Racers Qualify For TORC Series Final

Sept.28, 2012; Antelope Valley, Ca. The Traxxas, TORC series
finals got underway as drivers completed two practice sessions and qualifying
for final rounds. Several championship titles are up for grabs when they hit
the track on Saturday.

The day was not without controversy, a spectacular crash
took place in practice when two Ultra4 drivers tangled in midair over a
table-top jump on the course. Gary Ferravanti landed on top of JT Taylor who
was shaken up by the crash but not seriously injured however, his car was
damaged to the point that he was unable to continue. The crash served as a
warning to all the drivers not to go over that fine line on the edge of control.

The top qualifier in Pro-4×4 was Kyle LeDuc who ran a
1:00.241 lap time. The top spot had special meaning for Kyle. He is running in
the Rick Huseman Memorial race on Sunday. The race is to honor Brothers Rick
and Jeff Huseman who perished in a plane crash one year ago. Kyle’s crewchief
and spotter is Kevin Huseman and they also rely on the talents of Dan Huseman
surviving brothers of Rick and Jeff. “Everyone wants to come here and run up
front,” said Kyle LeDuc, “We are here to honor Rick and Jeff. I can’t put into
words how I feel, we can only show it on the track.”

In Pro-2, it was Rob MacCachren who ran the fastest time. He
is in a tight points battle with defending champion Bryce Menzies who qualified
third. “We needed the two points awarded to the top qualifier,” said Rob
MacCachren, “We did what we had to do today, now we need to come through on
race day with some victories.”

Prolite’s top qualifier was CJ Greaves. “We did some testing
before the race and it paid off,” said CJ Greaves, “We now have the truck where
it should have been all season. We are going to stay number one on race day.”

After the crash in practice Gary Ferravanti was still able
to continue and managed to qualify second. The top spot belonged to Bill Baird
whose bright orange rig was flying around the course.

About the Author

Mike Ingalsbee is an automotive writer and photographer who has covered just about everything that burns fuel or throws dirt for two decades. He has been published in over twenty magazine titles and websites in North America, Europe and Australia. He has worked as a design engineer for several manufacturers in the automotive aftermarket and is a founding member of the Association of Motorsports Media Professionals, (AMMP), a trade organization that is involved in land use concerns and consults with sanctioning bodies on safety and media issues.

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