Oberg Wins @ Crandon - General Tire First TORC PRO-2WD Victory Celebrates AMSOIL 50th annual Eagle River Snowmobile Derby
Posted on Monday, September 10, 2012
Eagle River, WI (September 10, 2012) - After battling various issues all year long, Mike Obergand his #80 PRO-2WD AMSOIL General Tire Chevy had its best performance of the year winning the Friday evening round of racing at Labor Day Weekend, World Championship event at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway. The victory was the first for General Tire in the PRO-2WD category and helps keep the veteran racer inside the top five of the TORC Championship standings.
Due to heavy rains during the June race at Crandon, Round 5 was rescheduled for Friday eveningduring the traditional Labor Day event. Now Oberg and his crew had their work cut out for them asthey had to prepare the AMSOIL Chevy for three rounds of TORC Championship competition as well asthe $40,000 AMSOIL Cup. Just to make the weekend a little more interesting, the Crandon track crew added three table top jumps, two on the front straightaway and one on the skybox straightaway to the "Super Speedway" of short-course off-racing.
Then the Friday evening races were run on what many call the short-short track. The track layout is shortened to just under one-mile in length by eliminating the Argonne Corner, the back stretch, and the land rush straightaway. This kept all the racing action in front of the spectators for the entire fourteen lap competition.
The layout of the short-short track had TORC use their typical two wide rolling start as MikeOberg and his #80 AMSOIL General Tire Chevy started on the outside of the front row. The fourteenlap event would have a mandatory caution after lap seven allowing for the thirteen truck field tobunch back up together giving the fans even more to cheer.
The first half of the race, Oberg stayed in the top three positions. After the mandatory caution, the AMSOIL Chevy moved up to second place and began closing on the leader MacCachern. Then the leader blew an engine on lap nine, which put the General Tire Chevy in the lead. The final five laps saw Oberg fend off the competition to take his first win of the season.
"This short layout sure suits our truck," commented Mike Oberg. "The AMSOIL in our ProPower engine and J & H Transmission keep everything running cool, and our General Tires were perfect for the track. My crew has worked some long weekends this year, and have to really thank them...Wow it's been two years since our last win and to win at our home track in Crandon is just awesome. I gotta tell 'ya it wasn't easy. First battling with Greaves, then Menzies, thenHord and then to finally see the checkered flag it was just awesome."
The racing continued on Saturday as all TORC classes compete on the traditional 1.6 mile long Crandon track with the traditional land rush start. Round 11 action saw the Oberg Motorsports PRO-2WD sporting a slightly different set of body panels, highlighting AMSOIL and the upcoming 50th edition of the World Championship Snowmobile Derby in Eagle River, WI. The race itself saw Oberg fight through race traffic to finish a solid sixth place.
Sunday had two more races on the docket for Oberg Motorsports. The Round 12 race saw Oberg fight through some dusty conditions that caused a loss of a few positions on the track. At the finish the AMSOIL /50th annual Eagle River Snowmobile Derby/General Tire Chevy finished in ninth place.
The final race of the day was the AMSOIL Cup. The fastest PRO-2 and PRO-4 racers in the country race together for the bragging rights and the $40,000 first place check. This year the race was won by Ricky Johnson in a PRO-4. Mike Oberg and hisAMSOIL/ 50th annual Eagle River Snowmobile Derby/General Tire Chevy ran well until a damaged body panel blocked the race truck's transmission coolers. With two laps remaining Oberg pulled off the track to prevent anycatastrophic damage to the truck.
With one weekend remaining in the 2012 Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL PRO-2WD Championship, Mike Oberg is currently in fifth place in the standings.
The final race of the season is the Huseman Memorial Cup Weekend, September 29-30, in Lancaster, California.
Oberg Motorsports would like to thank all its supporters including: AMSOIL, General Tire, King Shocks, Hawk Performance,J & H Transmissions, Mastercraft Safety, MSD Ignition, Peterson Fluid, Raceline , Stewart Warner
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