Demeny Charges to a Podium Finish - Bark River II Round 9 Abrams, WI (August 18, 2010) - Don Demeny was looking to put its driveline gremlins behind them as the team traveled to Bark River for the second time this season. The starting grid...
Demeny Charges to a Podium Finish - Bark River II Round 9
Abrams, WI (August 18, 2010) - Don Demeny was looking to put its driveline gremlins behind them as the team traveled to Bark River for the second time this season. The starting grid for the weekend was the largest of the season for the Super Stock Trucks as sixteen steel bodied warriors' waged battle. The yellow #885 Nsight Teleservices Cellcom BFGoodrich Tires Dodge Ram 1500 certainly was battled tested and proven during Saturday's run, but came up short during the finale on Sunday.
After a roller coaster ride of a weekend in Oshkosh, Don and his team were looking for strong results at Bark River. The fast sweeping curves of the 1.7 mile course includes the infamous Monster Energy Hill, a 150 foot tall ridge that runs through the middle of the track, as well as a nasty whoop section that parallels the county road, all of which suits the driving style of the MOPAR pilot.
The start of Saturday's Round 9, was interesting to say the least. The three trucks wide first turn seemed to engulf the entire sixteen truck field. The Nsight Dodge was hit from all sides and at one point was completely stopped as the wad of trucks couldn't seem to get out of their own way. Eventually, the dust and steel metal cleared and Don drove like a man possessed. It seemed like every lap; the #885 Dodge Ram would move one spot closer to the leader. With two laps to go, Don moved into third place, and held the final podium spot the rest of the way.
Overnight and early then next morning Demeny Racing performed the usual prep work for Sunday, but performed quite a bit of body work. The front end of the truck received most of the attention as the fender, grill, and hood help protect the engine from unwanted debris getting into the belts and pulleys of the engine.
Not surprisingly Sunday's race began much like the day before. A large pile of trucks pushing it was through the first turn, but this time Don didn't get stuck in the middle. He guided the BFGoodrich Dodge around the initial clog of trucks and was able to get into the top-5 as he approached the grandstand tabletop. Within three laps the engine temperatures began to rise and it would only a matter of time before the added heat would cause a parts failure. With nothing else to lose, Don pressed on hoping the failure would come after the checkered flag. Unfortunately it didn't, and the truck lost forward motion with only a few laps to go. Officially Demeny Racing finished eighth.
"This weekend we sure wrecked a lot of body panels," remarked Don Demeny. "I know this is a very evenly matched class, but I think I need a sheet metal and fiberglass sponsor to make it through the season. Seriously we had a great run Saturday, the mess in the first turn made me really focus and driving and not think about what the others around me were doing. Today the start was better, but the driveline issues came back. We will keep looking and comparing things until we figure it out. Regardless we will be ready for Crandon."
After ten of twelve rounds of racing in the TORC Super Stock Truck Championship, Don Demeny is in fourth place.