Holland, Mich. (August 3, 2017) – After a good weekend at Crandon where the Ross Hoek Motorsports team won the race to Turn One both days, lead several laps and earned the Vision Wheel “Bad MoFo” award, Ross Hoek was very optimistic about heading to the technical layout at Bark River International Raceway. Despite incidents early in both rounds of racing the team gave the Upper Peninsula fans a glimpse of the team’s true potential.
The first practice on Friday afternoon, saw the #10 “Silver Bullet” PRO-4×4 experience a front drive failure, preventing the team from making the remaining practice session. Thanks to the hard work of the team, the driveline issue was repaired and a brief shakedown run was performed in an adjacent open field. The following morning Hoek took to the track for the short practice session ensuring the truck was one hundred percent ready for the Saturday afternoon race.
The start had Ross Hoek on the front row and he was the first truck to the first turn when the green flag was raised. Ross initially pulled away from the field as his competitors’ battled fiercely for position behind him but the lead was short lived as Ross over rotated and went off the track near the end of the first lap. Ross quickly gathered up and rejoined the race for the lead but in the fourth position. Then on lap four, Kincaid got sideways in front of him and stopped in the fastest portion of the track, Ross was close behind and had nowhere to go. The “Silver Bullet” side slapped Kincaid’s truck resulting terminal left side damage to the truck, ending the day. After reviewing the data logger later that night, the incident registered a 6g hit, but thanks to the ISP seat and the Impact helmet, Ross climbed out of the truck unharmed.
Some long hours by Jerry and Jason back in the pits had the Maxxis Tire backed machine ready for Sunday’s ten lap feature.
The Sunday afternoon start has the #10 position in the outside pole position. As the field headed for the first turn, Hoek positioned himself in just behind the leader. While racing tightly for position contact was made causing the RHM Pro-4 to spin out. Hoek was now sitting backwards in the track in the same spot as Saturday’s contact! This allowed two trucks to get by as slight contact from Johnny Greaves removed Hoek’s front bumper. The contact was minimal keeping the truck in great racing condition, but the impact was enough to damage the magnetic pickup in the distributor. Due to the damage the truck would barely run and required the RHM Automatic Transmission Design Maxxis Tire to exit the track and retire from the race.
“We are very optimistic about our performance this weekend,” noted Ross Hoek. “We were competitive butbad luck took us out of both rounds. We worked hard all weekend and thanks to my crew we were ready for Round 8 on Sunday, but lady lucky just wasn’t on our side. The team and my family are really looking forward to going back to Red Bud. It’s the closest race to home, about ninety minutes away. So there will be plenty of fans cheering us on, hopefully a podium finish.”
Next race is August 12-13 at Red Bud MX in Buchanan, Michigan. Remember if you can’t get to see a TORC event live, each weekend will be streamed live at torcseries.com.
Ross Hoek Motorsports thanks the following companies for their support:
Automatic Transmission Design, Trailready Wheels,
Shop-Vac, Motive Gear, Goodwin Competition,
Allstar Performance, REM Chemicals, Invisible Glass
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