BAK 40 Motorsports Thomas Reihner
Podiums at Crandon
TORC Pro UTV Report
• Round 11
• Crandon Big House
Connellsville, PA (9/18/2017)
- Bak 40 Motorsports’ Thomas Reihner finished
a career-best third in the TORC Series Pro Modified
race at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway
in Wisconsin. The privateer racer, teamed with
Eric Gordon, fought his way through the pack on
the wet and slick course to score his first podium
in his rookie TORC season.
Motorsports' Thomas Reihner scored his first
TORC Podium of the season at Crandon's Big
Driving a Can-Am X3, Reihner showed patience
and true race craft as he made decisive moves
on his way to the front. Despite the muddy and
rough conditions, he came away with the podium.
“This was definitely the most exciting day of
my career,” said Reihner. “Eric and I started
years ago and it’s been a great team effort. To
be on the podium really made it all worth it and
gave us the push to keep going. We know we can
Motorsports' Thomas Reihner charged his
way to a third place finish at Round 11
of the TORC Series
Reihner overcame the tough conditions, as well
as some seriously stiff competition from several
factory-backed teams. “I made good decisions and
let the front group set the pace,” said Reihner.
“I knew I could keep pace with the guys in the
front. So I tried to use their lines and pushed
Gordon was also running a competitive race before
being hit by another car on the mid-race restart.
He nursed the car to the finish, but finish he
did. “I made it through the first couple of turns
well and settled into a good pace,” said Gordon.
“I had a little trouble with the restart and got
hit on all four corners. I had a part break and
that ended my race with two thirds of a lap to
go. All in all, though, it was a good weekend
for the team.”
Motorsports' Eric Gordon finished 11th in
the Crandon World Cup on Sunday
Both racers also competed in the Crandon World
Cup race on Sunday. Reihner finished seventh in
the special non-points event, while Gordon drove
a damaged car to an 11th-place finish. Gordon
thanked CT Race Worx for its efforts in building
a car that could take the punishment and still
“Our car really took a beating both days,” said
Gordon. “We didn’t break one of the CT components
despite a lot of contact. It allows our car to
take an impact and not have a huge effect on the
rest of the car. They really allowed me to compete
in Sunday’s race. Even as twisted up as the car
was, it made it through 15 laps on Sunday. The
CT parts are top notch.”
Bak 40 Motorsports is in its first year of competition
in the TORC Series. Started as a privateer effort
to allow Reihner and Gordon to live out their
dreams to race competitively, they started out
the season with realistic goals of qualifying
for every race. Because of their recent successes,
they are raising the bar for themselves.
“As the season progressed, we set our goals higher
to get top 10s and even top fives,” said Gordon.
“I couldn’t be more excited about how the season
has gone. We have really exceeded our expectations
as to what we thought we’d be able to accomplish
Part of that success is due to Can-Am’s X3. The
race-ready ride has proven itself in every round
this season, especially at Crandon.
“This is our first year with the X3 and they
are just awesome machines out of the box,” said
Reihner. “We are running mostly factory parts
on the car. The motor is completely stock with
an Evolution Powersports tune for more boost.
It’s a solid car. You don’t have to overdrive
it. The car just does the work for you. It gives
us a serious advantage.”
Though they don’t have nearly the funding of
the factory teams, what they lack in money, they
more than make up for in grit and determination.
“We may not have the resources of the some of
the bigger teams, but we will go out there every
race weekend and give it our all,” said Gordon.
“We pride ourselves on running at the professional
Motorsports' teamed up with Kyle Chaney
to give away 1,000 T-shirts during the downtown
Crandon Parade on Friday
Creativity in marketing has also been a plus.
Gordon and Reihner teamed up with factory Can-Am
racer Kyle Chaney during the Friday parade in
downtown Crandon and handed out 1,000 Bak 40 T-shirts
to the 60,000-plus fans in attendance. For them,
though, it was just a way of giving back.
“The fans are awesome,” said Reihner. “We got
together with Kyle Chaney and Can-Am for the parade
and printed up shirts with some of our sponsors
to give to the fans. It was nice to give back
to the fans and then see our shirts in the stands
during the race.”
Those sponsors are what have helped them to compete
at the pinnacle of short-course UTV racing. Along
with Can-Am and CT Race Worx, the team has several
big-name sponsors on board this season, including
Evolution Powersports, Method Wheels, KWI Clutching,
Rugged Radios, and Double E Racing suspension.
“Method Wheels is excited because we were the
first and only Can-Am team to run their wheels,”
said Reihner. “Chris with KWI Clutching was spot-on
from the get-go. He gave us the setup at the beginning
of the year and we’ve been running it all season.
Rugged Radios got us a pretty good deal on communications
equipment. George White with Double E Racing has
been helping us with our suspension from day one.
He has helped us at every single race. We are
truly blessed to have their support.”
The Bak 40 story is one of dreams. Started in
a warehouse, the team has evolved into a full-on
racing team with a true race shop.
“When Thomas and I decided to race, we were working
on our cars out in the back 40 feet of my company’s
warehouse so that’s where the Bak 40 name comes
from,” said Gordon. “We started out with one machine
and we grew from there. Now we’re in a full-fledged
Gordon and Reihner now head into the final race
weekend of the 2017 TORC season. The tripleheader
event will likely be difficult on the team. Considering
everything else they’ve overcome, look for them
to up front.
“Three rounds in one weekend is a lot on a team,”
said Gordon. “A lot can change in that one weekend.
We have work hard for the next three weeks to
make sure the car is running perfectly. We’re
excited about the challenge.”
Bak 40 with Gordon and Reiher will be ready for
action during the final three TORC Races September
23-24 at ERX Motor Park in Elk River, MN.
Bak 40 Motorsports
Method Race Wheels, Rugged Radios, GBC Motorsports,
CT Race Worx, Evolution Powersports, SPARCO, Double
E Racing (E2R), Can-Am, Dominick Racecar Fabrication,
NRG Innovations, On-Crete Concepts.