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
Here's a quick rundown on the weekend's
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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 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.