Douglas, Rancho Â® Ford F-150 rule rain-shortened weekend in Antigo, Wis. Douglas claims 51st career win, climbs within single point of leader in CORR Lucas Oil Pro-4 title chase. Antigo, Wis., June 9, 2003 -- What started out as a typically ...
Douglas, Rancho ® Ford F-150 rule rain-shortened weekend in Antigo, Wis.
Douglas claims 51st career win, climbs within single point of leader in CORR Lucas Oil Pro-4 title chase.
Antigo, Wis., June 9, 2003 -- What started out as a typically brutal Championship Off-Road Racing Lucas Oil Series Pro-4 event morphed into a drag race, then became a no-holds-barred battle to the finish, with Scott Douglas and the #12 Rancho Ford F-150 taking the checkered flag in Saturday's opening round of the Mole Lake Regency Casino Off-Road Championships here. Sunday's round was canceled due to torrential rains and will be rescheduled in conjunction with another event.
Douglas' win - the 51st of his storied career - catapulted the state-of-the-art Rancho Ford to within a single point of Pro-4 points leader John Greaves, who did not finish Saturday's round. More importantly, the victory showed the Douglas Motorsports-owned F-150 - which wrestled with technology-driven growing pains and a few spells of bad luck last year - is back with a vengeance in 2003.
"This truck is superb right now," said Douglas, who has two Pro-4 championships on his resume. "(Crew chief) Ted Kendall and our entire team have this thing tuned to win. It's my job to put us in the position to take advantage of our power and handling at the right moment and the right point on the track, and that's what we did Saturday."
That moment came just before the halfway point in Saturday's round, as Douglas battled bumper-to-bumper with Jason Baldwin for second place.
Baldwin ferociously defended his slight advantage for several laps before the Rancho Ford pulled alongside for a drag race down the tracks straightaway. That is when Douglas forced Baldwin high heading into the first turn and set out in pursuit of leader Carl Renezeder.
"Jason drove his truck perfectly - he did everything he had to do to keep us from passing him," Douglas said. "We just got that window of opportunity in the first turn and took advantage of it."
Renezeder quickly surrendered the lead to Douglas after tagging a guardrail just beyond the race's halfway point. The Rancho Ford built its lead to 10 truck lengths over the next two laps, then stretched the margin to nearly half a lap by the finish.
"I love this track - always have," Douglas said. "Antigo offers a mix of really fast terrain, which our truck loves, plus a lot of technical stuff that lets us show what a Rancho-engineered suspension can do."
The Rancho Ford boasts a 750-horsepower Wolverine Performance LLC Ford Racing Technology V8 engine, ATD automatic transmission, Reider Racing/Precision Gear differentials, and BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tires. The truck gains additional power - and an unforgettable sound - from a DynoMax ® performance exhaust system.
"We've got the hardware to win every race," Douglas said, "but our ultimate goal is to run hard and smart with our eyes on the season title. That's what this team, our sponsors and our fans deserve."
The CORR Lucas Oil Series continues June 21 and 22 in Crandon, Wis. For ticket information, visit the CORR Web site at www.corracing.com.
For more information on Scott Douglas and the Rancho Ford, check out the Douglas Motorsports website at www.douglasmotorsports.com. Also, be sure to visit www.gorancho.com and www.dynomax.com for more information on the world's best suspension and exhaust products.