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August 3rd, 2012, 19:23
They will probably be up tonight.
Originally Posted by bajaxp
August 3rd, 2012, 20:18
Stop by JCRi/ SpeedCo/ Lucas Oil #25 Prolite team of Kyle Lucas at 6:00pm Saturday! They are going to give out a ton of swag!!!
August 3rd, 2012, 20:19
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August 4th, 2012, 00:05
Re: LOORRS- Race Info - News, Photos, and Inside Scoops-
Qualifying Results are up!!
Originally Posted by bajaxp
August 4th, 2012, 11:39
August 4th, 2012, 12:10
August 5th, 2012, 08:07
August 5th, 2012, 08:28
Saturday's race recap provided by Scott Neth. Thanks Scott!
This weekend marks the return of a big fan favorite in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO: the night races! Although this year will actually feature a second pair of night races later on in the season, this weekend features the first night races of the year, set once again in their traditional southern California home. For the third year in succession, Glen Helen Raceway, set right amongst the hills on the outskirts of San Bernardino, CA, will play host to this ever-popular event, as Rounds 9 and 10 of the 2012 championship will unfold under the lights. These night races are often some of the best of the season, and with the added bonus views of flashing exhausts and glowing brake rotors, as well as the simple enjoyment of a balmy summer night in the grandstands, there is a lot to enjoy this weekend. In case you missed the action out on the track, here’s a synopsis of the evening’s proceedings.
Junior 2 Kart
In the first race of the afternoon, a strong field of Junior 2 Karts took to the track, led by Parker Steele and Dylan Winbury on the front row. Steele grabbed the early lead in his #449 Steele Racing/SDHQ Off Road Racing kart, ahead of Travis PeCoy, Shelby Anderson, Winbury, and Jeremy Davis. Winbury got by Anderson on the inside at turn three on lap two, moving his #469 Black Rhino/Famous Stars and Straps entry up to third. On the next lap, Davis pulled the exact same move on Anderson, in the exact same spot, and took over fourth in his #485 Green Army/Hoosier machine. Davis then picked off Winbury at turn three two laps later, and with the Competition Yellow coming out on the following lap, the running order in the top five was Steele, PeCoy in the #411 Simpson/Fox Racing Shox truck, Davis, Winbury, and Anderson in her #405 Walker Evans Racing/Bud’s Tire and Wheel entry. These drivers held their positions on the restart, and with the top eight drivers having run nose-to-tail through the first half, this was still anyone’s race. On lap nine, Trevor Briska picked up fifth spot in his #459 JH Sims Trucking Co, Inc./Fiberwerx kart, and on lap ten, Winbury re-took third from Davis. On lap eleven, Briska made a good run through the whoop section in the latter half of the final corner, got alongside Davis, and just edged him wide as he moved up to fourth. Davis’ luck then got a whole lot worse, as contact with another driver ended up dropping him down to last place, a tough break for sure. Broc Dickerson moved up to fifth as a result, while up front, it was Steele who’d led wire to wire, all the way to the finish, as he picked up his very first win in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series- congratulations Parker! Second went to PeCoy, third to Winbury, fourth to Briska, and fifth to Dickerson in the #423 Dickerson Motorsports/Black Rhino machine.
Junior 1 Kart
After an opening lap pile-up between three karts forced a restart, it was pole position starter Barrett Nunley who led the field on the second start. Parker Darland ran second, followed by Broc Dickerson, Darren Hardesty, and Ricky Gutierrez. Darland and Dickerson both got by Nunley coming out of turn four on lap two, with Dickerson then edging ahead of Darland through turn six to take the lead. Gutierrez had also leapfrogged Hardesty on the same lap, but the two were then put back to seventh and eighth on lap the, which allowed Conner McMullen and Travis PeCoy to take over fourth and fifth. PeCoy then made a nice drive over the tabletop and down into turn two on lap five, passing both McMullen and then Nunley as the three dove into the corner. McMullen picked off Nunley as well on the next lap, and at the Competition Yellow, the running order was Dickerson in the #1 Walker Evans Racing/Eibach Springs kart, Darland in the #241 Alexander Ford/Lincoln/Maxim Air Conditioning & Heating machine, PeCoy in his #211 King Off-Road Racing Shocks/CMI entry, McMullen in the #288 Monster Energy/Foddrill Motorsports truck, and Nunley in the #215 RC10.com kart. PeCoy moved up to second on the dive into turn two on the restart, and with a good run out of turn six, McMullen kept pace with PeCoy as he also got by Darland at the start/finish line to take over third. Darland now appeared to be slowing, which allowed Nunley, Gutierrez, and a few others to quickly get by, before Darland then pulled off the track, race over. Up front, Dickerson, PeCoy, and McMullen were now running nose-to-tail in the top three, and in one sudden burst, McMullen flew past both PeCoy and Dickerson through turns one and two to take over at the front. The other two had no answer for McMullen, who stayed out front to pick up the win, ahead of Dickerson, PeCoy, Nunley, and Gutierrez in the #278 G Brothers/Patrick’s High Performance Graphix machine.
