Traxxas and TORC take over The Dirt
Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway
The 2012 Traxxas TORC Series kicked off last weekend on The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Fans were treated to two nights of fender-crunching, dirt-flinging action as short-course off road racing trucks air it out in Concord, NC. TORC Series dirt masters turned a 4/10th mile oval into a challenging off-road racetrack loaded with moguls, rhythm-sections, and huge tabletop jumps. And TORC fans around the country got to see all of Friday’s action aired live on Speed Channel!
The PRO 4 race was a hard-charging door-to-door brawl. Traxxas’ President Mike Jenkins had a tough qualifying session and started near the back of the field. But smooth driving and consistent lap times allowed him to work his way up throughout the race. The PRO 4 racing was tight! Throughout most of the race you could have thrown a blanket over the leaders. Ricky Johnson and Amsoil’s Scott Douglas fought it out for first while Jenkins dogged them, ready to pounce on any misstep. The mistake never came, and that’s how they would finish. The BF Goodrich-shod trucks swept the podium, with Ricky Johnson, Scott Douglas, and Mike Jenkins flying over the finish line in that order.
The Traxxas TORC Series brought out the big dogs for the final race of the weekend. Pro 4 ended up being a memorable battle between Ricky Johnson and Traxxas’ Mark Jenkins. Ricky was fast, but Mark was right there and stole the lead for a brief moment. Mark Jenkins was able to keep pace but brushed the wall on the backstretch after an off-center landing. He continued, but his truck was badly damaged. Without the pressure from Mark Jenkins, Johnson had smooth sailing from there on out taking home the win for a second night in a row. Adrian Cenni and Scott Douglas rounded out the podium. Mark Jenkins ended up fifth, crossing the line with a broken upper control arm!
After all the weekend’s extraordinary on-track action, TORC fans are hungry for more. Don’t miss out. The next stop for the full-contact race series is Buchanan, Michigan’s Red Bud Raceway on May 26-27. Mark your calendars and reserve your tickets at www.torcseries.com. If you can’t make it out, catch all of the action on www.facebook.com/traxxasracing. Be sure to watch the Traxxas TORC Series on Speed Channel this fall.
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