What started as a difficult and frustrating opening weekend for Jerry Daugherty and the Live Fast Play Dirty Motorsports team ended with smiles all around and some positive momentum heading in to the third and fourth rounds of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.
Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Pro 4 truck racer Jerry Daugherty
Daugherty’s Pro 4 team had issues with the front end in practice and came out of the gate slow, but after working hard to fix the problems, rebounded for an eight and fifth place finish in the two events at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Ariz.
Jerry Daugherty and the Live Fast Play Dirty Motorsports Team
“During round one of qualifying, my E3 Spark Plugs truck lost the front differential,” Daugherty said. “This is an issue in a Pro 4 because the trucks have a tendency to lose forward bite and want to spin. In round two of qualifying, we broke a front axle. This caused us to start in the back on race day, but I am thankful that we had those issues in qualifying and not during the race.
“It’s always frustrating to have mechanical issues, but we are thankful they happened when they did. It just forces me to work harder.”
Daugherty’s team managed to turn the negative in to a positive by using the first race as an open test session. The race went caution free, allowing Daugherty to work on the long run setup of his truck.
“I hadn’t been in the truck since the season finale last year,” Daugherty said. “The qualifying troubles allowed me to use the first round as a major test and tune for both the truck and myself. We were able to test some new parts thanks to some new partners, and those new parts plus my drive to perform well seemed to work to our benefit on Sunday.”
Daugherty believes the information obtained during the first weekend sets him up for a strong performance during the next event in Las Vegas, April 26-28.
“I loved some of the new parts that we added to the truck,” Daugherty said. “I feel that now that I have some comfort in using the parts, we can gain more speed on corner exit in Vegas.
“The entire Live Fast Play Dirty Motorsports team is dedicated to a great season and getting podium finishes.”
Daugherty said the help his team has received from K&N Filters is one of many reasons why he thinks 2013 can be his most successful year yet.
“K&N Filters continue to play a vital role in the performance of our race truck,” Daugherty said. “In order for these trucks to perform and run efficiently, the engines require a lot of air flow. K&N Filters allow for the engines to gain the maximum airflow, while keeping dirt and debris out. We are proud to have had a long lasting partnership with K&N Filters, and look forward to many more years.”
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