The final race of the afternoon on the shortened “kids” track was Modified Kart, and the young hotshoes of the sport, who often manage to put on a show that rivals any race run by their fully-grown counterparts, absolutely did so again today. Cole Mamer grabbed the early lead in his #535 Simpson/Mamer Motorsports kart, ahead of Myles Cheek in his #557 Rockstar/DASA truck, Blake Lenk in the #521 Team Associated/Missing Lenk Motorsports entry, Kyle Hart in the #523 ReadyLift Off Road Suspension/Duncan Racing machine, and Sheldon Creed in the #574 TrophyKart/Kar Tek truck. Creed and Morris both got by Hart on lap two, with Morris then passing Creed for fourth two laps later. Morris then got by Lenk on the inside at turn three on lap seven, while a bicycle in turn three by Creed allowed Hart to barely edge past as they drag raced down the straight towards turn five, all just ahead of the Competition Yellow. At this point, the running order was Mamer, Cheek, Morris, Lenk, and Hart, but as the field circled under yellow, Lenk was forced to pull off track with an issue, ending what had been a very strong run by the young driver. The new top five (Mamer, Cheek, Morris, Hart, and Creed) held their spots on the restart lap, but on lap ten, Hart made an ambitious run towards the very slight right of turn five, where he tried to nose past Morris for fourth. Hart was unable to pull off the pass, and as the course quickly turned left into turn six, he ran wide and into the outside k-rail, hitting hard on his right side. This allowed both Creed and Jeff Hoffman to get past, but Hart was able to continue. Morris then began to slide back down the order as he struggled with a right front flat, and he was quickly out of the top five. Up front, Mamer was still leading, his truck still nearly pristine despite the muddy conditions, and he came home first to get his second win of the season, ahead of Cheek, Creed, Hoffman in the #547 BRT Signs/Cactus Asphalt kart, and Hart. Mamer’s win was all the more special following the passing of his grandfather yesterday, and Mamer’s family celebrated an emotional win with a big hug up in the Spotters’ Area- way to go Cole!
August 5th, 2012, 08:30
First out onto the full-length track came the Limited Buggies, and they would be the final race before Opening Ceremonies. Jeff Richards started alongside points leader John Fitzgerald on the front row, and despite Fitzgerald’s substantial points lead and considerable pedigree, it was Richards who had the early lead in his #315 ABC Muffler/King Off Road Racing Shox buggy. Fitzgerald ran second in the #314 BFGoodrich Tires/Weddle Racing Gears car, with Jordan Poole third in the #310 Riot Racing/GoPro Fraley, Dillon Ayers fourth in the #398 Gear One/Fat Performance Lothringer, and Kevin McCullough fifth in the #389 Gear One/Broken Cartel Geiser. Zac Hunt got by McCullough coming out of turn two to take over fifth on lap two, and on the next lap, things really heated up at the front. Fitzgerald seemed to suddenly turn up the wick, closing right down on Richards into turn five, before pulling alongside down the front straight and nosing into the lead into turn one. Poole followed suit, as he also got by Richards on lap four, and a bit further back, Kyle Quinn managed to get inside of both McCullough and Hunt to move from seventh to fifth in turn three on lap seven. The top two now had a gap over the rest of the field, and at the Competition Yellow, it was Fitzgerald, Poole, Richards, Ayers, and Quinn in the top five. Quinn was hit in turn two on the restart lap, dropping him back several spots, and with Richards also dropping back, Hunt and John Proctor were now up to fourth and fifth. A rollover by McCullough in turn five then brought out a full course caution, and when racing resumed, Poole was caught out by contact in that dangerous turn two, which caused him to loop down to the inside burm and drop back to the tail end of the field. The running order was now Fitzgerald, Ayers, Hunt, Quinn, and Bradley Morris, and that order stayed the same through the white flag. On the final lap, a good race between Quinn and Morris was really heating up, and it was Morris who got the better of Quinn, as he got by for fourth at turn four. Up front, Fitzgerald picked up yet another win to extend his points lead, with Ayers and Hunt rounding out the podium. Fourth went to Morris in the #304 Lucas Oil/K&N Penhall, and fifth place was Quinn in the #311 McKenzies/Bugpack Products buggy.
