Oberg First Two-Wheel Drive Finisher in the Chairman's Cup Showdown
Eagle River, WI (June 24, 2008) - Mike Oberg and his #80 AMSOIL Kumho Tire Chevrolet Silverado came back to his home track in Crandon, Wisconsin looking to get back on the podium and win the fifteenth running of the Heavy Metal challenge known as the FCP Chairman's Cup.
Oberg Motorsports is coming off its best CORR race performance of the year. In Round Six of the 2008 CORR PRO-2 season, Mike took a sub par qualifying performance, eighteen fastest, and made the best of it. During the 15 minute race, the #80 AMSOIL Chevy made up twelve positions to finish sixth out of twenty four PRO-2 trucks.
"We have been fast in earlier rounds, but the racing is so intense that contact is a given," noted Mike Oberg. "We just haven't had any luck go our way. In Round Five I got into someone in a very fast section of the track and my Chevy took the brunt of the hit and took me out for the day. Round Six saw start us start way back and we made our way towards the front without a major incident. We just ran out of time before we could challenge for a podium."
The Eagle River, Wisconsin native makes his home less than an hour from Crandon and always enjoys the competition and the fans that always come to watch some of the fastest off-road racing on the planet.
After Saturday morning's practice session, Mike knew something wasn't quite right in the drive train. Mike and crew chief Cory Lambert put the team to work replacing the transmission just to be safe.
Saturday Round Three
Mike took a conservative approach to the usual wild land rush start. After cleanly exiting Turn One, the #80 AMSOIL Chevy was in sixth place. About midway through the race Mike and #21 Hoek were exchanging fiberglass for the fourth spot. Mike knew something wasn't quite right on the rear suspension, but he continued to pressure Hoek. On the final lap the Kumho tires made the pass stick, and the #80 crossed the finish line in fourth place.
Once the team got the race truck back to the transporter, Cory and the crew found a broke rear sway bar. Then the link somehow got into the one of the rear shocks, damaging that as well. Both were quick fixes as the team continued with the usual between race maintenance.
Sunday Round Four
The start saw the PRO-2WD lineup go four wide as they headed out of Turn One. Mike and his #80 AMSOIL Kumho Tire Chevy was fourth in line looking to chase down the leaders. After a change for lead on lap two, the top four racers never changed their positions. Mike Oberg finished the race in fourth place.
Now Oberg Motorsports went work prepping the #80 Chevy Silverado for the big money Forest County Potawatomi Chairman's Cup. The fastest four-wheel drive and two-wheel drive trucks are handicapped for an all out ten lap shootout where the winner can take home over $30,000.
The weather saw intermittent rain showers come through the area, but about an hour before the Cup start, heavy rain began to fall. Now the muddy track would give the four-wheel drive trucks a definite advantage.
Luckily the rain stopped just as the trucks were lining up for the start of this annual event. The half lap head start the 4x2 trucks were given didn't seem like enough considering the sloppy track conditions.
This event would be a race of survival, the driver with the fewest on track mistakes would like take home the big money.
The race also pays money for the highest finishing two-wheel trucks in the race as well as a nice payback for the top four winners overall. The overall winner of the event was Kent Brascho in his Chevy powered PRO-4x4. The Alabama driver ran a quick mistake free race, never putting a wheel wrong the entire run.
The race for the two-wheel drive title was between #8 Taylor and Mike Oberg. The two swapped positions a couple times with Mike grabbing and holding the top stop the last four laps to the finish. Mike Oberg was fourth overall finisher as well.
"We came back home to run the Chairman's Cup," explained Mike Oberg. "The points races helped us set the truck up for the big one, but once the rain came, everyone's setup went out the door. During the Cup race we really had our hands full with Taylor. Then I had the hood fold back blocking my vision. For a couple of laps, my spotter was steering the truck. Eventually some of the hood moved or fell off and I could see again. Heck it even kept some of the mud off of me. Even with all this mud, AMSOIL came through again, keeping our engine and drivetrain running cool. The Kumho Tires really worked well this weekend, as usual. Dry, muddy or underwater, their grip is awesome. I hope the winnings cover the cost of a new body and any other damage the mud did to the truck. I bet there's an extra 1000 pounds of mud stuck to that truck!"
Oberg Motorsports' next race; July 26-27, CORR at the QUARRY, Chula Vista, California.
-credit: Oberg Motorsports