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Dirty*

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Several centuries ago Aristotle said “patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”

A few days ago Keaton Swane said “I've been patient. Where's my fruit?”

Actually, Swane didn't say that. He just implied it as he talked about his struggle to establish himself as a contender for the Pro Buggy championship in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series presented by GEICO.

“It's been quite a long process,” he said. “This will be our fourth year in the class and we've yet to get on the podium, so that's our goal for this year. I think we're getting pretty close.”

Swane has been close. Last year he had a fourth and fifth in rounds 3 and 4 at Chandler, Arizona, and this season he can boast of a fourth in round 4 at Lake Elsinore, California. Those may be modest results for some, but they're significant for Keaton and his father Scott Swane, who began as the rawest of rookies.

Ryan May, a family friend, introduced them to short-course off-road racing when Keaton was trying to make the transition from motocross to four wheels and they started racing it in 2011.

Scott paid the bills and served as crew chief. Keaton did all the prep work on the car in addition to driving. Neither of them realized they were enrolling in a high-speed graduate program, however, and as so often happens in graduate school their education ocassionally has been interrupted by financial issues.

Swane finished seventh in the Limited Buggy class in 2012 and was 12th in Pro Buggy in 2013, when he ran 14 of the 15 championship rounds. But in 2014 he was able to run just six of the 15 races and last season he missed six of the final eight rounds, but still was ninth in the point standings.

This season, after missing round six at Utah May 22 due to transmission failure, he is 10th in the standings, but optimistic about the future.

“We started from scratch,” the 20-year-old resident of Gilbert, Arizona, said. “It used to be just me and my dad, but now we have some help from some friends. That took some of the stress off me and my dad.

“We've made a lot of changes this year and we've got some sponsors on board (Appliance Parts Company, Plumbing Parts Company, BFGoodrich Tires, Foddrill Motorsports, Five18 Designs, Redline Performance and Fortin Transmissions), so we're trying to take our program to the next level.”

Swane has prioritized that goal by curtailing all his other racing activity. He raced in the Lucas Oil Modified Series for two years and got into Dwarf Cars a couple of years ago “just to get some more seat time,” but now divides his time between his classes at Chandler-Gilbert Community College and working on his Racer Engineering Pro Buggy.

“It's very frustrating when you put in a lot of work and get close to no results,” Swane said. “That's why we've been doing a lot of changes, to hopefully see something this year. It's mostly been a combination of everything (that has slowed his progress), but we're probably in one of the oldest cars out here. That's why we've been doing some updates on it, to get it more competitive.

“We're quite a bit overweight and that's what we're trying to do, cut some weight our of it. Most of these guys have been trying to add weight since they changed the rule but we're still way over-weight. There's not much more tubing to get out. We're going a different route on some things, doing a lot of smaller things – taking some bolts out, lighter nerf bars. It all adds up at some point.”

The numbers are starting to fall into place, too. The increased sponsorship has given the team a little breathing room and more financial flexibility. Swane continues to do the prep work, but also can call on friend Jared Irwin, who “helps us out quite a bit on some stuff.” And once Swane finishes climbing the Pro Buggy mountain he wants to move into the Pro 2 class.

When that happens the fruit really is going to taste sweet.

KEATON SWANE AT A GLANCE
Age: 20 (14 November 1995)
Marital status: Single
Lives in: Gilbert, Arizona
Occupation: Student at Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Car numbers: 21 in Pro Buggy
Types of chassis: Racer Engineering
Engine: GM Ecotec
Crew Chief: Scott Swane
Sponsors: Appliance Parts Company; Plumbing Parts Company; Foddrill Motorsports; Five18 Designs; Redline Performance; Fortin Transmissions
Years in racing: 12
Divisions raced: Go-karts, motocross, SR1 UTV, Lucas Oil Modifieds, Limited Buggy, Pro Buggy
Series points standings: 9 Pro Buggy (2015), 18 Pro Buggy (2014), 12 Pro Buggy, 17 Modifieds (2013), 7 Limited Buggy, 29 Modifieds (2012); 10 SR1 UTV (2011)
 

Dirty*

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Catch ProLite and Pro2 Round 4 action this Sunday at 8PM ET on CBS Sports Network!

