Ross Hoek Motorsports debuts Herculiner PRO-2WD Race Truck at Crandon Ross Hoek came to Crandon with the brand new 2007 ...
Ross Hoek Motorsports debuts Herculiner PRO-2WD Race Truck at Crandon
Ross Hoek came to Crandon with the brand new 2007 #21 Herculiner, Toyo Tires, Royal Purple Ford F-150 WSORR Pro-2WD truck. The RHM team had tested at Crandon a couple of weeks earlier, and the team was anxious to mix it up with the best PRO 2WD racers in the country.
In Saturday morning practice, the team experienced an oil line failure which caused the new truck to catch fire and sent the newly assembled crew into action. Fortunately, the team work flawlessly together and got Ross and the #21 Herculiner Ford to the staging area in plenty of time.
The landrush start saw Ross come out of Turn One cleanly looking to move up in the standings. Almost immediately the truck began to run on seven cylinders. Nonetheless, Ross pressed on making his was up to fifth place. 2 laps in the motor began to smoke and Ross immediately pulled off the track with vivid memories of the morning's fire.
Surveying the damage after the race the team found a burnt piston in the all new race engine and they were with out a spare after damaging it testing a week earlier. A unique and unfortunate series of events found the team forced to sit out its first race since 2000.
The next morning Ross talked with BUMPRACER.COM to reflect on the first weekend of competition for the # 21 WSORR PRO-2WD Herculiner Toyo Tires Royal Purple Ford F-150.
"We built this truck in six weeks; my guys really went at it hard. We've added some new personnel on the team and we are still learning some things as a team. Our new engine builder wants certain things setup differently than what we are used to and these changes took us out this weekend. We are encouraged because the truck was running well, even on seven cylinders, and the suspension setup is real close. Our lap times on Saturday were impressive considering we were running on seven cylinders. We will get our motor program set by Bark River and plan to be competing for a podium finish."
-credit: Ross Hoek Motorsports