Photo by Bill Solly
Two weeks after seeing a camouflage truck dominate the opening 4-Wheel Jamboree of the season, teams made the trip north to the Allen County Fairgrounds with the determination to knock down the Dodge teams from their perch.
After just two days, and three races, it seems as though the dominant trucks on the circuit this year are apparent.
Friday night, in front of a great Lima, Ohio, crowd, Mat Dishman extended his win streak to three consecutive races as he was victorious once again in his Mossy Oak Rammunition. It's the first time that one driver has swept the first three races of a jamboree season, and that gave Dishman an even larger lead than what he entered the weekend.
Saturday's action included two racing events on the U-shaped course Lima offered this year.
The afternoon session once again saw a Dodge Ram take the victory, but it also meant the end of a winning streak.
Dishman was unable to make it into the final round for the first time in four races. However, teammate Mark Hall was able to put his big red Raminator into the finals for the first time all weekend. On the opposite side of the track, a familiar truck but a new driver for the weekend. The Vi-Cor Bigfoot was on the line, but this time it was "Bad Boy" Larry Swim behind the reins of his #16 chassis, hoping to give Bigfoot it's first win on the jamboree season.
Unfortunately, the Raminator Dodge was the top dog of this fight, as Mark Hall powered his Ram Heavy Duty to victory, his first of 2012.
The final event of Saturday once again was a battle of Fords vs. Dodges, except this time Team Bigfoot was looking to win with it's top man in the stable. Dan Runte was ready to get his chance to take on a Dodge in the finals, as Dishman already earned his spot.
But, in the semi-finals, Runte could not handle the corner, putting the E3 Spark Plugs Bigfoot #18 on it's side, and setting up an all-Dodge final. It's the second time in two weeks Runte has put the truck on it's lid, and the fourth time this year the new truck has been tire-side up.
The red vs. black Dodge final was tight and fast, but Hall put together another superb race, completing the sweep of the Saturday festivities in Lima.
With one event remaining on the weekend, the Bigfoot team has one last chance to take away a victory in the second jamboree event of 2012. Repairs are already under way for Runte's truck, and it appears all will be 100% for Sunday's concluding race. Meanwhile, the Dodge team is hoping for yet another sweep of the weekend, which would cap off an incredible start for the Ram teammates.
Should the Dodge team sweep this weekend, it will be nearly impossible for Runte and Team Bigfoot to come back with two jamborees left on the season.
The final race from Lima goes green at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow.