CRANDON, WI—Winner of the 2010 AMSOIL Cup and three-time Cup champion Scott Douglas nearly scored a fourth when he finished a close second to PRO 2WD driver Chad Hord at Crandon International Raceway. After heavy rains and a hectic race schedule pushed teams to the limit, only two PRO 2WD drivers elected to race. The PRO 2WDs are not quite as quick as the PRO 4X4s, so they are given a head start. To win, a PRO 4×4 driver like Scott Douglas must not only beat all the other trucks in his class, but also catch and pass the PRO 2WDs.
Douglas rounded turn one in fifth place and quickly settled into a very fast pace. The AMSOIL Cup is an all-out sprint race. Scott battled through the PRO 4X4 field, passing Johnny Greaves for the lead on lap four. Unfortunately, Chad Hord was out in front alone and able to run perfect lines in clean air. Scott Douglas was turning lap times an average of 2-seconds faster than Hord, but with the PRO 2WD head start, there simply wasn’t time to run him down. Scott did catch and pass AMSOIL teammate Mike Oberg on lap six, but Hord simply didn’t make a mistake and crossed the finish line just in front of Douglas.
“For me, the AMSOIL Cup is a very special race. Without the pressure of season class points on the line, I get to go out there and run flat-out. It’s a total commitment in every corner and every jump,” stated Douglas after the race. “Special thanks to AMSOIL for continuing the Cup race tradition here at Crandon on Labor Day weekend. It’s something I look forward to all year. When you add in the huge crowd and all the great race fans, the AMSOIL Cup is the best race on the schedule.” Douglas’ recent record in Cup races is impressive. Last Spring he finished second in the Chairman’s Cup and last fall Douglas won the inaugural AMSOIL Cup at Crandon, then finished second at the 2011 AMSOIL Cup.
The TORC Series presented by AMSOIL ran a make up points race on Friday along with two regularly scheduled races on Saturday and Sunday. In Friday’s PRO 4X4 race, Douglas elected to run the manual transmission truck and finished fourth, just off the podium. Round 9 of PRO 4X4 racing on Saturday was a disappointment for the Douglas Motorsports team. Scott was charging hard up through the pack when the transmission shifting fork broke leaving him with only third gear. Even with just one gear, Douglas finished 8th to salvage valuable season points.
The decision was made to switch to the identical automatic transmission AMSOIL PRO 4X4 for Round 10 on Sunday. A wise move considering the rapidly changing track conditions. Douglas diced through the field quickly and was running in second closing on Adrian Cenni with 1-1/2 laps to go. That’s when a fluke mechanical failure caused the AMSOIL F-150 to go up in flames. A relief valve blew the front seal out of the transmission and sprayed tranmission fluid on the headers. The fire was so big it melted most of the hoses and wiring. The crew had to hustle to get the truck ready to race in the AMSOIL Cup race later in the day.
Scott Douglas is in third place in PRO 4X4 points, with four rounds of racing to go. The TORC Series heads to Chicagoland Raceway on September 14th and 15th to kick-off the Chase for the Cup NASCAR week. In addition to the Discovery Channel HD Theater coverage, the Chicago race will air live on the Speed Channel September 15th during primetime.
Be sure to catch all the 2011 TORC Series race action on Discovery HD Theater. Douglas Motorsports would like to thank all their great fans and sponsors, including; AMSOIL, BFGoodrich Tires, Baileigh Industrial, KC Hilites, MasterCraft Seats, Fox Shox, Walker Evans Racing Wheels, Raceline Oil Pumps, Miller Electric, BorgWarner, VP Racing Fuels, Ringers Gloves, Hawk Performance, Howe Performance Power Steering, J&H Transmission, MSD, Peterson Fluid Systems, and Phil’s Inc.