Bark River, MI...For the second consecutive racing weekend, Scott Douglas and the Rancho Ford rebounded from tough luck in the opening round to post a strong second-place finish and keep the ...
Bark River, MI...For the second consecutive racing weekend, Scott Douglas and the Rancho Ford rebounded from tough luck in the opening round to post a strong second-place finish and keep the #12 F-150 in the running for a CORR Pro-4 season title. Douglas and the Rancho Ford stand just eight points out of first place with four rounds of competition remaining.
The weekend began with another mechanical issue for the Douglas Motorsports-owned Ford, as a failed transfer-case bearing led to an early exit from Saturday's points round. Douglas, a two-time Pro-4 world champion, had battled intermittent transmission issues in consecutive events in July, leading to a complete redesign of the Rancho Ford's driveline system.
"The good news is our transmission was fine, but we fell victim to an unavoidable part failure at the worst possible moment," Douglas said. "The only thing you can do in that situation is regroup and focus your energy on the next round."
The next round found the Rancho Ford in top shape, as Douglas scored a strong third-place start in very muddy conditions, then passed competitors Josh Baldwin and Steve McCrossan in pursuit of breakaway leader Curt LeDuc. Track conditions made a win all but impossible but Douglas was satisfied to remain in the title picture with runner-up points.
"We've had two 'DNFs' in Bark River this year, so we had to put ourselves in position for decent points in the other two rounds, which is what we were able to do," Douglas said. "I'm very confident we've got our early-season issues behind us and that we can turn this machine loose in Crandon (Wis.) on Labor Day Weekend.
"Then we hope to be shooting for a points championship when we close the season in September in New Berlin (N.Y.)."
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, and BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tires. The truck gains additional power -- and its unforgettable sound -- from a DynoMax0x00ae performance exhaust system. The Douglas Motorsports crew is led by Ted Kendall.