Frana Keeps AWD Up Front - Wins Round 9 @ Bark River II Runner-Up in Round 10 Loves Park, IL (August 17, 2010) - After surviving the tight and technical stadium style track at Oshkosh, John Frana was glad to get back to Bark River, the scene...
Frana Keeps AWD Up Front - Wins Round 9 @ Bark River II
Runner-Up in Round 10
Loves Park, IL (August 17, 2010) - After surviving the tight and technical stadium style track at Oshkosh, John Frana was glad to get back to Bark River, the scene of his first career win back in July. From the first practice session of the weekend, TORC insiders knew the Frana Vehicles BrandName Sway-A-Way FK Rods BFGoodrich Super Buggy would be tough to beat.
The high flying Monster Energy Hill and the fast sweeping turns of Bark River definitely gave the #907 Super Buggy an advantage over its competitors. In years past, John Frana has had close brushes with success, but the development of the unique chassis and drive train seemed to slow the team's success.
During the past off-season, John and his team went to work on a redesign of certain components of the drive train. The additional engineering that went into the Super Buggy made the Frana Vehicles Super Buggy a true contender. The team's success started with a fourth place finish at Round 1 in Antigo. From that moment on, the TORC Super Buggy competitors took notice of the world's only all-wheel drive Super Buggy.
This is certainly true at the 1.7 mile all-natural terrain layout in Bark River, Michigan as the #907 Super Buggy went flag to flag to take the win during Round 9. In fact, before John cut back his race pace, the Honda powered AWD machine had a ten second lead just before the mandatory yellow.
Early the next day, it looked like the Frana Vehicles Super Buggy would run away from the rest of the competition, but the #907 Super Buggy was issued a stop and go penalty for an aggressive pass that got John the lead. After serving the penalty, John was at the back of the field. Undaunted and always up to the challenge, John began working his way through the field, all the way up to second place, when the checkered flag was waved. Another podium finish for John Frana.
"This weekend was just incredible," noted John Frana. "The win yesterday really boosted my confidence. Today I got a little aggressive on my pass of Scott (Schwalbe) and it cost me. Fortunately, neither buggy was hurt from the contact. Scott's a good friend of mine and we talked and everything is good. We charged back, but just ran out of laps to challenge for the win. Again, I want to thank my family and friends that have supported this effort year in and year out. Our success at the track is dedicated to them."
The next race in the Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL for John Frana is Wednesday, August 25 and Thursday, August 26 at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois.