Rayford Glad to be Back Racing Appleton, WI (July 28, 2010) - Chad Rayford was just glad to be back on the track behind the wheel of his ...
Rayford Glad to be Back Racing
Appleton, WI (July 28, 2010) - Chad Rayford was just glad to be back on the track behind the wheel of his # 29 Maxxis Tire Independent Off-Road Nissan Frontier competing in the reformulated PRO-Light division. Rayford had a sponsorship package that allowed him to compete in the final six rounds of racing of 2009 TORC season, but since nothing came along for 2010, the #29 Nissan has been sitting in a storage barn. That is until this past weekend.
Much of this year Chad has been working with fellow PRO-Light competitor Chris Brandt as he competes in another race series. All along the goal for CR2 Motorsports is to find a partner with the proper funding to keep his Maxxis Tire Nissan on the track.
"The TORC Oshkosh event is only a few miles from home," noted Chad Rayford. "So I figured I didn't really need much for tow money and Mike Vanden Heuvel from Independent Off-Road helped me with the pit support, so why not go out get some seat time, maybe someone will notice my effort and a deal can be made to keep me on track. In the meantime, I'll take it one race at a time."
The one race, to start the year, was the Oshkosh Off-Road Festival. Even though Chad's Nissan is competing with a four cylinder powerplant, the lap times were very competitive with the top finishers in the class. In fact during Friday evening's Round 5 race, the black and blue #29 Nissan turned the second fastest lap of the race. Even so, Chad finished the first race of the weekend in seventh place. The Round 6 PRO-Light race had Chad fighting through erratic driving from a couple of his fellow competitors, and when the checkered flag came out the lone Nissan in the field finished in ninth place.
"Our finishes this weekend are not a reflection on how well our team can compete," commented Chad Rayford. "Last year we were a relative newcomer to the class and we ran very well. In fact we just missed the podium a couple of times. Regardless I really enjoyed racing again and with a little luck I'll be at Bark River. I really have to thank Creighton from Maxxis Tires and Mike Vanden Heuvel for helping me get back behind the wheel this weekend."
The next race on the 2010 Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL schedule is August 14-15 in Bark River, Michigan.