Rayford has Best Finish of the Year - 4th Place Final Round of TORC PRO-Light Series Las Vegas, NV (October 29, 2009) - Chad Rayford and his Water FX AMSOIL Maxxis Tire Nissan Frontier entered the final weekend of racing in the inaugural...
Rayford has Best Finish of the Year - 4th Place Final Round of TORC PRO-Light Series
Las Vegas, NV (October 29, 2009) - Chad Rayford and his Water FX AMSOIL Maxxis Tire Nissan Frontier entered the final weekend of racing in the inaugural Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL looking to improve on his fifth place Perris finish, as well as bring attention to his main sponsor, which is also based in Las Vegas. Chad accomplished both of his goals.
The .8-mile track layout was technical and fast. The combination of the clay sprint car oval, and desert infield soil really made the TORC track team labor overtime, trying to keep the dust to a minimum.
After a solid practice and qualifying session, Chad lined up in the tenth starting position of the sixteen-truck field. When the green flag dropped, the Water FX Maxxis Tire Nissan Frontier rapidly picked up two spots, in two quick laps. Then disaster struck. The brakes went away on the second lap but still made it up to 6th place, then just before the halfway caution the ring and pinion self-destructed.
Officially, finishing fifteenth out of sixteen competitors.
Late into the night and the next morning Chad and his crew of Erik Labutti and Tyler Wians went to work replacing the ring and pinion and repairing the brake problem. After cleaning the truck and bodywork, the blue and black Nissan was ready for the final race of the TORC season.
The sixteen-truck field was definitely in a "win at all costs" mode. The championship was all but settled when the green flag was waved, so the rest of the field went for broke. There was plenty of bumping and rubbing, as Chad lost both rear quarter panels due to the aggressive racing. Regardless, his move up through the field was impressive, as he took the checkered flag in fourth place.
Afterwards, Chad was all smiles and took the time to talk about the weekend. "Friday night I lost the brakes right away, but the mud in corners was helpful in slowing the Water FX Nissan down; I thought we still could have a strong finish, track was fun and my past snocross experience really helped on the rough and dusty track. It was unfortunate when the ring gear broke. The crew and I kept our heads up and got the truck ready, and the result was awesome. The ring and pinion we installed for Saturday night had the wrong gearing and were a little slow on the oval, but we could really make up the difference on the infield section. I'm glad we could have a good run in Water FX's hometown."
The season isn't done for the CR2 MotorSports/Water FX team. Tim Pangborn will get behind the wheel in November at the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series event in Primm, Nevada.
You can watch all the Round 16 action, including Chad in the PRO-Light race, Sunday, November 8, at 1:30pm eastern on ABC Sports.
The next race for CR2 Motorsports is the final weekend of the 2009 Lucas Oil Off-Road Series is November 13-14 in Primm, Nevada.