Fire, Rain, and a Podium - Sticker Dude Motorsports at Crandon's Brush Run June 23, 2008 (Lake Zurich) - Sticker Dude Motorsports was looking to build on its results from the opening WSORR rounds of racing in Wheatland. The drivers, Lee...
Fire, Rain, and a Podium - Sticker Dude Motorsports at Crandon's Brush Run
June 23, 2008 (Lake Zurich) - Sticker Dude Motorsports was looking to build on its results from the opening WSORR rounds of racing in Wheatland. The drivers, Lee O'Donnell, Luke Zoetmulder, and Steven Federico look to the June Crandon race as a barometer for the rest of the season. What the team didn't know was how the weather barometer would affect the team's performance.
Saturday Round 3
PRO Super Buggy - #924 Luke Zoetmulder
The PRO Super Buggy race saw a great start by Luke Zoetmulder in the #924 Invisible Glass Sticker Dude Designs P.F. Changs Hankook Tire Toyota powered Probst Lazer. Luke was having a great run when, on lap two; the buggy lost all forward motion. The clutch has failed.
Later that afternoon, the crew went to work replacing the clutch pressure plate as the high carbon iron ring cracked into four pieces. The crew had the Super Buggy ready by early evening.
PRO-Light - #24 Steven Federico
The PRO Light race saw Steven Federico and his #24 Invisible Glass P.F. Changs Sticker Dude Designs Hankook Tire Toyota Tacoma battle for the lead as the field headed out of Turn One and down the front stretch. At that point, Steven tucked in behind #4 Kincaid for the second position. Over the radio, Steven mentions that the front of the truck is too stiff. A few laps later, #9 Hord slipped passed Steven for the second spot. The #24 Toyota Tacoma motored to a solid third place podium finish.
Immediately after the race, Steven got car chief Chris Hansen and former PRO-Light driver Mark Kreuger together to discuss suspension changes. "I think we went too big on our front springs. Every time I landed the front end of the truck would bounce off the ground and trying to make the turns was very difficult," noted Steven Federico. "We need the chassis to work better with the great bite our Hankook tires give us."
PRO-Light - #23 Lee O'Donnell
Now the race was anything but uneventful for teammate Lee O'Donnell. The start saw Lee take a conservative approach through Turn One. This put the #23 Hankook Tires Invisible Glass P.F. Changs Sticker Dude Designs Toyota Tacoma, in sixth place battling #30 Oberg. The two traded paint several times before Lee was able to get around Oberg. Then just past the halfway point of the race, as the #23 Toyota entered the Gravel Pit, a fire broke out on the truck. Quickly Lee stopped the race truck in front of the nearest safety workers and bailed out of the truck. Fortunately Lee was unharmed. The safety workers quickly extinguished the flames and saved the truck from serious damage.
Overnight the entire Sticker Dude crew went to work on Lee's Toyota. The fire was caused by a failed fuel line. The truck got cleaned up and they replaced fuel lines and most of the electrical wiring as the damage was not as much as first thought.
At the same time Chris Hansen and Mark Krueger changed the valving in the front of #24 truck looking to get the truck to handle the high speed jumps better.
The Sunday morning practice sessions went off with out a hitch as all three drivers were happy with the setups on all three vehicles.
Light intermittent rain showers passed through the area much of the afternoon. By the time the PRO-Light Round lined up the track was beginning to get muddy in some spots.
PRO-Light #24 Steven Federico
The land rush start saw Steven try to take an easier launch off the line, due to the rain, but the engine died, putting him back in the pack as the field approached the first corner. By the time the field came around for the second time, the #24 Invisible Glass P.F. Changs Sticker Dude Designs Hankook Tire Toyota Tacoma was really hustling through traffic and quickly moved into fourth place. The top four racers didn't change the final eight laps. Officially Steven crossed the finish in fourth place.
"Today I tried something different to get our Toyota Tacoma a better launch off the line. The wet conditions made the start very tricky. Unfortunately my starting technique put me last coming out of Turn One. Our Invisible Glass P.F. Changs Sticker Dude Designs Hankook Tire Toyota Tacoma ran really great this weekend. No major issues. The Hankook DynaPro MT tires performed flawlessly no matter the track conditions. Thanks to Mark Krueger for spotting, and my crew for giving me a great ride this weekend. The Racing Optics tear offs are a real advantage when the track conditions get like they did today."
PRO-Light #23 Lee O'Donnell
When Lee returned to the track for practice, everyone in the pits were amazed. When the track announcer stated his name during race introductions, the 12,000 spectators gave a loud cheer. The truck looked like it was ready for the first race of the season.
Lee, like his teammate, was cautious coming into Turn One. The race line Lee took seemed to be looser and wetter than other areas. Quickly Lee went through several tear offs. Then on the second lap, as he was reaching for the next visor tear off, the complete stack came off. Visibility immediately became a concern for #23 Hankook Tires Invisible Glass P.F. Changs Sticker Dude Designs Toyota Tacoma. As the race went on, the rain continued to fall. Now Lee had to lift his visor to see the track. It slowed his pace greatly. At the finish he crossed the line in eighth place.
"To go out and compete today says a lot about our team," states Lee O'Donnell. "Before the truck got back to the hauler, Chris Hansen had fuel line, electrical wiring, and tools all ready to get the Hankook Tire Toyota back on the track. The Crandon safety crew was right there and put the fire out quick. Today the truck ran great, I just couldn't see. I was right behind someone the whole time, and the mud and rocks kept me from getting around people. I'm just glad we came out Saturday's fire fine and the truck is still in good shape."
PRO Super Buggy - #924 Luke Zoetmulder
By the time the Super Buggies made it to the starting grid. The rain was coming down hard. The track was soup and visibility was almost zero. Regardless the show went on. This round Luke found himself in the back row of the grid due Saturday's clutch failure. This made visibility matters worse, as a half dozen buggies would be roosting mud on the second row when the green flag waved. Luke and Invisible Glass Sticker Dude Designs P.F. Changs Hankook Tire Toyota powered Probst Lazer toured the track the best he could. This included a couple stops to try to improve his line of sight. At finish, he was awarded tenth place.
"This was a tough weekend for us," commented Luke Zoetmulder. "The pressure plate cracking and then fighting the track conditions today. I'm glad the weekend is over. We will get the Super Buggy back home clean it thoroughly, looking for any kind of wear and tear. When this Crandon dirt gets really wet it seem to get everywhere and wear things out. Like my teammates notes, the Hankook DynaPro MT tires are awesome. Lastly, I would like to thank the entire crew for all the hard work this weekend. Everyone worked tirelessly to get Lee back on the track. All of us had issues and we got through them. I would also like to personally thank Harold and Scotty at Furo Racecraft for all the hard work."
Next Race: July 12-13, WSORR Rounds 5 & 6 Island Casino/Boss Snow Plow UP Off-Road 100, Bark River, Michigan