 

Dirty*

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Mittag living like a boss! Good find Baja619
 

speedfun

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What the hell? Dirty is keeping this site alive? I would think the guys that your giving props too would at least post a THANK YOU.........
 

speedfun

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Well boys I went back to the Air Cooled Motor option this year and built a brand new car to boot-- So looks like Glen Helen will be TRIXY'S ( name of the car) first race.... Just watch out for a car that looks like a rust bucket because it will have some crusty RUSTY looking Patina Vinyl wrap going on it....
Also Trixy has a real cool driver controlled spoiler on the back to keep her flying nose up.... and controlling the down force..... Yes I said Down force, because this is the first car of it's kind to this class that controls all the air in & out and around it....
Ya know I have never in all my years had a brand new car or race car -- I am loving it..

Big Thank you goes out to all the guys that help this come together

Red line Weber for the carbs and engine management system
Pat Downs @ CB Performance for the BAD ASS motor
Bill Daley for the Dry sump pump
Richard @ RPM for the bad ass Header
Danny Foddrill for the trailing arms
Don @ JAMAR
Competitive Metals
Bill Varns @ Marage Racing products
Eric @ Transworks
ABABA bolt
And Dusty for all the welding and fabercation work -- your the best brother
Last but not least Gary Clark @ PETRON for helping me from 1995 with the best oil products on the planet..
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH WITH OUT YOUR HELP THIS WOULD HAVE NEVER EVER HAPPENED

Rick Welch
 

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Dirty*

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Looking for more Ministock racers! I know there are some guys looking for there big break!

This guy won $1000 CASH (Check) from General Tire at the last Regional event!


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Dirty*

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Night racing returns victoriously in Round 9



Following a highly successful event weekend down in Baja California, Mexico, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO, returned stateside for Rounds 9 and 10 of the 2016 championship, as the series rolled into one of short course off road racing’s true homes, Glen Helen Raceway. The southern California track, just outside of San Bernardino, has seen many great races over the years, and as has been the case for the last several seasons, the races here at Glen Helen would again be held at night, under the lights. This is the season’s first night race, and it’s just as well, as daytime temperatures soared into the triple digits. However, the heat of the day gave way to a classically beautiful southern California summer evening, with a slight breeze and the cover of darkness ushering in some perfect conditions for being out at the races, and a hoard of fans packed the stands to take advantage of that. The big crowd was doubly rewarded, as the drivers put on a great batch of races here this evening, ones in which great driving and big surprises abounded.



Modified Kart


Starting things off for the evening were the Modified Karts, and on the front row, it was the #515 Bilstein Shock Absorbers/KB Engineering kart of Trey Gibbs and the #502 Fox Racing Shox/Kicker machine of Chris Nunes. Gibbs and Nunes ran one-two after the opening lap, with Trevor Briska, Cole Keatts, and Hailie Deegan filling out the early top five. Deegan got past Keatts in turn one to move up to fourth on lap two, and one corner later, Christopher Polvoorde got past Keatts as well, putting himself up to fifth. Deegan then passed Briska coming out of turn six to move up to third just before the lap’s end, and Polvoorde then passed Briska less than a lap later to keep pace with Deegan and move up to fourth. Lap five saw Deegan get by Nunes for second coming out of turn two, with Polvoorde again matching Deegan by passing Nunes going into turn five on the same lap. At the Competition Yellow, it was now Gibbs, Deegan, Polvoorde, Nunes, and Briska in the top five, and after the return to green flag racing, these five drivers continued to run in the same order. It quickly became apparent that the top three runners had just a little more pace than anyone else, as they slowly started to pull clear of the pack in a race of their own. Gibbs, Deegan, and Polvoorde ran very close to one another over the remaining laps, but no further passes were made between them, as Gibbs held tough to stay out front to the end and take the win. Deegan was a close second in the #538 NOS Energy/4 Wheel Parts truck, with Polvoorde right behind in third in the #594 The Palms River Resort/Salazar entry, Nunes fourth, and Briska fifth in the #559 JH Sims Trucking Co., Inc./Prolong Super Lubricants machine.