Pro 4 Unlimited
Following Opening Ceremonies, the monsters of Pro 4 Unlimited roared into life, with Greg Adler and Josh Merrell leading the field away from the front row. Eric Barron got a lightning quick (if not questionable) start in the #32 LAT Racing Oils/Maxxis Toyota, jumping up to first as the field barreled into turn one. Barron held the lead at the end of the first lap, ahead of Carl Renezeder (who also had a great start from back on row three) in the #1 Lucas Oil/General Tire Nissan, Kyle LeDuc, Greg Adler, and Travis Coyne. On lap two, contact sent Adler up into the outside wall at turn five, which brought out a full course caution. Adler was able to re-fire and continue, and on the restart lap, LeDuc got by Renezeder on the inside at turn four, moving up to second place as he tried to chase down Barron. Merrell then rolled at turn five, bringing out a second full course caution. On the restart lap, LeDuc got a got run out of turn one, moving to the inside of Barron and just into the lead in turn two. Barron wasn’t having any of it, though, as he held tough and nosed back ahead out of the corner, forcing LeDuc to try again. The two leaders were now quickly walking away from the pack, while behind them, Todd LeDuc had now gotten by Renezeder down the straight into turn five, moving him up to third in the #7 Rockstar/Makita Ford. Renezeder then spun at turn four on the next lap, and at the Competition Yellow, the running order was Barron, Kyle LeDuc in the #99 Monster Energy/Toyo Tires Ford, Todd LeDuc, Curt LeDuc in the #43 KCHiLites/Truxxx Lift and Level Kits Ford, and Adler in the #10 4 Wheel Parts/Affliction Ford.
LeDucs were now running two-three-four, and at the head of the family train, Kyle LeDuc was still taking the fight to Barron. On the restart lap, LeDuc was finding it hard to intimidate Barron, and as he tried force his way into the lead, Barron held his line, and LeDuc hit Barron hard side to side at the exit of turn two. Barron gave it right back, though, as he kept his foot in it down to turn three, where he nosed ahead, then swung his tail wide and into LeDuc’s side. The move was a precise measure of revenge, one that seemed all too understandable, and which drew a big cheer from the absolutely packed stands. In all the bumping and banging, something went majorly wrong mechanically on LeDuc’s truck, as he was slowed to a crawl soon afterwards, a devastating end to his strong charge. Todd LeDuc moved into second, with Adler third, Coyne fourth in the #5 ProComp/Team Associated Ford, and Curt LeDuc fifth. Adler spun at turn five on lap 17, dropping him to seventh, but he charged back over the final laps to re-take fifth. Up front, it was a dominant, unshakeable drive by Barron that gave him his second straight win, ahead of Todd LeDuc, Coyne, Curt LeDuc, and Adler.
Pro Buggy Unlimited
With the giant lights now taking over as the last of the sun’s rays faded behind the hills to the west, next up was Pro Buggy Unlimited. Young Dave Mason Jr., who started from pole, put in a great opening lap to hold the lead in his #65 Competitive Metals/Eleven Western Builders Alumi Craft, ahead of Jerry Whelchel, John Holmes, Garrett George, and Mike Porter. Holmes was really challenging Whelchel early, but a right rear flat on the Whelchel machine forced him into the pits, and made Holmes’ pass a lot easier. Up front, Mason Jr. was having a very strong run, but as he caught up to the lapped car of Eric Fitch, his luck took a sharp dive. As Mason Jr. tried to get by, Fitch cut across Mason Jr.’s line, causing him to spin, which dropped him all the way back to eighth. The drivers behind were left scrambling to avoid contact with either Mason Jr. or Fitch, and it was Holmes who came through to take the lead, ahead of Porter, Fortin, Greinke, and George. Porter then suffered a right rear flat, forcing him into the hot pits, and with the Competition Yellow now out, the running order was Holmes in the #3 Prolong Super Lubricants/Team Up Racer, Fortin in the #96 Fortin Racing, Inc./BFGoodrich Tires Racer, Greinke in the #23 SC Fuels/Redline Performance Racer, George in the #71 Anenberg/Yokohama Funco, and Cameron Steele in the #16 Monster Energy/Horizon Hobby Alumi Craft.
