Oberg Finishes TORC Season Strong Exits Early in Huseman Cup
Posted on Saturday, October 06, 2012
Eagle River, WI (October 5, 2012) - Mike Oberg arrived at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds expecting strong results for the General Tire AMSOIL Chevy, as the team looked to secure the sixth position in the season championship. The Oberg Motorsports team accomplished their first goal, but a first corner incident in the Huseman Cup prevented the all the fans in attendance andthose watching online the opportunity to watch the champion driver from Northern Wisconsin attempt to win his second big money cup race.
The weekend began on Thursday with a golf outing and benefit for the Huseman family that was well attended. Then Friday saw the race trucks hit the track with practice sessions and qualifying for Saturday's Round Thirteen line up. Then everyone cleaned up their race trucks for a parade to downtown Lancaster ending at BeX Bar for a pre-race soiree to get everyone revved forthe weekend's events.
The starting grid for the penultimate round of the 2012 TORC season had the top six qualifiersinverted which put the General Tire AMSOIL Chevy on the outside of the front row. Oberg put the starting position to good use and raced inside the top three positions all the way to lap seven of the twelve lap event. At that point MacCachern made a clean pass on the #80 Chevrolet moving Oberg into the fourth spot. The remainder of the race Oberg held the position to cross the finishone spot off the podium.
With only a few hours to prepare for the final regular season race of the year, the crew quickly brought the truck back to the pit area. Along with cleaning and checking the chassis components, the team made adjustments to the King Shocks and mounted a new set of General Tires.
For the final race of the points championship, TORC officials inverted the top four finishers from round thirteen. Once again Oberg started from on the outside of the front row. The start sawthe all-black Chevy slip down to the fourth position, but by lap five, Oberg was running in thirdplace. The remainder of the twelve lap race saw Oberg hold off one challenge after another from Chad Hord to finish on the final step of the podium.
"We really had a fight on our hands with Chad," remarked Mike Oberg. " It was a grueling trackout there, it was getting a lot of holes in places but when you have 900 horsepower tearing up this place with our General Tires, you are gonna have that happen. You really have to thank the TORC track crew who has kept working to get this track into shape. "
The start of the final race of the weekend saw Mike Oberg on the pole position of the lemans-style start. The fifteen lap race for the Huseman Cup presented by Peak Performance would have would see the front row of PRO-2WD trucks take the green flag and then twenty five seconds later, the PRO-4x4 lineup began chasing the two-wheel drive trucks.
When the green flag was waved, Oberg charged into the first corner side by side with Chad Hord. Then as the General Tire AMSOIL Chevy began to exit the first turn, another truck made contact with Oberg's rear bumper, spinning the truck and before he could get back on track, the entire Cup field went on by. Needless to say Mike Oberg just headed back to his hauler ending his season.
After fourteen rounds of racing in the 2012 Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL PRO-2WD Championship, Mike Oberg finished in sixth place. During the season Oberg Motorsports had five top five finishes, including a third place finish and a win in Round 5.
Oberg Motorsports would like to thank all its supporters including: AMSOIL, General Tire, KingShocks, Hawk Performance, J & H Transmissions, Mastercraft Safety, MSD Ignition, Peterson Fluid, Raceline , Stewart Warner
Mike Reusche, race report