Fraley Runner-Up at TORC Spring Crandon
The battle for the TORC 1600 Buggy Championship is really heating up as Bruce Fraley completed the “Big House Brawl” in Crandon, Wisconsin with two runner-up finishes in one of the most contested classes in short-course off-road racing. Fraley would have preferred a win over the weekend, but the veteran racer understands there is plenty of racing left in the season, and realizes like most years, the battle won’t be decided until the final checkered flag is waved.
As mentioned before Fraley comes back to the Midwest to race because the close competition is like no other in the country. Rounds 5 and 6 of the TORC Series presented by AMSOIL exemplified that statement as Bruce Fraley went wheel-to-wheel with Tony Keepers on Saturday as well as on Sunday. The two racers pulled away from the field both days as the large Crandon crowd watched an epic battle unfold. Both days Fraley would take the checkered flag in second place.
“The championship looks to be a close battle,” commented Bruce Fraley. “Racing at Crandon, the land rush start is so important. Many times it dictates the finish of the race. Tony and I were running very close lap times all weekend. He just had slightly better starts and that left me eating a lot of his roost all weekend long. The rest of the season will see great racing in our class by just about everybody that takes the green flag.”
Afterwards Bruce headed to a fellow racer’s shop for a couple of days to prepare for the next race before heading back to Las Vegas. The next stop on the TORC Series tour is the Throw Down in the UP on July 15-16 at Bark River International Off-Road Raceway in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Remember if you can’t get to see a TORC event in person, each weekend will be streamed live at torcseries.com .
After five rounds of racing, Bruce Fraley is second overall in the TORC 1600 Buggy Championship.
Bruce Fraley would like thank his partners including:
Fraley’s Performance Eng, Larry and Gloria Hammond, EPI Powder Coating. Howe Performance, Shawn Morris, FAT Performance, Dave Folts Transmissions, Freeman Carpet Service, Kartek Off Road and BFGoodrich Tires.
– Mike Reusche, words & pics