Round 7 - O'Donnell Wins, Federico Runner-Up / Round 8 - Federico Runner- Up, O'Donnell Third Zoetmulder Has Solid Weekend Lake Zurich, IL (July 28, 2008) - The Sticker Dude Motorsports team of drivers headed to the Winnebago County...
Round 7 - O'Donnell Wins, Federico Runner-Up / Round 8 - Federico
Runner- Up, O'Donnell Third
Zoetmulder Has Solid Weekend
Lake Zurich, IL (July 28, 2008) - The Sticker Dude Motorsports team of drivers headed to the Winnebago County Fairgrounds, looking to continue their solid showings as the second half of the World Series of Off-Road Racing unfolds. Lee and Steven were looking to gains points on the PRO- Light series leader, and Luke was looking to rid "The Gremlins" from his Super Buggy.
The weather was picture perfect, with a light breeze and temperatures in the 70s, for the two nights of off-road racing inside the city limits of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The race track that ran on and inside the one-third mile clay oval was a technical combination of high-speed jumps, banked corners, and two rhythm sections, that kept drivers "up on the wheel" during the entire race.
Friday Night - Round VII
The PRO-Light race became a battle of Sticker Dude teammates. The standing start, had the trucks lined up in rows two racers wide, beginning between turns three and four of the clay oval.
The start saw Steven Federico and his #24 Invisible Glass PF Changs Hankook Tire Toyota Tacoma, make a series of quick moves to take the lead halfway through the first lap.
Meanwhile Lee O'Donnell in his #23 Hankook Tires Invisible Glass PF Changs Toyota Tacoma, started in row two and had a great start, as well. The Hankook Toyota was running third just behind #26 Josh Hintz, and teammate #24 Federico.
By lap three, Lee got around Hintz, and the battle between teammates began. For two laps, Lee was looking for a clean way around Steven. On lap five, Lee drove inside of Steven, while going through the infield high banked corner and grabbed the lead. The final nine laps had the near capacity crowd on their feet, as the Hankook equipped Toyota, swapped positions, back and forth, several times, with Lee O'Donnell crossing the finish, first, and Steven Federico, second, right on his rear quarter panel.
The podium celebration was almost chaotic, it was the first time in WSORR history that teammates in the same division, finished in the top two spots.
"Was that fun or what," exclaimed Lee O'Donnell. "For Steve and me to have a race like this is incredible. We've joked about this scenario all the time. We pulled it off and it can't get much better than this. Thanks to everyone involved in our program, Hankook Tires, Invisible Glass, P.F. Changs, and especially Meredith, my wife. Without her support, I could come out here and perform like we did tonight. Racing side by side with Steve, we both knew we could just race and not worry about one guy taking out the other. This is what racing it all about."
Steven Federico added, "Just what Lee just said, thanks to all our supporters, and crew, AJ, Chris,Jon, Matt, Justin, Jake and Charlie. I think this one-two finish is another first for Hankook Tire. This track that WSORR put together is awesome. Our Hankook DynaPro tires are ideal for these conditions. Thanks to all the fans that came out tonight and I want them to come tomorrow with a friend. Let's make it standing room only tomorrow. Just look how well our Invisible Glass makes our trucks shine under the lights!"
Luke Zoetmulder was sporting a new sponsor on his Toyota PRO Super Buggy, the Mole Lake Casino and Conference Center. The tribal community, located just south of Crandon, Wisconsin, is a huge supporter of the off-road racing community.
Luke and his #924 Mole Lake Casino Sticker Dude Invisible Glass Hankook Tire Toyota powered PRO Super Buggy ran a solid race. The entire race saw Luke running in the front half of the field. The Mole Lake Super Buggy ran flawlessly, with Luke crossing the finish, in eighth place.
"This was a solid race for our Super Buggy team tonight," commented Luke Zoetmulder. "I was comfortable out there tonight. I need to adapt to the changing track quicker, but I'll have that covered for tomorrow. Thanks again for Mole Lake Casino for coming on board for the rest of the season, and of course Invisible Glass, Hankook Tire, and P.F. Changs."
Saturday Night - Round VIII
As the evening sun set, the grandstands were filled to capacity and the fans were treated some of the best short course off-road racing of the year.
The inverted starting grid, had both Sticker Dude Motorsports drivers lined up in the third row. When the green flag fell, #11 Randy Eller, grabbed the lead, from his front row starting position. As the field came out of the first turn, Steven and Lee had to battle through some traffic, but by the end of the first lap. Steven was running in the second spot, with Lee right on his bumper. Randy Eller used the first turn traffic to his advantage, and put some distance between him and the field to win his first race of the year.
Meanwhile, the Invisible Glass P.F. Changs Hankook Tires Toyota sponsored drivers, put on an incredible show for the fans. Steven and Lee swapped positions at least fifteen times, sometimes in the same lap. Then with two laps to go, Steven grabbed the second spot for good. At the finish it was Randy Eller first, Steven Federico second, and Lee O'Donnell third.
The podium celebration was again dominated by the Hankook Tire shod drivers from Sticker Dude Motorsports.
"This weekend was just amazing," noted Steven Federico. "For Lee and I to race like we did and to finish on the podium both days is a credit to our crew. Thanks all our fans, our sponsors, our families, everyone that gives us the opportunity to come out here and race. The Hankook tires with the groove that Jon gave us the weekend, really gave the bite we needed for the slick conditions on the oval. See you in Bark River!"
Lee O'Donnell added; "Tonight Steve had the advantage when the checkered flag fell. We were both so close; I needed one more lap to get another run on him. This has to be the most fun I've ever had in this truck. Like Steve said, without the support of our crew, our families, and sponsors, big or small, we couldn't put on the show like we did this weekend."
The near perfect weekend for the Sticker Dude PRO-Light drivers, moved them closer to the PRO-Light points leader.
PRO Super Buggy
Luke and his #924 Mole Lake Casino Sticker Dude Invisible Glass Hankook Tire Toyota powered PRO Super Buggy ran a solid race. In a night that saw the top twelve finishers on the lead lap, Luke crossed the line in eight place.
"This was a solid weekend for our Super Buggy team tonight," commented Luke Zoetmulder. "I was comfortable out there tonight. The transmission or the linkage needs to be looked at thoroughly before Bark River, something isn't quite right, but we will get that corrected before Bark River. This weekend will be a building block for team to work from. Thanks again for Mole Lake Casino for coming on board for the rest of the season, and of course Invisible Glass, Hankook Tire, and P.F. Changs. I think the Gremlins are gone!"
After eight rounds of racing in the WSORR PRO-Light Championship, #24 Steven Federico is in second place, with Lee O'Donnell, right behind in third.
Luke Zoetmulder is ninth in the WSORR PRO Super Buggy Championship standings.
Next race is back in Bark River, Michigan, August 9-10.