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Mittag takes an unconventional route to the race track

CORONA, California – Doug Mittag's off-road race shop in Temecula, California, is 15 minutes from Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park and about an hour from Glen Helen Raceway, where the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series presented by GEICO will be on July 23-24 for rounds 9 and 10 of this year's championship series.
The way Mittag gets from the shop to the track is extremely unconventional, though. It involves a 90-mile drive from Temecula to Los Angeles International Airport, a 10-hour flight from LAX to Tokyo, another 10-hour flight from Tokyo to the Philippines, and three 4-hour flights from the Philippines to Kalimantan, Indonesia. Then he does it all in reverse two or three weeks later.

Mittag said it takes about 68 hours total to make the 17,000-mile round trip. He's done it often enough to know, too (eight trips and over 100 flights last year), because Indonesia – a nation of thousands of islands with a population of 250 million people who speak more than 300 languages – is the headquarters of Jhonlin Group and the Jhonlin Racing Team, his major sponsor.
Mittag, his father Chad and about a half-dozen crew members usually make the long trips, one of which began a day after Mittag made his official return to the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series by finishing 11th and 5th in Pro 2 and 4th and 6th in Pro 4 in the season-opening event at Chandler, Arizona, March 19-20 and ended last Saturday (April 17).

Once there, the group the Indonesians have dubbed “the crazy Americans” for their willingness to make such a commute put their talents to work building, testing and developing off-road vehicles for Jhonlin’a local teams and drivers to use in the Indonesia eXtreme Off Road Championship, a competition Mittag said has grown tremendously in the two-plus years he's been involved.
It's a unique situation, but in many ways not much different than the one the Mittags were in when Doug started racing.

“They're our first big sponsor,” Mittag said of Jhonlin. “Before this all we had was my dad's fab(rication) shop, so we were workings for other teams. If we weren't doing this we'd be building trucks in the shop (Custom Off-Road Design). Either way we're busy, but this is a whole new experience for sure.
“We're giving up some time on the (Pro 2 and Pro 4) trucks and stuff like that (while traveling), but my mom (Shari) is here and we've got a crew of really good guys that have been with us forever working on the trucks and giving them love. When I'm over in Indonesia I race as well, so I'm also getting seat time. Almost every day I'm driving something. It is a little drawback, but that's what we've got to do to make it all work.”
The work seems to be paying off.

Mittag (pronounced MIT-tag) started racing about eight years ago. The 22-year-old Temecula resident finished second in the SR1 UTV class in 2011 and 11th in Pro Lite in 2012, then moved to the midwest at the insistence of the team's sponsors. He came back to the Lucas Oil series for last season's final weekend, finishing fifth in the Pro 2-Pro 4 Challenge Cup and second in the Pro Lite Challenge Cup in his final race in that class.
In March, they headed for Arizona with a Pro 2 Ford they'd raced in 2015 and a new Maxxis/Custom Off-Road Design Pro 4 Ford, then had what Mittag termed a “pretty tough” weekend.
“The biggest thing is, we've already got a year in the Pro 2, which is awesome, so we're getting that thing pretty dialed in,” he said. “But the Pro 4 I didn't really have any test time going into the weekend. I drove it maybe eight laps.”

As a result of that, Mittag drove both races “just cruising and making sure of the gears,” but still finished fourth and sixth (while running the final two laps with no tire and wheel on the right rear).
Mittag has raced and tested frequently at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park and called the high-speed track with its daunting jumps one of his favorites as he prepared for the recent Rockstar Energy SoCal Shootout presented by Toyota.

His results there were almost a replay of Arizona. He started on the Pro 4 pole in round 3 and led the race until his transmission started to fail and finished third, then was ninth in round 4 after a rollover on lap 12. In Pro 2 he qualified fifth and finished 10th in round 3, then qualified 10th and finished fifth in round 4.
Those results left Mittag eighth in the Pro 2 standings, but just five points behind fifth-place Jeremy McGrath, and sixth in Pro 4, 12 points behind second-place Bryce Menzies.
Next up May 21-22 are the E-3 Spark Plugs Utah Off-Road Nationals presented by GEICO at the Utah Motorsports Campus, a track Mittag last saw in 2012, when it was called Miller Motorsports park and he finished 11th and 8th in the Pro Lite class.

