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Douglas Doubles Up on the Podium @ Sturgis


El Cajon, Calif. (August 7, 2014) - The Sturgis Bike Week hosts hundreds of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts every year and among the visitors for the seventy-fourth edition of the event was Scott Douglas and the entire TORC Series presented by AMSOIL. The first time short-course off-road event, “The Battle at the Chip” saw the #7 AMSOIL/Borla Exhaust/Walker Evans Racing Wheels/Toyo Tire put on an awesome show as the team landed on the podium during both rounds of racing. The racing saw Douglas Motorsports not only battle their fellow competitors, but the 1.2 mile long track as well as Mother Nature.

 


 

The Black Hills of South Dakota is the location of the Sturgis Motorsports Complex. The 1.2 mile long track was technical as well as fast as the TORC track designers put the local terrain to good use. The layout had steep climbs as well as descents, as well as high flying jumps, off camber corners, and a wicked fast rhythm section was reminiscent of a former Southern California layout. Then to make matters even more complex, Mother Nature decided to allow rain showers to intermittently pass through the area during the two-day event.


The mid-week event began on Tuesday morning with practice and qualifying. Douglas Motorsports qualified third quickest as the top three qualifiers were within one second of each other.


Round 11
The twelve lap event had the #7 AMSOIL truck lined up in the second row of the starting grid. As the PRO-4x4 race began, so did light rain. This made the unfamiliar track even more challenging once racing began. At the drop of the green flag, the field charged into Turn One with Douglas avoiding any serious contact as he moved into second place.


Just after the midpoint of the race, the rain returned which now made the track very slick as well as creating very poor visibility for the competitors. With only a couple laps remaining the challenging conditions cost Douglas a position in the running order as the #7 AMSOIL/Borla Exhaust/Walker Evans Racing Wheels/Toyo Tire cross the finish in third place.


Overnight the Douglas Motorsports crew cleaned up the race truck and began working on the chassis set-up for Wednesday’s race.


While the team was catching up on their sleep another heavy storm passed through the area really soaking the race track. The moist track conditions saw USAC officials cancel the morning practice  sessions.


The cancellation of all morning track activities gave the TORC track crew some time to make some changes to the track as well as the time the rich black soil to absorb the moisture from the early morning monsoon.


Round 12
When the PRO-4x4 racers lined up, the skies were still overcast, but the track was in near perfect condition. Scott Douglas once again started from the second row. The race itself saw some early very aggressive driving a few drivers which once again Douglas smartly avoided. The racing was three wide in more than a few occasions. Douglas was in a tight three way battle with both of the Jenkins brothers during the entire race. At one point in the race, the AMSOIL PRO-4x4 worked around Mike Jenkins for second place, but had to settle third place at the checkered flag.


“This track is really challenging,” remarked Scott Douglas. “The big and steep elevation changes were awesome. Jeff Nordstrom and the TORC track crew did a great job creating this track and then they kept tweaking it yesterday and today so we could put on a great show for all the Sturgis fans. I can’t wait for next year as this event will continue to grow. I also have to thank the PRO-4 competition as well, it could have gotten real ugly out there, but we respected each other and put on one helluva show.”


After back to back third place finishes, Scott Douglas is currently in third place overall in the TORC PRO-4x4 Championship.
The final weekend of the TORC Series presented by AMSOIL is August 30-31 as Crandon International Off-Road Raceway celebrates forty-five years racing.


Don't forget the internet stream replay of every round of the 2014 TORC season can be found on www.youtube.com/TORC
 
 

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Douglas Motorsports would like to thank all its partners including:

AMSOIL, Borla Exhaust, Walker Evans Racing Wheels, Toyo Tires, KC HiLites, Howe Performance, Baileigh Industrial, Miller Electric, Peterson Performance, Raceline Pumps, Allstar Performance, and Goodwin Competition Engines.

 

- Mike Reusche, race report

- Proformance Photography, pic

 

 

Scott Douglas - 11 Championships and counting - 2 BorgWarner Cup Championships - 2010 Inaugural AMSOIL Cup Champion  -  91 Career Victories
 
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