Pro 4 Unlimited


Points leader Carl Renezeder ran first after the first lap in his #17 Lucas Oil/BFGoodrich Tires Ford, ahead of Rob MacCachren, Kyle LeDuc, Bryce Menzies, and Doug Fortin in the early top five. The race’s first full course yellow fell at the end of lap one, as Doug Mittag had found himself high centered on the outside barrier in turn three after a multi-truck incident there on the first lap. After a couple of yellow flag laps, racing picked up again, and on the restart lap, Menzies tried his best to get by LeDuc for second. Menzies looked like he’d made the pass coming out of turn four, but after getting too wild in the next corner, he dropped back behind LeDuc once again. LeDuc then got by MacCachren for second early on the next lap, and on the lap after that, smoke started to come out of MacCachren’s truck in big puffs at odd intervals. Lap six saw a full course yellow fall at the end of the lap after Mittag had nosed himself up against the outside wall at turn four, and while under yellow, MacCachren pulled into the Hot Pits, and unfortunately, didn’t come back out. This put Menzies, Fortin, and Bradley Morris up to third, fourth, and fifth, and after the restart on lap nine, LeDuc was all over Renezeder in the race for the lead. On lap 11, Morris rolled in turn three, but landed on his wheels and was able to continue, albeit from down in eighth place. This moved Mittag up to fifth, and further forward, Menzies was just closing up on the two leaders (he wasn’t very far back to begin with), but he still didn’t seem to have the pace to match Renezeder or LeDuc. On lap 13, Adrian Cenni moved past Mittag to grab fifth place, and two laps later, LeDuc was now right up on Renezeder, challenging for the lead as closely as he had all race. The next lap saw a full course caution after Greg Adler came to a stop in turn four following a rollover, but thankfully he’d landed on his wheels and was able to continue. After the return to green flag racing on lap 18, Menzies spun out in turn five on lap 19 and dropped back to last place, and that put Fortin up to third, Cenni to fourth, and Morris to fifth. Cenni, already suffering with bent left front suspension, then rolled in turn three after that bent suspension broke on lap 20, and this forced another full course yellow. Morris and Mittag moved up to fourth and fifth as a result, and on the restart, LeDuc threw caution to the wind, likely knowing this would be his last chance to try and pass Renezeder. Renezeder had looked like he had the measure of LeDuc at every point up until now, but on the restart, LeDuc bicycled in turn one to get the inside line into turn two, and though he didn’t make the pass there, he stayed close and kept the pressure on Renezeder. Exiting turn three, LeDuc was again inside, and he swung out wide to cut off Renezeder’s line, and stayed there halfway to turn four, where Renezeder finally had to concede in order to avoid being moved into the wall. Renezeder tried to get back up to LeDuc, but now LeDuc was flying, and he swept around the final lap to pick up the win in his #99 Monster Energy/Toyo Tires Ford. Renezeder drove a hard-fought race to get second, with Fortin third in the #96 General Tire/E3 Spark Plugs Toyota, Morris fourth (his best finish since his return to racing this season) in the #24 K&N/Kicker Chevrolet, and Mittag fifth in the #81 Jhonlin Racing Team/Maxxis Tires Ford.


Pro Lite Unlimited


Starting from pole, Ryan Beat led the Pro Lite Unlimited pack after lap one in his #51 Rockstar Energy Drink/Lunarpages Chevrolet. Brock Heger ran second, with Brandon Arthur third, Jerett Brooks fourth, and Brad DeBerti fifth. Mickey Thomas had to be towed off in the early going, which forced a full course yellow at the end of lap two, and just after the restart, Brooks ran wide in turn one thanks to a flat tire, and he was forced into the Hot Pits for a change while under green, which dropped him one lap behind the leaders. On the next lap, DeBerti spun off the track between turns one and two, and that put him back to last place. Lap six then saw another full course yellow, as Wade Wyman had come to a stop on track, and when racing resumed on lap eight, fifth-placed Casey Currie was slow to get away, which put Gavin Harlien up into that position. On the same lap, Arthur got past Heger in turn three to move up to second, and with a spin in turn five on the next lap, Heger then dropped all the way back to last place, as he had to wait for the entire field to get past before he could safely get spun back around and moving again. A full course caution fell at the end of this lap after Ronnie Faisst and Sarah Burgess got tangled just out of turn two, but after getting detached, both drivers were able to continue. After the return to green flag racing on lap 11, Ronnie Anderson (now running fifth after Heger’s error) got past Harlien at turn two to take over fourth spot on lap 12, while a spin by Arthur three corners later dropped him back to eighth. Arthur charged forward, though, making up three places on the next lap to re-enter the top five, now behind Beat, Stenberg, Anderson, and Harlien. However, a flat left rear tire then slowed his pace, and quickly dropped him back out of the top five. Harlien also dropped back thanks to broken left front suspension, and this helped Heger and DeBerti to re-enter the top five with one lap to go. These five drivers held their positions over the final lap, and so it was Beat who picked up the win, ahead of Stenberg in the #8 MavTV/Toyo Tires Chevrolet and Anderson in the #52 Walker Evans Racing/Polaris RZR Nissan on the podium, both of whom scored career best finishes in this class. Heger finished fourth in the #12 Maxxis Tires/Icon Vehicle Dynamics Toyota, and DeBerti rounded out the top five in his #70 Mickey Thompson/Method Race Wheels Ford.