The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series presented by GEICO also is sponsored by Rockstar Energy Drink, General Tire, E3 Spark Plugs, Toyota, Lucas Oil Products Inc., OPTIMA Batteries, Carlyle Tools, SuperClean, Tonka, Lucas Oil Racing TV, Mickey Thompson Tires, FRAM, MAVTV Motorsports Network, CBS Sports Network, Rigid Industries, Hostile Wheels, BILSTEIN, Protect the Harvest, Holmatro, 4 Wheel Parts, Rugged Radios and CBS Broadcast.

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Words by: Jim Short​


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Concert Added, Dignitaries Named for Off-Road Race
Young Dubliners concert for Saturday night; Bailey, Innes to Sing Anthem
TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH (May 9, 2016) — Officials at Utah Motorsports Campus have announced additional details about the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series event that will take place May 21-22, 2016.
A concert featuring popular Celtic Rock group Young Dubliners has been added for Saturday night, May 21, with the concert venue opening at 7:00 pm. The band, founded in 1988, has appeared on ABC's “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, had songs featured in TV shows (“Sons Of Anarchy,” “Human Target”) and toured extensively as a headliner and as the opener for such a diverse list of artists as Collective Soul, Jethro Tull, Johnny Lang and many more. They have a longtime and loyal following in Utah.
Dignitaries for pre-race ceremonies have also been identified for the event. Singing the National Anthem on Saturday will be former NBA Utah Jazz great Thurl Bailey, who has become known as a renowned vocalist in his post-basketball career. Sunday’s National Anthem will be performed by Salt Lake City’s Ryan Innes, who was a finalist on NBC’s “The Voice” singing competition show in 2013.
Co-Grand Marshals for the event will be the Tooele County Board of Commissioners, Shawn Milne, Myron Bateman and Wade Bitner, in appreciation for their efforts in keeping the facility open and operating for the 2016 season while its sale is completed.
The American Flag will be presented both days by the local National Guard Junior Leaders Training Course.
“We are happy to be able to announce our Young Dubliners concert and identify the dignitaries for our first major event of the season,” said Willem Geyer, General Manager of Utah Motorsports Campus. “It’s shaping up to be a great weekend, and we hope everyone will come out and enjoy two days of family-friendly fun and racing excitement.”
The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series is one of North America’s most popular off-road racing series and will be making its seventh annual appearance in Utah. The event will consist of two full days, with practice, qualifying and feature races for the series’ five classes on each day.
Ticket prices for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series range from $30/day for General Admission to $35/day for Covered Grandstand seating; these prices are the same as they were in 2015. There is also an exclusive VIP pass available for $135/day. VIP parking and RV/camping accommodations are also available. Children 12 and under will be admitted free to General Admission, with a $10 fee for Covered Grandstands and a $50 fee for a VIP pass. Tickets to the Young Dubliners concert are an additional $10 for event ticket-holders, and $20 as a stand-alone purchase.
For more information on the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, visit their website at www.LucasOilOffRoad.com. For event or other information regarding Utah Motorsports Campus, visit www.UtahMotorsportsCampus.com or call 435-277-8000.
Utah Motorsports Campus is managing the facility formerly known as Miller Motorsports Park on behalf of Tooele County while the procedures to sell the facility take place.​


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NEGU Sports Adventure

We are so happy and grateful that Courageous Kids fighting cancer get the support and amazing generosity and heart of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series!

They gave Dylan, a Courageous Kid fighting cancer the VIP day of his life over the weekend!!! It was truly an honor to witness the joy, encouragement and love be shared with this awesome kid and his family. Dylan’s NEGU Sports Adventure day included VIP access, hanging out with the coolest drivers Greg Adler, RJ Anderson, Ryan Beat, checking out the MAVTV production truck, lots of cool Tonka gifts, Rockstar Energy Drink US gear, gear from each driver & team, a donation from RJ Anderson’s win to help his family, hanging out on the movie set of ESXentertainment latest film, meeting some incredible actors, even a pro football player and SuperBowl Champ Derrick Coleman Jr.. Dylan even got a piece of RJ’s car at the end of the day.

