took off and gave the truck a good ride but winning wasn't in the cards.
The back up motor wasn't up to the task so Jim
ran until the engine got hot and pulled off with very good track position when the motor got hot.
After pulling off Jim
said "We just didn't have it tonight, the BFG's were working great.
had nearly the entire back stretch in to the famous Argonne Loop lead.
The truck was landing great off the jumps; the track crew had the racing surface in world class condition.
definitely had a ton more power than Friday night.
The Offroad Superfans (www.offroadsuperfans.com) were on their feet as well as Sponsor's Brian "Woody" Swearingen of IH8MUD.com (www.ih8mud.com) and Greg Prusik of Prusik Livestock as Jim pulled away from the field.
At the caution Jim
pulled in behind the pace truck and allowed the pack to catch up.
Spotter Jon Fintleman had Jim
check the gauges and truck's systems while they had a moment to breath.
had a wide lead coming in to the competition yellow.
The Superfans took up a collection and presented Jim Ridderbush
a check for $334 in sponsorship money to help defray the costs of this very expensive year of racing.
The entire team was introduced under the tent during the festivities.
Driver of the #413 Jim Ridderbush
crew had the truck prepped and ready for Friday night practice with high hopes for a solid weekend.
The #413 completed a lap of practice looking great.
The Bark River Lions track prep crew has made some major changes to the track which helped us go even faster than ever on the 1.5 mile track.
The Bark River International Raceway is home to Upper Michigan's only professional Offroad Racing event.
The 1.5 Mile track is one of the most challenging in the TORC series, allowing drivers to reach speeds in excess of 90 mph.
completed one lap and then heard a bad knock from the 355 cubic inch small block Chevrolet engine.
This is a prize that has eluded Jim
July 24th 2009 found Jim Ridderbush
and team Ridder Fab's # 413 Formula 4x4 from Appleton, WI (www.ridderfaboffroad.com) in Oshkosh, WI for rounds five and six of the TORC series (www.torcseries.com) off road championship.
The Speedzone Raceway was converted from a clay circle track oval into a short course off road arena.
For Friday night's race the truck was wearing two new rear BF Goodrich Mud Terrain T/A KM's for the first time in over a year.
The Sway Away 2.5" reservoir shocks had new adjustments in an attempt to conquer the jumps and moguls the Oshkosh short course presented.
got off the start ok but it was immediately evident that the shock set up was not going to allow good handling on the track.
also lost four wheel drive around lap three.
Thanks to Jim's versatile driving style he
was able to settle into third place and hang on even with two wheel drive and compromised handling.
actually got some good racing in with the Classix car of Justin Keener towards the end of the race.
Friday after the race the team pulled the Sway Away Racerunner's back off and gave Jim
a whole new setup.
was ready to race.
Saturday's start put Jim
on the outside of the front row for the rolling start.
is the only rolling start of the season for team Ridder Fab due to the stock car track not having space for a land rush.
With the drop of the green flag Jim
launched out to the front of the pack.
The truck was gaining lead steadily.
With the Sway Away shocks working the Ridder Fab Blazer was able to double two sets of moguls in the infield.
carried more speed than ever into the transition from infield back up on to turn two of the stock car track.
The truck landed and never set for the turn and Jim
ended up with a hard roll that bounced him hard on the driver's side of the roof and landed the truck on the driver's side.
stated after the races Saturday.
was able to walk away from this hard roll ever thanks to a sincere commitment to safety and truck preparation.
A good helmet, Leatt Brace
(www.leatt-brace.com) and properly installed and tightened belts kept Jim safe.
After getting out of his
race suit and looking at the truck, Jim
said "I'll be a spokesman for that Leatt Brace
after that roll.
TRAXXAS TORC Series driver Jim Ridderbush, owner and driver of the #413 Formula 4x4 based out of Appleton gained two more podium finishes in Bark River, MI July 11th and 12th 2009.
The new J&H transmission absolutely impressed driver Jim Ridderbush
The technology and build quality of the J&H transmission as well as the support behind the team from Roger is top notch.
On Saturday Jim
pulled the hole shot and gained a commanding lead over the pack.
After leading five and a half of the six race laps the right front axle shaft broke in Bark River's famous "Cemetery Turn.
The axle breaking led to a spin which cost Jim
the lead and put him in two wheel drive to catch up.
With a quick recovery Jim
finished the lap and gladly took a second place.
got the truck got back in motion, again in two wheel drive Jim drove it as hard as he
could to catch the field.
The Formula 4x4 class has been running with the Classix trucks this year.
The combination makes for some great action on the track.
Unfortunately one of the Classix racers got in to Jim
in the "Cemetery Turn" where the truck spun on Saturday.
This time one of our BFGoodrich tires got punctured further slowing the Ridder Fab truck.
The Pit crew quickly changed the tire and got Jim back out on the track in time for a third place finish.
When asked about the weekend Jim
responded: "If it weren't for the great people that helped us this weekend would not have ended with two podium finishes.
went on to thank Roger of J&H Transmissions, Scott Douglas of Douglas Motorsports, Amsoil
, Milan Mazanec for the shock work, the Ridder Fab
crew and the Offroad Superfans
is second in points for the series championship.
Crandon, WI June 20-21,2009- TRAXXAS TORC Series driver Jim Ridderbush, owner and driver of the #413 Formula 4x4 based out of Appleton, WI took a solid second place on Sunday in the TORC series (www.torcseries.com) off road races at the "Big House" of off road racing (www.crandonoffroad.com ). This is the first race weekend of 2009 and Jim's first podium running the TORC series in 2009.
Pre-season testing has been a compilation of rough luck for the team.
Some changes made over the winter were tweaked and tuned for better performance.
ATS has built some solid transmissions for Jim
never had anything but great performance last year from our ATS Turbo 400.
Team Ridder Fab and Jim
were confident we were ready for a good showing in front of packed Crandon International Raceway.
Saturday the Ridder Fab Formula 4x4 came off the start through turn one in the middle of the pack.
moved the truck up through the pack during the first couple laps.
radioed to the spotter's tower that the transmission was not shifting properly and the fluid temperature was getting high.
Within a couple turns the truck burst into flames.
drove the truck to a track safety crew and got out safely.
brought the truck into the first turn at nearly 80 mph sounding great and in good running position.
With in two laps Jim
had a sizeable lead on the third place competitor and was chasing down 2008 Class Champion Dave Demaegd.
Getting through traffic had cost precious time and Jim
wasn't able to run down Dave for the win but he
put the truck on the podium with a clean solid second place effort.
After the race Jim
said "We really have the truck dialed in.