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
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
Overnight the Douglas Motorsports crew cleaned up the race
truck and began working on the chassis set-up for
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.
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
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
For all the latest news from Douglas
Motorsports please visit: www.douglasmotorsports.com
Douglas Motorsports would like to thank all its partners
AMSOIL, Borla Exhaust, Walker Evans Racing
Tires, KC HiLites, Howe Performance, Baileigh Industrial,
Miller Electric, Peterson Performance, Raceline Pumps,
Allstar Performance, and Goodwin Competition Engines.
- Mike Reusche,