|TORC STC 2014: Fannin Motorsports suffers first ever DNF at RD8 in Crandon|
Fannin Motorsports looked to the Forest County Potawatomi Off-Road Super Challenge as the weekend to get the team back in contention for the Super Stock Truck Championship. Unfortunately both days ended early for the #804 Chevrolet Silverado as engine issues plagued the team all weekend long.
The "Big House" track at Crandon was shortened by nearly three-quarters of a mile for the Sportsman only event. Race officials eliminated the two long straightaways that ran on the backside of the course, which meant a two wide rolling start and every second of race action would be in front of the spectator area. It also meant the Super Stock Truck racers relied less on horsepower and more on driver and chassis set-up.
Saturday's race began with Fannin running well early into the twelve lap race. Then there was a noticeable loss of power and smoke began exiting the exhaust. A lap later the #804 Parsons Chevrolet Silverado pulled of the track with an expired powerplant.
Fortunately the team's shop is ten minutes from the track, so the truck was put on the trailer and headed home. The team worked through the night and all of the next day swapping the engine and thanks to a late afternoon race schedule, the swap was made with just enough time to get the rest of the truck prepped for Sunday's race.
The goal for Round 8 was to just stay out of trouble and make it to the checkered flag. The plan was implemented, but the replacement engine didn't cooperate. The engine blew a valve cover gasket just before the halfway point of the race, ending the day much too early for the Fannin Motorsports team.
"After we lost the motor on Saturday, we tried to make the best of the situation," commented Jeff Fannin. "I really didn't think we would find a motor we could use for Sunday, let alone get it installed in time for the race. My crew are the ones that kept me racing this weekend, and every weekend, but their effort this time was unbelievable. This was our first DNF in seventeen starts going all the way back through last year."
"That speaks a bunch about my crew, engine builder and everyone we have involved in our program. I know the class championship is out of our reach for this year, so all our efforts will be on winning the ring on World Championship Saturday. That's what is great about Crandon, even if you don't have a shot at the year end championship you still have the opportunity to win a World Championship ring. I've got to thank Wayne Schunk for lending us an engine. I also want to thank some fellow racers who offered too or did lend us some parts to get us to the Sunday race especially, the Mischler Crew and Cory Marquardt. We're really excited for Labor Day Weekend."
The final race on the TORC Series presented by AMSOIL schedule is the World Championships, August 29-31 at Crandon international Off-Road Raceway.
2014/08/21 | 16:21 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/REUSCHE