SCOTT DOUGLAS WINS INAUGURAL AMSOIL CUP Crandon, WI-AMSOIL Motorsports Marketing Manager Jeremy Meyer could not have scripted a more perfect scenario to launch the new AMSOIL Cup. Traditionally the biggest short course off-road race of the year,...
SCOTT DOUGLAS WINS INAUGURAL AMSOIL CUP
Crandon, WI-AMSOIL Motorsports Marketing Manager Jeremy Meyer could not have scripted a more perfect scenario to launch the new AMSOIL Cup. Traditionally the biggest short course off-road race of the year, the Labor Day weekend Cup race pits PRO 2WD trucks against PRO 4X4 trucks in an all- out dash for cash. BorgWarner has been the title sponsor of the prestigious race for past 17-years, but decided to retire the BorgWarner Cup this year. Jeremy Meyer seized the opportunity and created the AMSOIL Cup to continue the tradition. AMSOIL has made a five-year commitment to the AMSOIL Cup sponsorship along with a record $25,000 payout for first, $5,000 for second, and $2,500 for third.
AMSOIL's commitment to the sport was rewarded in the inaugural race when ASMOIL PRO 4X4 driver Scott Douglas won the Cup, beating a huge field that included the best talent in the sport - from Robby Gordon, to Rob MacCacheren and Johnny Greaves. Before the largest crowd in Crandon history, Scott Douglas paid respect to Jack Flannery, the late off-road legend who recently lost his battle with cancer in a post race speech to the fans and Crandon staff that included Jake and Cliff Flannery. "I did it the way Jack Flannery would've done it...wide open, throw it in every corner, totally commit, and don't worry about nothin' and that's the way we did it," said Douglas to the cheering race fans. The win is the third Cup victory for Scott Douglas, winning the BorgWarner Cup twice, once in 1997 and again in 2006 and now the AMSOIL Cup in 2010.
The AMSOIL Cup race challenges PRO 2WD trucks against PRO 4X4s. The PRO 2WDs start 12 seconds ahead of the slightly faster PRO 4X4s, so for a four- wheel-drive truck to win, they must not only beat the other PRO 4X4s, but also work through the entire PRO 2WD field. Scott Douglas leaned on his Pro Power Racing engine hard and pulled a holeshot to lead the pack around Crandon's treacherous high-speed turn one. Douglas stayed on the gas, pitching number 7 deep into corner after corner, quickly closing the gap on the PRO 2WDs. Within a few laps Douglas was mixing it up with the 2WDs, picking them off, one at a time. By lap six, Douglas had caught race leader Jeff Kincaid. Douglas and Rick Huseman passed Kincaid and Huseman bumped past Douglas, but overdrove a corner and took himself out of the race. Douglas had the lead with five to go and held off advances from Johnny Greaves and Steve Barlow to take the checkered flag.
Scott Douglas winning the biggest race of the year after coming just inches from winning the Spring Crandon Cup race was special for the Douglas Motorsport team, sponsors, and race fans alike. The opening show of the exciting new TORC Series TV coverage on Discovery HD Theater highlights the spring race and shows just how close Douglas came to winning Crandon Cup. Winning the inaugural AMSOIL Cup for his title sponsor wraps the season up in a made for TV moment that brings the storyline full-circle.
Total purse for the AMSOIL Cup added up to more than $30,000. In addition to AMSOIL's contribution of $25,000 for first place, Ford Motor Company awarded Scott Douglas $3,500 for being the first F-150 across the finish line. Miller Electric and MasterCraft Safety added to the generous AMSOIL Cup purse.
Douglas won the AMSOIL Cup in his backup truck after a catastrophic fire burned the powertrain of the primary truck in round 11 of TORC Series racing. Scott Douglas headed into the Crandon weekend just 7 points out of first place in PRO 4x4. The fire took Douglas out of points contention for PRO 4X4 title, but thanks to his consistency in (top three) podium finishes Scott maintained his standings in the points battle. Douglas bounced back from the fire to finish on the podium in third in Sunday mornings round 12. Scott Douglas finished the season third in PRO 4X4 points with nine podiums in twelve races. The entire Douglas Motorsports team congratulates Johnny Greaves and the Monster Energy team on a well-deserved championship.
"It's always great to end the season with a win and they don't come any bigger or better than this," commented Scott Douglas. "I'm proud that we could kick-off the AMSOIL Cup tradition with a victory for the AMSOIL family of employees and dealers - this one is for them."
Be sure to catch all the race action every Thursday night on Discovery HD Theater at 8 pm. The primetime slot will air for 26-weeks with multiple reruns.