Hord happy with season-long effort as TORC series concludes in Nevada
PRIMM, Nev. (Sept. 28) - The 2013 Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL finished its 16-race season Saturday with Pro 2WD driver Chad Hord securing the No. 4 position in his BOSS Snowplow/AMSOIL/Maxxis Nissan. Hord's season was highlighted by a victory at the first stop in Crandon, Wis., as well as runner-up finishes in Eldora, Ohio, and the second Crandon race.
"Overall I'm happy with this season," Hord said. "We came into the year with a new truck and high hopes, but it took probably a little bit longer than we expected to get it up to speed. We got a win, some seconds and thirds, and were in the hunt many times, so all in all it was a good season."
"We finished up fourth, which is respectable, but we wanted to be in the top three. The good news is we learned a lot that we can build off of for next year. The truck, the steering, the suspension, I am happy with the way it's all come along. I think we'll probably start working on a little different engine package, and we'll get into the gearing package and converter, because that really means a lot in these things. We know what to do, and I think the second half of the year we showed what we can do at times."
Without question, Hord will be able to rely on his longtime crew through the off-season and into 2014.
"I'm very lucky because I have a group of guys that has been with me forever," Hord said. "There's not a lot of turn-over with the crew, and we all get along really well. I think that's why this group meshes so well. Not having to constantly train new guys let's us spend more time on the truck and getting it fine-tuned."
"As far as I know, we have the same crew going into next year. I think we will be able to make a good run at the championship. For now, we'll go back home and regroup, clean things up a little, and let the guys catch up on some of their personal stuff that they put on the side during the racing season. Then it won't be long until we are back out here racing. That's what we love."
Round 16: Chad charged hard off the start of the final round of the 2013 TORC Season and threw the truck deep into turn one when another truck tried to get underneath, just hitting Chad enough to spin him around and lose many valuable positions. Chad would try to battle back for the next three laps, realizing that there was a significant issue with the steering that was progressively getting worse. Eventually Chad would have to pull of the track and end the season with a DNF, eliminating his hopes at securing his third place finish in the points stand-ings.
Huseman Cup: With the 2013 Season concluded everyone would be laying everything on the line for the Huseman Cup Race. Another Pro-4, Pro-2 battle royal. With the Pro-2s given only a 17 second advantage on the 15 minute race, it was evident that this race would favor the Pro-4 trucks who could use the many tight turns of this track to their advantage. Chad held his own to finish 6th overall and 2nd in the Pro-2WD class in the field of 18 trucks that were able to take the green after beating their trucks in the final two rounds.FULL STORY
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