Robert Stout dedicates perfect weekend to USAC Champ Larry Rice! After back to back wins with his Lucas Oil backed, E3 Spark Plugs, Pro-Challenge Charger riding on Kumho tires at Road America, Robert Stout was full of confidence entering the...
Robert Stout dedicates perfect weekend to USAC Champ Larry Rice!
After back to back wins with his Lucas Oil backed, E3 Spark Plugs, Pro-Challenge Charger riding on Kumho tires at Road America, Robert Stout was full of confidence entering the NASA crossover event at Putnam Park road course. Stout could earn points for both the Great Lakes and Mid-West Regions at his home track. Robert said, "Dave Royce and the gang from NASA put on a great event this weekend and we are finally getting this Lucas Oil Charger sorted out.
We did encounter a high speed miss on Sunday but was still able to hang on for the win. This weekend was very important for us for a couple of reasons. The points Championship is the goal but my dad's close friend Larry Rice who is a three time USAC National Champion and a former Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the year is struggling for his life as he battles cancer and we wanted to dedicate this weekend to him. I'm glad we could bring home a pair of wins!"
The two wins at Putnam make it four consecutive wins in a row for the first time in Stout's career! It will also give him the points lead in the Mid-West Region and now is tied for the lead in the Great Lakes region "This place is made for a car like ours. The long sweeping turns are where we excel and this car was on rails all weekend. We tested on Friday and nailed down tire pressures and temps along with some set up thanks to the data from our EQ3 Racepak. Finally we raced when it wasn't raining so we put this Lucas Oil backed car equipped with E3 Spark Plugs and Kumho tires to the test. The K&N filters gave us clean air for the engine and our Hawk brake pads never faded!"
Car owner Ken Stout said, "This was a nice change, no rain, no rods through the block and two more wins. I'm glad we could do this for all the people that support this effort and my son. I'm also happy we could dedicate such a good weekend to Larry! Larry is a great friend, he is one of the good guys! We have worked together in television for a number of years and he is always a pleasure to be around. We covered the Chili Bowl together in 2008 and man was Larry on his game. In 2009 we watched the Chili Bowl together in the stands with his son Robby and you could tell it was just a place that Larry loved so I'm glad we spent some time together this year. I lost my Mother and nearly lost my daughter to cancer, it is a terrible disease. Our prayers are with Larry and his family as he has a tough fight ahead of him. I hope we're all sitting in the stands at the Chili Bowl again in 2010!"
The quest for dual regional championships will continue at Grattan Raceway in Belding, Mi.