Hord and Hart Hit the Dirt Hard in the Roundup in Texas

Dallas, TX—With so many changes in the off-season; sponsorships, a Pro-4WD for Chad and a teammate to drive the Pro-2WD added to the team, and a new transporter, the Hord Racing crew eagerly headed to the Dirt Track at Texas Motor Speedway for the TORC Series pre-season test session and season opener. The team arrived to heavy rainfall in the area that resulted in cancellation of the practice sessions. A break in the weather allowed for the trucks to come out of the hauler for an afternoon of adjustments to the set-up. The prep time was short lived as the rainfall continued. After many inches of rain and drivers meetings, it was decided to cancel Round 1 as the worst of the storms were scheduled to hit the area during race time.

The trucks can handle anything that mother nature will throw at them, however spectator and drivers safety were concerns as safety vehicles would not be able to maneuver on the saturated track and infield. After a week of waiting, there would be two practice sessions and qualifying prior to Round 2 racing on Saturday night. During the first practice session the #9 CAT, AMSOIL, Systems Control, Maxxis Pro-4WD completed its first laps on a dirt track. About 1 second off of the lead times, Chad came back to the pit and reported changes that he felt would help to the crew. In the second practice session they cut the gap down to .5 seconds and had a few things left to try to improve the truck for qualifying. The changes were beneficial as Chad put up the 2nd fastest qualifying time in just two laps as the transmission blew resulting in a small fire. The team quickly got to work, changing the transmission and prepping the truck to have it ready for the race in just a few short hours. Although the #15 Systems Control, AMSOIL, CAT, Maxxis Pro-2WD has proven to be a great truck, it was the first time Marty Hart would be behind the wheel. He too was a second off the pace during his practice run. Adjustments were made and Marty came back to qualify first in the Pro-2WD class. The crew worked efficiently to pull off the tranny change in such a short window of time and had the Pro-4WD ready to go with only 10 minutes to spare.

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2015 TORC Series Schedule

Date Track / Location
April 24-25 Texas Motor Speedway, Ft Worth, TX
  TV: TBA
May 16-17 Gateway Motorsports Park, St Louis, MO
  TV: TBA
June 13-14 Route 66 Raceway, Chicago, IL
  TV: TBA
June 27-28 Crandon Intl Off Road Raceway, Crandon, WI
  TV: TBA
July 10-11 Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC
  TV: TBA
August 4-5 Buffalo Chip Park, Sturgis, SD
  TV:
August 15-16 Bark River Intl Raceway, Bark River, MI
  TV: TBA
Sept 5-6 Crandon Intl Off Road Raceway, Crandon, WI
  TV: TBA

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