Ruppel Doubles Up in Oshkosh - Just One Point Behind Stock Truck Leader Chetek, WI - (July 27, 2009) - Eric Ruppel was looking for another solid finish to backup his Round 4 win at Bark River. The two weeks since that win Ruppel Motorsports...
Ruppel Doubles Up in Oshkosh - Just One Point Behind Stock Truck Leader
Chetek, WI - (July 27, 2009) - Eric Ruppel was looking for another solid finish to backup his Round 4 win at Bark River. The two weeks since that win Ruppel Motorsports went through the #837 Phil's Inc. Art Carr Trail Ready BFGoodrich Tires Ford F-150 with a fine tooth comb, realizing with only six rounds of racing left in the season, there is no room for error if the team wants to repeat as Stock Truck champion.
For the second year in a row the Oshkosh Speedzone has hosted short course off-road racing under the lights on the half-mile clay oval. Earlier in the year, this race almost didn't happen, but TORC listened to its fans and its racers, and put the event back on the schedule. The result was incredible side by side racing, and the fans from the Fox Valley returned to watch the most intense motorsports in the world.
Round 5 - Friday evening
New for the Midwest TORC Sportsman racers was implementation of the USAC rolling start and the competition caution at the halfway point of the race.
Eric started on the second row and when the green flag came out, he put all his Wolverine Performance horsepower through his Art Carr transmission into his BFGoodrich tires to quickly challenge for the lead.
On lap three, the white and blue Ford F-150 grabbed the lead and never looked back. This was Ruppel Motorsports second win of the season.
Once again, the Ruppel Motorsports crew, Kramer, Ewert, and Scott, checked the truck over, washed the body, and deemed the #837 Ford F-150 ready for Round 6.
Round 6 - Saturday evening
Starting from the fourth row, Eric was looking to stay clear of trouble the first half of the race. Once the field got rolling again after the mandatory caution lap, the Chetek, Wisconsin native would get to work. The strategy almost didn't work. As the field entered the final lap of the race, Eric had the Phil's Inc. Art Carr Transmission Ford in fifth place.
Then with just three turns until the finish, all "heck" broke loose. The top five trucks all entered the turn leading back onto the clay oval, a whole bunch of pushing and banging went on. Suddenly Rupe found himself battling for second place with #817 Dorr. At the flag, Rupe edged out Dorr by about three feet to finish in second.
As the top three finishers headed for the podium, the winner #826 Dan Beauchamp had not served a black flag penalty and was moved back three positions,. This put Eric Ruppel into first place, his third win in a row this season.
"This weekend put us back into the Championship chase," noted Eric Ruppel. "There was a lot of banging out there tonight, and somehow I avoided almost all of it. The win last night gave me the confidence that we can still win the points battle this year. Tonight's win sort of fell into our lap. We made the right move at the right time, and thought we had a second place finish. Then the officials made the call and moved three of us up a spot. I'll take then win, but it's not the best way to earn the top spot."
After six rounds of racing in the Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL SRT Stock Truck division, Eric Ruppel is only one point out of the championship lead.
The next race for Ruppel Motorsports is August 8-9 in Bark River, Michigan.
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