Oberg Looks Forward to Second Half of CORR Season Eagle, River, WI (August 4, 2008) - Mike Oberg and his ...
Oberg Looks Forward to Second Half of CORR Season
Eagle, River, WI (August 4, 2008) - Mike Oberg and his #80 AMSOIL Kumho Tire Chevrolet Silverado PRO-2 had another tough weekend, as the team fought through some bad luck during qualifying, and an ill handling truck during CORR's first visit to "The Quarry" in Chula Vista California.
The first of three stops to the idyllic race track, "The Quarry," offers a combination of jumps, bumps, high speeds, and huge elevation changes. This was Oberg Motorsport's first ever visit to the fan favorite venue.
Friday evening saw the PRO trucks have a qualifying session, to determine their starting position for Saturday's Round Seven action. Mike was looking to take advantage of a late qualifying draw, but traffic and then a flat tire prevented the AMSOIL Kumho Chevy from ripping off a good lap. His fastest time of the session put him in the sixteenth starting position.
Saturday - Round Seven
Once again, Mike's starting position really put the team in a tough spot. The fifteen minute long race, combined with the large number of competitors, made coming from the back almost impossible. Mike and his #80 AMSOIL Kumho Chevy didn't run into any serious altercations and finished again in ninth place.
Afterwards, Mike noted that his race truck was very unsettled on the track. He and crew chief, Cory Lambert, made the call for major changes in the suspension set-up. The support crew from Fox Racing Shox revalved all the shocks, as the team needed to improve its qualifying position, to get back to the level of racing the team is capable of.
Sunday - Round Eight
The practice/qualifying session saw a more comfortable Mike Oberg on the track. Then, just as Mike was in the midst of a fast qualifying lap, the truck rolled, ending his chance at a top starting spot. An earlier lap put Mike in the thirteenth starting position. The damage to the truck was mostly cosmetic, but the team only had ninety minutes to get the truck ready, as the afternoon racing was televised live on NBC Sports.
Mike and the crew got the truck to staging just as the grid headed out for introductions.
Mike's starting position put the AMSOIL driver back in the pack at the start. Mike also had Rob MacCachern starting back, as well. Mike followed MacCachern the best he could, as the two fought their way through slower competitors. At the finish, the #80 AMSOIL Kumho Tire Chevy crossed the finish in ninth place
"Qualifying is so important in the CORR series," remarked Mike Oberg. "Yesterday we caught some slower trucks in qualifying. The race officials were going to give us another shot at it, and then the flat tire prevented us from going back out. Our first real time on the track was the actual race. Our chassis setup was way off. We made some wholesale changes, with help from Fox Shox, and I was much more comfortable on the track today. AMSOIL kept our engine running at its best. The Kumho tires, the J & H transmission, our Hawk brake pads, and Fox shocks were all working well today. It seemed like we were a day behind in our setup. We still have two more weekends here in Chula Vista, plus one more at Pomona and Primm. We will have done some testing on our new truck, so we will be well equipped for the rest of the way. I really am looking forward to the second half of the season."
Next race for Oberg Motorsports is August 16-17 for the final visit of the year at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds, in Pomona, California.