Motorsports Spring Crandon Race Report
Eagle River, WI (June 21, 2012) - After two weekends of the 2012
Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL, Oberg Motorsports has
shown his competition that the AMSOIL General Tire Chevy is fast
and can be a podium contender during every race. Unfortunately the
quickness of the driver and truck has yet to pay dividends for
The weekend began with Friday afternoon practice and the
qualifying session for Saturday's starting position. Mike Oberg
and his team have the General Tires really working well with the
King Shock suspension package. The black #80 Chevy qualified third
fastest in the eleven truck field. His lap time of 1:22.489 around
the 1.75 mile track was just .6 seconds of the quick lap time of
the PRO-2WD session.
Saturday's Round 5 action never took
place as afternoon
heavy rains swept through the Crandon area leaving the race
track unfit for competition. The
Round 5 PRO-2WD race will
be run on the Friday afternoon of the Labor Day weekend
saw the weatherman cooperate and a beautiful day of racing
took place. All eleven PRO-2WD trucks found their spot on the
landrush starting grid. When the green flag was waved the
field sprinted towards Turn ONE. Before the pack of two-wheel
drive trucks could make it to Turn TWO the race was halted.
Andy Zipperer and Steve Barlow had come together in Turn ONE
sending Barlow through the outside guardrail as Zipperer was
shot skyward over Barlow. Both drivers walked away unhurt from
the incident. In fact during the delay to repair the damaged
guard rail Barlow's team was able to prep the team's back-up
truck to make the restart.
PRO-2WD race saw two more restarts, one after Nick Tyree and
Keith Steele came together and one for
the mandatory caution lap. Through all the stopping and
starting, the #80 AMSOIL General Tire stayed out of trouble
and finished in sixth place.
Now the team went to work prepping the truck for the big money
heavy metal challenge known as the Chairman's Cup. The ten lap
all out sprint race saw Mike Oberg finishing third among the
PRO-2WD racers and sixth overall in the fourteen truck field.
"Again we showed our speed," commented Mike Oberg. "The added
moisture in the track from all the rain, messed with our
chassis setup for the points race. After all the restarts and
the delays, the truck came out of the race is good shape.
Matt, Corey, and Brian made a few adjustments for the Cup race
and the truck really came alive. The PRO-4 guys got around
everybody but Rob. Congrats to Rob MacCachern for winning the
weekend also saw the Sportsman Super Truck debut of fifteen
year old Spencer Oberg, Mike's son, behind the wheel of the
team's back-up truck. The high school student handled the six
hundred fifty horsepower truck quite well, finishing on the
podium in third place.
The next race for Oberg Motorsports is July 19-20 at
Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois.
If you can't make it in person you can watch Round 7 action
live on SPEED, and the following night the XSAN crew will
webcast all the live racing action as