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2017 LOORRS Rounds 5/6 stories - UTAH

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Racers dust up some great races in Round 5 - Saturday



Following a very exciting weekend of racing action last month down in Baja, the drivers and teams of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO, turned their focus north to our next stop: the gorgeous confines of the Utah Motorsports Campus here in Tooele, UT. Located just outside of Salt Lake City, this track is a favorite stop amongst the teams in this series, as the highly professional grounds, beautiful surrounding views, and the summer camp vibes combine to make for a weekend that allows racers and their families to race hard and then enjoy some downtime camaraderie into the long, sunlit evenings. Make no mistake, though: the racing here is still fierce, and the tight confines of this track force drivers to really make the most of any and every opportunity to pass, as those chances are harder to come by than normal. The dirt here is also highly temperamental, shifting from slick and greasy to dry and dusty almost instantly and without warning. Earning a win here is tough, as there are ample opportunities to make mistakes on this tricky, technical track, and those who came out on top here this afternoon really earned their victories.


Pro 2 Unlimited


In Pro 2 Unlimited, RJ Anderson got the early lead in the #37 Rockstar/Polaris RZR truck, and after a spin/rollover for Bradley Morris at turn five on lap two, it was Brian Deegan second, Rodrigo Ampudia third, Rob MacCachren fourth, and Jeremy McGrath fifth. MacCachren got by Ampudia on lap four, but then hit disaster when his hood flew up and completely blocked his view, causing him to drive right into the end of the inside k rail at the entrance to turn two. MacCachren was ok, but his truck was not, and after a lengthy yellow flag period, racing resumed. After the restart, Deegan was all over the back of Anderson on lap seven, before then easily making the pass coming out of turn four on lap eight. Anderson nearly got back by early on lap nine, but Deegan clawed his way ahead to hold on to his newly-gotten lead. On lap 12, McGrath nearly got by Ampudia for third, but as Ampudia fought to hang on, the two collected, and wound up stopped, facing each other nose to nose. McGrath got away rather quickly, despite having to get turned back around, but Ampudia suffered damage, and his race was basically over. From there, Deegan survived a late race attack from Anderson on lap 13, and brought home the win in his #38 Monster Energy/Mickey Thompson Ford, his first since Round 14 last year. Anderson finished second, with Jerett Brooks third in the #77 General Tire/Bilstein Ford, Jeremy McGrath fourth in the #2 Maxxis/Icon Vehicle Dynamics truck, and Bradley Morris fifth in the #24 K&N/Kicker Ford.


Pro 4 Unlimited


Hot off of a dominant weekend down in Ensenada last month, Kyle LeDuc was again fast here this afternoon, taking the early lead in the #99 Monster Energy/Toyo Tires Ford. Doug Fortin ran second in the opening few laps, but on lap four, a spin at turn five dropped him to last, and moved Adrian Cenni, Eric Barron, Carl Renezeder, and Rob MacCachren up to fill out the remaining spots within the top five. A bike by MacCachren then put Doug Mittag up to fifth, and on lap six, Cenni, Barron, and Renezeder ran three-wide into turn four, with Renezeder firing out of the corner ahead and into second. Cenni and Barron then both began to drop back, with Greg Adler, Mittag, and RJ Anderson coming up to pass them both. Adler then spun and collected Bradley Morris, which moved Mittag and Anderson up to third and fourth, with Barron also back in the top five. Renezeder and Mittag then opened up an epic battle for second, trading places every lap for four laps, with Renezeder emerging victorious in that race. At the head of the field, LeDuc’s truck looked virtually untouched as he grabbed the win, ahead of Renezeder in the #17 Lucas Oil/#dirtmovie Ford, Mittag in the #81 Maxxis/Bilstein Ford, Anderson, and Barron in the #32 Icon Vehicle Dynamics/Mickey Thompson Toyota. Anderson was then disqualified following post-race tech, which moved Barron to fourth and MacCachren to fifth in the #21 Rockstar/Makita Ford.


Pro Lite Unlimited


Pro Lite Unlimited saw Jerett Brooks get right out to the early lead in his #77 Rigid Industries/Bilstein Nissan, ahead of Christopher Polvoorde, Brock Heger, Brandon Arthur, and Ronnie Anderson. Arthur got by Heger on lap five, with Mamer getting past Anderson for fifth at almost the same time, but the big mover in the first half of the race was Ryan Beat, who’d worked his way up to sixth after starting 15th following a failure of post-qualifying tech (width- he’d qualified on pole). Beat passed Mamer for fifth on lap nine, and after a bit of a tussle with Heger, Heger dropped by the wayside, and Beat was up to fourth on lap 11. Two laps later, Beat then got Arthur for third, while just ahead, class youngster Polvoorde was giving reigning champ Brooks a real run for his money. Brooks held Polvoorde off, though, as Polvoorde’s driving got a bit wild in the last few laps, and at the finish, it was Brooks who got the win, ahead of Polvoorde in the #94 The Palms River Resort/Toyo Tires Nissan, Beat in the #51 Rockstar/Maxxis Chevrolet, Arthur in the #6 MavTV/Pro Traffic Services Chevrolet, and Mamer in the #35 Atturo Tires/Mad Graphix Nissan.


