SCOTT DOUGLAS WINS KUMHO TIRE PRO 4X4 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RACE Crandon, Wisconsin-In front of a packed "Big House" at Crandon International Raceway, Scott Douglas drove a flawless race to claim victory in the Kumho Tire PRO 4X4 World Championship.
SCOTT DOUGLAS WINS KUMHO TIRE PRO 4X4 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RACE
Crandon, Wisconsin-In front of a packed "Big House" at Crandon International Raceway, Scott Douglas drove a flawless race to claim victory in the Kumho Tire PRO 4X4 World Championship. AMSOIL teammate Chad Hord, behind the wheel of an identical AMSOIL Kumho Ford F-150 finished second, making it a Douglas Motorsports clean sweep in TORC Series Round 11 race action. The pair of silver and black AMSOIL Kumho F-150s crossed the finish line just one truck length apart.
Both Douglas and Hord powered through turn one in great positions after Crandon's often treacherous land rush start. Douglas was in third, with Hord directly in his roost. Scott Douglas took over the lead on lap two, with Curt LeDuc and Johnny Greaves in front of Chad Hord. Douglas stayed out in front of the hard charging LeDuc and Greaves, while Hord kept the pressure on looking for an opportunity to pass. Chad Hord capitalized on mandatory yellow restart to pass LeDuc and Greaves and move into second. Douglas and Hord overpowered the field following the restart and held the one-two position all the way to the checkered flag. In his first Crandon PRO 4x4 start, Chad Hord was awarded the Oakley Bomb Run trophy for the fastest race lap.
"The Douglas Motorsports crew is the best in the business," stated Scott Douglas. "Preparing for a race weekend like Crandon is an around-the-clock effort with one truck. Fielding two doubles the effort and intensity, but I'm fortunate to have a very seasoned team that takes this kind of thing in stride. Having our two trucks finish one-two in the Kumho Tire PRO 4x4 World Championship race makes all the hard work worthwhile."
Two years ago, Scott Douglas won both PRO4 races and his second career BorgWarner Cup race at Crandon. "I love this track, it's fast and wide- open, but still requires a lot of driver control. I was in my zone today and the truck is working great and I feel good about our chances for the BorgWarner race tomorrow," said Douglas after Saturday's big win.
But as exciting and fun as Crandon can be, it also has a very unforgiving side, which is part of the reason race fans love it. This year the BorgWarner Cup race aired live on ABC. Crandon's turn one proved unforgiving with a major pile-up that took six trucks out of the race. Since the trucks had not made a full lap, the race was red flagged for a restart. Scott Douglas made it through the mayhem with minor contact, but that contact severed the brake line on the rear axle. The crew pinched off the line, but Douglas' number 7 truck had no rear brakes. To make matters worse, Hord's truck also lost four-wheel-drive. Restarting the race facing major disadvantages, the Douglas Motorsports entries ran as hard as possible to finish forth and fifth, just off the podium.
"It's a shame, we had the trucks to beat today and I'm on top of my game. Things could be worse though...there are a bunch of trucks with major damage that were unable to make the restart. We'll get 'em in California" commented Douglas.
Crandon TORC Series action resumes September 25th and 26th at the Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, California. With the final race of the inaugural 2009 season schedule for October 23rd and 24th at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.