On the restart, Fortin got by Holmes to take the lead, with Greinke also getting by later on in the lap to move into second. Fortin then started to open up a gap, but a rollover by Porter, and the subsequent full course caution, erased all his hard work, as the field bunched up behind the ReadyLift Toyota Tundra Pace Truck once again. The field then took the restart, but some questionable actions led officials to call for the restart to be done again. After a couple of laps of sorting out the correct restart running order, the field resumed racing under a green-white-checkers run to the finish. That running order was Fortin, Greinke, Holmes, Steele, and George as the green flag waved, and on the penultimate lap, George got down the inside of Steele to make the pass for fourth at turn three. Steele answered right back, though, as he dive-bombed down into turn five, got alongside George, and simply out-drove him out of the corner to re-take fourth. From there, the top five held their spots, and it was Fortin who picked up the win over Greinke, Holmes, Steele, and George. Fortin’s win was his fifth in a row- can he tie the series record of six straight, set by Pro 4 Unlimited driver Kyle LeDuc during the first six rounds of this very season, here at Glen Helen tomorrow night?
Pro Lite Unlimited
Young hotshoe Bradley Morris grabbed the early lead in the Pro Lite Unlimited race, and with 23 other drivers charging behind him, he had his work cut out for him as he tried to hold off an immense lineup. Brian Deegan ran second, with Justin “Bean” Smith third, Casey Currie fourth, and Chad George fifth. Smith slowed on the second lap, and pulled into the pits with a mechanical issue, moving Currie to third and RJ Anderson to fourth, with George still fifth. On lap four, Deegan started to close on Morris, and with a full course caution coming out after a rollover in turn two by Matt Cook, Deegan would get to take a shot at Morris on the restart. Deegan took full advantage of the restart lap, as he got inside of Morris and really forced him wide at the exit turn two, moving him up to first, if only just. However, Currie and Anderson then tried to get in the mix as well at turn three, and as they, Deegan, and Morris bumped and banged, Morris came out ahead, and re-assumed the lead in his #24 GoldStar Asphalt!/K&N Ford. At the Competition Yellow, Morris still led, with Currie in the #2 Monster Energy/General Tire Nissan, Anderson in the #37 Monster Energy/South Point Dodge, Deegan in the #38 Rockstar/Makita Ford, and Ryan Beat in the #51 Premiere Motorsports Group/eBay Motors Ford behind him in the top five.
On the restart lap, Sheldon Creed got into Beat a little bit as they came out of turn one, and Creed was then able to go by into turn two. Creed was up to fifth, but then spun and dropped back on the same lap, promoting George up to fifth once again in the #42 Discount Tire/Yokohama Ford. Deegan also moved up on the same lap, taking over third from Anderson, before a rollover by Todd Cunningham in turn two brought out another full course caution. Racing resumed briefly, only to be interrupted again by yet, this time for a rollover in turn two by Shannon Campbell. A green-white-checkers finish was then called for by race officials, and all drivers had their crosshairs fixed squarely on the back bumper of Morris. Fortunately for Morris, he possesses mental toughness well beyond his years, as he held off a stacked field to take his first ever win in this class- way to go Bradley! Second went to Currie, third to Deegan, fourth to Anderson, and fifth to Chris Brandt in the #82 BFGoodrich Tires/Livestrong Toyota.
Morris’ win proves that Lucas Oil Off Road’s ladder system is working, as he has risen from success in Modified Kart to success in Limited Buggy, and now to yet more success in Pro Lite Unlimited. Who knows where this young star’s talent will carry him in the years to come?
Next up was Super Lite, and after a rollover in turn two by Brent Fouch on the first start, a full restart was called for. Fouch took full advantage of his second chance, as he led the field past the stripe after the first lap in his #21 Fouch Racing/King Off-Road Racing Shocks truck. Dawson Kirchner ran second in the #18 Speed Technologies/General Tire machine, with Sheldon Creed third in the #74 A.M. Ortega/Trench Shoring entry, Ryan Hagy in the #5 Metal Mulisha/Rockstar truck, and Jessie Johnson fifth in his #15 SoCal Super Trucks/Speed Energy machine. Creed moved up to second on lap two, and on lap three, had his sights set on the leader Fouch. Fouch was looking really squirrelly, though, and Creed was waiting for a safe moment to make his move. However, Creed got a little “encouragement” on his back bumper from Code Rahders, who pushed Creed up and alongside Fouch into turn three, where Creed then edged ahead and into the lead. Several more drivers then began to stream past Fouch, who appeared to now have an issue, for which he pulled into the pits not long afterwards. A rollover by Hagy at turn five then brought out a full course caution, and on the restart lap, a crash in turn two by Johnson shook up the order even more. It was now Creed, Rahders in the #16 Superchips/K&N truck, Kirchner, Drew Britt in the #7 Quick Lane/Mickey Thompson machine, and Hagy in the top five, with Rahders then dropping back before pulling into the hot pits. The Competition Yellow then came out, and Rahders’ misfortune meant that while Creed still led, it was now Kirchner in second, Britt in third, Hagy in fourth, and Max Hunt in fifth in the #37 Justice Brothers/Exotic Engines entry.
