As defending AMSOIL Cup champion, Chad Hord enters the biggest race of the season with a target on his back.
With the AMSOIL Cup race just around the corner, AMSOIL Racing profiled
Pro 4x4 driver Scott Douglas
last week. This week, it’s defending AMSOIL Cup champion Chad Hord
’s turn. The native of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has steadily risen in prominence in the world of off-road racing, first driving buggies, now behind the wheel of his Pro 2wd truck as part of the AMSOIL Super Team.
It all started 17 years ago in the old SODA series. “My dad purchased my first pro buggy for me in 1995,” said Hord. “When I started, it was a hobby that I dreamed of taking somewhere. I never thought I would be at the level I am at today doing it for a living and competing against the very best. It has been a very humbling experience.”
Hord’s first win came in 1998, his first championship only two years later. “I got knocked down many times along the way and came back and it made me even stronger and better,” said Hord. Last September, he became just one of a handful of Pro 2wd drivers to win the AMSOIL Cup
or its precursor, the BorgWarner Cup, historically dominated by the Pro 4x4s. “My crew worked very hard after the Pro 2wd race (earlier in the day), where we had taken second place, to get the truck ready. We knew we had a good truck all weekend and just needed all the stars to line up,” said Hord.
This year, the stakes for the AMSOIL Cup have grown, and along with it, the pressure to win. AMSOIL increased the purse to $40,000 in honor of the company’s 40th anniversary, making it one of the richest purses in short-course, off-road history. Repeating as AMSOIL Cup Champion and pocketing all that money is something Hord can’t help but think about. “It has definitely crossed my mind. My confidence level is very high and we have had a competitive truck all season. I know the Pro 4x4s are favored to win, but I think we can make this happen again,” he said.
Not to be overshadowed, the season championship is also within Hord’s sights. With four races left in the Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL
, Hord is 20 points behind the leader. “We have done well in every class we have been in and we have some unfinished business in Pro 2wd,” Hord said.
A makeup round of racing begins Friday, August 31. Rounds 11 and 12 of the Traxxas TORC Series take place Labor Day weekend, September 1-2, at Crandon International Raceway in Crandon, Wis. The flag drops on the AMSOIL Cup race Sunday afternoon.