Kevin Wins in Round 9
Kevin and the team arrived Thursday for the weekend's activities. The team spent the 4 week lag in action getting ready for the remaining schedule of events on the 2005 tour. Bark River is in its 30th year of hosting off road races and the improvements made to the facility showed the ongoing enthusiasm for the sport.
Friday had a practice session and long jump contest with the normal Saturday and Sunday race routine handling rounds 9 and 10 in the 14 round season. The practice sessions went well and the #99 US Army / Toyo Chevy was ready for action. But first, a little diversion, the long jump. The jump is part of the normal race track and is becoming a crowd favorite in the Bark River schedule. All the buggies and trucks line up to take a shot at the cash prize for the longest jump. Kevin took his turn and gave the crowd a fantastic 153 foot jump. That lasted over an hour only to be broken by Carl Renezeder in his pro 4 ride at 170 feet. Good job Carl.
Round 9 Saturday had Kevin lining up in the #2 position on the land rush start. The green fell and Kevin was first to the turn with Evan Evans right inside. Evans had the line and Kevin fell in to continue through the Bark River S turn. Kevin was right on Evans through the first lap until Evans slowed pulling off. Kevin took the #1 spot over Douglas and the gap widened until the 7th lap. Carl Renezeder made his way past Douglas to take 2nd and he was charging. The spotters for Kevin kept track of Carl's Lucas Oil ride and gave Kevin the needed info to keep Carl in check. Kevin took the win for the US Army team and gave Toyo their first Pro 2 victory of the season. Kevin ran a flawless race and made no mistakes giving the team its first win this season and stepping the #99 into the 5th points position from 7th.
Round 10 was not as much fun as Kevin spun late in the race while running 4th on the over watered track. The mishap put Kevin to 8th at the finish but over all still a fantastic weekend for the team and our sponsors.
Sorry for the Delay as we were testing in Crandon for the upcoming World Championships. All went well, and we will arrive in Crandon in 3 weeks.