Fraley Goes 2-1 at Red Bud Just Three Points Out of Championship
Bruce Fraley had a near perfect weekend at the TORC Series – Rumble at Red Bud. The Las Vegas resident is known as one of the best 1600 Buggy drivers in the country, winning just about everything on the West Coast and the Midwest. The one title that has eluded the veteran racer is the TORC 1600 Buggy Championship. With the two podium performance this past weekend, Fraley has nearly pulled even with the current points leader.
When Fraley first saw the newly sculptured Red Bud short course track, he knew this layout would fit his driving style. The natural terrain track had a variety of elevation changes and turns that would definitely get rutted up as the racing progressed through the weekend. It was an “old school ” layout that many veteran off-road racers like Bruce Fraley were accustomed to early in their careers.
Saturday saw the familiar yellow 1600 Buggy methodically move through the field as the ten lap race progressed. The track crew added a little too much water on the track before the start of the race which made the surface rather slippery during the first three-quarters of the race. Not only was the track challenging, but good visibility was hard commodity to find. Undaunted the hard charging Fraley ended up in second place when the checkered flag was waved. More importantly the current points leader Tony Keepers finished fifth which allowed Fraley to close the gap in the points chase.
Sunday’s race saw nearly perfect track conditions as Fraley grabbed the lead right from the start. A late charge by Darin Parsons saw the second year driver make a bonsai pass on Fraley to take the lead with less than two laps to go. Then on the final lap Fraley countered with a similar move to take the lead and the win. Once again the class points leader finished in third, putting Bruce Fraley just three points behind Tony Keepers for the season championship.
“This track really suited my driving style,” remarked Bruce Fraley. “It was really fun to race on. It’s definitely like the tracks and desert courses we ran on earlier in my career. The battle for the championship is unbelievably close. I wouldn’t be surprised if it came down to the final race of the season in Minnesota. Like I’ve always said if you want to race against the best short-course racers in the country you have to head to the Midwest. Just look how close all the championship battles are in the Sportsman ranks. It’s just incredible.”
The next stop on the TORC Series tour is the “Keys to the Big House” on September 1-2 in Crandon, Wisconsin.
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