Rare Off-Road Racing "Triple-Header" Looms Large for Racers and Fans BARK RIVER, Mich. -- It will be an unprecedented weekend jam-packed with explosive short-course racing. The stage is set for the Lucas Oil World Series of Off-Road Racing ...
Rare Off-Road Racing "Triple-Header" Looms Large for Racers and Fans
BARK RIVER, Mich. -- It will be an unprecedented weekend jam-packed with explosive short-course racing. The stage is set for the Lucas Oil World Series of Off-Road Racing (WSORR) to roll into Bark River International Raceway near Escanaba for a rare "triple-header" of off-road racing action August 10-12, 2007.
The "triple-header" includes a record posted purse exceeding $130,000. "This is the largest amount ever posted for a race at Bark River," said WSORR GM Doug Davis. "In fact, it's the largest amount ever for an off-road race in the Great Lake State." Bark River has been conducting off-road racers for more than three decades. WSORR also brings a hefty $1.7 million contingency program to the track.
Friday's " 6 P.M. Happy Hour" takes on a whole new meaning in Michigan's Upper Peninsula as WSORR PRO classes engage for the first of three consecutive rounds of racing. High performance PRO 4x4 race trucks, wicked PRO 2WD race machines and high-revving PRO Light Pickups kick-off the attack on the Bark River dirt. Each class returns Saturday and Sunday along with another eight SRT classes for additional rounds of racing and SPEED TV coverage. The stakes are enormous as racers bid for Series championships. Annually, the Boss Snowplows Off-Road Challenge in August is the Raceway's biggest event of the year. But the 2007 weekend looms larger than ever for WSORR racers, their sponsors and fans.
"It's huge," said Davis. "Three PRO and two SRT Division rounds of racing on one weekend at Bark River make it pivotal," he said. b^0x001cA total of 25 class races in 72 hours is a great spectator value and we expect a festival atmosphere to break out at Bark River."
"The drama all goes down in the State of Michigan -- the Motor Capital of the World," Davis emphasized. "Our timing personnel are jazzed, our announcers are stoked. The off-road adrenaline is really pumping for the biggest Bark River weekend in history," he said. Davis said it's "make or break time for racers" in all classes. "Racers trailing in points can get back in the hunt. Racers with tenuous points' leads can separate from the pack. Plus, we expect a full house of team and Series sponsors adding to the pressure of the weekend."Class by class, WSORR points chases are tight. The PRO 4x4 class has five racers within 30 points of the lead. PRO 2WD has three racers bunched at the top. Eight of the country's most elite PRO Light Pickup drivers are separated by just 37 points from first to eighth.
In the SRT Division, both the Super Stock Truck and Super Buggy classes have three racers congested at the top of the standings with others still in contention. Five drivers are within 43 points of each other in the Stock Truck class. Any one of seven 1600 Buggy racers are within striking distance of a WSORR class title. And in the topsy-turvy 1600 Lite Buggy class, the top six racers are separated by a scant 13 points. Formula 4x4 trucks have four racers fighting for valuable points and within 11 digits of each other."We call this 'NFL-style' parody between WSORR classes," said Davis. "We'll find out if someone can put together a break-out weekend starting with Friday's Happy Hour."
The Bark River Friday Happy Hour includes plans for post-race evening entertainment including the "2007 Big & Rich Karaoke Contest" and a giant fireworks show. More information on WSORR Rounds VII, VII and IX at Bark River International Raceway is available at www.WSORR.com. The Raceway website can be accessed at www.upoffroad100.com.