Bark River Race Report
Eagle River, WI ( August 14, 2012) - The Oberg Motorsports team
was coming off a solid run at Chicagoland where the #80 AMSOIL
General Tire PRO-2WD truck just missed finishing on the podium and
coming to Bark River looked like the right place for grabbing a
spot “on the box.” Unfortunately the team fought through drive
train issues throughout the weekend which prevented a more typical
Mike Oberg performance.
The weekend started out on Friday with a transmission failure
during the Friday afternoon practice session. The evening
qualifying session saw the black Chevy hampered due to additional
transmission problems. Afterwards the team determined the problem
wasn’t in the transmission but with the rear end housing.
Unfortunately the truck’s original housing needed replacement and
the identical spare was destroyed a couple of weeks ago in the
Jolene Van Vugt incident at Chicagoland. So team had no choice but
to use an older housing from a different set-up. The components
all bolted up, but weren’t working very well together. Both days,
the AMSOIL Chevy lined up with a new transmission before each
round of racing.
The Oberg Motorsports team was looking forward to Bark River as
the next generation General Tires were mounted on the truck’s
Walker Evans Racing Wheels for the first time. Then Matt, Brian
and the rest of the team also installed a new suspension package
to work with the new General Tire rubber.
The qualifying session saw Mike Oberg still adapting to the new
chassis set-up and qualified in the fourth row.
Saturday – Round 9
The first couple of laps the #80 AMSOIL General Tire Chevy was
holding its position as the truck was working really well with the
changing track conditions. Then at the end of lap three, Oberg
realized the transmission wasn’t working properly. The situation
quickly became terminal as the #80 Chevy retired from the race on
the following lap.
“Our AMSOIL General Tire was really working well,” noted Mike
Oberg. “I believe if it weren’t for the transmission problem our
new General Tires would have really set us up for a charge to
podium in the second half of the race. We will replace the
transmission and make a few minor adjustments for tomorrow’s
Sunday – Round 10
After installing another transmission in the #80 AMSOIL General
Tire Chevy, the crew had their fingers crossed hoping that Mike
would take the checkered flag after eleven laps of racing. Due to
his early retirement form Saturday Round 9 action, Mike Oberg was
starting at the rear of the starting grid.
The start saw Oberg move into the eighth position looking to make
a move to gain better track position. As the race unfolded, the
#80 Chevy was working very well, unfortunately the pace of the
race made for very few opportunities to make a pass for position.
After eleven laps, Mike Oberg finished in eighth place.
“My guys and especially Roger Harrison from J & H Transmission
really worked their tails off all weekend,” commented Mike Oberg.
“We were caught without our good spare housing and we had to make
do this weekend. Our back-up truck is supposed to be ready in a
couple of weeks for Crandon. We will be ready for some good home
cookin’ Labor Day Weekend.”