Pro Buggy Unlimited


The Pro Buggy Unlimited race was a rather subdued affair, and at the end of lap one in this one, Bud Ward led the way in his #17 Ramona Tire & Service Centers/Horsepower Ranch Funco; Darren Hardesty Jr. ran second, with Sterling Cling third, Eliott Watson fourth, and Trevor Briska fifth. These five held their positions all the way to the Competition Yellow, which fell at the end of lap seven. Once racing resumed, Matt Brister got past Briska for fifth at turn three on lap eight, before getting alongside Watson at the end of the next lap after Watson had been a bit slow out of turn five, possibly due to something like a missed shift. Lap 11 saw Hardesty Jr. slow with a right rear flat, and with the entire field quickly passing him up, he decided to duck into the Hot Pits for a change. This put Cling up to second in the #77 Cling’s Aerospace/BFGoodrich Tires Alumi Craft, with Watson now third, Brister fourth, and Briska fifth in the #59 MTRV8/Prolong Super Lubricants Funco. From there, the top five drivers held on to their positions, and at the stripe, it was Ward who got the win, ahead of Cling, Watson in the #3 Fox Racing Shox/Baja Designs Alumi Craft, Brister in the #5 Bink Designs/LAT Racing Oils Funco, and Briska.


Our first of two race days here in Utah has now come to a close, but we’ve still got tomorrow to do it all again in Round 6. Gates will open to the public here at 9:00 AM, with qualifying getting underway at 9:30. Racing will start at 1:00 PM, with Opening Ceremonies at 2:30, and the first Pro class of the day, Pro 4 Unlimited, immediately following. Get out here and enjoy the action, it’s sure not to disappoint.


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.




Hard-fought and first-time wins in Round 6 - SUNDAY



After a great first day of racing here at Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, UT yesterday, the drivers and crews of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO, were back in action here this afternoon for Round 6 of the 2017 championship. These races were truly some great ones, with some epic victories coming about during the course of the afternoon, and all top-level finishers having to fight hard to score their results. Conditions were again warm and breezy, and the track itself was somehow even quicker to dry out than yesterday, making setup tricky for those who’d experienced a little more slick running in the early laps of yesterday’s races. To find out more, read on and find out just how your favorite drivers faired.


Pro 2 Unlimited


Front row starters Bradley Morris and Rodrigo Ampudia ran one-two after lap one in the Pro 2 Unlimited race, but an error and a series of passes put Ampudia back to fifth by mid-race, while smooth driving kept Morris up front, ahead of Brian Deegan, RJ Anderson, and Jerett Brooks. In the second half, Morris continued to hold a smooth, quick pace in the #24 K&N/Kicker Ford, while behind him, RJ Anderson was all over Deegan in the race for second. Anderson got by on lap 11, and with a much quicker pace through the whoop section between turns four and five, he began making his presence known to Morris. Morris had to take a very defensive line in turn five after Anderson’s first attempt on the lead, but after that, Morris upped his speed through those whoops, and was able to hold Anderson at bay. Meanwhile, the race for third then picked up, as Rob MacCachren began to pile the pressure onto Deegan, and on the final lap, MacCachren hit Deegan in the back bumper as Deegan began to spin in turn three, forcing Deegan up and over the inside k rail. Deegan hardly missed a beat, though, and still managed to hang on to fifth place, while MacCachren was slow to get back up to speed. Up front, Morris drove an excellent race to take his first win since sitting on the sidelines for over a year after breaking his neck in a mountain biking accident, with Anderson taking second in the #37 Rockstar/Polaris RZR truck, Patrick Clark third in the #25 Budweiser/Roush Competition Engines Chevrolet, Jeremy McGrath fourth in the #2 Maxxis/Traxxas truck, and Deegan fifth in the #38 Monster Energy/Mickey Thompson Ford.


