MacCachren Earns 2nd Place at Saturday's Crandon World Championships | Rockstar Energy Racing Claims 3rd Place at Sunday's TORC Pro 2 Round 12 Crandon, Wisconsin - Rockstar Energy Racing's Rob MacCachren arrived to the nation's oldest short...
MacCachren Earns 2nd Place at Saturday's Crandon World Championships |
Rockstar Energy Racing Claims 3rd Place at Sunday's TORC Pro 2 Round 12
Crandon, Wisconsin - Rockstar Energy Racing's Rob MacCachren arrived to the nation's oldest short course off road race course and the place he has had success at since the mid-1990s. Racing in front of 50,000 plus fans all standing on their feet cheering on the nation's top off road racing icons. Rob MacCachren weaved his magic through the intense land rush start that the Crandon International Raceway is well regarded for and after two full days of racing MacCachren charged his Rockstar/Mastercraft Pro 2 sponsored Pro 2 around the 1.65-mile race course each day resulting in podium finishes. Most importantly, MacCachren increased his overall season points total in his quest for the 2009 TORC Series Championship.
Saturday Crandon World Championship Race - TORC Round 11
TORC Pro 2 race trucks took to the track featured as the main event late Saturday afternoon in front of the capacity crowd and by the end of the first turn, racing at nearly 100-miles an hour, Rob MacCachren charged the #11 Ford F150 around the track towards the front in the epic Saturday Crandon World Championship Race.
crandon Saturday's main event featured a full field of Pro 2's in front of a record crowd that came to Crandon International Raceway to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the famed track. Among the many celebrities were Walker Evans and Jack Flannery, both racing legends that raced against the Las Vegas off road racing champion, Rob MacCachren in the early days of Crandon's fame.
In addition to the important Crandon World Championship Saturday racing was the all-important Round 11 of the 2009 TORC Series and the chase for the elusive TORC TRAXXAS Pro 2 Season Championship Title. Saturday's single-race was billed as both the TORC Round 11 and the Crandon World Championship race.
The veteran Rockstar Energy sponsored racer arrived to famed Wisconsin racetrack locked in a tight point's battle with Ricky Johnson, Todd LeDuc and Jeremy McGrath.
crandon As the full field of Pro 2's entertained the standing room only crowds, Rob MacCachren did what he does best and charged the #11 Pro 2 around this super fast racecourse. MacCachren ran up to the rear bumper of leader Todd LeDuc several times and put the nose of his #11 Rockstar Energy Pro 2 inside LeDuc's race truck several times attempting a clean pass. With one lap remaining MacCachren made his final charge, but time had run out for the 9-time Crandon Champion to overtake the other ROCKSTAR Energy Racing Pro 2 and he settled for the runner up spot. The second place finish added to the season point's total for the #11 Pro 2 and after eleven rounds of racing he's a mere 8 points out of the lead in the chase for the season championship.
At the finish line MacCachren climbed out of his Mastercraft 3G race seat and took his position on the podium claiming second place.
"We had a great run and earned second place. The crew did a great job on the race truck and the track conditions were excellent. I am never happy with a second place finish, but the goal of our Rockstar Energy Racing team is to win the 2009 Pro 2 TORC Series Championship and we are locked in a close point's battle with fellow Rockstar sponsored racer Todd LeDuc," said MacCachren.
Sunday TORC Round 12
As the sun shined brightly on the capacity crowd, Sunday morning came alive with the announcement that Pro 2 racing was kicking off at 10:30 a.m. The Rockstar Energy Racing team had worked late into Saturday night finalizing the prep on the #11 Rockstar/Mastercraft sponsored race truck. Added to the field for the race today was NASCAR racer, Robby Gordon, himself an accomplished off road racing champion who has battled against Rob MacCachren throughout his entire career.
That was no different on Sunday as the two off road racing champions squared off in perhaps one of the best racing duos in Crandon. MacCachren charged his Pro 2 to the front from the land rush start, but it didn't take long for Polaris sponsored Robby Gordon to get with the program. In fact, Gordon jumped into the battle early as he and MacCachren traded positions throughout the race. Although, in the final few laps the champion racer that Wisconsin fans named, "MacCrandon," pressured Robby Gordon and got by the Polaris sponsored racer finishing the race in the third position while Gordon fell back to the 6th position.
MacCachren said," This is another step towards the season championship. We raced hard and although I'm disappointed about not climbing to the top of the podium, I'm pleased that we raced hard to the checkered flag and the truck performed well. We've got some slight changes that we need to make to the truck but all in all, I'm happy with the performance of the Rockstar Energy Racing team. I've got a long list of thanks to many of our marketing partners that continue to support our racing endeavors especially ROCKSTAR Energy Drink and Mastercraft Seats who were both co-title sponsors for this 40th anniversary of Crandon weekend."
Crandon International Raceway is often regarded as the 'Indianapolis Raceway' of the off road racing world and the 1.65-mile racecourse has entertained millions of race fans over the past 40 years. For the last four decades, the world of off road racing has seen the best of the best arrive to this track in search of victory.
Rob MacCachren captured his first CUP victory in the spring of 1995, when the young off road racer took the world of off road by surprise and claimed the first of six-CUP victories. To date the Rockstar Energy Racing driver has won three Brush Run Chairman's CUP victories (1995, 2000, 2001) as well as three Borg-Warner World Championship CUP wins (1999, 2000, 2001).
Saturday's TORC Round 11 highlights were aired during the ABC Sports television show and will be re-broadcast in its entirety on ESPN2. Check your local listings for re-broadcast times near you and visit www.torcseries.com for additional information.
Sunday's TORC Round 12 was aired live on ABC Sports in front of millions of television viewers across the nation. Check your local listings for re-broadcast times near you and visit www.torcseries.com for additional information.