Hankook Tire Scores Another WSORR Win with Sticker Dude Motorsports
Drivers O’Donnel and Federico Score Back-to-Back Podium Finishes
WAYNE, NEW JERSEY, August 4, 2008 - Sticker Dude Motorsports drivers Lee O’Donnell and Steven Federico achieved a one-two finish for Hanook Tire at WSORR’s Round 7 at the Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway in Oshkosh, Wis. The team made WSORR history becoming the first teammates in the same division to claim the top spots on the podium. The duo rounded out the weekend with another stellar performance in Round 8 the next night with Federico finishing second and O’Donnell third.
The weekend’s podium finishes yielded Hankook Tire its second WSORR victory. Federico now stands five points out of the championship lead.Teammate O’Donnell follows in third place.
The Sticker Dude Motorsports team headed to the Winnebago County Fairgrounds looking to continue their winning ways in the second half of the World Series of Off-Road Racing (WSORR). O’Donnell and Federico were looking to ride their grooved Hankook DynaPro tires to another podium finish.
The weather was ideal, with a light breeze and temperatures in the 70’s for the two nights of off-road racing inside the city limits of Oshkosh.. The race track that ran on and inside the one-third mile clay oval was a technical combination of high-speed jumps, banked corners, and two rhythm sections that kept drivers “up on the wheel” during the entire race.
Friday night’s PRO-Light Round VII race became a battle of Sticker Dude teammates. Using a standing start all of the Pro-Light trucks were lined up in rows two racers wide. When the flag dropped, Steven Federico and his #24 Invisible Glass PF Changs Hankook Tire Toyota Tacoma made a series of quick moves to take the lead halfway through the first lap.
Meanwhile O’Donnell in his #23 Hankook Tires Invisible Glass PF Changs Toyota Tacoma, started in row two and had a great start as well. The Hankook Toyota was running third just behind #26 Josh Hintz, and his teammate #24 Federico.
By lap three, O’Donnell managed to get around Hintz, and the battle between teammates began. For two laps O’Donnell was looking for a clean way around Federico. On lap five, O’Donnell drove inside of Federico while going through the infield high-banked corner and grabbed the lead. The final nine laps had the near capacity crowd on their feet as the Hankook equipped Toyotas swapped the lead position several times, with O’Donnell finally crossing the finish line first and Federico second right on his rear quarter panel.
“Was that fun or what?!” exclaimed O’Donnell. “For Steve and me to have a race like this is just incredible. We pulled it off and it can’t get much better than this. Thanks to everyone involved in our program, Hankook Tires, Invisible Glass, P.F. Changs, and especially Meredith, my wife. Racing side by side with Steve, we both knew we could just race and not worry about one guy taking out the other. This is what racing it all about.”
Federico added, “Like Lee just said, thanks to all our supporters and crew. I think this one-two finish is another first for Hankook Tire. This track that WSORR put together is awesome and our Hankook DynaPro tires are ideal for these conditions. Thanks to all the fans that came out tonight and I want them to come tomorrow with a friend. Let’s make it standing room only tomorrow!”
As the Saturday evening sun set, the grandstands were filled to capacity and the fans were in for some of the best short course off-road racing of the year.
With an inverted starting grid both Sticker Dude Motorsports drivers lined up in the third row. When the green flag fell, #11 Randy Eller grabbed the lead from his front row starting position. As the field came out of the first turn, Federico and O’Donnell had to battle through some traffic, but by the end of the first lap Federico was running in the second spot with O’Donnell right on his bumper. Eller used the first turn traffic to his advantage, and put some distance between him and the field to win his first race of the year.
Meanwhile, the Invisible Glass P.F. Changs Hankook Tires Toyota sponsored drivers put on an incredible show for the fans. Federico and O’Donnell swapped positions at least fifteen times, sometimes in the same lap. With two laps to go Federico grabbed the second spot for good. At the finish it was Eller first, Federico second and O’Donnell third.
The podium celebration was again dominated by the Hankook Tire shod drivers from Sticker Dude Motorsports.
“This weekend was just amazing,” noted Federico. “For Lee and I to race like we did and to finish on the podium both days is a credit to our crew. Thanks all our fans, our sponsors, our families, everyone that gives us the opportunity to come out here and race. The Hankook tires really gave us the bite we needed for the slick conditions on the oval. See you in Bark River!”
O’Donnell added; “This has to be the most fun I’ve ever had in this truck. Like Steve said, without the support of our crew, our families, and sponsors--big or small--we couldn’t put on a show like we did this weekend.”
The near perfect weekend for the Sticker Dude PRO-Light drivers moved them both in to the Top Three and within a few points of the overall championship. The next event will be held August 9-10 in Bark River, MI.
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