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races aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive.
Consistency has always been the hallmark
of a Rob MacCachren championship
season, but those two campaigns stand
out with their high number of wins – seven
victories in the Rockstar Energy/Makita Tools
Pro 2 from 15 rounds in 2016, including a
five-win streak late in the season, and nine
of 15 in 2010. Even if you’re not taking
undue risks to secure a win, sometimes
the opportunity presents itself, and
sometimes it’s just a curious chance.
“The beginning of the streak of five
was at Glen Helen,” recalls MacCachren.
“Probably 45 minutes before the Pro 2
race on the first night, my crew chief on
that truck was doing his final checks. He
setup, winning the next five races.”
When that streak began, MacCachren
was already leading the championship
handily, with two wins and four second-
place finishes in eight races. He even said,
after some solid, but not winning finishes
in the previous rounds at Estero Beach,
that he was in championship mode,
looking to maximize points and not put a
good finish at risk for the chance of a win.
But the wins kept coming, making
MacCachren a shoo-in to retain his title. As
a result, he admits that, at Lake Elsinore’s
penultimate round, he took risks racing
for the win against Brian Deegan that he
wouldn’t have contemplated otherwise.
He spun, finished off the podium, but still
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race wins in 2016.
But five straight
victories, and seven
in total, made
achieving his season
target – a second
consecutive Pro 2
title – an inevitability.
starts the truck, jacks the rear tires off
the ground, spins the tires, warms the
rear end up. When he was doing that, he
was scrolling through the Mo TeC dash
and he noticed something that was not
normal, something to do with the
transmission. He shut it off, told my team
manager, Jim Blackmore, who went and
grabbed the [engine builder] Kroyer crew.
They diagnosed it as the transmission was
beginning to fail, so they decided to hurry
up and change the transmission.
“When they did that, they happened to
put in an older setup with the transmission
and converter that I used to run, but don’t
run anymore. Well, it made the truck come
alive and we ended up winning with that