Buchanan, Michigan—Scott Douglas launched into the 2011 Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL season the same way he closed out the 2010 season—with a decisive win at the Red Bud MX season opener on Memorial Day weekend.
The win came after torrential rains forced the race to be canceled on Saturday because the track was too sloppy to allow emergency equipment access to sections of the hilly natural terrain circuit. Racers and TORC Series officials were determined to get at least one round of Pro racing in for the hardcore Red Bud MX fans.
With another major thunderstorm on the radar, the Red Bud track crew worked feverishly to groom the track for racing on Sunday. TORC adjusted the schedule and put the Pro 4 trucks out on the track first since four-wheel-drive was going to be an advantage in the super muddy conditions. Without practice or qualifying time on the new racetrack, veteran drivers like Douglas had an advantage with their ability to read the terrain and surface conditions.
The number 7 AMSOIL F-150 started on the outside of row two. When racing went green, Douglas wisely stayed clear of the open lap mayhem. Johnny Greaves pushed hard for the lead, but was too aggressive over the big step-up jump and over shot the corner to end up high-centered in the thick mud on the outside of the turn. Douglas chased down Mark Jenkins, but once another truck fell victim to the slick conditions race officials threw the red flag so they could clear the track.
Shortly after the restart, Scott Douglas made a pass for the lead and never looked back. Douglas is a master in the mud, where it’s all about car control. He was able to run the AMSOIL BFGoodrich F-150 right on the ragged edge and stay out front all the way to the checkered flag. Ricky Johnson closed on Douglas a few times, but in the final laps Scott was able to open up a comfortable lead. In the process, Scott Douglas won the Oakley Bomb Run Award for the fastest lap of the race.
The muddy conditions wreak havoc on the trucks blocking even well protected radiators, adding weight, and putting additional load on the powertrain. “Our coolant temperature gauge was pegged after the restart, but my faith in the AMSOIL Synthetic Racing Oil allowed me to push the truck hard all the way to the finish. We run AMSOIL Dominator Coolant Booster, so I knew we were getting maximum heat transfer and there was no worry of boiling over,” stated Douglas from the top of the winner’s circle podium. Surveying the second and third place finishers next to him Douglas continued…”In fact, it’s no coincidence that all three of us on the podium are running AMSOIL in our trucks. With these severe conditions, I wouldn’t trust my race truck with anything else.”
Scott Douglas leads Pro 4 points with the victory at Red Bud. TORC Series racing resumes June 18th and 19th at Crandon International Raceway in Crandon, Wisconsin.
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.