Abrams, WI (May 30, 2012) – After a great test session earlier in the month at Crandon, Don Demeny was looking forward to a great start to the TORC Sportsman race season at Red Bud MX. The team from Northeastern Wisconsin did not disappoint as the #885 Nsight Cellcom Mickey Thompson Tires RAM landed on the podium during both days of racing.
The redesigned .75 mile long course ran through the hilly natural terrain that made the motocross venue so famous. The layout is much faster than last year’s track, but still includes some serious elevation changes, high speed jumps, and a sand based rhythm section. Then if you happen to get of course too far, you have trees to avoid as well. This is one of TORC’s more challenging race tracks.
Saturday – Super Stock Truck Round One
The #885 Nsight Cellcom Mickey Thompson Tires RAM started on the front row with fellow Abrams, Wisconsin resident Nick Byng. When the field of twelve Super Stock Trucks took the green flag, Demeny tucked in behind Byng. The neighbors stayed in front of the field during the entire fourteen lap race. At certain times during the race Byng would open up a couple truck length lead, but Demeny would find away to get right back on his bumper. With a couple of corners to go before the checkered flag it look like the Insight RAM might force the issue and take a shot at the pass for the win. Demeny kept the racing clean and crossed the finish in second place.
“Wow that track is really tough on the truck and the driver,” remarked Don Demeny. “This was an awesome race, to race Nick (Byng) that close the entire race was really fun. We raced hard, we raced clean. I’ll make a couple suspension changes and hopefully we can get to the top of the podium tomorrow.”
Sunday – Super Stock Truck Round Two
The entire finishing order from Saturday’s race was inverted putting Demeny on the last row of the starting grid. This would truly be a challenge to get the #885 RAM back on the podium. Once again Demeny and Byng were racing nose to tail as they made their way to the front of the field. With about four laps to go, Demeny was behind Byng running in fourth place. Initially it looked like Demeny would have to settle for a finish one spot off the podium. Then with one lap to go, Byng tried to make a move on second place Konitzer. A block was made to prevent the pass, and then another move by the second place truck saw Byng get tangled up with Konitzer. This was just what Demeny needed and the yellow RAM truck squeezed by to take over the runner-up position. At the finish it was Justin Keehner taking the win with Don Demeny finishing second.
“Can you believe it?” exclaimed Don Demeny. “Going into the final lap I knew I would need a little luck to finish on the podium. When I saw Nick and Al getting together I knew it was my only chance so I went for it and it all worked out. This track is really rough and the Method Wheels kept my Mickey Thompson Tires performing their best. I’m so pumped I wish Crandon was next week.”
After back to back second place finishes, Don Demeny shares the lead of the TORC Super Stock Truck Championship with Nick Byng.
Next Race – June 16-17 at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway in Crandon, Wisconsin.