Saturday - Round 3 After winning Round 2 in Antigo, Wisconsin, Eric Ruppel and his Loose Cannon Race Team were confident the team would find their way back on the podium. Just as in Antigo, the racetrack added additional prize money, thanks to...
Saturday - Round 3
After winning Round 2 in Antigo, Wisconsin, Eric Ruppel and his Loose Cannon Race Team were confident the team would find their way back on the podium. Just as in Antigo, the racetrack added additional prize money, thanks to the generosity of Forest County Potowatomi, to the winners of each event on Saturday.
Mastercraft Seats Sportsman Stock Race Saturday morning saw light rain ending just before practice making the track conditions almost perfect for the day's racing. Eric went out for a quick 3-lap practice and found the 1.5-mile Crandon "long course" suited his truck very well.
The famous land rush start had Eric getting cleanly through in seventh place. As the pack headed for the American Axle Jump, Eric was right behind Keith Steele and Dave Waldvogel. On lap 2 the #837 Chetek Off-Road, Art Carr Transmission, Phil's Inc. BFGoodrich Tire Ford-F150 moved up to sixth placed when Waldvogel spun in the Lucas Oil gravel pit turn. Suddenly the truck began to misfire causing the truck to run at a reduced pace. Quickly Eric switched to his backup MSD Ignition, but the engine problem persisted.
Eric persevered and brought home the truck in 7th place.
Sunday -- Round 4
Miller Lite Sportsman Stock Race Overnight Eric and his Loose Cannon Race Team found a broken rocker arm stud that caused the truck to run on seven cylinders during Saturday's race. The problem was easily fixed and the team was ready for Round 4.
The morning practice session was cancelled due to the rain that fell overnight and into the morning. This gave everyone more time to make final preparations for the day's events.
At the drop of the green flag, the twelve Stock Trucks charged for Turn One. As the field headed for BorgWarner Turn Two Eric was in the fourth spot just a head of #34 Rod Wells. Later in the lap the BFGoodrich shod Ford F-150 moved to third when #841 Jason Bort dropped back. Immediately Eric moved to the back bumper of second place #Al Konitzer. Suddenly the engine began to run sour. At this point Eric just pulled the truck off the track after 3 laps.
Eric was credited with a 12th place finish.
After four rounds of racing Eric Ruppel sits in 7th place overall in the 2006 Lucas Oil CORR Sportsman Stock Truck Championship, just 20 points out of the lead.
"We just ran into some unforeseen problems this weekend. The trucks really ran well until our engine failure. Our rocker arm problem probably help attribute to the connecting rod failure on Sunday. We just have to plug in our spare motor for Bark River while our primary gets a thorough refreshening. The track in Bark River is a favorite track of ours, especially since our first CORR win came there last year." -stated Eric Ruppel.
Next Race - July 8-9 -- Island Inn Casino UP Off-Road 100 -- Bark River, Michigan.