DODGE CITY, Kan. — The Traxxas TORC Off Road Series kicked off its campaign with a pair of defending champions among the winners as the series made its debut at Dodge City Raceway Park.
Reigning champions Ricky Johnson and Bryce Menzies mastered the six-tenths-mile “Baja” style short course in the Pro Four Wheel Drive and Pro Two Wheel Drive classes, respectively, with Doug Mittag securing the Pro Light win on the final circuit.
After establishing a new course record of 40.490 seconds in qualifying earlier in the day, Johnson spent the early rounds of the Red Bull Pro Four Wheel Drive main event chasing Scott Douglas and Mark Jenkins.
Johnson battled past Jenkins for second on the final corner of the sixth round and then pulled even with Douglas in the same corner the next time around before powering into the lead entering turn one.
While Mark Jenkins ran into trouble and flipped following a late skirmish with Adrian Cenni, Johnson went unchallenged over the final portion of the race to take the win ahead of Douglas and Mike Jenkins.
In the AMSOIL Pro Two Wheel Drive division, reigning champion Bryce Menzies established quick time of 42.859 seconds and worked his way forward from the sixth starting position to give chase to Mike Oberg and Chad Hord in the early rounds.