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Headin' offroad

Racers seize the moment in Bark River

August 13, 2012
By Keith Shelton - sports editor ( , Daily Press

BARK RIVER - Sunday was a day of seizing the moment and recovering from missed opportunities for some, at the Bark River International Raceway.

Andrew Caddell, whose truck rolled over on Saturday, was put in a tough spot in the Pro Light division. Forced to line up 11th in a strong field that included Nick Baumgartner of Iron River, Caddell chipped away at the leaders.

On the opening lap alone, Caddell moved up six spots. He eventually took over second place after the mandatory restart, before taking the lead from Brad Lovell on the final lap.

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Matt Cook goes airborne during the PRO Light series race Sunday, at Bark River International Raceway. Cook finished in fifth place. (Daily Press photo by Keith Shelton)

Baumgartner had a respectable Sunday showing after a rough outing Saturday, in which he was involved in a minor accident. Starting in the 13th position, Baumgartner worked his way up to a seventh place finish.

"Yesterday was going good. I was driving well and I was in a position to make a run for it, in fifth place, close to the halfway point. Then I rolled over, and it took so long to flip me back over, I was a lap down and couldn't even hope to win it," he said.

Still, being able to race for the U.P. crowd was a highlight for Baumgartner.

"I like it," he said of being on what is more or less his hometown track.

"Last year, I broke down both times so it was nice to get a good clean run at it.

"These Pro Lights go so much faster, so it's pretty awesome. I've just got to have more seat time. We're gonna get it, we'll have a couple more sessions before Crandon, Wis., so we're going to come out swinging."

The PRO Buggy class saw a first time victor in Andy Zipperer who took advantage of some last lap engine trouble from leader John Frana and his 4-wheel drive vehicle.

In a wild race, runner-up Bryan Bernloehr led most of the way before being overtaken by Aaron Hawley. After the mandatory caution flag, Bernloehr retook the lead before a charging Frana made his move.

Hawley ended up not finishing, pulling off to the side on the eighth lap, and Frana met the same fate on the 10th lap. Zipperer was the beneficiary, while Bernloehr settled for second.

For Zipperer, it was a welcome change from Saturday.

"I was able to work my way up to third before overtaking the leaders, " Zipperer said. "Yesterday, we had the ignition failure and fell into sixth place. The Bark River track has never been my friend, but due to some attrition and my cooper tires, I was able to pull it off."

Chad Hord of Felch had another rough outing in the AMSOIL PRO 2WD class after suffering vehicle damage Saturday and settling for eighth place after he was unable to finish the race.

On Sunday, Hord came in fifth, bowing to winner C.J .Greaves. Bryce Menzies who secured a first place finish Saturday, finished off the podium Sunday in fourth place.

Current points leader, Rob Maccachren recovered from a disastrous start to finish in second. MacCachren spun out just before the mandatory caution flag, but worked his way back up to second where he battled intensely with Greaves to the finish. It was Maccachren's sixth podium finish of the season.

"I had a really good time racing and trying to catch C.J.," MacCachren told MOPAR. "Our MOPAR Ram was strong again today and my whole team puts a reliable truck under me that I can drive the wheels off of. We'll keep at it and get some more wins this year."

Other winners Sunday included Johnny Greaves in the PRO 4x4 class, Aaron Konitzer in Stock Truck,Todd Lemke in 1600 Light Buggy, Mark Steinhardt in 1600 Buggy, Don Demeny in Super Stock Truck and Bob Gremier in Super Truck Formula 4x4.

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