Bark River, MI... A strong second-place finish in Sunday's finale of the Boss Snow Plow Offroad Challenge here left two-time Pro-4 world champion Scott Douglas hopeful he had solved a tough driveline durability issue that had plagued the ...
Bark River, MI... A strong second-place finish in Sunday's finale of the Boss Snow Plow Offroad Challenge here left two-time Pro-4 world champion Scott Douglas hopeful he had solved a tough driveline durability issue that had plagued the #12 Rancho Ford F-150 for four consecutive rounds of CORR racing.
Douglas, who had been in ideal position for wins in three straight rounds at Crandon, Wis., only to fall out of contention due to transmission failures, suffered the same heartbreaking fate in Bark River's opening round Saturday. The Rancho Ford finished sixth after making a relentless run at eventual winner Jason Baldwin in the closing laps.
"It was exactly the same thing we faced in Crandon - we were running great and had ourselves in exactly the right position for the win when I suddenly felt the transmission starting to go away," Douglas said.
The Douglas Motorsports team, lead by Crew Chief Ted Kendall, swapped in a new tranny for the third straight round, but made a crucial modification Douglas believes prevented a repeat failure Sunday. "We increased the shaft distance between the converter and transmission pump to make it a little more forgiving," he said. "That change, combined with the fact that I nursed it through some key points in today's race, kept us in contention."
Douglas entered Bark River's hairpin first turn in fourth position after Sunday's land-rush start, dropped momentarily to fifth, then began to methodically pick up ground on the leaders. After working through traffic and "pedaling" the throttle to preserve the driveline, however, he ran out of time in tracking down eventual winner Carl Renezeder.
"Considering the problems we've had the last few rounds, I'll take a second-place finish any time," Douglas said. "We've got a very fast truck - if we've solved this problem, we're certainly in great position for a run at the points title."
In fact, the CORR Pro-4 points chase is a veritable logjam, with four drivers - Renezeder, Curt LeDuc, Douglas and Johnny Greaves - all within five points of one another with six rounds of racing remaining.
"I guarantee it'll be a drag race to the finish because we're all eyeing that one goal - a season championship," Douglas said. "I feel we've got as good or better a shot at it as anybody."
The Douglas Motorsports-owned Ford F-150 features the most advanced engine, suspension and driveline technologies in CORR racing, including a Rancho suspension system, 750-horsepower Wolverine Performance LLC Ford Racing Technology V8 engine, Reider Racing/Precision Gear differentials, ATD automatic transmission, and BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tires. The truck gains additional power - and an unforgettable sound - from a DynoMax ® performance exhaust system.
The 2003 CORR Lucas Oil racing series returns to Bark River for two additional rounds of competition August 9 and 10.