Douglas Wins Round 12 & Takes Second Place in the PRO-4 Championship El Cajon, CA (November 5, 2007) - Douglas Motorsports headed to Las Vegas, looking to take the $66,000 Baldwin Cup as well as the PRO-4 points championship home to California.
Douglas Wins Round 12 & Takes Second Place in the PRO-4 Championship
El Cajon, CA (November 5, 2007) - Douglas Motorsports headed to Las Vegas, looking to take the $66,000 Baldwin Cup as well as the PRO-4 points championship home to California. The AMSOIL Kumho Tire Sycuan Casino Ford F-150 has been quick all year, so taking home a CORR title a real possibility.
Coming into the weekend, Douglas Motorsports was thirty four points behind the PRO-4 points leader, it was a long shot to bring home the title, but a shot nonetheless.
The team automatically qualified for the Baldwin Cup by finishing in the top-6 in the qualifier series as well.
The special built off-road track in Primm, was a .94 mile long version of a true High Desert off-road course. The track consisted of four CORR signature banked turns, a three table top jumps (one was fifteen feet high and a couple hundred feet long), a tricky step up jump, three medium sized jumps, and a long rhythm section.
The AMSOIL Kumho Tire Sycuan Resort & Casino Ford F-150 stopped the timers, second quickest with a lap time of 54.890 seconds.
PRO-4 Round 11
Scott Douglas took advantage of the outside front row starting position and grabbed the lead. On lap four, Scott overshot turn two, driving over the berm. He quickly gathered the truck up and entered the fray in third place. With two laps to go, #36 Huseman crashed hard, bringing out a full course yellow.
The restart closed all the gaps between the racers. As the field came through Turn One, there was a lot of bumping going on between the competitors. Unfortunately, Scott endured some of the contact, causing the right front axle to break, which in turn bent a tie rod. The combination of the two made the AMSOIL Kumho Tire Ford a handful to drive. Scott continued on, at a reduced pace, finishing in eleventh place.
"We really had our AMSOIL Kumho Tire Sycuan Resort & Casino Ford F-150 dialed in today. The Kumhos really hooked up, Bill Smith really had our Fox Racing Shox keeping our ProPower horsepower on the ground and AMSOIL as usual, kept everything running at optimum temperatures. The restart ended a good day for Douglas Motorsports."
Scott Douglas qualified second fastest with a lap time of 52.302 seconds, only .019 seconds off the pole position.
Jason Baldwin Memorial Cup
This winner take all event for $66,000 saw twelve PRO-2 and eleven PRO-4 competitors looking to put their name on the unique trophy and take home the big paycheck. The starting grid had all the PRO-2 trucks in front of all the PRO-4 trucks. This put the #7 AMSOIL Kumho Ford on the outside of row six.
When the green flag fell on the sixteen lap event, the twenty-three truck field kicked up huge amounts of dust going into the first turn. The long opening ceremonies allowed the track to dry out and now the dust made if difficult for the drivers and spectators to see. CORR officials, on lap three, issued a full course yellow to get some moisture in the track. When the watering trucks got off the track, the field went back to green flag racing.
On the restart #22 Greaves spun on the front straightaway, hitting the concrete wall and tearing up the retaining fence. The race was red flagged while repairs were made to the fence. About twenty minutes later, racing resumed. With three laps to go, the AMSOIL Kumho Tire Sycuan Casino Ford F- 150 was in fifth place with only one other PRO-4 in front of him. Scott made a pass on #5 when contact was made, bending the shaft on the left rear suspension. This ended Scott's chance off bring home the Cup to El Cajon.
Quickly, Bill Smith and the team went to work repairing and prepping the Ford F-150 for the final race of the short course season. With only two hours to the final PRO-4 race of the year it would be a battle against the clock to make the starting grid. As the PRO-4 field was making its final warm-up lap, Scott drove onto the track taking his front row starting position.
PRO-4 Round 12
The rolling start saw Scott put the ProPower horsepower to the Kumho Tires and took the lead coming out of Turn One. Throughout the entire seventeen lap event, Scott held the lead, fending off all challengers. First #86 Baldwin attempted to catch Scott, later #22 Greaves moved up to challenge, and finally #19 Troy Herbst tried to catch the lightning fast AMSOIL Kumho Ford. The flag to flag win, gave Douglas Motorsports the runner-up spot for the CORR PRO-4 Championship.
"I can't say enough about my crew," stated Scott Douglas. "Somehow they got the truck repaired and prepped in time. The support from Fox Racing Shox this year has been incredible. There shocks are second to none. We've torn up a lot of stuff because of racing contact and they are always right there with the support we need to get us back on the track. Thanks to Greaves Motorsports. We tore up a shock during the Cup race and Johnny brought over a shock to get us back in the show. Then we went out and raced each other side by side for much of this last race. I can't be happier for AMSOIL, Kumho Tire, and Sycuan Casino. There the ones that make all of this happen and I'm so glad we ended the season on a high note. This truck is smokin' fast, I just wish we were racing here tomorrow."
In 2007, Douglas Motorsports completed the Championship Off-Road Racing Season with six top 3 finishes including 2 wins, officially finishing the PRO-4 Championship in second place.
NBC Sports will broadcast the Baldwin Memorial Cup on December 8, 1:30pm-3pm eastern time.
The PRO-4 races will be aired on SPEED on a date to be announced.
Douglas Motorsports would like to thank all their supporters:
AMSOIL, Kumho Tires, Ford Trucks, Sycuan Resort & Casino, Alloy USA, Precision Gear, KC Hilities, American Racing, BorgWarner, Miller Electric, Raceline Oil Pumps, Mastercraft Seats, Stewart Warner, J & H Transmissions, Fox Shox, Ringers Gloves, Hawk Performance, Howe Performance, Phil's Inc., Pro Power Racing Engines, Scott USA, and McKenzie's.