Buchanan, Mich. — Ricky Johnson and Bryce Menzies earned two more victories for Mopar® and Ram Truck on Sunday, May 27 in the finale of the two-day event for the Traxxas TORC (The Off-Road Championship) Series at RedBud MX in Buchanan, Mich.
“It was another fantastic weekend for Mopar and Ram with Ricky Johnson and Bryce Menzies winning today, along with Andrew Caddell, Rob MacCachren and Ricky Johnson winning yesterday,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “To earn five more wins against the world-class competition in TORC is a true testament to the power of Mopar engines and the reliability of the Ram Truck. We look forward to contending for many more wins this season, as well as the championship in each of the three PRO classes.”
Johnson, who was victorious in the opener at RedBud on Saturday in his Mopar Ram, has now won all four PRO 4 rounds this season and extended his win streak to eight races dating back to last year. The defending class champion started sixth on Sunday, after the six-truck inversion and gained a spot on the start and two more on the second lap to work his way into third.
Johnson was running third when the mandatory competition caution flag was displayed and was briefly able to move into second on the restart, getting by Adrian Cenni, before getting passed back. Johnson took the second spot from Mark Jenkins on the 11th circuit and inherited the lead on the very next lap when Cenni got upside down while out front. Johnson would pull away over the final three laps as he remains undefeated in PRO 4 this season for Menzies Motorsports.
“I was going as fast as I could and trying not to make any mistakes and I think that’s what put me up front,” said Johnson. “You try to stay patient and stay clean and let the stuff going on ahead of you thin itself out. I’ll take a win any day. We have so many great people behind us including Mopar and Ram and it feels great to win for them.”
Menzies earned his second victory of the season in PRO 2, coming all the way from the eighth starting position and rebounding from a broken axle on Saturday. Menzies gained three spots on the opening lap and was up to fourth on the second circuit. The following lap he got around C.J. Greaves to move into third. Menzies moved into second on the fifth lap when leader Steve Barlow spun. At this point Menzies began to track down new leader Chad Hord.
Menzies would take the top spot from Hord coming off the final turn on the seventh lap and quickly opened a six-truck length lead. Menzies was leading on the eighth lap when the mandatory competition caution flew and used a strong restart to again pull away from Hord en route to the win.
“I knew starting eighth that I had to get around people as soon as possible, because the holes on the track were going to get big,” said Menzies. “We were able to do that and then Chad (Hord) and I had a great battle and I was finally able to get around him before the yellow and held it from there. My whole team did a great job again today and our Mopar Ram ran great.”
Rob MacCachren, who was victorious in PRO 2 on Saturday in his Mopar Ram for Jenkins Brothers Racing lined up sixth in the finale on Sunday and methodically worked his way to a podium finish. The veteran got around C.J. Greaves coming to the white flag to finish third. Mike Jenkins finished eighth in a Ram-bodied truck.
Caddell, the defending PRO Light champion, who was victorious on Saturday in his Mopar Ram, started the 15-lap main event in the sixth position, after the inversion. The native of Graham, Wash., ran sixth for the first three laps before getting around Randy Eller to move into the top-five. Caddell restarted fifth following the mandatory competition caution and was able to get around Keegan Kincaid with seven laps remaining to move into fourth. The second-generation driver got around Luke Johnson on the eleventh lap to move into the third spot, where he would take the checkered flag. Johnson would finish fourth to earn his fourth consecutive top-five finish to start the season in his Mopar-powered Ram.
“The track was pretty challenging today, there were a lot of holes and ruts out there,” said Caddell. “You had to push your way through and there was only really one place to pass. Thanks to everyone at Mopar and Ram and my whole Jenkins Brothers Racing team. We’re only four races into the year and we are going for wins. I’m not a big fan of points racing, I just want wins and can’t wait to get to Crandon in three weeks and hopefully we can get our win streak back.”
The Traxxas TORC Series returns to action on Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, 17 at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway in Wisconsin for the fifth and sixth rounds of the 2012 season. For more information on the Traxxas TORC Series, visit www.torcseries.com.