River, WI (October, 28, 2009) - After his best weekend of the year in
Perris, Mike Oberg and his #80 AMSOIL BFGoodrich Tires Chevy continued
to build momentum for the 2010 season. The final round of the year saw
Mike take the gray and black PRO-2WD truck to a fifth place finish. But
that didn’t mean there wasn’t any drama during the weekend.
track layout was a typical TORC short track design with a combination of
fast high flying jumps and a great technical rhythm section through the
infield. The design was awesome, but the dry desert soil was not. Friday
night’s races had to be stopped a few times to get the track watered,
and have the dust settle. Undaunted, the TORC track crew worked around
the clock to improve track conditions, and thanks to their perseverance,
Saturday night’s series finale was an awesome show.
Friday’s practice session, Bill Schliepper from ProPower came over to
the Oberg pit to check on his customer’s engine. The inspection found a
problem with the valve train, so a rapid decision was made to pull out
the backup truck and prepare it for racing.
five hours until race time, crew chief Cory Lambert and his crew went to
work, making suspension changes, and other adjustments to get the ’07
Keith Stamper built chassis ready. Thanks to the swift work, the team
had Mike and his truck ready to race just as opening ceremonies began.
– Round 15
The use of the backup truck put Mike Oberg last, in the starting grid of
the fifteen-truck field. The first couple of laps of the race saw Mike
take a cautious approach to the race, getting a good feel of the truck.
Then just as the AMSOIL Chevy began to pass a few trucks, the right
front spindle broke coming down the front straightaway. This ended the
night with a fifteenth place finish.
Overnight, the team went to work replacing the spindle, and making a few
suspension adjustments, as well as the usual between rounds prep.
Saturday – Round 16
The PRO-2WD race was the first PRO group to hit the track Saturday
night. Mike had his AMSOIL BFGoodrich Chevy starting well back in the
field, so he knew there would be much work ahead, for a solid finish.
Mike really stayed focused, made all the right moves and crossed the
finish line in fifth place. The finish he was looking for, happened.
This was the best finish of the season for the Northern Wisconsin based
“The end of the year program really came alive,” commented Mike Oberg.
“When BFGoodrich came on board, it was one of the keys to our
improvement, and the other was the assistance from a suspension
specialist. We knew we had a great ProPower engine and J & H
Transmission, but the final two pieces were put in place this fall and
it really showed. My guys never gave up, no matter what the situation
delivered; they always gave me the best possible ride. I’m really
looking forward to next season.”
year, Mike finished the 2009 Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL
PRO-2WD Championship in eighth place.
You can watch all the Round 16 action, including the PRO-2WD race,
Sunday, November 8, at 1:30pm eastern on ABC Sports.
Oberg Motorsports thanks all its marketing and product partners
Raceline Oil Pumps
J & H Transmission,
Peterson Fluid Systems,
Fox Racing Shox,
Walker Evans Racing,
Oberg Motorsports has marketing opportunities available for the upcoming 2010 race season. For more
information please contact Mark “Gilly” Gilhausen,
Race Report – Mike Reusche, MTG –