Practice Mishap Doesn't Slow Hoek Holland, MI (May 18, 2009) - Ross Hoek Motorsports traveled to Texas looking to build on the late season success of the 2008 season. The changes that RHM made to their PRO-2WD truck, the team was looking forward...
Practice Mishap Doesn't Slow Hoek
Holland, MI (May 18, 2009) - Ross Hoek Motorsports traveled to Texas looking to build on the late season success of the 2008 season. The changes that RHM made to their PRO-2WD truck, the team was looking forward to a good weekend of racing at the Dirt Track at Texas Motor Speedway.
Saturday Afternoon Practice The Venom Energy Kumho Tire Ford F-150 went out for its first real track time of the year looking to work on suspension setup on the short, but fast Texas dirt track. The first session was uneventful, as the team was looking to create a baseline for the truck's race setup. The second practice session was another story. On the second lap Ross had his Kumho tires really hook up, as he headed for the infield table top. The truck had a bumper first landing throwing the truck into an endo over end crash, tearing up the right front corner of the truck
Quickly, RHM went to work, getting the truck ready for the Friday night under the lights opening round of racing. The extensive damage prevented Ross from making his qualifying run, therefore; he was relegated to the back of the pack.
The quick work of the team had Ross ready for Round 1 with time to spare. Now Ross had to wonder how the truck would handle. When the fifteen truck PRO-2WD field came rolling out down the front straight, Ross immediately went to work on the trucks in front of him.
Ross had a fairly clean race as he worked his way well up the field to a well-deserved seventh place finish.
Afterwards, Ross commented, "The lick I took in practice was fairly hard, my crew is awesome, to get the truck back together and have it run to well, it's a testament to my guys. I'm sure glad I installed an ISP seat for this year. I really held me in place, it was the best investment I've ever made in my race truck."
Overnight the weather really changed. A cold front came through and brought heavy rains that lasted until Saturday afternoon. Somehow the track workers drained and scrapped the track, as the 5000 fans waited patiently for the show. By 9:00 in the evening, the race trucks were in staging and Round 2 was set to begin.
The track was incredibly good shape considering the condition it was in, late in the afternoon. Ross Hoek and his #21 Venom Energy Kumho Tire F-150 lined up in the seventh position as a result of his Friday night finish.
When the green flag fell, the racing was tight. The track had good traction in most areas, with only a few muddy spots on the track. Throughout much of the twenty-lap event fifth through tenth positions were constantly changing. Just past the midpoint of the race, the Venom Energy Ford was running sixth looking to make the move for fifth when the power steering went away. This made navigating around the tight .7-mile long track difficult. Ross' pace was drastically reduced. At the finish, the Ross Hoek Motorsports was awarded eleventh place.
After two rounds of racing in the TORC series, Ross Hoek is eighth overall ion the PRO-2WD division.
"This weekend was a true testament of my team," remarked Ross Hoek. "I waded up the truck in practice Friday, but my guys somehow gave a truck that was 100% by race time. My Kumho tires really worked well both nights, no matter the track conditions. We had great racing with several drivers. Don't know what caused the power steering line to fail, but the tight track probably contributed to the problem. I have to thank Venom Energy Drink for their support this weekend, and the added contribution from AMSOIL and the PDG that made it possible to make the trek to Texas."
You can view the first weekend of TORC competition on ESPN2, May 24, at 11am eastern