2012 Challenge Cup PRO2 VS PRO4 ProPuggy Vs Prolite Predictions

rpm4life

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The clock starts tomorrow. We will see who's gonna bring it
 

rpm4life

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Carl is looking good with a 1st in Pro 4 and 2nd in Pro 2
 

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Any Final Predictions?
 

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It's on today!! Can't wait! Lloyd Christmas was fast as hell yesterday leading majority of the Pro4 race.
 

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Pro Lite vs. Buggy was less than entertaining...too many vehicles (36 started) on the course made for 1 lap caution racing. It wasn't until half the field was wrecked out, then it was good racing.
 

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any results from the pro lite/buggy race? Can't find results anywhere.
 

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Challenge Cup races thrill at Firebird
With the 2012 championship season now complete, all that remains this year for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO, is the ever-popular Lucas Oil Challenge Cup. In this series of unique, one-off races, drivers compete for big money prizes and bragging rights, and to close out the season, we have the two most-anticipated races of the season: the two shootouts. That’s right, we pit class against class, as the Pro Lite Unlimiteds first take on the open-wheeled Pro Buggy Unlimiteds, followed by the high horsepower battle that is Pro 2 Unlimited vs. Pro 4 Unlimited. With a total of $109,200 on the line, everyone would be desperate to come out on top, and carry some strong momentum into the off season. Crowds packed the stands to capacity throughout the day, and everyone will be going home talking about today’s races as some of the best to-date.


Pro 4 Unlimited vs. Pro 2 Unlimited
The most-anticipated race of the year is undoubtedly the big truck shootout between the Pro 2 Unlimiteds and the Pro 4 Unlimiteds, and with all that horsepower on the track at once, it’s easy to see why. The Pro 2 Unlimiteds would again be given a half lap head start over the Pro 4 Unlimiteds, and everyone would be vying for a total of $53,500 in prizes at race’s end. The starting orders in each class would again be based on points, with the top ten points finishers being inverted, and the remaining drivers starting behind, according to their year-end points position. This put Justin Davis and Robby Woods on the front row in Pro 2 Unlimited, and Ryan Beat and Josh Merrell up front in Pro 4 Unlimited. Other notables included the absence of reigning two-time Pro 2 Unlimited champion Brian Deegan from this race, as well as Greg Adler’s choosing to run his 2wd as opposed to his 4wd, while Carl Renezeder made the opposite decision.


Woods ran out front early in the Pro 2 Unlimited field, while it was Carl Renezeder who got to the head of the 4wd field by lap three. An early full course caution, combined with a very slick track, gave the Pro 4 Unlimiteds an even greater advantage over their 2wd rivals, and by lap nine, after a second full course caution, Renezeder was up to seventh overall in the #1 Lucas Oil/General Tire Nissan, with Kyle LeDuc just behind in eighth. At the head of the field, Woods now had Rob MacCachren hot on his heels in the #21 Rockstar Energy Drink/Makita Power Tools Ford, and MacCachren took the lead early on lap eleven. Behind him, Renezeder was on a mission, his truck working perfectly, and he passed four trucks within the space of only a few seconds, moving up to second by the end of the lap. With only MacCachren left in front of him, Renezeder made the remaining pass on the next lap, and was leading the race at the Competition Yellow, with things looking good for him to become the first two-time winner of this event

LeDuc got by MacCachren on the restart lap, then put the pressure on Renezeder big time, and took the lead on the following lap. Just as he was now looking to become this race’s first repeat winner, a bad line in turn one caused LeDuc to stuff his nose into the second jump out of that corner, which sent LeDuc into a roll up to the outside barrier. LeDuc’s was ok, but his race was done, and Renezeder re-assumed the lead. Todd LeDuc, also in a 4wd, briefly got around his teammate MacCachren, but spun in turn one, dropping him well back. Up front, Renezeder was pulling away easily, and MacCachren was doing all that was possible with only 2wd, and doing a tremendous job to keep somewhat close to Renezeder. Behind them, Ryan Beat was having to fend off a tough Woods, but managed to pull his 4wd clear, albeit too late to make a run at the two men left in front of him. At race’s end, Renezeder was the big $30,000 winner, and the first person to take this race twice, having won its inaugural running back in 2009. MacCachren picked up $15,000 for his second place finish, plus an additional $1,000 for being the top finisher in the class that didn’t win overall. Third place and $7,500 went to Beat in the #46 eBay Motors/Hart and Huntington Ford, who again showed his tremendous talent despite running a limited schedule while sharing his ride with Carey Hart this season. Fourth place was Jeremy McGrath in the #2 Monster Energy/Toyo Tires Ford (P2U), and rounding out the top five was another 2wd, last year’s winner Rob Naughton in the #54 Lunarpages Web Hosting/Hart and Huntington Ford.


