Douglas Motorsports Comes Back with a Solid Finish on Sunday El Cajon, CA (July 16, 2007) - Douglas Motorsports came to Bark River looking for a strong showing, in the hope of making up the deficit the team incurred, by missing the opening...
Douglas Motorsports Comes Back with a Solid Finish on Sunday
El Cajon, CA (July 16, 2007) - Douglas Motorsports came to Bark River looking for a strong showing, in the hope of making up the deficit the team incurred, by missing the opening weekend of the WSORR series. If Friday's lap times were any indication, top finishes in PRO-4WD were well within their reach.
The mad rush, to the newly banked Turn One, saw Scott Douglas grab the lead, with #22 Greaves and #17 Renezeder, directly behind. As the field completed lap one, Scott was in second place, just behind Greaves. About midway through the race, Scott realized the #7 AMSOIL Kumho Tire Ford F-150, wasn't running at its best. Then on lap 8, while running in second place, Scott pulled off the track with a drive train failure. Officially, the #7 Ford F-150 was awarded with a sixth place finish.
Later that evening, Scott Douglas commented on Round 5: "We had a transfer case output shaft bearing and seal go bad. When that happened, all the transmission fluid ran out of the transfer case, and that ended our day. After the second lap, the bearing started making noise, and then a vibration. During the race, I backed off a bit, trying to determine if I had mud in a tire, or a flat. Then I actually picked up the pace, figuring we could go, then it all went. In addition to the transmission and transfer case, the motor needed to be replaced; after we found metal shavings in the oil.
The crew convinced me to get the backup truck prepped for Sunday. Don't forget, it won two World Series races this year with Mike Oberg driving, and it wants to get back out again."
Sunday morning, the two laps of practice went well, and the team was optimistic, even after an all night thrashing to get the truck "race ready".
The start saw #22 Greaves grab the lead, with Scott Douglas in second, and #17 Renezeder in third. The top two positions stayed constant throughout the ten lap event. At the flag, Scott Douglas and his #7 AMSOIL Kumho Tire Precision Gear Ford F-150, came home in second place.
Back at his transporter, Scott Douglas talked with BUMPRACER.COM. Today's race had a much better outcome. From your perspective, describe today's race. "Cenni got the holeshot, but he rolled in turn two. Then it was me, Johnny, and Carl. Carl just couldn't get around us. This backup truck ran really well. Once Carl dropped out, there wasn't any reason to push too hard. Johnny had a good lead and we got everything we could out of the setup. We missed the gearing a bit, and a few other things that could have made us better, but with only two laps of testing this morning, second place was pretty good."
You've mentioned how important having a second truck at the track is for the team. Besides competition, how else is this truck used? "This is our R & D truck. Between races we try different chassis setups. If it works well, we apply the knowledge to the primary truck. At our next test session, we're going to change some suspension pivots, which is a pretty in depth job. The crew decided to make the changes for today's race, and sure enough, the changes made an improvement in the truck."
This track is considered a technical track. What do the racers mean by that? "This track really changes, as the weekend goes on. It develops holes and ruts, and they get bigger as the weekend progresses. Some tracks stay nice and smooth. Here, you need to change the shock valving, to make the truck more pliable, for the changing conditions. It's a hard call though, because if you're too loose, you can roll the truck."
Currently, Scott Douglas is in fourth place overall, in the quest for the 2007 WSORR PRO-4x4 Championship.
Next Race: Aug. 10-12, 2007 - WSORR Rounds VII, VIII & IX - Bark River, MI