To top it all off, he even met a cancer buddy, who is in the fight too. This was truly a magical day for this amazing Courageous Kid and his family.

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Just in case you missed Utah!

Tooele, Utah (May 21, 2016) - With two race weekends already in the books for this 2016 season, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO, has now found its way north, and moved into the beautiful confines of the Utah Motorsports Campus here in Tooele, UT, just outside Salt Lake City. This weekend will see the drivers and crews tackle Rounds 5 and 6 of the 2016 championship, but with inclement weather overnight forcing cancellation of this morning’s qualifying sessions, the drivers were left wondering whether the day’s races would suffer the same fate. Fortunately, the weather held, and while the conditions were still challenging, the drivers took to the track and produced some great action. The fans may have been dealing with a cool, blustery afternoon, but the hearty locals stayed thick in the stands to see every race of the day, and were rewarded with some terrific racing all afternoon.

Modified Kart
Kicking off the action for the weekend were the Modified Karts, and as they’ve started to do more regularly, these young drivers would again be racing on the same, full-length track as the Pro drivers here this weekend. After starting from pole, points leader Hailie Deegan leapt into the early lead in her #538 NOS Energy/Odyssey Battery machine, ahead of Christopher Polvoorde in the #594 The Palms River Resort/Salazar kart, Trevor Briska in the #559 JH Sims Trucking Co., Inc./Prolong Super Lubricants truck, Trey Gibbs in the #515 Kicker/Bilstein Shock Absorbers entry, and Nathan Barry in the #528 CBR Performance Products/Traxxas kart. Gibbs got by Briska with a smooth run around the outside line in turn five on the second lap, which put him up to third spot, but Briska got back past in the middle part of the following lap to re-take the position. Up front, Deegan and Polvoorde were quickly moving well clear of the rest of the pack, while back in that pack, the battle was on for third, with five drivers running nose to tail. Polvoorde really moved up to put the pressure on Deegan on lap four, and on lap five, Polvoorde went by Deegan over the big tabletop between turns two and three to move into the lead. Polvoorde stayed up front through the Competition Yellow at the end of that lap, but after having been passed, Deegan definitely seemed fired up to get the lead back from Polvoorde. On the restart lap, Deegan was very close to Polvoorde initially, but as the lap unfolded, Polvoorde slowly established himself as the clear leader. Behind this battle, Ricky Gutierrez got his #578 Westpac Materials/King Off-Road Racing Shocks machine past Barry for fifth early on lap eight, and when Briska and Gibbs touched briefly just past the start/finish jump early on lap 10, it caused these two to get out of shape briefly, and let Gutierrez slip past Gibbs for fourth. Up front, Polvoorde and Deegan were once again clear of the field in their own private race for the lead, and while Deegan piled on the pressure and gave it all she had to try and pass Polvoorde back on the final lap, Polvoorde drove smart and held great defensive lines to keep her at bay. Polvoorde hit the checkers first to grab his first win as defending class champion, ahead of Deegan, Briska, Gutierrez, and Gibbs.

