|Fri, Mar 07, 2014 06:16 AM
December 31, 2013 | 09:52 AM
Randy Orme Racing spent its 10th season in competitive auto racing collecting more hardware.
Closing the decade of racing, driver Scotty Orme, of Central, celebrated three feature wins along with capturing the 2013 Thunder Valley Raceway Track Championship in the Lightning Sprint series.
The team put together a full-blown effort to contend for the championship at Thunder Valley after a successful limited racing schedule in 2012.
"For the first time in our 10-year career, we were able to afford to actually upgrade our car over the winter and make it better," Orme said.
Because of the upgraded ride, racing for the title at the Salem track was in the race team's sights.
"We ended up having an amazing year," Orme said. "We came out of the gate strong with a second-place finish in the first race and getting the monkey off our back in the second race with our very first feature win at Thunder Valley."
The race team took the points lead after visiting victory lane and only lost it on one occasion through the remainder of the 10-race season.
"It was an incredible effort by everyone this year and a great way to celebrate 10 years on the track," Orme said.
The season also had a few bumps and bruises along the way.
"It was a dramatic season, though," Orme said. "Two of the worst wrecks of my career nearly took the title away from us.
"We never gave up, though," he said, "and, after each wreck, we were able to make the car better than it was before."
After two seasons in 3/4 midgets (2010 with Koontz Racing and 2011 with Goff Racing), ROR jumped into the 1000cc Lighting Sprint division. In 2012, the black and red No. 03 hit the track for nine races, picking up a feature victory at Bakersfield Raceway Park in Linton. Orme also caught a pair of heat-race wins and three runner-up spots.
Also in 2012, Orme returned to a 3/4 midget for one event at the Harrison County Fair for Oogie Goff. Orme qualified second and won a heat race before placing sixth in the feature.
As for the future, ROR plans to continue running the No. 03 Lightning Sprint in the 2014 season and beyond but also has a plans for racing in another division.
"We plan to begin the move to U.M.P. Dirt Modifieds," Orme said. "We purchased a rolling chassis at the end of this season. We hope to find the sponsorship to get an engine and get on track in 2014, but, if not, we'll work on the car throughout the season and shoot for 2015 for its debut."
Joining the modified division could give Orme the opportunity to compete at more than 40 tracks in the Midwest. The racing series is popular in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, Tennessee and Missouri.
"It will also mean the opportunity to race in front of thousands of fans across the Midwest and, occasionally, compete with NASCAR stars that come out to the dirt track to race during their time off," Orme said. "We plan to stay in the modifieds for quite some time and build our program into one of the premier racing organizations in the area."
Orme said the race team connected with many new fans throughout the year. Sponsors for the race team include H&R Block of Corydon, KFC of Corydon, Pennzoil 10 Minute Oil Change, Evans Cooling, Trusty Tire Co., Garmon's Farm, Sandy's Nu Look Beauty Salon, Mel Markins, Touchette Fabrication & Machine and Nitro Hog BBQ.
To keep up with news, videos, photos and more from ROR, visit the team's website, www.ScottyOrme.com.