Pro Buggy Unlimited


Darren Hardesty Jr. and Bud Ward started up front in the Pro Buggy Unlimited contest, and these two ran one-two after lap one, with Eliott Watson, Kevin McCullough, and Garret George filling out the early top five. On lap four, a half spin by Watson at turn four caused McCullough to have to slow in order to avoid hitting him, and that caused George to hit McCullough lightly. The incident could’ve had greater effect, but as it happened, all three drivers got away in their same positions. George then got by both McCullough and Watson at turn two to jump from fifth to third on lap six, and one lap later, as the Competition Yellow came out, it was now Hardesty Jr. in the #99 Bilstein Shock Absorbers/Mickey Thompson Alumi Craft, Ward in the #17 Ramona Tire/VP Racing Fuels Funco, George in the #1 King Off-Road Racing Shocks/Anenberg Funco, Watson in the #3 Fox Racing Shox/BFGoodrich Tires Alumi Craft, and McCullough in the #62 Stapleton Roofing/ProAm Foddrill in the top five. After the restart, a full course caution came out on lap 11 after George went off between turns one and two, coming to a stop facing the wrong way on the outside of the track. With his right rear tire completely off the rim, it wasn’t looking like George would be battling for a top spot in this race, but his crew made speedy repairs in the Hot Pits while the track was still yellow, and they got George back out on the lead lap. With George still well back, though, Watson, McCullough, and Sterling Cling now moved up to fill positions three through five behind Hardesty Jr. and Ward, with Taylor Atchison then getting by Cling early on the restart lap to move up to fifth in his #30 Tonka Off-Road/Bilstein Shock Absorbers Alumi Craft. McCullough then got by Watson at turn two on the next lap to move up to third, but two corners later, Watson made a nice pass on McCullough to grab that position back. On the final lap, Watson and McCullough got hooked together briefly before turn three, and as they broke loose in the corner, McCullough spun up into the inside barrier and came to a stop. The whole incident slowed Watson, too, and allowed Atchison to get by them both and move up to third, while McCullough dropped well down the order before getting himself going again. Up front, “Hot Sauce” Hardesty Jr. scored the big win, ahead of Ward, who picked up a career-best second place in this, his rookie season in the class. Atchison finished third, Watson was fourth, and after a very strong recovery, it was George who finished fifth.


Pro 2 Unlimited


In the final race of the night, it would be Carl Renezeder and Jeremy McGrath starting from the front row of the Pro 2 Unlimited field. Renezeder got out into the early lead in his #17 Lucas Oil/KMC Wheels Ford, with Rob MacCachren, Bryce Menzies, McGrath, and Brian Deegan right behind after lap one. An issue for McGrath was slowing him noticeably right from the off, and he slipped behind both Deegan and Rodrigo Ampudia early on lap two, dropping him out of the top five, while up front, MacCachren was giving Renezeder a great run for the lead. MacCachren seemed to catch Renezeder napping a bit on lap three, as he nearly got by on the inside at turn three after running right up behind from a fair distance back, but Renezeder just held the lead. MacCachren got close again at the same spot on lap six, but again, Renezeder held him off, and all the while, both Menzies in the #7 Red Bull/Pennzoil Ford and Deegan in the #38 NOS Energy/Mickey Thompson Ford were closing in from third and fourth. By lap seven, it was looking like a true four truck battle up front, but on lap eight, an apparent sudden loss of power under the hood of Menzies’ truck caused him to slide straight ahead at turn five. This dropped him down to last place before he could get re-fired and continue, and with the Competition Yellow already waving, it was now Renezeder, MacCachren, Deegan, Ampudia, and Doug Mittag in the top five.


