March 31st – April 1st marked the return of the ASCC, Lucas Oil Regional Series. This race was held at the Arizona Speedworld Offroad Park for a weekend of exciting door banging action. With the track being changed up the week prior, this race would prove to be one of the most exciting ASCC races yet. The moguls were one of the major changes that threw the drivers for a loop during practice, with many drivers almost losing control as they tried to find the best line to defeat the moguls.
Saturday brought race day and high temps, being 95 degrees out it was definitely a warm day! Not only the temps were high so was the car count even with the California Regional race going on the same weekend. With almost 70 entries It made for some exciting racing. First to take the track were the desert buggies, and this race had the closest battles this year in the desert buggy class. In the end Will Wing came out on top and took first with Alan League coming in second and Kenny McIntyre grabbing third.
Next up was the UTV class with the return of the Honda Pilots; they would wreak havoc on the rest of the UTV field. In the SR1 class Jason Weller dominated and took the win, with Keaton Swane taking second. In the Unlimited UTV class Adam Greunder would edge out the father son team of Ty and Mike Wolfskill for the win.
After the UTVs cleared the track it was time for the high flying Modified Trophy Karts. Mitchell Dejong fresh off his win from Firebird showed everybody how it was done and won the race; but not without Brock Heger taking a close second place. Elliot Watson took a hard earned third place finish. Next up was the Junior one class with so many karts in this race there would be plenty of carnage and rollovers to satisfy the crowd. Broc Dickerson edged out Elliot Watson for the win and Connor McMullen was closing fast in third. Then came out the Junior two and Arizona Outlaw Trophy Kart Classes. Isabella Naughton showed her experience and took the win with Brock Heger coming in second and Chase Ryan round out third place. In the Az Outlaw Class Ryan Anderson beat Mia Chapman for the win; with Alyssa Ryan close behind for third.
The high speed action of the Limited and Unlimited Short Course Buggies took the track next. The Veteran Patrick Pendley would take the win in Unlimited Buggy, with Tucson native Ron Dalke taking second and the Wildman Carl Rohrer taking third. In Limited Buggy young gun Dillon Ayers raced to the finish and took the win. Ali Banning took second and Ryan May came in third.
Next was the highly anticipated Stock Mini, Mini Mod and Open V-8 race. Everybody was excited to see these trucks roar around the course together. In Stock Mini Neil Weaver took the win over Keith Brinbaum. In Mini Mod Paul Holguin took the win in his final race in his truck. John Henslee took second and Austin Kimbrell took third in his Superlite.
In Open V-8 the trucks battled it out for every position, first or last it didn’t matter it was a fight to the finish. Kevin McMurray emerged victorious, with Shaun Davis on his back bumper for second and Michael Shriner taking third place; it was his second time racing the truck.
Lastly, was the big show the race everyone came to see. The loud bone crushing excitement of the Stock Truck class. Even with two of the bigger contender stock trucks in hiding (Arlia and Green) the action was better than ever. In the end Brendan Beeler took the win in his second to last race in a stock truck. With the Munns brothers sweeping the rest of the podium with Will getting second and Jake getting third place.
That concludes a great weekend of racing at Speedworld, stay tuned for the next race, taking place May 5th and 6th back out at Speedworld and hopefully under the lights.