Charlotte, North Carolina—After big changes to the AMSOIL number 7 Douglas Motorsports Ford in the off-season, Scott Douglas was confident the truck would be faster when the TORC Series presented by AMSOIL went green flag racing. “We did a lot of testing at Cycle Ranch in Texas and at Crandon with the new setup and knew we had a winning combination,” commented Douglas. “Our only question was how well we could do on the shorter speedway style tracks.” That question was answered when Scott Douglas earned spots on the podium in both round one and round two of TROC Series action at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Douglas Motorsports made modifications to the chassis, and moved coolers and other components lower in the truck to improve handling. The major changes, however, were the addition of a Goodwin Competition Racing Engine with a Borla Performance Exhaust system and a manual transmission. “The truck is dramatically different to drive than it was last season. This engine builds power so quickly, that I found myself short shifting at certain points on the track to keep it hooked up. I think we’ll really see an improvement when we get to the natural terrain high-speed tracks like Bark River and Crandon.”
In round one Friday night under the lights, Douglas jumped out to an early lead and held off the field for the first five laps. Dicing in traffic, Ricky Johnson slipped by. Between the slick clay surface and very busy track, the learning curve with the manual transmission was steep. Scott was able to hold second place all the way to the checkered flag, posting consistently fast lap times.
The Douglas Motorsports crew made a few changes to the setup for Saturday’s round two Pro 4 race. With the starting grid inversion determined by points, Douglas and Johnson started back a row and would need to pass their way to the lead. On the first lap, the number 7 AMSOIL Ford took serious roost from the trucks in front that included a huge rock. “I could tell the power was off and shifting was really hard, but from the driver’s seat I couldn’t see any physical damage,” stated Douglas. After the race, the problem was obvious – that big rock tore right through the engine air intake screen and sheetmetal, bending the metal air cleaner housing down onto the throttle linkage. Still, Douglas was able muscle the throttle and shifter to finish on the podium in third. Scott Douglas is currently second in TORC Series Pro 4 points.
The first round of PRO 4 TORC Series presented by AMSOIL action was carried live on the SPEED Channel Friday night. Television coverage of the TORC
Series has moved from Velocity to the more accessible SPEED Channel for the 2012 season. In addition to the enhanced television package, the TORC Series has also improved their live internet streaming this year, so fans that can’t make it to the race will be able to follow the series in real-time online.
Round 3 and 4 of the TORC Series will be May 26th and 27th at the famous Red Bud MX track in Buchanan, Michigan. If you can’t make it, be sure to catch the live Internet streaming at www.torcseries.com and the SPEED Channel coverage when it airs later this year.
Douglas Motorsports would like to thank all of their great fans and sponsors, including; AMSOIL, BFGoodrich Tires, Borla Performance Industries, Baileigh Industrial, KC Hilites, MasterCraft Seats, Fox Shox, Walker Evans Racing Wheels, Raceline Oil Pumps, Miller Electric, BorgWarner, AEM, Ringers Gloves, Hawk Performance, Howe Performance Power Steering, J&H Transmission, MSD, Peterson Fluid Systems, and Phil’s Inc.