Pro 4 Unlimited


As was the case in Pro 2 Unlimited, it was the front row starters, in this case Rob MacCachren and Carl Renezeder, who ran in the first two spots after lap one in Pro 4 Unlimited. However, as has often been the case in the past, reigning champ Kyle LeDuc quickly began to move up, first passing Renezeder after Renezeder made an error on lap seven, then getting MacCachren with a surprising outside pass at turn four on the next lap to move into the lead in the #99 Monster Energy/Toyo Tires Ford. Lap 11 saw MacCachren pass LeDuc back after LeDuc ran wide in turn three, and the two swapped positions twice more before the lap was over. As these two cleared turn five, Eric Barron was next through the corner, and as he spun, nearly the entire field stacked into him, with Carl Renezeder winding up atop Barron’s truck, and Doug Mittag’s truck piled into that mess with serious front suspension damage. The race was red flagged to allow for a lengthy untangling of the mess, and when racing resumed, both Renezeder and Mittag were out, with MacCachren in the #21 Rockstar/Makita Ford, LeDuc, RJ Anderson, Greg Adler, and Bradley Morris now occupying the top five spots. On the restart lap, heavy contact between the two frontrunners allowed LeDuc back into the lead, but after another full course yellow, the race distance was shortened by two laps, meaning that it would now be a one-lap sprint to the finish. LeDuc ran wide out of turn two on that final lap, handing the lead back to MacCachren, who held onto it to the checkers. LeDuc finished second, with Anderson third in the #37 Rockstar/Polaris RZR truck, Morris fourth in the #24 K&N/Maxxis Ford, and Doug Fortin fifth in the #96 General Tire/Maxima Racing Oils Toyota. Adler physically finished fourth, but after failing to serve a black flag, he was put to the back of the lead lap finishers.


Pro Lite Unlimited


Cole Mamer got the early lead in Pro Lite Unlimited, and held it through the first four laps, while the likes of Brock Heger, Brandon Arthur, Ronnie Anderson, and Ryan Beat traded positions behind him. Unfortunately, Mamer then picked up a right rear flat early on lap five, and with several drivers quickly passing him up, Mamer was forced to the Hot Pits for a tire change. Arthur assumed the lead after having passed Heger when Heger biked at turn four on the second lap, and two laps later, reigning champ Jerett Brooks moved up to take over fifth and make his presence known amongst the frontrunners. As the race wound down, it was Arthur in the #6 MavTV/Pro Traffic Services Chevrolet, Anderson in the #52 WalkerEvansRacing.com/BFGoodrich Tires Chevrolet, Beat in the #51 Rockstar/Bilstein Chevrolet, Heger in the #12 Icon Vehicle Dynamics/Ultra Xtreme Race Wheels Toyota, and Brooks in the #77 Rigid Industries/General Tire Nissan in the top five. On lap 11, Beat closed right in on Anderson, and sealed the pass when Anderson over-rotated a bit in turn five; that slight error also allowed Heger to pass Anderson. From there, the top five held station, as Arthur got his first win of the season, ahead of Beat, Heger, Anderson, and Brooks.


Pro Buggy Unlimited


In the open wheel ranks, Trevor Briska led the way after lap one, ahead of Brady Whitlock, Bud Ward, Darren Hardesty Jr., and Eliott Watson. Whitlock’s lack of experience amongst the frontrunners may have gotten the best of him on lap three, as Ward, Hardesty Jr., and Watson all got by him. The same may have been true for Briska, who then biked hard at turn four on the next lap (though he had a little help from Ward), and after trying valiantly to ride it out on two wheels, Briska crashed into the outside k rail and landed on his side. Once towed into the Hot Pits, Briska was quickly able to re-fire and continue, but his chances for a win had been dashed. Before the end of that same lap, Hardesty Jr. had passed Ward, which now meant that Hardesty Jr. was the leader, and from there, he would not be challenged. Behind Hardesty Jr., however, Cling began to creep up on Ward, and on lap 12, the two hit nose-to-tail on the landing off of the jump into turn four, which sent Ward for a 180 degree spin, and allowed both Cling and Watson to go by. After that, the top five drivers held their positions, and it was Hardesty Jr. in the #99 Bilstein/Racer X Motorsports Alumi Craft with the win, ahead of Cling in the #77 Cling’s Aerospace/Five One Media Alumi Craft, Watson in the #3 Fox Racing Shox/Tom Watson Inc. Alumi Craft, Ward in the #17 Ramona Tire & Service Centers/Safecraft Safety Equipment Funco, and Matt Brister in the #5 LAT Racing Oils/King Off-Road Racing Shocks Funco.


That wraps up the action from here in Tooele. Up next, the series heads to its easternmost destination yet, and to an all-new venue: Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO. Rumors are flying as to the grandeur and design of this all-new track, and one thing’s for certain: it’s bound to be good! In four weeks’ time, we’ll find out just how good this new track will be, and the racing should be great as well, as all drivers and teams will be on level footing in terms of experience at the track. Join us then, July 22-23, and in the meantime, keep up with all the latest goings on in the series at lucasoiloffroad.com.


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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