On the restart, a big rollover by Hagy meant that the Pace Truck would come right back out again, and while Hagy was out, thankfully he appeared to be ok. Hunt had now taken over fourth, with Garrett Poelman lying fifth in the #62 Supercross.com/Loctite truck. On the restart lap, Britt moved by Kirchner for second, with Poelman passing Hunt for fourth. A rollover by Eric Roner then forced another full course caution, with a green-white-checkers finish then being called for. On the restart, Johnson forced Kirchner wide on off the track in a dangerous way between turns one and two, and was rewarded with a rollover in turn two, his second of the night. With yellow waving yet again, it would now be a one-lap sprint to the finish under green. This race had already been filled with incidents, but it saved the best for last, as Gregg Godfrey’s truck climbed atop the back of Bryan Osborn’s, where the two got stuck together so well that they required heavy equipment to get them separated after the race. As a cap to the race, four other trucks had their own pile-up in turn four, while out front, it was Creed who’d kept out of trouble all the way to get the win, ahead of Britt, Kirchner, Hunt, and Poelman.
Pro 2 Unlimited
The final race of the night was Pro 2 Unlimited, and it was “The Hart Attack,” Marty Hart, who led the field after the first lap in his #15 ReadyLift Off Road Suspension/GearUp2Go.com Ford. Patrick Clark ran second in the #52 VP Racing Fuels/Eibach Springs Chevrolet, followed by Jeremy McGrath and the #2 Monster Energy/Toyo Tires Ford in third, Brian Deegan and the #38 Rockstar/Makita Ford in fourth, and Rob MacCachren and the #21 Rockstar/Makita Ford in fifth. A rollover by Rob Naughton in turn four brought out a full course caution on lap two, and though his truck initially looked alright, left front suspension damage forced him to retreat to the hot pits for the night. After the restart, McGrath was a bit slow coming out of turn two on lap five, allowing Deegan narrowly edge by as the two raced down to turn three. McGrath then got back by at turn four, and forced Deegan wide and off the track approaching the jump into turn five. Deegan re-joined the track in fifth, while McGrath then slowed intermittently with an issue, dropping him out of the top five. The running order was now Hart, Clark, MacCachren, Deegan, and Greg Adler in the #10 4 Wheel Parts/BFGoodrich Tires Ford in the top five. Adler was then a bit slow coming into turn five on lap seven, causing him to get rear-ended by Robby Woods. The two hooked and spun around into the catch fence, with Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg piling into the mess as well. Despite the incident, Adler managed to escape with his fifth place still intact, and at the Competition Yellow, it was Hart, Clark, MacCachren, Deegan, and Adler in the top five.
Deegan and McGrath pulled into the hot pits under yellow, which was an especially costly choice for Deegan, as he had to surrender his fourth place in exchange for a new tire. The two re-emerged at the tail end of the field, without having fallen off the lead lap, and on the restart, it was now Adler in fourth and Justin Davis in fifth in his #85 Green Army/General Tire Ford. Rodrigo Ampudia got by Davis on the restart lap, moving up to fifth in his #36 Lucas Oil/Papas & Beer Ford, as he continued to recover well after getting hooked onto a spinning Renezeder and dropping well back in the early going. Up front, Clark and MacCachren were now closing on Hart, and three laps later, Adler tagged himself on behind them. With Ampudia joining in a lap later, Hart now had a train behind him, as either his tires or his setup were starting to fade, However, those behind didn’t have enough to do anything about that, as Hart continued to hold them at bay. On the final lap, Adler and MacCachren had a tense last minute collision at turn three, from which both drivers luckily escaped. Hart kept his cool up front as he brought home the win, his third of the season, ahead of Clark (who finished a career best in this class) in second, MacCachren in third, Adler in fourth, and Ampudia in fifth. Ampudia had faded on the final lap, and an apparent steering issue sent him into the outside wall after the finish. Fortunately, it was a glancing touch, but Ampudia was lucky to hang on for a top five finish.
That wraps up the night’s events here at Glen Helen. If you missed tonight, worry not, as the lights will be back on again tomorrow night, with Round 10 happening right back here in San Bernardino. Gates will open to the public at 4:00 PM once again, with racing scheduled to begin with Junior 2 Kart just before, at 3:45 PM. Opening Ceremonies will kick off at 5:45 PM, followed by the first Pro class race, Pro 4 Unlimited, at 6:15 PM. Get here early to avoid parking difficulties, and to make sure that you get the best seats possible for what is sure to be another thrilling evening under the lights.
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