Pro Lite Unlimited vs. Pro Buggy Unlimited
In what must be the most unique race of the year, the Pro Lite Unlimiteds are pitted against the open-wheeled Pro Buggy Unlimiteds, in a shootout where $20,000 is on the line for winner. So far, buggies have won all three editions of this very tough event, but with nearly the entire field of trucks now running V8s, and subsequently turning quicker lap times, the usual protocol of starting the buggies half a lap behind the trucks has been scrapped. Instead, the trucks would now only be given the inside starting row, with the buggies starting on the outside row, and both fields having their top ten points finishers inverted down the first ten rows. In short, tenth place points finishers Noah Fouch (truck) and Dave Mason (buggy) would start on the front row, while newly-crowned champions RJ Anderson (truck) and Steven Greinke (buggy) would start back on row ten.
Despite the close lap times, many felt that the buggies still had a clear advantage, but in terms of sheer numbers, the trucks seemed to have the odds stacked in their favor. Early on, there were two buggies out front, with Mason leading Mike Porter, and Fouch heading the truck attack in third. For several laps, these top three kept their spots, despite heavy pressure from truck runners Casey Currie and Brian Deegan. Currie finally got by Fouch and into third spot, and a few laps later, Porter made a desperate dive on Mason to pass for the lead through turn five. Mason got him back a few laps later, but Porter pulled a beautiful slide pass at turn three on lap 14 to grab the lead again. Just behind, Anderson also got himself up into the front ranks. However, just after passing Currie for third, Anderson jumped wrong off the first jump, and came across Currie’s nose, causing a huge crash that heavily damaged both trucks. Despite some drivers being able to get by relatively unscathed, most of the field piled in behind, with nearly everyone sustaining some level of damage, and a red flag of the race was called. All drivers involved were ok, but the incident was certainly a scary one to say the least.
When racing resumed, the crowd was reminded that today, caution laps would not count towards the overall lap count of the race, calling into question the possibility that some drivers might run out of fuel. Several full course cautions had already occurred, and the lap count was already at 17 when the green flag came back out. On the restart lap, Deegan got into Mason, and sent him sideways across the track out of turn three, ending Mason’s race with steering issues. Multiple incidents brought out another full course yellow just afterwards, and on the restart, Porter had a slow getaway, losing the lead to Deegan. Porter battled back, though, and re-took the lead with a beautiful dive into turn four in his #8 Mickey Thompson/Speed Energy AlumiCraft. Porter was all alone out front in defense of the buggies’ honor, but he was determined to get this win, and once he’d re-taken the lead, he opened up a few car lengths over Deegan. From there, he kept Deegan at bay through the final three laps, and after suffering another aggravation to his well-known bad back earlier this season, Porter came through to take the biggest win of his career. Porter may not have been able to defend the Pro Buggy Unlimited Championship that he won last year, but the $20,000 check he picked up this afternoon must’ve been a nice consolation prize. Deegan was the top truck finisher in his #38 Rockstar Energy Drink/Makita Power Tools Ford, taking home $10,000 after finishing second in this race for the second time in three years. Fouch was a surprise third, and picked up $5,000 for his efforts in the #52 BFGoodrich Tires/Fiberwerx Ford. Two more trucks, Bradley Morris in the #24 GoldStar Asphalt!/Lucas Oil Ford and Chris Brandt in the #82 BFGoodrich Tires/National Concrete Cutting Toyota, came home fourth and fifth.

