CORR: Douglas Rancho Ford Bark River report

Douglas Runs into Trouble in Front of Pack, Wounded Rancho F-150 Posts Finishes of 5th, 4th at Bark River BARK RIVER, MI, July 17, 2001 -- Bark River clearly isn't earning its spot among Scott Douglas' favorite off-road racing venues. The ...

Douglas Runs into Trouble in Front of Pack, Wounded Rancho F-150 Posts Finishes of 5th, 4th at Bark River

BARK RIVER, MI, July 17, 2001 -- Bark River clearly isn't earning its spot among Scott Douglas' favorite off-road racing venues.

The two-time CORR Pro-4 champion ran into trouble in both Championship Off-Road Racing Series rounds here last weekend, posting disappointing fifth- and fourth-place finishes, respectively, after strong starts.

In Saturday's action, the Rancho Ford-150 was in excellent position following the start, only to fall back when its "Mud Eater" visor system failed, severely hampering Douglas' visibility on the wet track.

The Rancho Ford had another excellent start Sunday, with Douglas and Pro-4 competitor Johnny Greaves claiming a 10-truck lead over the rest of the field after the first turn. As the two trucks headed side by side into Bark River's "Rhythm Section," Greaves' Toyota experienced a mechanical failure in the front end, sending it sideways into Douglas.

Douglas was able to get unhooked from Greaves and reclaim the lead, but the Rancho Ford's damaged drivetrain eventually failed and the truck fell back to fourth position overall.

"We went into the weekend hoping to get strong starts so we could leverage our power and handling advantage and stay in front of trouble," Douglas said. "We got the starts we wanted but fell victim to a strange malfunction on Saturday and got tangled up with Johnny as we were claiming the lead Sunday.

"One of these days, we're going to catch a break and show everyone what this truck can do."

Douglas badly wanted to do that at Bark River, one of the few tracks in North America on which he hasn't won. Two years ago, he was involved in a serious collision here that knocked him out of the CORR Pro-4 points lead. He fought back after missing two events but fell a single point short of the season title.

Douglas' year-old Ford F-150 features two of the latest technology packages from Tenneco Automotive -- a custom Rancho suspension system, and an ultra-high-flow DynoMax exhaust system. The Rancho Ford pairs the five-speed Weismann manual transmission with a 410-cubic-inch Kinetic Racing Engines Ford Racing Technology V8.

For more information on the Douglas Motorsports Rancho Ford F-150, check out the Douglas Motorsports website at www.douglasmotorsports.com. Also be sure to visit the Rancho Suspension site at www.gorancho.com and the DynoMax Performance Exhaust site at www.dynomax.com for more information on the world's best performance suspension and exhaust products.

Tenneco Automotive is a $3.5 billion manufacturing company headquartered in Lake Forest, Ill., with 23,000 employees worldwide. Tenneco Automotive is one of the world's largest producers and marketers of ride control and exhaust systems and products, which are sold under the Monroe® and Walker® global brand names. Among its products are Sensa-Trac® and Reflex® shocks and struts, Rancho® shock absorbers, Walker® Quiet-Flow(tm) mufflers and DynoMax(tm) performance exhaust products, and Monroe® Clevite(tm) vibration control components.

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Series Offroad
Drivers Scott Douglas , Johnny Greaves