Bark River, Mich. — Andrew Caddell rebounded from a tough day in the opener at Bark River (Mich.) International Raceway on Saturday, Aug.11, to pick up a win on Sunday, Aug. 12, for Mopar® and Ram Truck with the Traxxas TORC (The Off-Road Championship) Series, making it four wins on the weekend for the brands. Mopar and Ram have won more races this season than any other manufacturer in the series, and Mopar Ram drivers currently lead the standings in the each of the three PRO classes.
“It was another fantastic weekend for Mopar and Ram Truck at Bark River with the TORC Series, as Andrew Caddell won today, along with Ricky Johnson, Bryce Menzies and Luke Johnson winning yesterday,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “To have 19 wins this season is pretty remarkable. With only two events and four rounds of racing left, we are excited to have Mopar Ram drivers contending for the championship in each of the three PRO classes for the second straight year.”
Caddell lined up 11th on Sunday in his Mopar Ram in the PRO Light main event, after a spin and light rollover in the opener on Saturday. He used a strong start to gain six spots on the opening lap of the 11-lap main event. The native of Graham, Wash., moved into second on the restart, following the mandatory competition caution, and quickly began to close on leader Brad Lovell. Caddell took the lead on the last circuit to score his sixth win of the season and extended his point lead.
“We had a lot of bad luck this weekend, but this makes up for it,” said Caddell in Victory Lane. “I got side-by-side with Brad (Lovell), and I had to race him hard. It was the last lap and anything goes, but I wasn’t going to take him out. The Jenkins Brothers Racing team gave me a great truck in this Mopar Ram. I’m happy to end the weekend like this.”
Luke Johnson, who was victorious in PRO Light on Saturday in a Mopar-powered Ram, finished fourth in the finale at Bark River. He was running second in the early going, when a flat tire forced him to the pit area. Johnson returned to the track at the tail of the field and worked his way back to the front over the final five laps.
Rob MacCachren made a late race charge to finish second in PRO 2 in his Mopar Ram, after spinning just before the halfway competition caution. After getting by Scott Taylor for second, he set his sights on leader C.J. Greaves, with the pair engaging in a thrilling battle for the win on the last lap. The runner-up performances was his sixth podium finish of the season, and helped him extend his lead in the standings, as he chases his second TORC PRO 2 title.
“I had a really good time out there racing Scott (Taylor) and then trying to catch C.J. (Greaves),” said MacCachren. “Our Mopar Ram was strong again today, and my whole team puts a reliable truck under me that I can drive the wheels off of. We’ll keep at it and we’ll get some more wins this year.”
Bryce Menzies, who was victorious in PRO 2 on Saturday, came home fourth on Sunday to score his sixth top-five finish of the season. The defending PRO 2 champion fell to the rear of the field at the start of the 11-lap race and steadily worked his way back through the field. Mike Jenkins finished eighth in a Ram-bodied truck.
In PRO 4, Ricky Johnson, who won on Saturday, finished third in the finale at Bark River, driving the final lap on a flat right rear tire. For the defending PRO 4 champion, it was the second flat tire he suffered during the course of the 11-lap race. Johnson worked his way up to second, before losing that spot on the final lap to Mike Jenkins, who was piloting a Ram-bodied truck. Johnson continues to lead the PRO 4 standings.
“With two flat tires to finish third, I’m happy,” said Johnson. “We had nothing for Johnny (Greaves) today. Thanks to Mopar and Ram for giving us a great engine and truck. The whole Menzies Motorsports crew does a great job. I was running the truck for everything it had today.”
The Traxxas TORC Series returns to action at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway in Wisconsin, Aug. 31–Sept. 2. For more information on the Traxxas TORC Series, visit www.torcseries.com.