MOLE LAKE "RUNS THE TABLE" IN BARK RIVER!! On Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12 at Bark River International Off Road Speedway, Mole Lake Casino, Lodge and Conference Center flexed it's muscle behind the driving of ...
MOLE LAKE "RUNS THE TABLE" IN BARK RIVER!!
On Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12 at Bark River International Off Road Speedway, Mole Lake Casino, Lodge and Conference Center flexed it's muscle behind the driving of #217 "Rocket Man" Dan Baudoux!
In the Super Truck Class, Baudoux sporting the new colors and logo of Mole Lake, put on a show rarely witnessed in any racing venue in Rounds 8 and 9 of the World Series of Off Road Racing.
On Saturday, Baudoux came off of the line and out of turn one in second place and trailing the leader by several truck lengths. Throughout the race, the "Rocket Man" lived up to his nickname by thrilling the crowd with spectacular jumps of over 200 feet on the track pushing hard to reel in the leader. Finally catching the lead truck, Baudoux made numerous attempts to pass and take the lead only to be cut off and denied the number one position.
The crowd was on it's feet as Baudoux set himself up to pass on numerous occasions, even taking the outside line in an attempt to pass. Finally with only three laps to go in the race, and on a short turn, taking the outside line and in position to move ahead, Dan made his move. Driving the #217 Ford F150 that has brought Team Baudoux three Championships in four years, Dan hit the afterburners. However on slick and loose dirt, the truck began to make a "Loop" as racers call it. The back swung around and almost put Dan completely out of the race, facing away from the track. The crowd simultaneously sighed as Dan faced the infield and was slowed to a near stop.
However making an incredible save and thinking fast, Dan gunned the truck, drove around a cement abutment lining the track, through the infield, and immediately got back into the fray. Still in second place and now trailing by over 20 truck lengths, the crowd went wild. With three laps to go, the "Rocket Man" had no more room for error.
After two more laps, incredibly, Dan had again caught the leader. The crowd was on it's feet. TV cameras were on the two lead trucks. In a back stretch leading to the finish line it was now or never for Baudoux. He asked his Ford F150 to once again give him the power to move forward and it responded. In a blink of an eye, Baudoux was in first place and there was no looking back. By the time he crossed the finish line, less than half a mile away, Dan had more than a 6 truck lead, and history was made.
Then in Sunday's Super Truck race, "Rocket Man" shot to the lead off the start and never looked back, winning the race convincingly and in his usual style.
After the weekend Dan was quoted as saying, "I wanted to send a statement this weekend to the other teams and reward my new friends and sponsor, Mole Lake Casino, Lodge and Conference Center. This has been a difficult year for us to date but we are back and on a mission! Now it's MY time so everyone watch out! Rocket Man is on the move!"
-credit: baudoux motorsports