Ogden, Iowa 8/12/14 - The 74th annual Sturgis Bike Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota welcomed a new event this year and it happened to come in the form of high-flying, mud-slinging TORC Off-Road Trucks. The race would be taking place at the Legendary Buffalo Chip, a campground packed with motorhomes, travel trailers, and of course, bikers. The track was picturesque, carved out of a luscious green mountain in the Black Hills. The layout was much like you would see at a motocross track, huge elevation change, massive jumps, and technical turns.
Cam Reimers is no stranger to success at brand new tracks and came into this event with high hopes. The driver from Iowa adapted to the track quickly and was one of the fastest Pro-Lite drivers to hit the track every practice. Posting a great qualifying time, Reimers would start in the 5th position on Tuesday for Round 11 of the TORC Series. At the drop of the green flag, Reimers made a quick pass into 4th and was beating on the door for a podium spot. As the SSI Decals/TiLube driver was battling to get into the 3rd position, a hard landing off the downhill ski jump caused the carburetor stud to break off and the K&N air filter to fly out the window. With 4 laps to go, the team was faced with a decision: continue on without and air filter and risk damaging the engine or pull off the track and save it for another day. The team decided to risk it. “My dad and I were talking back and forth on the radio deciding what was the best thing for us to do,” said Cam. “We knew the repercussions of what could happen, the money it could cost us, and the work that would ensue, but knew that this was our chance. We had a great shot at a podium and I think risking it shows how bad everyone on the team really wants it.”
Although Reimers came up just short of a podium finish in the final turn, he and the team were excited with the 4th place and they went to work repairing the engine damage on the #21 truck. The crew pushed through the rainy night to give Cam a solid truck for the next race day. Wednesday, Round 12, would be another strong showing for the Midwest driver as he came home with a solid 5th place finish despite a wounded engine.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our team and everything we accomplished this weekend,” said Reimers. “It was my first weekend of back-to-back Top 5’s and we went through some adversity to get there. I am sure the air filter incident on Tuesday had our engine builder cringing, but I did my best to block it out and just keep charging. I think you’d be hard pressed to find someone who wants to win more than I do.”
Follow Cam Reimers and teammate Ian Harris on social media as they prepare for the World Championships in a few weeks and be sure to check out the YouTube series “Path to the Podium” for all of the behind the scenes action!