Super Lite
After wrapping up his series-record fourth class championship here at Firebird yesterday, 2012 Super Lite champion Sheldon Creed looked to go out of this class with a bang by winning his final Super Lite race, the Challenge Cup, before moving up into the Pro ranks in 2013. To take the win, and the $6,000 prize that went with it, Creed would have to survive some serious carnage, as all of his competitors were also looking to knock off the class’ top dog.
Jessie Johnson led in the early going, but a scary spin off of the big jump after turn two caused those behind to scramble in every direction to avoid a wreck, as Johnson’s elongated spin lasted all the way down to turn three. Drew Britt did hit Johnson, though, and briefly collected Creed, who managed to escape with only minor damage, which looked to be mostly cosmetic. Britt’s crash brought out a full course caution, and on the restart lap, Creed moved up from third to first. On the next lap, while battling with Cody Rahders to keep the lead, Creed’s and Rahders’ hit side to side off of that same big jump, and an awkward landing on Rahders’ part sent him into a scary barrel roll crash. Rahders was ok, but his truck was through for the day, and when racing resumed, Creed was still out front. From there, Creed’s closest challenger was Jessie Johnson in the #15 LoanMart/Kimbrell Racing truck, but Creed’s speed and consistency kept all challengers at bay, as he brought home yet another win in this class, his eighth of the season in the newly-numbered #1 A.M. Ortega/BFGoodrich Tires machine; Creed also got the $6,000 top prize. Second went to Johnson, who also grabbed a $3,000 check, and Ryan Hagy, who will move up to Pro Lite Unlimited next season, finished out the podium in his #27 General Tire/Rockstar Energy Drink entry, earning a $1,000 prize for his efforts. Young Trenton Briley came back to the class just for this race after an absence of several races, and returned in fine form to take fourth in the #17 Black Rhino/Kal-Gard truck, and rounding out the top five was Garrett Poelman in the #62 Supercross.com/Loctite truck.
Our season has now come to a close, and what a season this has been. There have been some incredible races, historic visits to new tracks, and closely-fought laps, races, and championships. We have experienced some big changes, but through it all, this has been the strongest season yet in Lucas Oil Off Road, and we are looking to make 2013 an even better year. Once again, the season will start right back here at Firebird International Raceway, as Rounds 1 and 2 will run on March 16 and 17, 2013. Until then, make sure to check back in at www.lucasoiloffroad.com to see all the latest news from our series, get your tickets for the upcoming season, and more. Thanks to all of our hard-working employees, our great sponsors whom we are so proud to associate with, our drivers who we are proud to call the best in the business, the dedicated team members who keep the race vehicles going with their endless behind-the-scenes hours, and most importantly to our loyal fans; without you, none of this is possible. Thank you, and see you next spring!
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
 

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Something cool to think about this morning. Yes there were a F load of buggies and truck on the track but

We had
13 Trucks and Buggies running :45s

11 Trucks and Buggies running :46s

A Probuggy won - Congrats to Mike Porter. But 2nd and 3rd went to Prolites

In the top10 we had

4 Buggies and 6 ProLites in the top 10
 

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Pro Lite vs. Buggy was less than entertaining...too many vehicles (36 started) on the course made for 1 lap caution racing. It wasn't until half the field was wrecked out, then it was good racing.
The way the officials reorganized the field after the big crash was pathetic.
Going back to the order from a full lap ago does not make any sense for a crash that happened after the start/finish and the beginning of another lap.

The one black flag that was called was bs.
 

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Beat was a true dark horse and absolutely killed it in the #46 pro-4 and after an all night motor change too. Too make it on the podium was really impressive.

Raced hard and clean against two team mates with no team orders. Naughton really made him work for it and beat scored with a text book cross under move in turn 3.

Imagine what he could do if he raced that machine full time.
 

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The way the officials reorganized the field after the big crash was pathetic.
Going back to the order from a full lap ago does not make any sense for a crash that happened after the start/finish and the beginning of another lap.

The one black flag that was called was bs.
If the entire field of guys on the lead lap weren't through the start/finish, how do you sort that? Rule states "last completed lap" if only 4 guys "complete the lap" how do you restack the whole field?

Black flag bs?? Bias maybe??
 

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What happened to Dave Mason Jr.? Watched Motorsporttiming.com and he led the whole race ?
 
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