B&L-Crandon-9-9-13St. Johns, MI – The season finale of the Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway was a very busy time for the B & L Sand Toys Off-Road Truck Race Team. Both drivers, Gerrit Bancroft and Dan Baudoux were scheduled to compete in three races during the Labor Day Weekend event. Both drivers ran strong throughout the weekend, as Dan Baudoux completed with weekend as TORC Sport 4 Champion.

The biggest weekend on the short-course off-road racing calendar is the Labor Day Weekend event in the small town of Crandon, Wisconsin. The town normally has a population of 1,900 residents, but Labor Day Weekend, over 30,000 fans of the sport arrive to witness the three day event known as the Crandon Off-Road World Championships.

RJ-Anderson-Crandon-Loanmart-8-30-13Crandon, WI – The “Big House” in Crandon, Wisconsin is considered by many to be the birthplace of shortcourse racing. Fall Crandon’s hallowed traditions, enormous crowds and iconic high-speed track make it a must attend event. Come Labor Day weekend, LoanMart Racing will be making the trek east to throw down with the best of the Midwest racers.

The LoanMart team will be represented by Andrew Caddell and RJ Anderson in the Prolite class. RJ is looking forward to some wide-open action on the Crandon track. “Crandon is the heart of short course racing,” says RJ, “The fans love what we do and it’s awesome to put on a show for them! I’ve always wanted to win a Crandon world championship, now is my chance.”

Scott-Taylor-Crandon-TORC-8-27-13Belvidere, IL – After forty years of off-road racing, Scott Taylor is suiting up for one final time this coming weekend at the Off-Road World Championships in Crandon, Wisconsin. After running a part-time race schedule in 2012, Taylor will be making his first and final start of the 2013 season competing in the AMSOIL CUP. Look for Taylor Racing at their familiar spot in Crandon’s PRO Pit area as the team has a couple of surprises in store during the race weekend.

Scott Taylor has raced buggies and trucks for the last forty years. During that time he has won over eighteen championships behind the wheel of off-road race trucks. The number of buggy championships during the early portion of his career is equally impressive, but due to minimal record keeping the actual number unknown. The number of career race wins is well into the triple digit range, as he competed throughout the United States and Canada. Taylor is also a two-time winner of the BorgWarner Manufacturer’s Challenge Cup (currently the AMSOIL CUP). Simply put there will never be another off-road competitor like Scott Taylor.

Danny-Beauchamp-TORC-Crandon-7-10-13Escanaba, MI – After several bouts of heart wrenching bad luck, Danny Beauchamp broke through to take his first win of in the TORC Sportsman race season. Before taking home the top spot in Sunday’s Super Stock Truck race, Beauchamp had to withstand one more round of disappointment during Saturday’s eight lap feature.

Danny Beauchamp Racing seemed to have the truck to beat during the opening rounds of TORC Super Stock Truck competition, only to have minor issues that would prevent the black #826 Ford F-150 from finishing either race. Undaunted, the team leader and crew chief Kevin Frossard made sure everything was triple checked before the truck was loaded in the trailer for the two hour trip to Crandon, Wisconsin.

The weekend at Crandon started out wet. In fact all the on track activities for all the competitors were cancelled as intermittent rain showers hovered over the 1.8 mile “Big House” race track. In fact the rain continued through the night and into the early morning , as track officials also cancelled Saturday morning practice as well. Somehow all the racing did go off on schedule.

John-Frana-TORC-7-10-13Loves Park, IL – After nearly winning twice in Bark River, just weeks ago, the Northern Illinois racer found the top step of the podium at “The Big House” in Crandon, Wisconsin. The RCV Performance/”the Official” Brand Name Prescription Card/Sway-A-Way/Frana Vehicles Honda-powered AWD PRO Buggy led all nine laps and had a dominating victory.

Last year the 1.8 mile long “iconic” off-road track saw some changes, and at first the track didn’t seem much different. Now a year has gone by and the ground settled over the winter, and the Red Bull tabletop jump as well as the Skybox drop off really throw the racers up into the air and down the track. The RCV Performance PRO Buggy handled these sections well as Frana was able to get the power to the ground more quickly than most of his competitors.

