TORC: Baudoux Motorsports Bark River II summary

Double Duty Gives The Rocketman Instant Results Hemlock, MI (August 13, 2009) - At the second visit to Bark River, Dan 'The Rocketman' Baudoux worked a double shift as his ...

Double Duty Gives The Rocketman Instant Results

Hemlock, MI (August 13, 2009) - At the second visit to Bark River, Dan 'The Rocketman' Baudoux worked a double shift as his #7 Mole Lake Casino Miller Lite BFGoodrich Tire Ford F-150 competed in the PRO-2WD division and the SRT Limited Truck class of the Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL. Dan and his crew were flawless in their preparations between races, as 'The Rocketman' took the checkered flag in all four races, with solid podium performances in one division, and finishing without serious damage to the truck in the other. One thing that was really evident over the weekend, was the large number of fans cheering the Mole Lake Rocket at the Upper Peninsula track and in which ever division he competes.

Both rounds of racing in the SRT Limited Truck division had Dan starting in the back row of the land rush. He knew there were some talented drivers behind the wheel of some very fast race trucks. The back row starting position created a definite challenge to chase down the division leader #29 Steele. Both rounds saw the Rocketman get great starts and get into a podium position just past the halfway point in the race. Unfortunately, Dan would run out of laps before he could challenge for the top spot. Nevertheless, Dan brought the #7 Mole Lake Casino Miller Lite BFGoodrich Tire Ford F-150 across the finish line in second place, both days.

The two rounds of PRO-2WD racing were another story. Thanks to some mishaps, creating less that expected finishes in previous stops along the 2009 TORC Series Tour, the #7 Mole Lake Ford has been relegated to a back of the pack starting position at Bark River. Even though the PRO-2WD regulations allow for much larger powerplants, 'The Rocketman' choose to run his Limited Truck Powerplant, with its designed reliability and plenty of torque as its strong points. This combination works well at tight tracks like Texas and Perris, but in Bark River, Dan has to rely on his driving experience to get him through the field.

For the first time all year, the #7Ford completed every lap of both PRO-2WD rounds of racing. The races were not without incident, as the Red #7 was caught up in a couple of near disasters, but fortunately Dan made it to the finish both days. The high speed Bark River track put Dan at a power disadvantage, creating lower than expected finishing positions.

Afterwards Dan Baudoux commented; "Our PRO-2WD was not as strong as we planned. We figured we would finish higher than we did, but some of the new drivers to the class are hard to get around due to their driving style. The best positive thing that came out of this was - We finished both rounds, and the truck was not all torn up! This is the first time all year. We chose to run Limited Truck this weekend to give our fans something to really cheer about and give our team an extra boost of confidence by running well and tackling this task without any problems. We definitely accomplished that. Now we can go back to the shop and really prep this truck for the big show, at the Big House."

The next race is the 40th anniversary celebration of off-road racing in Crandon, Wisconsin. The three day affair will be held September 4-6.

-credit: bm

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