El Cajon, CA (July 2, 2013) – After a rough start to the weekend, Scott Douglas and the #7 AMSOIL Borla Exhaust BFGoodrich Tire Ford F-150 came to life on day two of the Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run in Crandon, Wisconsin. The team’s brand new race truck, built entirely in-house at Douglas Motorsports, has shown great speed on the short tracks, but has struggled somewhat on the bigger free flowing layouts, but after the great result in Round 8, the team is looking forward to a strong second half of the TORC season.
It seems like whenever the Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL sets up shop at any venue this season, rain finds its way into the forecast. The June stop in Crandon continued that pattern. The Friday afternoon practice and qualifying sessions were cancelled thanks to the rain showers that fell throughout the day.
Saturday morning Douglas Motorsports and the rest of the TORC competitors awoke to more rain, but the schedule went off without delay. By time the PRO-4x4s lined up for the traditional land rush start, the rain was nowhere in sight and the 1.8 mile long Off-Road Super Speedway was in ideal condition.
When race starter Fay Statzney dropped the green flag, the Douglas Motorsports AMSOIL Ford was fighting several issues. On lap four, the race truck caught a rut in Calamity Corner putting Scott Douglas on his roof. The safety crews quickly put the Ford F-150 back on its wheels, but by the time the truck was re-fired, Douglas had lost one lap to the leaders.
Overnight, the Douglas Motorsports crew worked until 2:30 in the morning, working on the damage to the truck, but more importantly making wholesale changes in the chassis and drivetrain, as the team was searching to find more speed out of the truck.
The next morning, the weather was perfect, sunny skies and a light breeze. With no real time on the truck, after making all the changes, the team hoped for the best. When the green flag was waved, Scott Douglas knew immediately the team made the right choices. It took a couple of laps for Douglas to really get comfortable, but the performance of the truck brought the team a solid second place finish.
The laps times during nine lap race had the AMSOIL Ford running the second fastest lap of the race, just .16 seconds off the leader.
“We made some big swings at this truck overnight,” commented Scott Douglas.”My team is just awesome, we worked into the early hours this morning to get the truck ready, and I can’t say enough about them. I’m fortunate to have a group of guys like this at Douglas Motorsports. I can’t forget to thank my good friend Scott Taylor who came by to help us out on this one, and his input really made this truck come alive. This new truck has been fast on the short tracks, and it looks like we have the right combination for the big tracks. I can’t wait for the Cup race later today.”
The twentieth annual Forest County Potawatomi Community Chairman’s Cup was the final race of the day. The ten lap non-points race pits the PRO-2WD trucks against PRO-4×4 trucks for one big trophy and an even bigger paycheck.
The race itself saw Scott Douglas quickly advance towards the front of the field, but after three laps, excessive contact from another competitor pushed the AMSOIL Borla Exhaust PRO-4×4 off the track. By the time Douglas reentered the track, much of the field had passed. Undaunted, the California native pressed on and used the remaining laps as test session gathering additional data to use when the team returns to the track for the Labor Day weekend event.
After eight rounds of racing in the Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL, Scott Douglas is currently third in the PRO-4×4 Championship standings.
The next stop on the TORC schedule is July 12-13 at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois.
Douglas Motorsports would like to thank all of their team partners, including:
AMSOIL, Borla Performance Industries, BFGoodrich Tires, Impact by Mastercraft Safety, Baileigh Industrial, King Shocks, KC Hilites, Walker Evans Racing Wheels, Raceline Oil Pumps, AEM, Miller Electric, Howe Performance, Ringers Gloves, Hawk Performance, MSD Ignition, Peterson Fluid Systems, Phil’s Inc. and Goodwin Competition.