WSORR: Crandon: Eric Ruppel weekend summary

Ruppel Goes Wire-to-Wire Winning Round Three at the Brush Run Chetek, WI (June 25, 2008) - After struggling with electrical woes the opening weekend in Wheatland, Eric Ruppel and his ...

Ruppel Goes Wire-to-Wire Winning Round Three at the Brush Run

Chetek, WI (June 25, 2008) - After struggling with electrical woes the opening weekend in Wheatland, Eric Ruppel and his #837 PHILSINC.COM Art Carr Transmission Beard Super Seat BFGoodrich Tire Ford F-150 came back strong at the Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run in Crandon, Wisconsin. Eric Ruppel has a solid history of podium finishes at the iconic track in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

Saturday - Round 3

The eleven truck field lined up in two rows for the land rush start. The start is a quarter mile long with bumps and moguls all the way down the grass straightaway. The starting area is about seven trucks wide, then funnels down to about three wide as the WSORR STOCK TRUCKS exit Potawatomi Turn One. The fastest STOCK TRUCKS come through this area exceeding 70 miles per hour.

The start saw Eric and his #837 Ford F-150 take the lead right from the start. He and second place truck #807 Craig Metz slowly pulled away from the rest of the field. Much of the race Metz could keep Eric in his sites, but could never quite get close enough to challenge for the lead. At the flag it was Eric Ruppel first, Craig Metz second, Scott Beauchamp third.

"The track was excellent," noted Eric Ruppel. "It was probably the best condition ever, and we just got the holeshot. I believe this is the most competitive class in the series, and everybody stepped up this year, so you really have to have your ducks in a row. Our BFGoodrich tires are best, the Art Carr Transmission never missed a beat, and it's really great to race in the comfort and safety of a new Beard Super Seat."

Afterwards, Eric's crew, Kent Kramer and Mark Ewert, went right to work prepping for Sunday's race. Without any areas of concern to look after, the team couldn't wait for Round 4.

Sunday - Round 4

The green flag fell and the field headed for the most "infamous" turn in all of off-road racing. The field saw some rubbing go on as they all headed down the front straight. Eric got hung up in traffic and was involved with a rubbing incident, slowing his momentum through the first corner. The PHILSINC.COM Ford was seventh after the first corner. After a couple of laps Eric had worked his way into fifth place. By now the front runners had put too much real estate between themselves and the #837 F-150. Eric continued to press, crossing the finish line in fifth place.

"The start here is extremely important," stated Eric Ruppel. "Today I just missed it off the start and then got involved with some traffic. By the time I got clear of everything, there wasn't enough time to make up the ground to get to the leaders. The truck ran perfect both days, no complaints, just yesterday I got an awesome holeshot. This truck is a blast to drive. The Fox Shox are set up just right. Today we had to abuse the engine and transmission a bit to get around a competitor, but thanks to AMSOIL and ART CARR neither missed a beat."

Currently Eric Ruppel is in third place in the 2008 WSORR Stock Truck Championship standings.

The next race for Eric Ruppel is the Island Casino/Boss Snow Off-Road Challenge, July 12-13, in Bark River, Michigan.

-credit: www.ericruppel.com

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