Waldvogel Dominates Super Stock in Crandon! June 25, 2007 (Fond du Lac, WI) The Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run was held over the past weekend at the "Big House" of off-road racing, Crandon International Off-Road Raceway. Hundreds of race...
Waldvogel Dominates Super Stock in Crandon!
June 25, 2007 (Fond du Lac, WI) The Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run was held over the past weekend at the "Big House" of off-road racing, Crandon International Off-Road Raceway. Hundreds of race teams and thousands of fans visit this small northern Wisconsin town every year in June, marking the beginning of the summer off-road racing season with the roar of raw horsepower.
The Waldvogel Off-Road Racing team came to Crandon with high hopes, after a fair showing in Owatonna, Minnesota back in May. The truck had been serviced from top to bottom. A new power plant from Wolverine Performance and a new transmission from J&H Performance Transmission had been installed in preparation for Crandon, which is known for its high-speed straights and technical turns.
On Saturday, driver Dave Waldvogel pulled the Bendix® Brakes/Toyo Tires truck up to the line for the famous land rush start. At the green flag, all that preparation and setup work led to a killer hole shot, with the Toyo Open Country M/T tires launching the Bendix Brakes truck into the lead going into turn one. Dave held the lead over former champion and current points leader Ben Wandahsega. Dave aired it out lap after lap over the Boss Snowplow jump, wowing the crowd while nearly breaking the long jump record of 165" with one attempt. At about the midpoint of the race, lapped traffic started to come into play, and Ben was able to pull up to Dave's bumper with only two laps to go. Dave was able to dig down and find just a little more speed during the last two laps, and brought home his first career win in the Super Stock Truck class in only his third race in the division. To say that there was excitement in the Waldvogel cheering section is an understatement.
Saturday's win was a huge step for the entire team, but there was another race to be held on Sunday and the Waldvogel crew worked diligently to prepare the truck for round four. At the start, the Bendix Brakes/Toyo Tires truck again launched down the straight, this time pulling into second position behind Don Williams, another cagey veteran of the Super Stock class. Dave did not waste time when Don made a slip on lap one in the gravel pit turn, quickly ducking to the inside and claiming the lead while launching over the Boss Snowplow jump. Again, Ben Wandahsega pulled into second place behind Dave, but on this day Dave was smooth as silk, never making that mistake that would allow Ben to make his move. Dave eventually put a small lead on Ben and finished easily in the first position for a weekend sweep of the Super Stock Truck points races in Crandon. It was the first time in Dave's entire career that he had swept a weekend of racing, in only his second weekend ever competing in the Super Stock Truck division. Dave competed in the Stock Truck class from 2003-2006, accumulating nine wins, with seven of those wins coming in the past two seasons.
On Sunday afternoon, after all the WSORR points races were complete, the 14th annual Forest County Potawatomi Chairman's Cup race was held. This is a big-money shootout race between the Pro-4wd, Pro-2wd, and Super Stock Truck's. The Pro-2wd and Super Stock Trucks (also two-wheel drive) get a handicap start over the Pro-4wd Trucks. Dave entered this race for the first time in his career in a field of seventeen trucks. A missed shift at the green flag kept Dave toward the back of the 2-wheel drive competitors in the beginning of the race. Even with the poor start, Dave soldiered on to an eighth place finish, the last truck on the lead lap. This was good enough for second place among the Super Stock Truck division competitors. Powerhouse driver Carl Renezeder took the win in his Pro-4wd Truck with an exciting last lap pass over Pro-2wd racer Mike Oberg.
After the dust settled, Dave finds himself in the second position in the 2007 WSORR Super Stock Truck season points battle, a mere eight points out of first place. The next two rounds of racing will bring the WSORR series to the Bark River Off-Road Raceway in Bark River, Michigan on July 14th & 15th. Bark River has a history of making or breaking championship hopes, and finishing races will be the first order of business for the Waldvogel Off-Road Racing team. Come out and see if rookie Super Stock driver Dave Waldvogel can keep his winning streak alive in Bark River!