A New Season – A New Beginning for Oberg Motorsports
The preseason PDG test session Oberg Motorsports attended, really gave
Mike and his crew chief, Cory Lambert, confidence for a solid run at the
opening round of the Traxxas Off-Road Championship series presented by
The Friday afternoon practice session saw the #80 AMSOIL truck search
for more rear bite. The team made swaybar and spring changes looking to
get more grip.
The qualifying run, the one time this season, landed Mike Oberg in
The start of the twenty lap event saw Mike trying to conserve his tires,
and trying to keep the leaders in sight. After the lap eleven mandatory
caution, Mike got more aggressive looking to make his move. On lap
thirteen, the #80 AMSOIL truck got tangled with another truck causing
his hood to fold back into his line of sight and on top of his air
filter. The banging on the air filter kept pushing on the throttle cable
until it came apart, ending his day early. Official race results gave
Mike Oberg a thirteenth place finish.
“I picked up the pace after the mandatory yellow,” stated Mike Oberg.
“Then another freak thing happens tonight. Go figure. We don’t have much
work for tomorrow. We will get back on track.”
Early Saturday morning, the rain began falling hard on the Fort Worth
area. Finally the weather cleared around 3pm, but now the race track had
a small lake in the third turn. Somehow the track crew drained the water
and scrapped most of the mud from the track. Meanwhile, the crowd in the
stands was gradually building throughout the evening. At 9pm the race
trucks were lining up giving the 5000 off-road fans a show they would
The start had Mike Oberg back in the thirteenth spot based upon his
previous night’s finish. The race track was in good shape considering
what it looked like earlier in the day, but unless you were in the lead,
mud would be an issue for all the drivers.
When the green flag fell, the #80 AMSOIL Chevy looked to stay clear of
any mishaps the first few laps. Mike guided his Kumho Tire Chevy past
several trucks without an incident, and at the end of the twenty lap
event, Mike Oberg finished a hard fought seventh place.
“Starting in the back was a real disadvantage,” stated Mike Oberg. “The
mud wasn’t terrible, but it did cause visibility problems tonight. All
in all we had a good run from the back of pack. We just ran out of laps,
before we could get that top five finish.”
After two rounds of racing in the Traxxas TORC Series presented by
AMSOIL, Mike Oberg is in eleventh place in the PRO-2WD standings.
You can watch all the high flying action from the opening weekend of the
TORC series, Sunday, May 24, at 11am eastern on ESPN2.
Next race for Oberg Motorsports is Rounds 3 & 4 at Perris Auto Speedway
in Perris, California.
Oberg Motorsports thanks all its marketing and product partners
J & H
Oberg Motorsports has marketing opportunities
available for the upcoming race season. For more information please
contact Mark “Gilly” Gilhausen,
- Mike Reusche,
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