Pro 4 Unlimited
Front row starters Bryce Menzies and Carl Renezeder ran one-two at the end of the opening lap of the Pro 4 Unlimited race, with Rob MacCachren, Eric Barron, and Greg Adler rounding out the top five. Charging up from ninth on the grid after a disastrous start to the season was defending champion Kyle LeDuc, and on lap two, he got by Adler going into turn two, before then briefly passing Barron on the inside at turn three. Barron got back by in the next corner, but on lap three, LeDuc made the same turn three move on Barron, and this time, it stuck. By early lap five, LeDuc was right on MacCachren, and with his signature move of flying further than anyone else over the big tabletop between turns one and two, he out-jumped MacCachren into turn three to move into third place. Two laps later, Renezeder bicycled and ran wide at turn three, which allowed LeDuc to halve the big gap that had separated the two of them. Lap eight saw the throwing of the Competition Yellow flag, and at this point, it was Menzies in the #7 Red Bull/Pennzoil Ford, Renezeder, LeDuc, MacCachren, and Barron in the top five. The race picked up again at the end of lap nine, but stalled out again two laps later after Adrian Cenni came to a stop in the rhythm section between turns four and five. Racing resumed on lap 15, with Doug Fortin passing both Barron and MacCachren after jumping the restart. Ahead, Renezeder ran wide out of turn two, which allowed LeDuc to get by for second, but that position was short-lived for LeDuc, who then half spun in turn four and collected himself into the inside barrier. LeDuc stayed put and the full course yellow came out, with the running order now being Menzies, Renezeder, Fortin, Barron, and MacCachren for the restart. Once racing resumed, Fortin was black flagged for his earlier jumped restart, and on lap 19, MacCachren got by Barron in turn three to move up to fourth, which then became third once Fortin served his black flag. Barron then came to a sudden stop coming out of turn four, which caused another full course yellow. This time, however, Barron wouldn’t join the ranks of drivers who’ve stayed put in order to cause a yellow and give themselves a chance to tack back onto the tail end of the lead lap pack; instead, he was towed into the Hot Pits, as his truck had suffered a major mechanical issue, and he was out. When racing picked back up on lap 22, Fortin got by Doug Mittag over the big tabletop to get back into the top five in his #96 E3 Spark Plugs/General Tire Toyota. Renezeder then ran wide with a major error at turn four on that same lap, and he fell clear back to sixth spot, before moving back up to fifth when Bradley Morris slowed briefly in turn four on the next lap. From there, the top five held their positions, and at the head of the field, a brilliant drive put Menzies on top of the box for the second time in the last three races. MacCachren finished second in the #21 Rockstar Energy Drink/Makita Industrial Power Tools Ford, with Fortin third, LeDuc fourth in the #99 Monster Energy/Toyo Tires Ford, and Renezeder fifth in the #17 Lucas Oil/KMC Wheels Ford.

Pro Lite Unlimited
Next up were the Pro Lite Unlimiteds, and after the first lap, Jerett Brooks led the way in his #77 Rigid Industries L.E.D. Lighting/General Tire Nissan, with Brad DeBerti second in the #70 Mickey Thompson/Method Race Wheels Ford, Brock Heger third in the #12 Icon Vehicle Dynamics/Maxxis Tires Toyota, Ryan Beat fourth in the #51 Rockstar Energy Drink/Lunarpages Chevrolet, and Jeff Hoffman fifth in the #47 Fox Racing Shox/Impact Safety Nissan. At the end of lap two, Beat had moved up to run alongside Heger past the start/finish line, before edging ahead and into third spot early on lap three. A rollover by Ray Griffith in turn two then brought out a full course yellow on that same lap, and when racing resumed on lap six, it was still Brooks, DeBerti, Beat, Heger, and Hoffman in the top five. Lap seven saw Casey Currie get by Hoffman through the rhythm section to get up to fifth place, while Brandon Arthur was now just behind Hoffman, after Arthur had spun in turn four and dropped well down the running order on the opening lap. On laps eight and nine, Beat was really putting the pressure on DeBerti in turn five, and on lap 10, Beat then got by DeBerti in turn four to take over second place. By the end of the lap, Heger had then moved right up to DeBerti’s back bumper, while Arthur was knocking on the door of the top five, as he ran right behind Currie. Arthur passed Currie for fifth with a slick drive down the inside at turn one on lap 12, not a common place to make passes on this tight track, while up front, Beat had now closed right in on Brooks to give the leader his first challenge of the race. In the race for third, Heger and DeBerti ran door to door from turn five on lap 13 to turn three on lap 14, before Heger finally squeezed ahead on the inside to take the position. Ahead, Brooks answered Beat’s challenge by upping his pace even more and putting some space between the two of them once again, while just down the order, DeBerti got back past Heger for third on lap 15. Arthur had closed right in on these two, but over the final lap, no further changes occurred within the top five, as Brooks came home first for the third time this year. Second was Beat, third was DeBerti, fourth was Heger, and fifth was Arthur in the #6 Competitive Metals/Pro Traffic Services Chevrolet.

