Scott Douglas looked to add to his season opening win in Texas, and early into the weekend at the "Rumble at the River" it looked like the #7 AMSOIL Borla Exhaust Cooper Tire Walker Evans Racing PRO-4 would keep his spot on top of the podium. Unfortunately the short and challenging permanent track at Gateway Motorsports Park had the advantage over Douglas Motorsports during the latest stop on the TORC Series presented by AMSOIL tour.
The weekend began with Scott Douglas turning the fastest laps during Friday's opening practice session. The U-Shaped layout was one of the most technical and shortest tracks ever to hold a TORC event. With that said, it was really to Douglas' liking.
After practice session number two, the rain swept through the area, cancelling the rest of Friday's activities. Overnight and throughout much of Saturday, rain showers continued to make their way through the area, which postponed Saturday's schedule of racing.
This meant that all three classes would race twice during Sunday's race program. When racing began at 10am, the grandstands at Gateway's Dirtplex were filled to capacity, as St. Louis area fans love off-road racing.
The sixteen lap PRO-4 race saw Douglas start from the pole. When the green flag was waved, the white and black AMSOIL truck took command of the race. After the field bunched up for the mandatory caution period, racing resumed and suddenly the next three competitors in line began racing very aggressively. Initially there was heavy contact from the second place truck that flattened the left front tire and broke the left front axle. The #7 PRO-4 truck seemed to have a target on his back as he was pushed and shoved on practically every side of the race truck. Suddenly Scott Douglas found himself driving a wounded truck with only rear wheel drive, eventually taking the checkered flag in sixth place.
The crew headed by Dan Sunderland, had only four hours to replace the broken drivetrain parts and prep the truck for the afternoon round of racing. The quick and exact work from the team had the AMSOIL truck ready with plenty of time to spare.
Round Four saw Douglas start mid pack, but almost immediately his 900 horsepower truck was off the pace. The front drive on the truck was out of commission. Regardless, Scott Douglas continued on to finish in fourth place.
"Today just wasn't our day," commented Scott Douglas. "We had a fast truck, but in the morning run we were literally the bulls eye everyone was aiming for. It felt like quite few hit the target pretty hard. My team not only race prepped the back-up truck Saturday night in case of a catastrophic event, they put my primary truck back together between races in just a couple of hours. What broke in the front end in the afternoon was a different part from the morning run. The bumpin' and runnin' in the morning race probably contributed to the additional parts failure. We will get everything replaced in the front and hope to go testing before our next race at Chicagoland."
With that said Scott Douglas will have the #7 AMSOIL Borla Exhaust Cooper Tire Walker Evans Racing PRO-4 ready for the top step of the podium when the TORC Series presented by AMSOIL returns to Chicagoland Speedway's Route 66 Raceway June 18th and 19th.
The network broadcast of the "Rumble on the River " will be June 25 at 10PM EST on
Fox Sports 2.
TORC: ROUND 3, RUMBLE ON THE RIVER
TORC: ROUND 4, RUMBLE ON THE RIVER
If you can't get to Chicagoland Speedway for the next rounds of racing, the event will be live on the Internet and streaming free at www.torcseries.com
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