Rupe Continues to Push for Second Championship - Wins Round 7 Chetek, WI (July 26, 2010) - Consistency wins championships and after the show Eric Ruppel and his ...
Rupe Continues to Push for Second Championship - Wins Round 7
Chetek, WI (July 26, 2010) - Consistency wins championships and after the show Eric Ruppel and his #837 Super Stock Phil's Inc. Art Carr Transmission Halama Synthetic Ford F-150 put on at Oshkosh, the title looks to be a two truck race. In the first six rounds of racing Eric Ruppel has finished in the Top-5 five times. The weekend of racing at the Oshkosh Speedzone saw Eric continue his consistent ways.
The night time event in Oshkosh is actually the third visit in the last three years for the TORC Sportsman competitors. The 2010 edition saw a completely new layout that included a large tabletop jump and a long rhythm section that was rather harsh on all the Super Stock Truck racers.
Round 7 saw Eric line up in the seventh spot due to the starting inversion. Even though the stadium style track was short on length, and fortunately the Phil's Inc. Ford there was plenty of room for passing. The fourteen lap race had its share of pushing and bumping but it all came down to a three lap duel between Eric and the #817 of Mitch Dorr. Dorr was in the lead with Eric right on his bumper. Lap after lap Eric tried unsuccessfully to make a pass as the two headed down the front stretch. The final turn of the final lap saw Dorr spin his tires a little too much allowing Eric to dive to the inside and finally making the pass stick. This was Eric Ruppel's first victory of the year.
"Can you believe that finish!" exclaimed Eric Ruppel. "I knew if could get under Mitch early enough I might get enough speed to win the race to the finish. It just worked out. The BFGoodrich tires really made the difference tonight."
After going through post-race tech inspection, the pinion bearing locked up, leaving the truck motionless. Fortunately the bearing failure happened after the checkered flag. The next morning the team went to work replacing the ring and pinion as well as all the usual between race prep work.
Round 8 saw an overflowing crowd in the grandstands as the Heavy Metal Super Stock Trucks lined up for battle. This race saw the white and blue F-150 use every inch of the track. Whether it was to make a pass for position or just avoid a collision, wherever Rupe need to go, the #837 Ford responded perfectly thanks to the Deaver Springs and King Shocks. The race saw quite a bit of contact yet Eric avoided the majority of the incidents. The finish saw Scott Beauchamp take the win, Mitch Dorr coming in second, and Eric Ruppel in third.
"Our team had a solid performance this weekend," noted Eric Ruppel. "The motor is going back to Wolverine Performance to get freshened up for the final two weekends of the season. We are just four points behind Scott (Beauchamp) and the team will need everything we got to bring home the championship."
After eight rounds of racing Eric Ruppel is currently in second place in the TORC Super Stock Truck Championship, just four points behind the leader, Scott Beauchamp.
Next Race: August 14-15 in Bark River, MI.
-source: Ruppel Motorsports