Kevin Probst takes the weekend in Pro-2wd, wins rounds 9&10 at Bark River, MI. August 9-10 The team went north, once again, to Bark River, MI. for rounds 9 and 10 of the 2008 WSORR season tour. With the Oshkosh weekend bringing the team high...
Kevin Probst takes the weekend in Pro-2wd, wins rounds 9&10 at Bark River, MI. August 9-10
The team went north, once again, to Bark River, MI. for rounds 9 and 10 of the 2008 WSORR season tour. With the Oshkosh weekend bringing the team high hopes and disappointing results, the team focused on getting back on track to finish the season strong. The team brought in Bill Smith from Pro Fab Motorsports to help on the setups for the #99 and the #5, trying to get a jump on the rest of the season. Bill was instrumental in the design and shock setups on the new Pro 2wd truck that Kevin drives and has been helping to get the Pro Lite up to the task as well.
Fridays schedule was for a late practice session and both trucks ran great. Kevin set fast time by 4 seconds over the next truck. The trucks were ready for the races on Saturday.
Saturday morning saw some early morning rain causing practice to be cancelled, again. The team got the new Toyo M/Ts on the trucks and waited for the afternoon's races.
The first PRO-Light race of the weekend came to the line ready to put on a show for the capacity crowd. When the green flag dropped, Jon and his #5 E3 Spark Plugs/Lucas Oil Nissan PRO-Light hit the turn in third. Jon was racing with the leaders when a track rod broke ending the day.
The Pro 2wd race saw Kevin take the first turn in the lead after starting on the #3 grid position. Kevin's E3 Spark Plugs Lucas Oil Toyo Chevrolet never had any challenges taking a commanding 8 second lead by the end of the first lap. Kevin kept a smooth but fast pace and had no challenges on this day taking the win with a twenty second lead. "The #99 took control and set the stage" Said Kevin, "Everything went right and no one could catch us with the Toyo Tires hooked up, the E3 Spark plugs getting power to the engine, and the Lucas Oil keeping everything running."
The #99 set the fast lap of the day ahead of the Pro 4 trucks. "Our goal for the rest of the season is to win" said Kevin, " We cannot control Dan V and the points, but we can do our best to win the remaining races, 1 down, 4 to go!"
No issues during the Sunday Morning practice and both trucks were ready to fly.
Sunday's Pro-Lite race saw Jon come through the first turn in second. Going over the hill to the back section of the track, Jon spun in the wet conditions giving up 5 spots. The close racing had several lead changes with the top 7 trucks under a blanket. Jon kept pressure on the lead trucks and ended the day in 4th with Jeff Kincaid the winner. "I just could not get comfortable with the track today," said Jon, "My cornering was off and I could not trust the corners like the last rounds in Bark River." The team readied for the last race of the weekend, Pro 2wd.
The last event of the weekend was the premiere Pro 2wd Class. Kevin's #99 was ready to rock and ready to repeat the round 9 win. At the green flag for the land rush start, Kevin was on the #7 spot of the grid. The flag dropped and Kevin made turn 1 in second. Chasing Ross Hoek for the lead, Kevin and Ross put on a great show for the crowd. Kevin made a pass on the back section "Cemetery corner" around the outside of Hoek. #99 never looked back as the lead continued similar to Saturday. "Once I made the pass, I could use my lines," said Kevin. The lead expanded again and Kevin ended the day with the win and another lap record. Officials told the announcer that Kevin set the second fasted time ever recorded on the track at 1:23:09. It was almost 2 ½ seconds faster than Saturday.
The next event is Crandon, Wi. For rounds 11 and 12 of the 2008 tour as well as the Decision at Sundown and the Borg Warner Championships also on Labor Day weekend in Crandon.
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