RidderFab Offroad Racing takes two 3rds in Bark River


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RidderFab Offroad Racing has weekend help from Offroad Superfans.

Some days you are the windshield, some days you are the bug...high hopes for winning were splattered like a mosquito on a windshield in Bark River, MI.

Friday afternoon found the RidderFab Offroad Racing team in Bark River Michigan (www.upoffroad100.com) for the TORC series presented by Amsoil www.TORCseries.com) rounds Seven and Eight. Driver of the #413 Jim Ridderbush and his crew had the truck prepped and ready for Friday night practice with high hopes for a solid weekend.
The #413 completed a lap of practice looking great. The Bark River Lions track prep crew has made some major changes to the track that helped us get even faster than ever on the 1.5 mile track. The Bark River International Raceway is home to Upper Michigan's only professional Offroad Racing event. The 1.5 Mile track is one of the most challenging in the TORC series, allowing drivers to reach speeds in excess of 90 mph. Ridderbush completed one lap and then heard a bad knock from the 355 cubic inch small block Chevrolet engine. The truck was shut off never to run again with that power plant. Connecting rods in the lower end completely let go scattering wasted metal through out the oil system. Saturday racing was looking to be nearly impossible for the #413 and crew.
If it weren’t for the hard work, dedication and encouragement of the Offroad Superfans (www.offroadsuperfans.com) and the #413 crew the truck would have been on the trailer the rest of the weekend. After a few phone calls, Nitro, the ATF director for the Superfan Club located a 350 engine that was supposed to be a runner in near by Powers, MI. The engine was delivered and the crew went to work along side the Superfans to get the #413 on the track for Saturday. We received assistance in one way or another from several other teams. Our fellow Superfan sponsored Sportsman Stock team of Al “The Outlaw” Konitzer lent some product, Stock truck driver Nick Byng and crew lent us an engine hoist and many teams stopped by to offer assistance and encouragement. Once the engine was in and mostly dressed the little details were left for morning. A nasty rain storm soaked the grounds and track very early Saturday morning. This gave the crew an additional hour to complete the swap. Once the details were covered, the engine was fired. The replacement motor turned out to be a bad. A worn out camshaft and other issues prevented the truck from running on all eight cylinders.
Once again hard work and perseverance didn’t pay off for Team RidderFab Offroad Racing. It will soon. The team would like to thank all our sponsors and fans for assistance and encouragement through the tough weekend. A very special thank you goes out to our families that support us but don’t get to see us very much. With out all these people we would have no chance of competing in the TORC series.
Due to a low number of entries this past weekend the truck was able to claim third place on both days. This puts the team third place in points going in to the final weekend. With just seven points separating fellow competitor David Miah and the #413 the intensity will be at record levels. Crandon International Raceway’s 40th anniversary (www.crandonoffroad.com) week of festivities promises to be an awesome time. The team anticipates a full field of racers.
Ridder Fab Racing hits the track next on September 4th and 5th in Crandon, WI. The 4th is a Friday night race and Saturday is mid day. At stake Saturday is the coveted “race for the ring” where the winner is crowned World Champion of Formula 4x4. This is a prize that has eluded Jim so far. Come watch as Team RidderFab competes for the ring!

Look for future updates, pictures and video on www.ridderfaboffroad.com.

RidderFab Racing would like to thank all of our sponsors;
Jon’s Body Shop
J&H transmission
Prusik Livestock
Schaeffer’s Oil
Baumgart Tire and Wheel
We would also like to thank our newest sponsors the Offroad Superfans www.offroadsuperfans.com

Contingency sponsors this year are:
BF Goodrich
Parker Pumper
Leatt Brace
KC HiLites
Auto Meter
K&N Filters
MSD Ignition

Ridder Fab Racing still has sponsorship opportunities available for the 2009 racing season and beyond. Please contact Dan Bergin 920-948-8004 dsbllbkeb@yahoo.com for more information.