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Currie Takes Back-to-Back Runner-up Finishes at the Oshkosh

Casey Currie took his Monster Energy PRO LIGHT team to the Traxxas TORC Series rounds 5 and 6 at the Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway tied for the top spot in the points standings. When the dust settled, he had two second place podium finishes. However, Marty Hart’s two wins left Casey second in the points but separated by only 9 points.

The Oshkosh track, a reconfigured stockcar oval, would offer up tight and technical turns that played havoc on many of the drivers during the weekend racing action. While many of the trucks were flipping and rolling over behind him, Casey’s BFG’s would fit the track like a glove, providing superior traction as he maneuvered through the 180 degree turns into the infield portion of the track without any problems.

Friday night, Currie’s black Monster Energy number 2 machine rolled off in the 5th position on the third row. When the green flag flew, Casey, Marty Hart and Randy Eller made it through the hole shot, cleanly dicing through the field. With Marty Hart out front, Eller and Currie went side-by-side through the infield tabletop and rhythm section. By the end of lap one, Casey had powered his V8 out to the second spot.

On the restart following the competition caution, Casey charged hard to challenge for the lead but Marty was able to hold him off through the infield turns. Meanwhile behind the two leaders, Andrew Caddell flipped and landed on his side bringing out a full course caution and race stoppage.

Seeing the restart as possibly the only opportunity he would have to make the pass on Hart, Casey wound it up and jumped out quick for a great restart-shooting ahead and even going ahead of Hart briefly. But Hart had the inside line and was able to go back to the lead when the competitors reached the tight left-hand turn at the exit of the back stretch. The two leaders pulled away from the field and ended up with Hart getting the win followed by Currie in second and Cunningham rounding out the podium.

Saturday night under the lights racing featured even more flips and rolls. In fact, on lap one, Shawn Morris rolled hard bringing out the red flag and a complete restart once the track was cleared. The restart was furious. Several trucks got together in turn three and Casey took advantage of the mayhem and picked up several spots, landing in third behind Andrew Caddell and Todd Cunningham. Marty Hart was also in the mix and was able take a clean line inside of the bunched-up trucks to grab the lead.

From the competition caution to the end of the race, Casey and Cunningham would engage in a classic seesaw battle that saw them exchange the second place position back and forth with Cunningham eventually holding the spot at the checkered flag—but not without controversy. USAC officials would ultimately award the second place spot to Casey due to a penalty Cunningham would receive for jumping the restart at the midway caution.

Casey had this to say about his weekend: “I’m a little bummed about not winning but very excited that we’re still close and in the hunt for the championship. I’m looking forward to getting up to Bark River and hopefully being successful there. My BFG’s were really hooking up great tonight. I was able to get into the tight corners well and keep the pressure on Marty.”

Casey Currie Motorsports will head back to Bark River, MI on August 14-15th for the next rounds of the Traxxas TORC Series. Replays of live web streaming of the races can be seen on TORCseries.com. Look for the broadcast of TORC series season on HD Theatre in high definition to premier on September 2nd.

Casey Currie Motorsports would like to thank all their Partners:
Monster Energy, BFGoodrich Tires, Currie Enterprises, Magnaflow Exhaust, Motive Gear, American Wire Harness, GoPro Cameras, Goodridge, K&N Filters, Kawasaki, Kicker Audio, King Shocks, Leatt Brace, HJC, MasterCraft Safety, Oakley, CBR Radiators, Sign Pros, Simple Green, Torco Oil, Pro Am.

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