Two-For-Two - Scott Douglas Opens 2004 Season With Back-To-Back Wins Pahrump, Nevada - Billed as the "Richest Off-Road Race in Nevada" the Terrible's Town 250 traverses some of the most imposing terrain the state has to offer. To the west of...
Two-For-Two - Scott Douglas Opens 2004 Season With Back-To-Back Wins
Pahrump, Nevada - Billed as the "Richest Off-Road Race in Nevada" the Terrible's Town 250 traverses some of the most imposing terrain the state has to offer. To the west of the race course are the Funeral Mountains and Death Valley. To the east you'll find the Nevada Test Site and Nellis AFB Bombing and Gunnery Range. Not a neighborhood for the timid. For veteran off-road racer Scott Douglas, fresh off a win at the Parker 425, the inhospitable conditions were another chance to prove just how tough the 2004 Ford Explorer really is.
After 6-1/2 hours of all-out racing, Scott Douglas, co-pilot Jeremy Runyen, and the Rancho Suspension Explorer crossed the finish line 45-minutes ahead their nearest competitor in Class 3100. Chalking up two wins in as many starts, Douglas is ecstatic with the 2004 Douglas Motorsports program and the Best In The Desert (BITD) series.
"I have to commend Casey Folks and the Best In The Desert crew" commented Douglas after the race. "This race course was tough, a real driver's course with challenging terrain of every variety. There was a lot of deep silt and dust, big rocks and just about everything the desert can throw at you. This was a race where you couldn't let up for an instant, one lapse of concentration could spell disaster."
Douglas pushed it hard right off the starting line eager to put time and traffic between the Rancho Explorer and the rest of the class. It was a calculated but somewhat risky move given the tire and suspension eating rocks littering the early part of the race course. Many off-road racers prefer to start slow and let race come to them, but after the first 30- miles Douglas had a 3-minute lead on the second place truck and 6-minutes on third.
Class 3100 Pure-Stock Production Mini or Mid-Size Sport Utility Vehicles must run stock suspension components. Many thought the new Explorer's fully independent suspension would be a weak link under race conditions. "Our competition is running straight rear axle housings which have proven durability" explains Douglas. "But even with stock components, the independent suspension is proving to be very rugged. The Explorer's fully independent design is an asset on the faster sections where I can really let the suspension work. We are testing prototype 3-inch big-bore Rancho race shocks tuned by DMS crew chief Ted Kendall. The new design is working great; allowing me to push the Rancho Explorer right to the ragged edge when needed."
Big 35-inch BFGoodrich race TAs on the Rancho Explorer provide serious traction and often load the stock drivetrain components beyond design limits. Because ring and pinion setup is so critical under these extreme conditions, Douglas relies on Reider Racing and Precision Gear to keep the Explorer in the race.
"This win goes to all the dedicated employees at Ford's Kentucky Truck Plant (KTP) and the Louisville and St. Louis assembly plants where the Explorer is produced. They build an incredible product and are a big part of the reason I can run the Rancho Explorer Pure Stock 3100 as hard as I do. The Terrible's Town 250 was as harsh an environment as you could ask for with afternoon temperatures pushing 100?F. The Explorer took it all in stride, delivering another victory for the DMS Rancho Explorer team" stated Douglas after the race.
Terrible's Town 250 was career win number 53 for Scott Douglas. With the win, Scott Douglas now has a solid lead in the BITD Class 3100 championship points chase. The next race for Scott Douglas is the Championship Off-Road Racing (CORR) series opener in Dresser, Wisconsin May 29-30, 2004.