Pro Buggy Unlimited
In Pro Buggy Unlimited, Taylor Atchison jumped into the lead as if he’d been shot from a cannon in his #30 Tonka Off-Road/AMA Plastics Alumi Craft. Mike Valentine moved up from third to second, with Sterling Cling third, Robb Harvey fourth and Garret George fifth. A brief stop on track in turn four by Eliott Watson on the opening lap turned the track yellow for lap two, and on the restart lap, George got by Harvey coming out of turn three to move up to fourth spot in his #1 Redline Performance/Mickey Thompson Funco. On the next lap, McCullough got by Harvey as well, which moved McCullough up to fifth, and early on lap five, Valentine then fell back into the clutches of Cling. Valentine may have had an issue, which could explain why he got briefly tangled with both Cling and then George, before falling out of the top five by the next lap. At the end of lap six, it was now Atchison, McCullough, Cling, Watson, and George in the top five, with Watson then passing Cling on lap seven, and both George and Darren Hardesty Jr. passing Cling early on lap eight. Out front, Atchison had opened up a commanding lead, while newly-second-placed McCullough had a big gap of his own back to third-placed Watson. George now ran fourth and Hardesty Jr. fifth in the #99 Bilstein Shock Absorbers/Off Road Warehouse Alumi Craft, and these five held their positions through the white flag. Just as the field took to the start of what would’ve been the final lap, Bud Ward came to a stop in turn one, forcing a full course caution. Leading by some four or five seconds, this was the last thing Atchison needed, while the rest of the field was now savoring the chance to make some forward progress in the one-lap run to the checkers that awaited them. Atchison got a good restart and was starting to pull away slightly as he exited turn two, but as the field barreled into turn three, George forced Watson out wide when Watson left the door slightly open. George and Hardesty Jr. got by Watson, but it was then Atchison who suffered some kind of major failure, as his car simply coasted slowly out of the corner, with the whole field swarming past him. The entire grandstands gasped in collective shock and sympathy at the terrible blow that had struck Atchison, who had had the race all sewn up. McCullough swept by first and into the lead, which he held to the checkers to take the win in his #62 Stapleton Roofing/BFGoodrich Tires Foddrill, ahead of George, Hardesty Jr., Watson in the #3 Fox Racing Shox/BFGoodrich Tires Alumi Craft, and Valentine in the #78 Full Throttle Powder Coating/Wiks Racing Engines Funco; Atchison came to a stop in turn four, failing to even make the finish.

Pro 2 Unlimited
The final race of the day was Pro 2 Unlimited, and once again, the polesitter, in this case Rob MacCachren, shot straight into the lead and stayed out front through the end of the first lap. Behind MacCachren, RJ Anderson ran second, with Carl Renezeder third, Jeremy McGrath fourth, and Doug Mittag fifth. Contact between McGrath and Renezeder in and out of turn three on lap two allowed Mittag and Menzies to get past the pair, and when Renezeder then rolled in the next corner, he dropped back to the tail end of the field, with the incident forcing a full course yellow. On the restart lap, McGrath tried to go by Mittag on the inside at turn four, but lost momentum, and wound up letting Menzies by on the outside. McGrath got back by Menzies in the next corner, though, and the end of the next lap saw a full course caution for on-track debris in turn five. When Menzies tried to pass McGrath in turns one and two on the restart lap, he got overly aggressive, and wound up running wide out of turn two, which cost him a few positions. In the next turn, Menzies was spun by Eric Fitch, and Menzies’ collective misfortune put Patrick Clark up to fifth in his #25 Budweiser/Method Race Wheels Chevrolet. Up front, MacCachren was putting on a clinic, and with no drivers to challenge him, MacCachren was slowly pulling away from the rest of the field. On lap 12, McGrath charged through the rhythm section to get up alongside Mittag at turn five. The two ran side by side all the way to turn two on the next lap, where McGrath forced Mittag wide and moved ahead and into second spot. The reason this move was for second spot was because Anderson had been struck with a right rear flat tire, which he opted to run on despite quickly dropping down the running order. Soon, Anderson was out of the top five, and the big battle was now for fifth between Rodrigo Ampudia and Menzies. That battle then turned into a race for fourth after Mittag suddenly slowed to a crawl with some kind of major issue, and while Ampudia put up a fight, Menzies made quick work of him to take over fourth, and even got close enough to Clark to challenge for third on the final lap. Clark drove great defensive lines on the final lap to keep his podium spot, though, while at the head of the field, MacCachren cruised home to take the win, his second of the season in his #21 Rockstar Energy Drink/Makita Industrial Power Tools Ford. McGrath was second in the #2 Icon Vehicle Dynamics/Maxxis Tires truck, with Clark third, Menzies fourth in the #7 Red Bull/Discount Tire Ford, and Ampudia fifth in the #36 Lucas Oil Racing TV/Papas & Beer Ford.

