CORR: Scott Douglas fights back in Antigo

Rancho Ford Displays its Power, Handling Advantages After Early Tough Breaks at CORR Event In Antigo, Wis. ANTIGO, WI, June 11, 2001 - Scott Douglas and the Rancho Suspension Ford F-150 roared back to life after two tough breaks Saturday and...

Rancho Ford Displays its Power, Handling Advantages After Early Tough Breaks at CORR Event In Antigo, Wis.

ANTIGO, WI, June 11, 2001 - Scott Douglas and the Rancho Suspension Ford F-150 roared back to life after two tough breaks Saturday and what some believed was another one Sunday to post a solid overall performance at the Precision Gear Kiwanis Off-Road Championships at Langlade County Fairgrounds.

Douglas' newly outfitted Rancho F-150 performed flawlessly in practice, claiming a front-row position for Saturday's start. That advantage quickly disappeared, however, as Douglas spun out and stalled after being tapped in the first corner.

After falling 11.5 seconds behind the leader, the Rancho F-150 displayed its speed -- recovering nine positions and 10 seconds of that deficit by the halfway point -- only to suffer a race-ending engine failure. Douglas finished the round in ninth place.

"We were really happy with the performance of the truck -- the engine got us back into the race, the transmission was flawless and we were at least a half-second faster than any other truck in the field," Douglas said. "But you've got to deal with problems from time to time, and ours came a couple of laps later. It's hard to complain, though, when you've had nearly perfect engine performance for the better part of two years."

Sunday's round threw another challenge at Douglas, as eventual winner Adrian Cenni, who was in the second row, appeared to start well before the rest of the field but was not penalized. Due to extremely muddy conditions, most competitors had trouble mounting a serious challenge to Cenni's substantial lead. Douglas, in his first season with a manual transmission, adapted his throttle and shift patterns to steadily pick up ground throughout the round and claim a second-place finish.

"In those conditions, when you get a clean run off the start like (Cenni) did, it's almost impossible to make up the difference," Douglas said. "We were happy with the way the truck ran and, without that unfortunate situation at the start, felt like we had the best truck out there."

The Rancho F-150 matches an all-new five-speed manual transmission (one of only two in the CORR series) with Reider Racing/Precision Gear front and rear differentials and BFGoodrich Mud Terrain tires. Also new is a custom-engineered rack-and-pinion steering system from Howe Performance. The Douglas truck is the first on the CORR circuit to go with a rack rather than a conventional steering box. Power is provided by 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 mufflers and DynoMax=99 performance exhaust products, and Monroe Clevite vibration control components.

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