Mittag got his #81 ProAm Racing Products/Amsoil Ford past Ampudia around the outside at turn two to move up to fourth on the restart lap, but Ampudia got right back by at turn four to re-take the position in his #36 Monster Energy/Lucas Oil Racing TV Ford. On the next lap, MacCachren made an uncharacteristic outside pass on Renezeder, making his move at turn two and making it stick, as he put his #21 Rockstar Energy Drink/Makita Industrial Power Tools Ford into the lead. Further back, Mittag passed Ampudia back on this same lap, as did Myan Spaccarelli, who now moved up to fifth. However, two laps later, Spaccarelli pulled off track in the rhythm section between turns two and three, race over, which put Ampudia back up to fifth. On lap 14, a mistake by Renezeder in turn five allowed Deegan to gain ground and then get past him after the exit of the corner, putting Deegan up to second. Mittag then got by Renezeder at turn four, but at almost the exact same moment, what looked like major suspension failure struck Renezeder, ending his run right in that corner. A full course caution came out, and as the field tightened back up for the restart, it was now MacCachren, Deegan, Mittag, Eric Fitch, and Menzies in the top five. These five drivers held their positions over the final three laps of green flag racing, with MacCachren sprinting home to take the win, ahead of Deegan, Mittag, Fitch in the #97 General Tire Chevrolet, and Menzies.


It’s been an action-packed night of racing here at Glen Helen in Round 9, and good news, we’ve got another night of racing planned, right back here tomorrow night. Round 10 will again see the action go down under the lights here at this legendary track, but fans can get here early to catch qualifying, with gates opening to the public at 2:00 PM, an hour ahead of the day’s first qualifying session. The first race of the night, Modified Kart, starts at 6:30 PM, Opening Ceremonies will be at 7:30 PM, and the first Pro race of the night, Pro 4 Unlimited, will immediately follow. Get out here and enjoy a beautiful balmy summer night of fun, it’s sure to be a good one!


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
 

Dirty*

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Surprises aplenty in Round 10


Following a very exciting night of racing here at Glen Helen Raceway in Round 9, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO, came back to do it all again tonight in Round 10. Once again, the drivers were competing under the lights here in southern California, and thankfully, daytime temperatures had cooled down considerably versus those seen yesterday afternoon, so the evening tonight was perhaps even more pleasant than last night’s. There was, however, plenty of heat out on the track, with incidents and surprises arising in nearly every race, which made for some chaotic and unpredictable racing, and those who came out on top had both skill and luck on their sides.



Modified Kart


In the first race of the evening, Christopher Polvoorde started from the pole in his #594 The Palms River Resort/Rugged Radios machine, and he led the field after the first lap, ahead of Trey Gibbs, Cole Keatts, Hailie Deegan, and Ricky Gutierrez in the top five. A rollover by Rylie Pierce on lap two brought out a full course yellow at the end of that lap, but safety crews got Pierce righted and she was able to continue, with racing resuming at the end of lap three. On the restart lap, Gutierrez got his #578 Westpac Materials/Wright Fabrication kart past Deegan for fourth right away, with Nathan Barry then getting past Deegan coming out of turn two on the next lap, which put him up to fifth. Deegan muscled her way back past Barry in turn six to re-take fifth on the next lap, while up front, Polvoorde and Gibbs were starting to pull clear of the field, with a small but noticeable gap between these two young guns. On lap seven, Deegan passed Gutierrez back to get up to fourth spot in her #538 NOS Energy Drink/Odyssey Battery entry, and two laps later, she was all over the back of Keatts’ kart in a bid for third place. Polvoorde and Gibbs were really putting it to the field up front by this point, but the race for third was still on in earnest, and on the final lap, Deegan was again giving it her all to try and pass Keatts. Keatts kept his cool, though, and held Deegan at bay through the checkers to pick up his first podium finish in the class. Up front, Polvoorde drove a perfectly judged race to grab the win as well as the lead in the championship, with Gibbs finishing second in the #515 Bilstein Shock Absorbers/Ethika truck. Keatts was third in the #553 Weaver Welding LTD/Les Schwab Tires machine, Deegan was fourth, and Gutierrez finished fifth.


