Eric Ruppel Has Strong Weekend in Crandon June 27, 2007 (Chetek, WI) - After a disastrous opening weekend in Owatonna, Minnesota, Eric Ruppel was looking forward to the chance to show his competitors, and supporters, that the ...
Eric Ruppel Has Strong Weekend in Crandon
June 27, 2007 (Chetek, WI) - After a disastrous opening weekend in Owatonna, Minnesota, Eric Ruppel was looking forward to the chance to show his competitors, and supporters, that the #837 Phil's Inc. Art Carr Transmission Chetek Off-Road BFGoodrich Ford F-150 is a contender for the championship.
At the start Eric came out of Potawatomi Turn One in third place, just behind #863 Al Konitzer and #820 Scott Beauchamp. The top three basically stayed the same, all the way to the checkered flag. 1st -- Beauchamp, 2nd -- Konitzer, and 3rd Eric Ruppel.
Afterwards Eric commented, "I knew the truck could stay with the front runners, but about four laps into the race I lost my brakes. At that point I really concentrated on not blowing any of the corners. I really put the Art Carr transmission to the test. I had to use the tranny to slow down in the corners. Hats off to my crew, Kent and Mark. We will go back tonight, fix the brakes, and hopefully be back on the podium tomorrow."
The Ruppel Motorsports crew found a broken fitting in one of the rear brake lines, and easily had it repaired by dinner.
Eric had the #837 BFGoodrich Ford F-150 really wound up as he grabbed the holeshot coming down the landrush start. If fact, Eric held the top spot all the way to the checkered flag. He was followed closely by #820 Scott Beauchamp in second, and #885 Don Demeny in third.
"Wow, I cleared everyone coming out of Turn One and kept the clean air out front," remarked Eric Ruppel. "We still have some sort of brake issue, but the Art Carr transmission handled all the abuse and got us home first. The BFGoodrich Tires got us the holeshot and the AMSOIL kept the engine and trans running cool. Thanks again to my crew and Deanne, my wife."
Eric Ruppel is currently in fifth place in the 2007 WSORR Stock Truck Championship Standings.
Next Race -- July 14-15, WSORR Boss Snow Plow Challenge -- Bark River, Michigan.