CRANDON, WISCONSIN—It wasn’t the start he was looking for, but definitely the finish. Scott Douglas came back to win round six of Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL PRO4 action at Crandon International Raceway after being shuffled all the way back to sixth on the start.

“I was using a different starting line technique that has worked extremely well in practice,” commented Douglas after the race. “Our manual transmission uses a torque converter and I was loading up the converter holding it with the brakes. It started to creep on the starting line so I had to get out of it and as soon as I did they threw the green flag.”

Sixth into turn one, the off-road veteran wisely let the pack settle in before making his charge to the front. At the mid-race competition yellow, number 7 AMSOIL Borla Ford was up to 4th quickly reeling in Adrian Cenni. After contact between Greaves and Johnson, Douglas was able to pass for the lead and charged hard to the checkered flag. Coming into Crandon, Scott Douglas was second in PRO4 points behind Ricky Johnson. The win closed the gap to 18 points and increased his lead to 10 points over third place Adrian Cenni. Scott Douglas now has five podium finishes in five starts for the 2012 season.

Crandon, Wisconsin — The last time Scott Douglas raced at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway he ended the day standing on top of the winner’s circle podium holding the well deserved AMSOIL Cup. That victory was Douglas’ third short course Cup win, taking the BorgWarner Cup in 1997 and 2006 before it.

Unfortunately, due to monsoon-like rain, Scott Douglas was unable to defend his Cup record – both the Sunday round of PRO4 points racing and the Brush Run Crandon Cup race were postponed until the Friday prior to the Labor Day Crandon races. The rain was so heavy that the infield pond swelled to cover the race track with standing water. These trucks can race in mud, but several feet of water make it imposible for the safety crews to do their job.

In Saturday’s PRO4 race, Scott entered turn one in fourth and quickly fell into a fast pace. The Crandon track crew added fresh dirt to the surface of the famous circuit during the off-season and the changing conditions had teams searching for new tire and suspension setups. In the case of the AMSOIL BFGoodrich Ford F-150, Douglas found the truck had a little too much grip in the corners. Douglas Motorsports tested at Crandon in the weeks leading up to the race, but conditions on the freshly groomed surface were quite different than during testing.

“Our BFGoodrich tires were hooking up very well out there today, a little too well in some corners…the truck was very tight,” commeneted Douglas after the race. “We had so much side-bite that truck wouldn’t rotate in the corners the way I like. I would throw it into a corner and instead of pivoting around, it would simply dig in and drive forward. It takes a serious tire to do that when you are working with 900 horsepower, these new BFGoodrich race tires are pretty amazing.”

Scott drove hard chasing down the race leaders who were running at a blistering pace. The pace was so fast that Johnny Greaves set a new lap record during the race. Douglas worked his way to third then challenged Ricky Johnson for second. Scott passed Johnson, only to be knock back to sixth place by an aggressive move by Mark Jenkins. “With so much side bite in the rear tires I wasn’t able to drive my usual race lines and it was more difficult get inside trucks I was passing.” When the checkered flag fell, Douglas had worked his way back into fourth and was challenging for third.

Combined with his win in round one at Red Bud,Scott Douglas is tied for second with Johnny Greaves just one point behind Ricky Johnson. TORC Series racing resumes July 22nd and 23rd at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.

Be sure to catch all the 2011 TORC Series race action on Discovery HD Theater. Douglas Motorsports would like to thank all their great fans and sponsors, including; AMSOIL, BFGoodrich Tires, Baileigh Industrial, KC Hilites, MasterCraft Seats,  Fox Shox, Walker Evans Racing Wheels, Raceline Oil Pumps, Miller Electric, BorgWarner, VP Racing Fuels, Ringers Gloves, Hawk Performance, Howe Performance Power Steering, J&H Transmission, MSD, Peterson Fluid Systems, and Phil’s Inc.