Double Exposure Scott Douglas Races Both CORR & BITD in One Weekend Las Vegas, NV / Crandon, WI-Four races, two race series, one weekend, two thousand miles apart. Impossible? Apparently nobody told veteran off-road racer Scott Douglas ...
Scott Douglas Races Both CORR & BITD in One Weekend
Las Vegas, NV / Crandon, WI-Four races, two race series, one weekend, two thousand miles apart. Impossible? Apparently nobody told veteran off-road racer Scott Douglas that.
On Friday June 25th, Douglas climbed behind the wheel of the Rancho Ford Explorer to take the green flag in the Best In The Desert (BITD) Vegas To Reno race. When he turned driving duties over to Tim Lawrence at approximately the 100 mile mark, Douglas had a 15 minute lead on the rest of the Class 3100 field. A few hours later Scott was on a plane East, with a commitment to race two Championship Off-Road Racing (CORR) points matches and the prestigious Governor's Cup Challenge race at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway in Northern Wisconsin.
Back in the Desert, the Douglas Motorsports Rancho Ford Explorer overcame a loss of two cylinders to finish an impressive second in the grueling 500 mile Vegas to Reno race. The strong showing kept Douglas in first place in Class 3100 points. "I couldn't be happier with our team's performance in Vegas to Reno" commented Douglas. "The game plan after I got out of the truck was to make sure we finished the race to maintain our points lead.a second is just phenomenal."
From the Desert Southwest to the Northwoods of Wisconsin, the terrain may be drastically different, but Scott was facing a similar challenge. After winning two of the first three CORR PRO4 races in Antigo, Douglas went into the weekend leading points and was looking for a good showing toward a season championship.
Crandon is the Super Speedway of off-road racing. Round 4's land rush start left Douglas at a disadvantage and he had to fight his way from the back of the pack to the front. Douglas drove hard and by mid-way through the race he was challenging to make a move on the leaders. Scott was in a fierce three-way battle, with positions changing hands between third, fourth, and fifth for several laps. All eyes and cameras were locked on the dicing, stealing attention away from the leader. Unfortunately, in the heat of battle, contact from a competitor sheared a tie rod end on the Rancho F-150 taking Douglas out of the race with a few laps to go.
Round 5's land rush start didn't yield a break for the Rancho Ford and Douglas again had to work his way through the field. Each lap was as fast or faster than the previous one with the final lap the quickest of the entire race. The charge once more made the Rancho Ford F-150 a crowd favorite. "The truck was just awesome" stated Douglas after the race. "With the inversion and staggered lineup on the start, top points contenders are forced to drive through the rougher portion of the land rush start. But once the things settled down, I was able to drive right through traffic.were just flying. Ted Kendall and the Douglas Motorsports crew have this truck working so well I have a lot confidence in what I'm able to do on the race track and that makes a big difference. I have to hand it to Johnny Greaves.they had the truck to beat this weekend. We're looking forward to the new track in Topeka. It should be a tighter, more technical track like Antigo--which is one of our strengths." After five rounds of CORR racing, Scott Douglas is currently third in PRO4, just four points out of the lead.
The start of the Governor's Cup Challenge Race found Douglas having to refire the Rancho F-150 when a fuel pressure problem caused the truck to stall as the green flag dropped. The ten lap shootout format leaves little room problems, but Douglas turned up the wick and passed all but two trucks in the 18 truck field before the checkers fell. The third place showing was even more impressive considering the fact that the fuel pressure problem was intermittent throughout the race and the truck actually stumbled a few more times at critical portions on the high speed Crandon circuit. It was noted by the track announcer several times that the Rancho F-150 the truck to watch all weekend, always on the move to the front.
"Our ability to run two major race series in one weekend is a testament to the strong support from all our great sponsors and how well Douglas Motorsports is working as a team. This is the only weekend all year that BITD and CORR overlap schedules and I don't know many race teams that could pull this off. The credit goes to Rancho Suspension, DynoMax Performance Exhaust, Ford Motor Company, BFGoodrich, Reider Racing, Precision Gear, Wolverine Performance, MasterCraft Seats, American Racing Wheels, MSD, KC HiLites, Howe Performance, Autometer, K&N, and Justice Brothers."
Next stop on the Douglas Motorsports schedule is Topeka, Kansas at Heartland Park Topeka on July 10th and 11th for Rounds 6, 7, and 8 of CORR action. Best In The Desert takes a hot weather break until Fall when temperatures cool down for the running of the Las Vegas 200 on October 15th- 17th. For the latest information on Douglas Motorsports and links to sponsor websites, log on to: www.douglasmotorsports.com.