Pro 4 Unlimited


First out onto the full-length track were the Pro 4 Unlimiteds, and with a rare zero inversion from qualifying, the field got to start straight up, with polesitter Kyle LeDuc leading the field away at the drop of the green flag. LeDuc still led after lap one in his #99 Monster Energy/Toyo Tires Ford, but he had Carl Renezeder, Doug Fortin, Rob MacCachren, and Greg Adler close behind. On lap two, Adler bicycled hard in turn three, with the top left corner of his cab laying against the right side of Menzies’ truck through much of the corner, before Adler finally tipped the rest of the way over (he’d been nearly perpendicular to the ground for what seemed like ages). Menzies moved up to fifth in his #7 Red Bull/Discount Tire Ford as a result, but a full course yellow was also thrown. After the restart, both MacCachren and Menzies were all over the back of Fortin in a tight race for third, but Fortin managed to hold them off by consistently putting his #96 General Tire/Fortin Racing, Inc. Toyota wherever his pursuers wanted to be. Up front, LeDuc was starting to get away from the pack with some very quick and tidy driving, while back in that race for third, MacCachren finally got by Fortin with a nice pass at turn four on lap eight. Menzies then got by Fortin in the next corner, but just seconds later, a red flag came out after Adler’s truck briefly caught fire over in turn four. As the field re-grouped under the subsequent yellow flag, race officials put the running order back to what it’d been on the last completed lap, which put Fortin back up to third, MacCachren to fourth, and Menzies to fifth. After the restart, Bradley Morris came to a stop in turn three on lap 12, which brought the full course yellow right back out, and on the ensuing restart, Menzies made an extended pass on MacCachren from turns three to four to move up to fourth. Menzies then nearly got by Fortin at turn four two laps later, but Fortin shut the door hard on Menzies to hold him off. The end of this lap saw yet another full course yellow, as Adrian Cenni had spun and come to a stop on track, but racing quickly resumed one lap later. On the restart lap, Menzies made a very nice pass on Fortin at turn three to move up to third, and two laps later, MacCachren then passed Fortin in the whoops to move his #21 Rockstar Energy Drink/Makita Industrial Power Tools Ford up to fourth. The top five drivers then held their positions over the final lap, and out front, it was LeDuc who got the win and the sweep of the weekend, as he picked up his fourth win in the last five races. Renezeder was again second, as he was last night, in the #17 Lucas Oil/Team Associated Ford, with Menzies rounding out the podium in third, MacCachren taking fourth, and Fortin fifth.


Pro Lite Unlimited


The Pro Lite Unlimited drivers were a little anxious on their first attempt at a start, to the point that race officials called them back to make them take a second crack at it. On the second go around, Jerett Brooks took the early lead in his #77 Rigid Industries L.E.D. Lighting/General Tire Nissan, ahead of Ryan Beat, Brandon Arthur, Brock Heger, and Jeff Hoffman. Heger passed Arthur coming out of turn two to move up to third on lap two, but he then biked badly in turn four and dropped back to seventh. This put Arthur back up to third, Hoffman to fourth, and Ray Griffith to fifth, with Gavin Harlien and Herger quickly moving up to put big pressure on Griffith by lap four. Heger got by Harlien for sixth, and then past Griffith coming out of turn four to re-enter the top five on lap five. There were no further passes amongst the top five runners before the Competition Yellow, but on the restart lap, a slow run through the whoops by Beat allowed Arthur to easily move past him on the right and up to second in his #6 Competitive Metals/Toyo Tires Chevrolet. On the same lap, both Heger and Jeremy Stenberg got by Hoffman to move into fourth and fifth, respectively. Four laps later, Brooks suddenly lost control coming into turn three and ran straight ahead, and that allowed Arthur to get by and into the lead. Beat closed right in on Brooks as well, and after getting alongside, Beat ran Brooks a bit wide at turn four to move himself by and up to second in the #51 Rockstar Energy Drink/Maxxis Tires Chevrolet. After that, no further passes were made within the top five, and at the stripe, it was Arthur taking the win, his first since the opening weekend of this season, and his third of the year. Beat finished second, with Brooks third, Heger fourth in the #12 Icon Vehicle Dynamics/Ultra Motorsports Xtreme Race Wheels Toyota, and Stenberg fifth in the #8 MavTV/Stronghold Motorsports Chevrolet.


