racer, spent some of the time at the BMX track supporting his son's racing career. "My family has always been there supporting me racing the truck. This time off allowed us to go have fun at the lake and of course go to the BMX track. My son's pretty competitive and maybe in a few years there will be another Savage family member racing in CORR, " commented Mike Savage.
The Island Casino Boss Snowplow UP Off-Road Challenge began a challenge for the team even before the racing started. After tech inspection, little things kept going afoul. Our pit support motorcycle and the ATV that are used go get around the grounds and move equipment to the "Hot Pits" broke and then the race truck began overheating during practice. With these and few other odd miscues, the team decided to pass on the traditional Friday evening Long Jump contest. Congratulations to Brian Hinman and Carl Renezeder with their identical 170-foot winning leaps.
After a strange Friday, everything calmed down and Mike and the team were ready to go racing. As the Sportsman2 trucks lined up, Mike realized the positioning of the truck made it impossible to see the flagman. As Mike was backing up to reposition the truck, the green flag suddenly fell. This allowed the entire field to get a jump on him going into the first turn. Methodically, Mike made his way through the field. Eventually making the pass for sixth place as the checkered flag fell. After the miscue on the start, the round became a race against the clock more that the competition. As the white flag came out, Mike had worked his way up to sixth place and finished there at the checkers.
At the lineup for the start, Mike made sure he had the flagman well in his sights. At the start, there was the usual pushing and shoving through turn one, with the #267 Savage Construction Kumho Tire Ford F-150 coming out in sixth place. This time Mike had a fighting chance to stay with the leaders. The race was fairly uneventful until the last lap. The third place truck of Oberg made contact with second place Baudoux, the two both went off line with Baudoux getting a flag rear tire. The flat tire slowed Baudoux enough for Mike to pass him for third place at the finish line. On the Fabtech podium it was first place-Ben Wandasega, second place-Mike Oberg, and third place-Mike Savage!! This was Mike's fifth podium of the year.
"Both rounds of racing went pretty uneventful for us. Saturday's miscue on the start really made it hard to gain points on the two trucks in front of us in the championship. It still comes down to horsepower. We are still behind several of they guys in that area. The final two rounds in Crandon is all about making horsepower and getting it to the ground. You must have a good start at the Borg Warner Championships to stay away from the "Big One" (crash) that seems to happen--. Our Kumho Tires are capable of giving the bite we need, the power plant is still the issue. We should have that figured out by the Labor Day weekend as well," stated Mike Savage.
Final two rounds of racing for the Lucas Oil CORR Sportsman 2 Championship will be the Borg Warner Off-Road Championships on September 3-4, in Crandon, Wisconsin.