Colorado Springs, CO 9/3/14 - It was an exceptional weekend at the Big House in Crandon, WI. Big rain, big wrecks, and big drama. The fans have come to expect the unexpected and somehow Crandon never lets them down. Brad Lovell took the wheel of the #44 AMSOIL / Magnaflow / Torchmate / BFGoodrich Tiresmachine for the last race in the 2014 TORC Series in a 30+ truck field of pro-lights.
Every year all the race trucks are escorted downtown for display and a parade through the streets of Crandon. This year was a little soggy but the big rains held off and the crowd was as thick as ever. Back at the track, everyone took shelter and watched as the rain moved in. It was heavy enough to have even the most seasoned Crandon course workers scratching their heads. The crowds would not be disappointed as the die hard sportsman racers went out in the mud. What was high entertainment for us had to be frustrating for the drivers and there was no alternative but to postpone pro racing.
Sunday produced some of the best racing of the year with the pro-lights running twice. Lovell fell into 2nd off the start and ran his typical strong pace at the famed high speed track. "Our team nailed the setup and we were on pace up front," said Brad. Much like the team's season, bad luck crept in and Lovell barely missed the podium after a steering line broke. "We had the field covered and were running in 3rd with two turns to go. All of a sudden, the wheel got really heavy and I could barely control it. It was ultimately frustrating to get passed on the last turn and kicked off the podium. As they say, thats racing."
The team hustled to prep the truck and make adjustments for the second race only hours away. This time Lovell got off the line 3rd and was making a strong push holding a podium position. "We were coming into the mandatory caution and I pushed it to hard in the final turn. It biked in a bad spot and all I could do was throw it into the wall or ride it out. It ended up going over and took a couple hard rolls up onto the wall." The safety crew righted the truck but Lovell was forced to the back of the massive line of trucks. "I knew I had some work to do just to hold our position in points so I let her rip. It was dusty and chaotic. Trucks were everywhere, tires and debris on the track, and mud." Lovell was able to pass 20 trucks in 4 laps to salvage 10th place and recover enough points to hold on to 5th place.
"We're really proud to finish 5th in the series given the level of competition," continued Brad, "It leaves a lot of drive to come back stronger next year though. There is no other way to say it - we are not content unless we are on top." No doubt the Lovell Racing team will use their resources wisely to come back strong in 2015. "It is a huge privilege to be able to race and follow my dream. My heartfelt thanks goes to everyone who helped make our TORC season possible - sponsors, family, friends, volunteers, officials, and the best group of racers around!" What is dubbed the "off-season" is a time for the team to focus on some upcoming races and appearances outside of TORC so look for more from the Lovell Brothers in the coming months.
About Lovell Racing:
Lovell Racing is dedicated to winning off-road races at the highest levels of competition. The team is owned by brothers Brad & Roger Lovell. Together they compete in nearly every 4-wheel off-road discipline including TORC short course races, desert races, rock races, and hill climbs. In 10 years the brothers have earned 9 championships and two Baja 1000 class wins. In 2014, the team will race for the TORC Pro-Light Championship and compete in a variety of other races including King of the Hammers. Follow the team at Facebook/44BradLovell .
Lovell Racing Team Partners:
AMSOIL, Torchmate, BFGoodrich Tires, MagnaFlow, Spidertrax Off-Road, Kawasaki Team Green,Lincoln Welders, Method Race Wheels, WARN, Rigid LED Lighting, 4 Wheel Parts, Aeroquip, Fox Racing Shox, FK Rod Ends, Howe, Motive Gear, Robinson Construction, Nissan, Ron Davis Racing Products, Eibach, Powertank, Kaeser Compressors