Champagne Flows For Rancho Ford As Scott Douglas Breaks Through With Huge Win At Fort Dodge, Iowa Scott Douglas, winner. Photo: Douglas Motorsports FORT DODGE, IA, July 31, 2001 - The monkey jumped off the back of two-time CORR Pro-4...
Champagne Flows For Rancho Ford As Scott Douglas Breaks Through With Huge Win At Fort Dodge, Iowa
Scott Douglas, winner. Photo: Douglas Motorsports
Sunday's win puts Douglas within 2 points of second place in the Championship Off-Road Racing Exxon SuperFlow series with six rounds of competition remaining. More importantly, it moves the Rancho Ford within sight of leader Rob MacCachren, who struggled in two of the weekend's three rounds.
"The Rancho Ford is back," said Douglas, whose last win came in the 11th round of the 1999 CORR season. "We've worked tirelessly to put this new truck into a position where it's a step above the field in terms of overall technology. We've been so close to breaking through, but it happened this weekend on what is easily the most demanding track in our series. Our Rancho Suspension, Kinetic Racing Engines Ford V8 and Weismann transmission were more than up to the challenge."
Many trucks weren't nearly as well suited to the brutal mile-long raceway, which matches 80-foot-wide straight-aways with three treacherous rhythm sections and several tight turns. In fact, following virtually every round of sportsman and professional competition, the track was littered with disabled trucks as well as pieces of truck bodies, tires, wheels, suspension components and axles.
Douglas claimed the lead following the first turn in Sunday's round. He was briefly challenged and then overtaken by MacCachren but reclaimed the advantage two laps later. Jason Baldwin, who falls to fourth place in the season standings with Douglas' win, made it a race for several more laps before backing down with a flat tire.
"I pushed the Rancho Ford hard when I had to, but held back several times to make sure we had more than enough left at the finish," Douglas said. "But the fact is we still had the same power and handling we started with. That's a testament to our crew, our engine and transmission partners and to the team at Rancho Suspension."
The weekend also marked the debut of crew chief Ted Kendall, a partner in Douglas' early-career successes in desert and other off-road racing. "Ted is the best when it comes to delivering the perfect chassis set-up for any track. He's the last piece of the puzzle and we're already feeling a huge difference."
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