By Patrick Rall
While Dodge fans might be bumming about the questionable
future of the NASCAR program, Mopar Performance has continued to dominate other
forms of racing – with the most recent success coming at the Chicagoland Torc
Off Road Series stop as the Ram team took a pair of wins along with two other
podium spots. Like other Torc Truck
events, the stop at Chicagoland played host to two events (one on Thursday, one
on Friday) with the same Ram winning both races.
Taking the win in both of the Chicagoland Torc Truck Pro 2WD
events was off road racing legend Rob MacCachren who drove his familiar silver
and black #21 Mopar/Ram sponsored race truck.
In Thursday’s race, MacCachren was followed by Dodge RallyCross racer
Travis Pastrana who claimed a second place finish in his first race with the
Torc truck series. Mike Jenkins finished
5th in the Thursday race and Bruce Menzies finished 6th
at the first race in Chicagoland.
Jenkins’ 5th place finish was his best of the 2012 season.
The Friday race saw Rob MacCachren drive away to comfortably
win his second race of the weekend and his third of the season – helping him to
move into the top spot in the 2012 season championship points for Pro 2WD. Bryce Menzies battled hard late to claim the
3rd spot and Mike Jenkins ended up in the 7th spot –
marking the 4th time this year Jenkins has settled for 7th
but that’s better than last. Coming in a
disappointing 9th in the second race of the weekend was Travis
Pastrana in his Red Bull Racing Ram race truck.
Pastrana surely had high hopes after finishing 2nd in his
Torc debut on Thursday but when after rolling the truck with 6 laps left –
Travis was forced to head into the pits, battling for a balmy 9th
place finish. You can view a short video
of Pastrana’s slow rollover below.
For the year, Rob MacCachren leads in the Torc Pro 2WD
standings with 140 points (3 points ahead of second place Chad Hord) and Bryce
Menzies currently sits in 3rd with 133 points with 6 of the 14
events remaining on the season.