That wraps up a rather cold and challenging day here in Tooele. Tomorrow, we’ll be back here at the Utah Motorsports Campus for Round 6 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, with gates opening to the public at 8:30 AM. Qualifying will begin at 9:30 AM, the first race of the day will be at 1:00 PM, with Opening Ceremonies at 2:00 PM and the first Pro race of the day, Pro 4 Unlimited, immediately afterwards. It was a challenging day for the drivers and crews, but hopefully the weather will hold up better overnight and allow for qualifying tomorrow morning. Either way, the drivers still managed to come through today’s tricky conditions to put on some great races, and so long as they get the chance to hit the track again tomorrow, there’s no reason to think they won’t do so again.


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Round 6 Action

Pro Buggy Unlimited

In the open wheel division, Mike Valentine charged into the early lead after a tough day yesterday that saw his car still not at 100% in qualifying this morning. Taylor Atchison ran second, with Darren Hardesty Jr. third, Kevin McCullough fourth, and Garret George fifth. Hardesty Jr. passed Atchison for second early on lap two, with George passing McCullough on the outside at turn five to grab fourth on the same lap. McCullough hounded George to try and get that fourth place back, but George repeatedly slammed the door in McCullough’s face- hard! However, persistence paid off, and with a brave, deep dive into turn three on lap five, McCullough got back by on the inside on lap five. The top three runners had enjoyed a nice gap over the rest of the field up until now, but with McCullough having cleared George, he quickly closed down on third-placed Atchison, only to have the door slammed in his face again when he tried to pass Atchison on the outside out of turn five on lap six. The Competition Yellow came at the end of the next lap, and it was now Valentine in the #78 Del Taco of Utah/Jamar Funco, Hardesty Jr. in the #99 Bilstein Shock Absorbers/Mickey Thompson Alumi Craft, Atchison in the #30 Tonka Off-Road/Mickey Thompson Alumi Craft, McCullough in the #62 Stapleton Roofing/DA8 Training Foddrill, and George in the #1 Redline Performance/King Off-Road Racing Shocks Funco in the top five. On the restart lap, Eliott Watson got by George with an inside run through turns one and two to take over fifth, while just ahead, McCullough passed Atchison on the inside coming out of turn two to grab third. Two corners later, Atchison then spun McCullough, dropping McCullough to last place, and forcing officials to throw the black flag for Atchison. Atchison served the penalty on lap 11, and that moved Watson to third, George to fourth, and Bud Ward to fifth. The top four were now running very closely as they entered the penultimate lap, with George getting back by Watson in turn three to re-take a provisional podium position. Ahead, Hardesty Jr. charged up alongside Valentine through the rhythm section, but Valentine cut the youngster off in turn five to hold the lead. On the final lap, Sterling Cling closed right in on Ward, and coming out of the final corner, the two had a somewhat dicey drag race to the checkers, from which Cling emerged victorious. At the head of the field, it was Valentine who took the win, his second of the year, with Hardesty Jr. finishing second, George third, Watson fourth, and Cling fifth in the #77 BFGoodrich Tires/Dirt Skins Alumi Craft.

