TORC: Oberg Motorsports Crandon summary

AMSOIL Takes Oberg to Chairman's Cup Podium Finishes Heavy Metal Shootout Second Overall Eagle River, WI (June 23, 2009) - "We love to race Crandon," exclaimed Mike Oberg after finishing in the runner up spot for the Forest County Potawatomi ...

AMSOIL Takes Oberg to Chairman's Cup Podium
Finishes Heavy Metal Shootout Second Overall

Eagle River, WI (June 23, 2009) - "We love to race Crandon," exclaimed Mike Oberg after finishing in the runner up spot for the Forest County Potawatomi Chairman's Cup. Along with the Cup race, TORC Rounds 5 and 6 were held at the iconic off-road race facility in Crandon, Wisconsin. The previous race on the 2009 Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL trail saw the Oberg Motorsports #80 PRO-2WD Chevy race among the leaders only to have a mechanical failure cut his race short. The team was looking for that podium finish that would put the team right into the championship hunt.

TORC Rounds 5 and 6

Saturday saw the #80 AMSOIL Kumho Tire Chevrolet Silverado get an incredible launch at the drop off the green flag. Only Todd Leduc was in front of the gray and black Chevy truck. The fast sweeping Crandon track really allowed all the ProPower horsepower go to work. Unfortunately the AMSOIL Kumho Chevy rolled at the far end of the track, taking Mike Oberg out of contention. It took track workers a few laps to put the truck back on it wheels, but during the process, too much oil had drained from the engine, preventing Mike from reentering the fray. Officially, Mike finished seventeenth.

Sunday had Mike Oberg fighting changing track conditions. Early on in Round 6, the track was very wet and muddy and within two laps, Mike had used all twenty-one visor tearoffs. By the mandatory yellow, the track became very dry, with dust hanging all over the track. Fighting vision problems the entire race, Mike crossed the finish line in eighth place.

"I just couldn't see today," remarked Mike Oberg. "First it was muddy and I used up my tearoffs, and later on in the race it was so dusty you couldn't see either. Fortunately we don't have extra prep work for the Cup race. We just have mount some new body panels, and go through are usual things for a race. There's really nothing additional we have to pay special attention to. Somehow we came out of the TORC round in great mechanical shape."

Forest County Potawatomi Chairman's Cup The sixteenth annual event had nine PRO-2WD race trucks get a half-mile head start over the seven PRO-4x4 race trucks for the all out ten lap dash for the cash and the huge silver cup.

When the starter waved the green flag Mike Oberg and Ricky Johnson somehow avoided all the mayhem and took off like jack rabbits. RJ was in the lead with Mike and his #80 AMSOIL Kumho Chevy right on his bumper. Meanwhile, the rest of the field was knocking each other out as the two front runners stayed in clean air.

Halfway through the race, steam started coming out of Oberg's engine over flow tube. The engine was overheating. Every lap the steam became more pronounced. Even the track announcer, Scott Rehn, said Mike wouldn't make to the checkered flag. Well, Mike proved everybody wrong, not only did he make it to the finish, he crossed the line second overall, just behind race winner Ricky Johnson.

As soon as Mike got out of the truck for the awards presentation, AMSOIL Motorsports director, Jeremy Meyer, gave him a great big hug. His second place finish became a huge testimonial for the strength of AMSOIL synthetic engine oil.

"We ran this ProPower engine out of water, and AMSOIL kept this truck running and running hard," noted Mike Oberg. "It's unbelievable. The Kumho Tires were perfect for the conditions. My crew is just awesome. I live just up the road in Eagle River and I had all kinds of family and friends here today. A special thanks goes out to Scott Swendson who kept my crew fed and hydrated all weekend long. As always, my guys were really focused in on the truck and Scott played an important role as team chef. This is the best second place finish I've ever had. Congrats to Ricky, he uses AMSOIL and runs on Kumho Tires too. If you want to run up front you need AMSOIL and Kumho Tires."

In 2008, Mike Oberg finished the rain soaked event fourth overall and the first PRO-2WD. At the 2007 Chairman's Cup, Oberg Motorsports finished second overall and the first PRO-2WD.

You can watch all the exciting TORC PRO racing action from Crandon International Raceway on ESPN2, this Sunday, June 28, 12:30pm eastern time.

Next Race, TORC Rds. 7 & 8, June 11-12, Bark River, Michigan.

-credit: www.obergmotorsports.com

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