El Cajon, CA (September 30, 2013) - After a second place
finish at Crandon four weeks ago, Douglas Motorsports
added two more podium performances to complete the 2013
Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL in Primm, Nevada.
The team made the trek to the desert oasis not only for
the series final rounds of races for the season, but to
honor to the lives of Jeff and Rick Huseman by
participating in the Huseman Cup. The weekend was
definitely a weekend of high emotions and great
competition as another short-course off-road race season
came to a close.
As long with the season concluding event, Primm Off-Road
Raceway hosted the preseason testing event back in March
so Douglas Motorsports was well familiar with one mile
layout. The time on the track in the spring proved
extremely helpful as the team had a good idea what to
expect from the desert short-course track.
The Friday morning practice session saw a driveline issue
stop the AMSOIL Borla Exhaust BFGoodrich Tire Ford after
just three laps. After inspecting the race truck, a
defective component was the culprit. So not to risk
another incident, Scott Douglas and his crew prepared his
secondary truck for the afternoon qualifying session.
Without any previous time on the track, Douglas qualified
sixth fastest, which put the white Ford F-150 on the pole
for the afternoon fourteen lap feature.
The penultimate round of racing saw the AMSOIL Borla
Exhaust PRO-4x4 lead nearly a half of the race before an
ignition wire slightly slowed the pace of the race truck.
Even with the slight issue, Scott Douglas stood on the
podium in third place.
Overnight the team corrected the ignition issue and
prepped the truck for another day of competition.
final round of competition for the TORC PRO-4x4 season saw
all three phases, team, driver, and race truck, of Douglas
Motorsports come together to have a near perfect result.
starting in the second row, based upon Friday’s race
result, the AMSOIL Borla Exhaust PRO-4x4 looked strong
coming out of the gate. Then suddenly the Hot Pit crew was
put into action during the opening lap. As front of the
field came through the first corner, a rock hit the window
net latch, just missing Douglas’ helmet, allowing the net
to fall down.
The quick work of the team putting the net back in place,
kept the race truck on the lead lap. Now it was up to the
spotters to keep the driver focused and get the AMSOIL
backed truck back in the hunt.
The remainder of the twelve lap race saw a great driving
performance by Scott Douglas as he worked his way into a
podium position in the latter stages of the race. When the
checkered flag came out, Douglas Motorsports finished in
“This was a team effort to get back to back podium
finishes this weekend,” noted Scott Douglas. “I was really
proud of my guys yesterday, but today they stepped it up
even more. To get behind like we did on the opening lap,
but nobody panicked. The guys in the pits got me out
lightning fast. My spotter Jeff Howe and crew chief Jason
Schampers kept me focused. All the work yesterday and
last night by everyone on the team was just awesome.”
The season was complete and now there would be only a few
hours to get the race truck ready for the Huseman Cup. The
eighteen lap sprint race that puts both PRO-2WD and
PRO-4x4 race trucks on the track together competing for
one big paycheck, honors the late Rick Huseman, a
competitor in the truest sense. When someone says “Run it
like Rick” you better give it 110%, because that just what
the Rick Huseman did.
All sixteen trucks lined up for the LeMans style start
with PRO-2WD trucks getting a 15 second head start. The
race saw Scott Douglas move up to sixth place overall when
with less than five laps to the finish, the torque
converter overheated ending the weekend for the team.
Officially the #7 Ford was credited with an eleventh place
After all the races were tallied and the laps were
counted, Scott Douglas finished fourth in the 2013 TORC
Douglas Motorsports would like to thank all of their team
AMSOIL, Borla Performance Industries, BFGoodrich Tires,
Impact by Mastercraft Safety, Baileigh Industrial, King
Shocks, KC Hilites, Walker Evans Racing Wheels, Raceline
Oil Pumps, AEM, Miller Electric, Howe Performance,
Ringers Gloves, Hawk Performance, MSD Ignition, Peterson
Fluid Systems, Allstar Performance, Phil's Inc. &
- Mike Reusche, race report
- Scott Behnke - photos
Douglas - 11 Championships and counting - 2 BorgWarner Cup
Championships - 2010 Inaugural AMSOIL Cup Champion - 89