Pro 2 Unlimited
The final race of the day was Pro 2 Unlimited, and as was the case in Pro 4 Unlimited, the morning’s top qualifier was lucky enough to have his spotter draw a zero inversion, and that meant polesitter Jeremy McGrath would start up front in his #2 Maxxis Tires/Carlyle by NAPA truck. McGrath jumped right into the early lead, and was trailed by Bryce Menzies, Rob MacCachren, Carl Renezeder, and Rodrigo Ampudia after the first lap. Menzies ran wide out of turn two on the second lap, and was then a little wild in the next corner, and the two incidents helped MacCachren to get past him for second. However, after cleaning up his driving, Menzies charged back past with a tough-to-execute outside pass at turn one on lap three to re-take the position. Doug Mittag came to a stop just before the start/finish line at the end of lap three, which forced a full course yellow on lap four. Mittag’s Hot Pit crew worked wonders, though, and when racing resumed on lap seven, Mittag was tacked on to the back of the pack, still on the lead lap. On the restart lap, Patrick Clark got by Ampudia on the inside at turn four to take over fifth in his #25 Budweiser/BFGoodrich Tires Chevrolet, while at the head of the pack, Menzies had charged up next to McGrath through the rhythm section on lap eight, only to be unable to make anything of the charge as the two rounded turn five. On the next lap, MacCachren got out of the throttle to avoid taking Menzies out in turn three, but Renezeder didn’t manage to avoid hitting MacCachren, as he spun the points leader around, dropping MacCachren back to eighth. Renezeder received no reprimand, though, and was now third, with Clark fourth and Ampudia fifth in the #36 Lucas Oil Racing TV/Monster Energy Ford. MacCachren charged back up the order, but as he tried to pass Ampudia in turn five on lap 15, the two collected and did a slow half spin, and as Eric Fitch piled into them from behind, heads up driving allowed Mittag to sweep past the trio around the outside to move into fifth place in his #81 Amsoil/K&N Ford. From there, the top five drivers managed no further passes, and despite a nice last lap charge from a very sore Menzies (after being hit hard by Mittag earlier this afternoon in Pro 4 Unlimited), it was McGrath who would grab his first win of the year, ahead of Menzies in the #7 Red Bull/Discount Tire Ford, Renezeder in the #17 Lucas Oil/RC10.com Ford, Clark, and Mittag.

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Race Report from Round 5 and 6

Sarah Burgess Continues to Improve Despite Challenges

May 31, 2016
Photos: Eric Minks

LAKE ELSINORE, CA, May 29, 2016 – Bad weather, broken parts and rough driving were some of the factors that tried to dampen Sarah Burgess’s weekend for rounds 5 and 6 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at the Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, UT, but she and her BMI Racing team didn’t let it get them down.

Heavy rain came in the early hours of Friday morning making the track a soggy mess and pushing practice back to later in the afternoon. Even though the track wouldn’t be 100% for practice, Sarah felt that it would be best to make the most of the track time and get a feel for it. Half way through the second practice session, Sarah unfortunately lost a power steering pump and was towed off the track.

Rain set in again very early Saturday morning and while it wasn’t the same amount as Friday, it was still enough to cancel qualifying, allowing the BMI Racing team to fix the power steering pump once and for all. Round 5 on Saturday started well for Sarah as she battled with the other drivers, but her Sonic Tools ProLite truck just didn’t have the horsepower. “We missed the tune up on the carburetor today with the high altitude and the much cooler air temperatures at the track, and I just couldn’t maintain the speed I needed”.

Round 6 on Sunday looked to be threatened by bad weather again with dark clouds constantly surrounding the track, but the rain held back and the racing went on. Sarah had a good start to the race maintaining good pace and making her way up the field until another driver made an aggressive move up the face of a jump and hit her midair, she managed to collect up her truck and get back into racing without losing too much ground. The race was caution free up until lap 13 when a driver lost a motor on the front straight; this meant when the green flag dropped so did the white flag, giving the field one lap to go. Sarah gave it everything her Sonic Tools Prolite Truck had as she headed into to turn 1, at turn 2 she was taken out by another driver who spun her leaving her out of contention for a top 10 finish; she finished 13th.

Sarah’s next round of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series will be rounds 9 and 10 at Glen Helen Motorsports Park in Glen Helen, CA.

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