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May 19th, 2012, 13:44
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May 19th, 2012, 15:00
Drew Britt captures his 1st win today at Speedworld in the Superlite division .
May 19th, 2012, 15:02
Pro2s up. Naughton and Adler on 1st row
May 19th, 2012, 17:07
Saturday Race Recap
Under the beating sun of the Arizona desert, fans and drivers alike braved near-triple digit temperatures to be a part of Round 5 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO. This weekend, Speedworld Off Road Park hosts the GEICO Dual in the Desert, presented by General Tire, in the northwest Phoenix suburb of Surprise, AZ, and the action in the first of two rounds this weekend was certainly spectacular…
Pro 2 Unlimited
The most exciting race of the day was Pro 2 Unlimited, without a doubt. Rob Naughton, who has shown a great improvement in speed in just his second race weekend in his new #54 Lunar Pages Web Hosting/Hart and Huntington Ford, led the first half of the race, but by the Competition Yellow, he was being closed on by Jeremy McGrath and Rob MacCachren. In the second half, Carl Renezeder put two great moves on MacCachren and McGrath, passing them both in the space of just two corners, but MacCachren passed Renezeder back, and when Naughton bicycled in turn four, both drivers went by. Greg Adler then joined the fray, making it a five-way race for the lead, and something was bound to end in tears. Things came to a head when Renezeder and Adler were slow out of turn five, and in his attempt to literally jump past them both, McGrath landed ON TOP of Renezeder, ending McGrath’s race (both drivers were ok). In the final laps, Adler was MacCachren’s biggest challenger, but the crafty veteran MacCachren held tough to take the win in his #21 Rockstar/Makita Ford. Adler took second in the #10 4 Wheel Parts/Airaid Ford, followed by Renezeder in the #17 Lucas Oil/General Tire Nissan, Nick Tyree in the #91 Donald D. Diffenbaugh Construction, Inc./Competitive Metals Ford, and Naughton.
Pro 4 Unlimited
Kyle LeDuc seems to have some kind of magic dust sprinkled on him this season. Well, it’s more like someone had a spare barrel of the stuff, and when nobody was looking, he took a swan dive into it. Carl Renezeder had the early lead in his #1 Lucas Oil/General Tire Nissan, and he and LeDuc battled fiercely through the entire first half for the lead. In the final corner before the Competition Yellow, LeDuc got his #99 Monster Energy/Toyo Tires Ford down the inside of Renezeder, taking the lead just when it counted for that extra point. After the restart, LeDuc and Renezeder exchanged the lead twice in the space of three corners on lap 15, but after they both bicycled on the same lap, Todd LeDuc briefly took the lead in the #7 Rockstar/Makita Ford. A mistake a few laps later by Todd gave the lead back to Renezeder, but on the final lap, Renezeder bicycled and rolled in turn four, handing the lead and the win to Kyle LeDuc. That makes it five wins in a row for LeDuc, which ties the series record set by Rob Naughton in Pro Lite Unlimited in our inaugural season. Todd LeDuc finished second, while local driver and class rookie Corry Weller got her first podium in the class, taking third in her #18 Tilted Kilt/N Fab Ford. Fourth place was Ryan Beat in the #46 eBay Motors/Hart and Huntington Ford, and rounding out the top five was Eric Barron in the #32 LAT Racing Oil/Rancho Performance Drivetrain Toyota.
Pro Lite Unlimited
RJ Anderson’s terrific run continued in Pro Lite Unlimited this afternoon, as he took another dominating win here at Speedworld. Anderson had the lead very early, and looked like he had an extra bit of speed that the rest of the drivers just didn’t have. After the halfway point, though, Chris Brandt suddenly closed down on Anderson on lap twelve, and briefly passed him for the lead. Anderson nailed the spot right back, though, and went on to take the win in his #37 Monster Energy/Polaris Dodge. Brandt finished best of the 4-cylinders in second in his #82 BFGoodrich Tires/ThyssenKrupp Materials NA Toyota, with Casey Currie rounding out the podium in his #2 Monster Energy/Hawk Performance Nissan. Austin Kimbrell finished fourth in his #88 Toyo Tires/Hughes Performance Ford, and fifth went to Jimmy Stephensen in his #33 No Fear Energy/JS Pest Control Nissan.
After several near misses both last season and this one, Drew Britt finally got his first career win in Lucas Oil Off Road here in Surprise this afternoon. Britt led the race from the get-go, and despite an early challenge from Sheldon Creed, Britt put in a great drive, and led the race wire to wire for the win in his #7 Quick Lane/Universal Technical Institute machine. Taking a fine second place was Ryan Hagy in his #5 Valli Construction/Metal Mulisha entry, who also put many late-race misfortunes behind him to score the best result of his career. Dawson Kirchner returned to the class this weekend after a long absence, and fit right in to take third in his #18 General Tire/Method Race Wheels truck. Garrett Poelman finished fourth in the #62 Supercross.com/Loctite truck, and rounding out the top five was Brent Fouch in the #21 Fouch Racing/General Tire machine.
This weekend’s action will conclude tomorrow, with Round 6 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO, right back here at Speedworld. Gates will open to the public at 8:00 am, with the first race at 9:30 am. Opening Ceremonies will take place at noon, so don’t fear the heat, just prepare for it (and a great day of racing, too!). Bring the water, the sunscreen, and your friends and family, and come out and make a day of it!
About the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series:
The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series is the evolution of the long standing support of short course racing by Forrest Lucas and Lucas Oil Products. Steeped in the Midwest tradition of short course off road racing infused with a West Coast influence, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing brings intense four wheel door to door action to challenging, fan friendly tracks. Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series: This is Short Course. For more information please visit www.LucasOilOffRoad.com.
Written by Scott Neth for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series
May 19th, 2012, 20:04
May 19th, 2012, 20:53
May 20th, 2012, 03:08
Re: Lucas Oil Off Road- SPEEDWORLD Quick Links
The racing was crazy at SpeedWorld today. I can't wait to see what Sunday brings, if you can even top Saturdays races. Like dirty said don't miss the Pro-2 race on TV! I thought McGrath was ok, didn't know he might be hurt. Watched them pull(more like shove) that truck into the pits and everything on the truck seemed broken.
Crowds seemed small on Saturday which maybe for good seating but sad in that many people missed some great battles. Pro2 and Pro4 were great and there was plenty of passing for the lead and other spots.
Need to get to bed. Don't want to miss tomorrow.
May 20th, 2012, 11:31
John Fitzgerald takes the top spot today in Limited Buggy. It was a convincing win!