May 19-20 marked the beginning of the 2001 Championship Off Road Racing (C.O.R.R.) season. CORR races are on one to two mile long dirt tracks with a mix of turns, straights, jumps, and rhythm sections. This was the second time that CORR has held...
May 19-20 marked the beginning of the 2001 Championship Off Road Racing (C.O.R.R.) season. CORR races are on one to two mile long dirt tracks with a mix of turns, straights, jumps, and rhythm sections. This was the second time that CORR has held races at the Midwest Off Road Raceway in Fort Dodge, Iowa. The drivers love the fast, wide track and the audience has the unique opportunity of seeing the action on nearly every inch of it. All CORR races are also broadcast on ESPN2 approximately 2 weeks after the event. Unfortunately, Sunday 's races were cancelled for safety due to severe weather.
Ford Trucks Win All Three Pro Classes!!!
These trucks are Ranger sized vehicles with tubular chassis and 4 cylinder engines producing around 300 HP. There were 16 race trucks in the field including 7 Rangers (4 more than last year!). The Ranger of Rick Huseman got the hole-shot and began to make some distance on the field. Ranger driver Jason Crowder was stuck behind traffic, but clawing his way through. After a few laps, Crowder had worked his way into second. It looked like an historic Ranger one-two finish in the making. Suddenly, Huseman pulled off with what turned out to be a clutch problem that led to transmission failure. Jason Crowder was in the lead and running for the checkered flag. Jason drove a perfect race: consistent and fast. After a frustrating year in 2000, this was the perfect way to start the new season. Congratulations Jason!!!
Full size, two-wheel drive, lots of suspension travel (18" front, 20" rear) and around 800 HP is a basic description of these race trucks. In 2000, it was one Ford against a field of Chevy's. This year, Ford Champion Scott Taylor, will have a little help as Ken Kincaid fields a second Ford entry to this class. After doing well in the land rush style start, Scott Taylor began putting distance on most of the field. But Chevrolet driver Evan Evans was not going to let Scott get away. After chasing Scott for many laps, Evans, finally made an illegal pass and had to serve a 5-second black flag penalty. Taylor had a 2-lap lead when Evans finally left the hot pit. Taylor brought his F150 to a commanding win in the Fort Dodge opener. Great job, Scotty!!!
Like a Pro 2 in many respects except these are four-wheel drive. These trucks are the fastest way around a CORR course. Rob MacCachren set unprecedented records dominating Pro 4 in 2000 winning the championship, the Governor's Cup and the Borg Warner Shootout. Rob carried the success of 2000 right into the 2001 opener. Curt Leduc got the jump on the start, but was being hunted by three Fords and a Chevy. MacCachren picked his way through the crowd and around Leduc. Meanwhile, fierce battles happened behind him. Douglas slid to the inside of a turn, hit a big bump and rolled. Baldwin and Leduc both began having truck problems while the Cenni Chevrolet lost a lap serving a penalty. Baldwin pushed his Ford around Leduc's. Adrian Cenni was driving like a madman to prevent a Ford 1-2-3 finish. He nearly caught the limping truck of Leduc. However, in the end, it was all Ford. Rob MacCachren took first, Jason Baldwin piloted his new Ford to second, and Curt Leduc limped his truck to third. Hats off to all the Ford Pro 4 drivers.
-Ford Truck Motorsports Technical Team