Black Creek, WI – After an uncharacteristically slow start of the season, Greg Stingle got back to his winning ways during Round 4 of the Traxxas TORC Sportsman Series presented by AMSOIL. The reigning TORC Light Buggy champion knows that his class is typically the largest and toughest at every stop of the TORC Sportsman Series, and the first three rounds of season, really underscores the statement that there are no “gimmies” in this class.
The twenty-five Light Buggies that came to Crandon lined up in two long rows for the traditional land rush start. Unfortunately the wet weather conditions prevented any practice on the track for before Saturday’s Round 3 action. In fact the rain had only stopped about an hour before the start of the Light Buggy race. One group of truck racers were on the track before the Light Buggy race, but needless to say, the track surface was still wet and muddy in most areas.
The start of Round 3 saw the #172 Sassy’s Bar and Grill / Badger State Transport / Geno’s Steakhouse / Ben’s Small Engine / Kountry Bar / JJ Malloney’s / Lake Shore Cleaners / BFGoodrich Tires Light Buggy moved through traffic and into third place as everyone passed through Potawatomi Turn One. Then before the first lap was complete, the orange Light Buggy moved out of the racing groove and suddenly spun. By the time Stingle gathered up the race car, much of the field had passed him. Now Stingle would have to battle not only most of his fellow competitors, but the limited visibility from all the mud, the other races would sling his way. After seven laps, Greg Stingle finished in seventh place.
Afterwards the #172 Light Buggy was in good shape, just a little more time was needed to clean the single seater so the crew could get ready for Round 4.
When the Light Buggy class lined up for the late morning seven lap sprint, the sun was out and the track was in perfect condition. Greg Stingle was ready and he too was in perfect condition as the 2012 Champion got the early lead and never looked back. The team finally celebrated its first win of the season.
“Nobody said it would be easy going for a fourth straight championship, but we finally found our groove today,” noted Greg Stingle. “We have to keep this momentum up if we want a shot at retaining out title. I know we will make this an interesting fight all the way to Fall Crandon.”
Next race on the schedule is the TORC event in Joliet, Illinois on July 19-20.