Vision Wheel names Ross Hoek the “Bad MoFo” for TORC Round 5
When the green flag flew at Crandon International Raceway for the PRO 4 class in Round 5, one truck looked as though it had been shot out of a cannon. The silver #10 Toyota of Ross Hoek got an unprecedented jump on the field and screamed into Forest County Potawatomi Turn One with a several-truck-length lead. The Holland, MI driver proved his speed off the line was no fluke by hanging on to the lead over past PRO 4 class champions for several laps.
In Round 6 the next day, Hoek once again left the other PRO 4 trucks in the dust straight off the starting line. Though his competitors eventually found their way around Hoek and bumped him off the podium in both rounds, Ross Hoek turned a lot of heads with his dynamic starts and early leads.
Hoek says several factors contributed to his holeshots at Crandon. First, his starting position up against the inside wall (and closest to the turn) was an advantage. “This is a great spot to be in a PRO 4,” said Hoek.
The equipment under the hood of his truck also played a large role. “My Goodwin engine has plenty of power and the Greaves-built chassis is capable, but I’m one of the few guys in PRO 4 running an automatic transmission. My ATD Turbo 400 was an advantage off the line over the manuals.”
“I actually had my chassis setup wrong and that caused me to push through the turns later in the race, but that mistake may have actually helped me off the line!” Hoek laughs.
Hoek says there’s nothing like running up front. “There’s no better feeling than your spotter telling you the whole track is yours!” he exclaimed. “You definitely run a different line when you’ve got the lead. You focus first on not making mistakes and doing your best to take the short line around the track; make [the other drivers] go around you and try lines they don’t like.”
For throwing a wrench into the PRO 4 status quo and putting on a show for the crowd, Ross Hoek was named Round 5’s winner of the “Bad MoFo” award courtesy of Vision Wheel. Each round of racing Vision Wheel recognizes the driver who puts on the gnarliest performance with $250 cash and a “Bad MoFo” leather wallet customized for the event.
“The ‘Bad MoFo’ award is cool in that it’s subjective and in my case I didn’t have to win the race,” said Hoek. “Considering our budget, this is almost as good as a win and it’s great that we were able to be recognized.”
With performances like these, Ross Hoek has proven that he has a great truck and a competent team. He’ll try to keep his hot streak going when the TORC Series rolls into Bark River, MI July 15-16 for the Throwdown in the U.P.
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