Pro Buggy Unlimited


In the open wheel ranks, front row starters Mike Valentine and Sterling Cling ran one-two after the opening lap, with Bud Ward, Garret George, and Darren Hardesty Jr. filling out the rest of the early top five. On lap two, George slid sideways into Ward just a bit in turn four, and that put George ahead and into third spot, with Hardesty Jr. then getting past Ward in the next corner to move into fourth. On the next lap, Ward was then helped around in a spin at turn three by Kevin McCullough, which put Ward back another spot to sixth, and allowed McCullough up to fifth. Just behind, Taylor Atchison spun and came to a stop in the corner, which brought out a full course yellow at the end of the lap. On the restart lap, McCullough battled past Hardesty Jr. to take over fourth place, but McCullough then dove into the Hot Pits on the next lap to serve a black flag penalty for his earlier incident with Ward, dropping him to the tail end of the lead lap. On lap eight, George got by Cling on the inside with a nice pass at turn three to move into second, and later in the same lap, Ward got back past Hardesty Jr. to grab fourth spot. Hardesty Jr. got by Ward again coming out of turn two on the next lap, though, re-taking fourth in his #99 Bilstein Shock Absorbers/Mickey Thompson Alumi Craft. Just ahead of him, Cling was trying to get back past George, and he looked to have done so briefly by the early part of lap 11, but at turn three, things suddenly got ugly. With both drivers charging hard into the corner, they touched drive wheels in what looked like a racing incident gone wrong, and Cling was instantly sent into an ugly rollover. Cling’s night was done, and he certainly wasn’t happy, as his car was towed off under a full course caution.


On the restart, it was now Valentine, George, Hardesty Jr., Ward, and Eliott Watson in the top five, but Ward suddenly stopped just as the green flag came out, forcing the field to be re-grouped for another restart. This put Watson up to fourth and Sammy Ehrenberg to fifth, and on this restart, George had his right rear tire come off the wheel between turns one and two, and he was forced straight into the Hot Pits for a fresh tire, dropping him off the lead lap. Watson came to a stop just at the beginning of the next lap, and with McCullough also having a tire issue, it was now Valentine, Hardesty Jr., Chad Hill, Ehrenberg, and Keaton Swane in the top five. Hill then had a nasty, self-induced rollover going into and through turn three on lap 19, which forced another full course caution. Fortunately, Hill quickly climbed out of the car and was ok, with racing then resuming on lap 22. On the restart, Hardesty Jr. helped Valentine around as they went up the jump between turns one and two, and that dropped Valentine to last place, while Hardesty Jr. picked up a black flag. Hardesty Jr. stayed out on track over the rest of the remaining two laps, and crossed the line first, but his black flag put him back to fifth, the last runner on the lead lap. Next across the line was Swane in the #21 Appliance Parts Company/Five18 Designs Racer, and he was the driver who picked up the win, the first of his career- congratulations Keaton! Second was Ehrenberg in the #4 Mickey Thompson/Fox Racing Shox Alumi Craft, with Jason Bates third in the #6 Wiks Racing Engines/Power Steering Solutions Foddrill. Fourth was McCullough in the #62 Stapleton Roofing/DA8 Training Foddrill, and fifth was Hardesty Jr.


Pro 2 Unlimited


In the final race of the weekend, Bryce Menzies was the beneficiary of a six-truck inversion of this afternoon’s qualifying results, as he got to start from pole after qualifying sixth. Menzies led at the end of lap one, with Brian Deegan, RJ Anderson, Myan Spaccarelli, and Rob MacCachren close behind. Deegan, back in action after missing the last two race weekends, moved right up to challenge Menzies in a big way in the first few laps, and on lap three, he sailed past Menzies over the big tabletop jump into turn five to grab the lead. However, that lead was short-lived, as Deegan then over-rotated in turn two on the next lap and fell back to second, with Anderson then coming alongside to challenge Deegan for that spot. The two battled hard through turn three, with Anderson coming out just ahead, before Deegan then plowed straight ahead at turn four and put one tire up over the outside rail, ending his competitive run, and bringing out a full course caution. It was hard to tell whether or not Deegan had some help in the incident, but he did come back out on track briefly later in the race, only to pull to the infield and park shortly afterwards. On the restart, it was now Menzies, Anderson, Spaccarelli, MacCachren, and Carl Renezeder in the top five, but when Renezeder lost control in the whoop section on the restart lap, Jeremy McGrath got by him to move into fifth spot. Seconds later, Menzies then slowed suddenly as he got into turn four; a major mechanical failure ended his night, handing the lead to Anderson as another full course caution came out. After the restart lap, Renezeder got back past McGrath going into turn four to move up to fourth on lap 10, and on the next lap, MacCachren got a great run through the whoops to breeze past Spaccarelli and up to second place. Two laps later, Anderson then got wide coming out of turn three, and seizing an opportunity, MacCachren got inside and kept Anderson wide, until MacCachren got by and took over the lead in his #21 Rockstar Energy Drink/Makita Industrial Power Tools Ford. On lap 16, Anderson then slowed over the jump between turns one and two, and as Spaccarelli and Renezeder quickly got past him, it was now apparent that Anderson’s right front suspension had failed him. Just behind, Doug Mittag then got by McGrath for fifth, and then Anderson for fourth. McGrath was the next to go past Anderson, but McGrath himself was also suffering with an issue, and so Eric Fitch got by McGrath for fifth on the same lap. Going into the final lap, it was now MacCachren, Spaccarelli, Renezeder, Mittag, and Fitch in the top five, but as they say, it ain’t over ‘til it’s over. On the last lap, Renezeder’s truck briefly caught fire over in turn four, but Renezeder was out of the truck very quickly, and with the race so close to the finish, the drivers were allowed to race to the checkered flag. Out front, MacCachren got the win and the sweep of the weekend, with Spaccarelli scoring a career best finish of second in his #12 Tonka/Amsoil Toyota. Third was Mittag in the #81 ProAm Racing Products/Walker Evans Racing Ford, fourth was Fitch in the #97 General Tire Chevrolet, and fifth was Patrick Clark in the #25 Budweiser/PRP Seats Chevrolet.


