Radar Tires’ top finisher on Saturday was Luke Johnson, driver of the No. 14 Project648 Motorsports Nissan Frontier. Johnson started in ninth position of the 21 truck field. He was running strong until he was spun on Lap 5 and dropped to the very back of the pack. Johnson climbed back through the field and reached fifth position on Lap 14. In a dash to the finish, Johnson dropped to sixth.
Short course off road racing has its roots in the Midwest, but for the first time ever this weekend a race was held in the South, and it was dominated by a native of the West Coast. Charlotte Motor Speedway is in the heart of NASCAR country, where motorsports fans are accustomed to cars reaching speeds of 200 mph on pavement. Last weekend though, all of the action was on “The Dirt Track” as TRAXXAS brought The Off-Road Championship (TORC) to North Carolina. By the end of the weekend, Rob MacCachren and his RAM Pro 2WD truck had earned plenty of new fans in the South.
MacCachren qualified first for Friday’s race on the specially constructed and all-new track that featured several table top jumps, including one at the finish line. With several tight and technical turns, MacCachren was able to unleash the mighty MOPAR engine in his RAM truck and hook up the BFGoodrich tires in the turns. The Dirt Track at Charlotte is a world class facility that is better known and used for World of Outlaws Late Model and Sprint Car series racing and also Big-Block Modified competitions that are so popular in the region. The Dirt Track is situated between the zMAX Drag Strip and the Super Speedway used for stock car racing.