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MORR Sportsman Racer Bark River Race Report

 

Glenview, IL ( June 21, 2013) - The opening weekend of the 2013 Traxxas TORC Sportsman Series presented by AMSOIL has finally come and gone. Eighty Sportsman drivers in took the green flag in and those drivers completed 1044 laps, covering over 1503 miles.

 

The weather had some rain on Saturday, but plenty of blues skies and warm temperatures on Sunday.

 

Here's a quick rundown on the weekend's Sportsman Racing.

 

Classix - Round 1

The opening race of the Sportsman season saw Scott Mueller take win after an altercation between Dale Chestnut and leader Jeremy Dale that took Dake out the race and brought Chestnut in for a stop and go penalty. Third place went Bill Wilson.

 

Classix - Round 2

Sunday's race saw Dale Chestnut dominate the race, while Scott Mueller kept the blue Bronco honest in second, and Dillon Mischler brought home his first third place podium of his young career.

 

Stock Truck - Round 1

The Stock Truck group ran at the same time as the Classix. There were eight trucks in the field. Early on Matt Ives was leading put mechanical issues slow his pace. Late in the race Cory Marquardt took over the top spot for the win, as Sam Jacques finished second, and third went to Troy Peterson. It was the first win for Marquardt and the first podium as well for Jacques.

 

Stock Truck - Round 2

This time Matt Ives grabbed the early lead and took his black Chevy to the top of the podium. Once again Sam Jacques hung tough to finish second as Brandon Rouse, after taking a year off from competition finished third.

 

Light Buggy - Round 1

For the season opener, twenty-two Light Buggy racers lined up and Wilson, Michigan's own Jaime Kleikamp survived wet and muddy conditions to take the win. A solid race and late charge from the Purdue University bound Billy Buth came home second. Bryan Holtger ran in the top five all race and another solid drive got him the final spot on the podium

 

Light Buggy - Round 2

Todd Lemke grabbed the early lead and never looked back to take the win after a twelfth place finish on Saturday. Bill Buth backed up his Saturday effort with another second place finish in Round 2. Matt Mullen continued from last year's strong showing landing on the final spot on the podium.

 

Super Truck - Round 1

The Super Truck field has added several new drivers for the 2013 season. Up front Bob Gremler, Gerrit Bancroft, and Jerry Edgerton were battle for the podium positions. At the finish it was Gremler first, Edgerton second, and Bancroft third. It was great to see Jerry Edgerton back racing after the serious incident experience last fall in Crandon.

 

Super Truck - Round 2

Sunday's race saw Troy Retzlaff take the early lead, only to have Bob Gremler make the pass for the lead and the win. Retzlaff recovered to finish second, and another newcomer Tim Nelson rounded out the podium.

 

Formula 4x4 - Round 1

Reigning champion Brad Lamarche once continued where he left off in 2013, winning flag to flag. Second place went to a hard charging Dave Miah. Third place was taken by Alex Hinze, another first time podium finisher.

 

Formula 4x4 - Round 2

Brad Lamarche had another flag to flag victory as Alex Hinze improved one spot over Saturday taking second as Dave Miah completed the podium.

 

Single Buggy -Round 1

The always hard charging Mark Steinhardt took the win, but Bob Blaney made him work for the victory as the second place finisher was ready to pounce if Steiny made a mistake. Third place went to area resident and 2011 Champion Brad Erickson.

 

Single Buggy - Round 2

Once again Mark Steinhardt took the win, but he had to battle with third place finisher Jeff Bechinski for a couple of laps before going onto victory. Then late in the race Brad Erickson made the pas to finish in the runner-up spot. Amazingly all the Single Buggy driver finished on the lead lap both Saturday and Sunday.

 

Super Stock Truck - Round 1

When this class lines up to go racing, everyone in the grandstands stops what they are doing and watches the entire race, flag to flag. This race was no exception. It looked like Danny Beuachamp would win this race handily, but a fuel issue slowed the truck the last quarter of a lap from the finish and it was just enough for Don Demeny to take the win, with Larry Maciosek crossing the line in second, and very surprised Matt Siorek in his first race finished in third.

 

Super Stock Truck - Round 2

Early on it looked like Danny Beauchamp would take the win, again, but this time ignition issues force him to pull off early. This left fellow Abrams, Wisconsin residents Nick Byng and Don Demeny to battle it out for the win. At the flag it was Byng in first, with Demeny a half truck length back in second and another youngster Gaitlin Keehner finishing third.

 

Sport 4 - Round 1

Dan Baudoux led flag to flag as Al Drews crossed the line in second and Milan Mazanec finished third.

 

Sport 4 - Round 2 

Dan Baudoux won for the second time, as Mazanec finished second and Drew landed on the final spot on the podium.

 

All in all it was a very successful weekend of racing. MORR thanks TORC for sanctioning the event, the TORC/USAC Safety Crew and the UP Stump Jumpers for all their work keeping our drivers safe, and course the Bark River Lions Club and the surrounding Bark River/Wilson/Escanaba community for hosting such a great event.

 

Visit the MORR FACEBOOK page to visit photos from the event.

 

See everyone in Crandon!

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2013 MORR Contingency Program

This year's MORR Contingency Program is the largest offering since its inception. There are twenty-two companies involved representing twenty four different brands for an estimated value over $500,000.

  

Remember TORC competitors, Sportsman and PRO much be a MORR Voting Member and fill out the contingency paperwork every race weekend to be eligible for the qualifying contingency offers.

 

If you didn't include your MORR membership at the time of race registration, you can pay your yearly dues at Contingency Tech at the race track. MORR Contingency tech will be set-up next to the TORC Tech Trailer at all TORC events.

 

Dusty Times Subscription Special Offer.

Dusty Times is offering all MORR members a discounted rate on the off-road newspaper's subscription. The standard rate for the monthly off-road racing newspaper is $25/year. If you are MORR member, the subscription is on $15/year. This special offer is only available through MORR and can be paid at Bark River at MORR Contingency Tech.

  

Dusty Times has been covering off-road racing across the country for over thirty years. The newspaper will be covering all TORC events, Sportsman and PRO, beginning with Bark River. This newspaper is a great way to keep up with the latest off-road racing news, and is a great marketing tool as well. Every issue is available online to all subscribers.

 

-Mike Reusche - words

 

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