With that, our fifth race weekend of the season has come to an end. Up next, the series heads north once again, this time to the ultra high speed track just outside Sparks, NV: Wild West Motorsports Park. With speed and elevation gain and loss in spades, this track is unique within the series, and is a favorite amongst the drivers. Rounds 11 and 12 of the 2016 championship will take place here, and all in just three weeks’ time, so don’t delay: get your tickets now and get yourself to the Reno area to enjoy our next weekend of racing action!


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
 

Dirty*

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LUCAS OIL OFF ROAD SERIES EVENT SCHEDULE
WILD WEST MOTORSPORTS PARK,
AUGUST 13TH-14TH, 2016


SATURDAY, AUGUST 13TH, 2016

8:00 AM REGISTRATION/TECH OPEN

8:15 AM TRACK CREW SAFETY MEETING

8:30 AM TRACK CREW SAFETY MEETING

8:45 AM GATES OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

9:00 AM MANDATORY PRO / KART DRIVERS MEETING

9:15 AM – 9:25 AM MEDIA SAFETY BREIFING

TRACK INSPECTION (NO RACE VEHICLES)
9:30 AM

MOD KART QUALIFYING
PRO 4 QUALIFYING
PRO LITE QUALIFYING
PRO BUGGY QUALIFYING
PRO 2 QUALIFYING

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CREW LUNCH

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM DRIVER AUTOGRAPH SIGNING AT PODIUM

1:00 PM MOD KART RACE

2:00 PM OPENING CEREMONIES

PRO 4 RACE
PRO LITE RACE
PRO BUGGY RACE
PRO 2 RACE

30 MINS AFTER
LAST RACE

CHAPEL SERVICE – VIP AREA
EVERYONE IS WELCOME

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14TH, 2016

8:00 AM
CHAPEL SERVICE – VIP AREA
EVERYONE IS WELCOME

8:00 AM REGISTRATION/TECH OPEN

8:15 AM TRACK CREW SAFETY MEETING

8:30 AM GATES OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

8:45 AM MANDATORY PRO / KART DRIVERS MEETING

9:15 AM – 9:25 AM TRACK INSPECTION (NO RACE VEHICLES)

9:30 AM
MOD KART QUALIFYING
PRO 4 QUALIFYING
PRO LITE QUALIFYING
PRO BUGGY QUALIFYING
PRO 2 QUALIFYING

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CREW LUNCH

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM DRIVER AUTOGRAPH SIGNING AT PODIUM

1:00 PM MOD KART RACE

2:00 PM OPENING CEREMONIES
PRO 4 RACE
PRO LITE RACE
PRO BUGGY RACE
PRO 2 RACE
 

dhardesty

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This is really cool! Lucas Oil TV hooked us up with 360 camera at Glen Helen last weekend. You have to check this out on your smart phone. 360 degree video of #99 Pro Buggy Race Round 9 while leading the field! ENJOY!

 

Dirty*

Well-Known Member
This is really cool! Lucas Oil TV hooked us up with 360 camera at Glen Helen last weekend. You have to check this out on your smart phone. 360 degree video of #99 Pro Buggy Race Round 9 while leading the field! ENJOY!

Thanks Darren for sharing the video!
 

Dirty*

Well-Known Member
@cbstv is showing you a special re-air of the @lucasoiloffroad racing series : @rockstarenergy: Battle South of the Border. Watch your favorite Pro 2 and Pro 4 drivers battle it out on the track! Catch all the action this Saturday at 1:30 pm ET!
 
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