After a weekend of high speed racing at Crandon, Douglas Motorsports headed to the final "bull ring" of the season, The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. At the 2014 event, the #7 AMSOIL Borla Exhaust Cooper Tire Walker Evans Racing PRO-4 celebrated victory at the track and the anticipation to get back to the venue was extremely high.
The track layout consisted of long fast straightaways with large jumps and a truck jarring rhythm section. The track suited Scott Douglas as the AMSOIL PRO-4 turned quick lap times during the practice and qualifying sessions. His qualifying time was third quickest, which put Douglas on the front row for the start of Round 9.
The start of eighteen-lap affair Douglas takes the lead right from the start. Quickly the AMSOIL PRO-4 was in a battle with the two Greaves Motorsports trucks. The three trucks put some real estate between themselves and the rest of the field. Even after the race trucks were regrouped after lap nine, the top three trucks continued to gap the rest of the field. At the finish Scott Douglas took the checkered flag in third place.
The next morning Douglas Motorsports continued to make adjustments looking for the something little extra that would put the team at the top of the podium.
Saturday's evening's PRO-4 finale had the top five finishers inverted on the starting grid for the sixteen-lap race. The opening laps of the race was very intense, as there was plenty of side by side door banging as the running order seem to change every lap. At the halfway mandatory caution, Douglas pulled into the hot pits to change a tire that was damaged from all the contact. The crew quickly changed the tire keeping the #7 AMSOIL PRO-4 on the lead lap, but when racing resumed, Douglas was now at the end of the pack.
The second half of the race, the race battle was for the final spot on the podium. With just more that three laps until the finish, Douglas made a bold move heading into the track's only right hand turn to pickup two spots and claim third place. Unfortunately soon after a driveline issue slowed the pace of the #7 PRO-4. This put Scott Douglas in fourth place at the finish.
Afterwards Scott Douglas commented, "For Friday's race we made a couple of changes after qualifying looking to find that something extra, and it worked early on in the run, but as the laps went on it just wasn't there. Hats off the two guys in front of me, they are constantly upping their game just like Douglas Motorsports. Tonight's race was pretty exciting right from the drop of the flag, then we had a tire going down from all the contact, but my guys, as usual, made the switch and kept me on the lead lap. I think that contact also damaged something in the drivetrain and that took us out of podium contention. My Cooper Tires really had a workout this weekend. From the one hundred degree dry hard conditions during the day, to the moist slick conditions at night, the tires performed flawlessly. We are still pushing for the championship, with six rounds to go, you never know what will happen."
After ten rounds of the TORC Series presented by AMSOIL PRO-4WD Championship, Scott Douglas is currently in third place.
Douglas Motorsports has nearly a month to prepare for the next stop on the TORC tour as the group heads to Sturgis, South Dakota for the August 4-5 event.
If you can't get to Sturgis 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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