CRAIG VOSBERGEN – USA 2016 TOUR – SOUTHERN NATIONALS SERIES
We have now just finished our third full Ray Cook Southern Nationals Series and had time to take a breath after a hectic 3 weeks of racing and the long flight back to Australia.
This years tour was certainly an emotional rollercoaster for the TVR team with some extreme highs with Craig winning his first USA Feature event at Crossville TN, getting two other podium finishes and the lows of hurting an engine and missing a series event.
The Tennessee RV, Maxima Racing Oils, Genesis Shocks, FK Rod Ends #8 was awesome the whole tour from the first time we rolled it out of the trailer at Smoky Mountain Speedway for the Lucas Oil Series Race which we qualified for to the series finale at Tazewell Speedway.
The TVR Crew of Brent, Woody & Michael worked tirelessly for the 4 weeks to ensure everything went as smoothly as possible and with some of the feature races not finishing until 3am they were pushed to the limits several times but always had the #8 in race trim when the green flagged dropped the next day.
This years tour results far exceeded our previous achievements and all of this wouldn’t be possible without some great people that allow us to field a competitive race team from 20,000 miles away:
TVR has a group of loyal product sponsors that have backed us from the beginning and we are glad we can now reward them with some of the exposure they deserve.
16th July - Wythe Raceway VA – This was the first of a few late nights due to rain finishing at 3am.
17th July – Bulls Gap Speedway TN – Cancelled
19th July – 411 Motor Speedway TN – Craig just missed the direct transfer to A main after qualifying. Starting the heat race in P1 he finished in 2nd.
21st July – Tri-County Race Track NC – This was another rained affected event, track was super heavy and fast in qualifying and Craig was pushing hard when the nose of the #8 ploughed into the cushion and ruined any chance of a good lap. This was Craig’s worst series starting position of P20 and on a difficult passing track finished P15.
22nd July – Swainsboro Raceway GA – More rain and a 330am finish meant another tough night.
23rd July – Screven Speedway GA – Unfortunately we had to miss this race due to engine problems discovered at 530am in the morning following maintenance after Swainsboro race.We packed up headed back to Morristown TN (8hrs) for an engine change.
24th July – Rome Speedway GA – We arrived in the pits 15 minutes prior to hotlaps following our engine change.
26th July – Boyds Speedway GA – After a well earned day off the TVR team were focused on a good result at Boyds.
28th July – Crossville Speedway GA – Another wet day meant a late start and muddy conditions in the pit area.
29th July – Smoky Mountain TN – More rain this time the rain won and the event was cancelled.
30th July – Tazewell Speedway TN – After a slight rain delay qualifying got underway and Craig once again churned out an awesome qualifying lap on the high banked 3/8 mile track…fast qualifier in Group B.
Craig drove a great race an held onto 2nd place behind Bloomquist to finish off the series with 3 podiums in 3 nights including his maiden USA Feature wi.