Round 6 of the TORC series saw Traxxas' Andrew Caddell climb the podium in Charlotte NC once again, this time in second place after taking third the evening before. USAC inverted the order of Round 5's top six finishers, so Caddell started in fourth for Round 6. On the green, Todd Cunningham took the holeshot, but Caddell quickly overtook Cunningham to move into the lead with Casey Currie and Samuel Hubinette close behind. The three battled until Traxxas' CJ Greaves got together with Hubinette, putting Hubinette's Mopar-powered Ram into a violent cartwheeling flip that ended in a spectacular fireball. The already-close battle only grew closer as the yellow flag put the trucks bumper to bumper. On the restart, Caddell kept Currie at bay and Brad Lovell joined the top three, until Caddell bicycled his no. 43 Traxxas Pro Light in turn four, rolling it onto its side--but only for a moment! Caddell pointed the front wheels into the dirt, stood on the gas, and found just enough traction in his left rear sidewall to push past the truck's tipping point and drop it onto four wheels. Caddell drove to the hot pit as the race went to competition yellow, then returned to the lead lap in last place. Back under green, Caddell went to work and painstakingly reeled in Todd Cunningham and Brad Lovell to move into second, but there weren't enough laps left to bridge the gap to leader Casey Currie.
Despite putting in what TORC writer Pat Schutte called "one of the best performances of the year," Caddell was focused on his team and not his incredible ride. “I got the lead, tried to set a pace. Tried to gap (the field) before the yellow and I hooked a rut there. Feel bad for my team … they gave me a great truck tonight.” Caddell downplayed his run back to the front, but winner Casey Currie was quick to show his appreciation for the Traxxas Pro Light driver's performance. “For him to come back to second was a hard charger right there,” said Currie.
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The TORC series continues with Rounds 7 & 8 at Bark River Raceway, August 13 & 14. Follow the action with updates on the Traxxas Facebook page, YouTube, and Twitter, and watch live streaming video at TORCseries.com.
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