Rob Naughton and Team ReadyLift® Racing Return to Lake Elsinore; Wins Again


Bobby Earl
Date: 7/27/2009

From: ReadyLift® Suspension Inc., Santa Ana, CA

Re: Rob Naughton and Team ReadyLift® Racing Return to Lake Elsinore; Wins Again

For Immediate Release:
As the hot summer sun dipped beyond the mountains that tower over the fastest short course off road track in the West, every one of the sold out crowd on hand soon discovered that on this night stars weren’t only to be found in the cool night sky. The mean and fast Lake Elsinore facility where the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) competitors waged a no-holds-barred war of horsepower and driving prowess proved to be the location where memories were made and the stars shined brightly.

Coming off a dominating victory just one month ago at the same Lake Elsinore race facility, Robert Naughton and Team ReadyLift® Racing looked to continue the winning ways they have exhibited all year long in the highly competitive LOORRS Unlimited Lite class. After winning the first four races of the year, fellow UL drivers Chris Brandt, Brian Deegan, Todd Cuffaro and Rodrigo Ampudia, just to name a few, have seriously stepped up their game.

After qualifying in the blistering heat followed by the standard qualifying inversion which is decided by a randomly drawn number, Rob “Fig” Naughton and the Team ReadyLift® Racing #54 Ford lined up in the sixth position on the starting grid. A super fast race course, cooling evening air under the lights and a field of aggressive drivers all destined to take the lead proved that Saturday night racing under the lights is one of the greatest spectacles in auto racing.

When the green flag was tossed to the wind Rob immediately mounted a charge through the crowded corners, carefully navigating ReadyLift® Suspension, Maxxis Tires, Lucas Oil, KC HiLites, Edge Performance, Ford around the banging fenders and slick spots. One by one Naughton muscled the #54 Ford around and passed those he started behind. Nearing the front the battle became much more difficult as Brandt and Deegan were on rails and set on kill.

The mandatory caution bunched the field back up again which gave Naughton the chance he needed to mount a charge for the lead. One good move and he squeezed past Brandt. With his sights set on Deegan who had led the entire race, Naughton steered the #54 ReadyLift® Ford into different lines looking for an advantage. But time was running out.

With thousands of fans standing and cheering the efforts of the lead group on the final lap, Rob found the line he needed on the second to last turn. Deegan went wide while Rob took the inside and set up a beautiful slide move in the final lap to take the lead exiting the final corner. A floorboard-bending drag race down the front stretch ensued. When the coveted checkered flag waved it was Naughton and his ReadyLift® Racing, Maxxis tires, Lucas Oil, KC HiLites, Edge Performance, Ford edging out Deegan by one truck length and sealing the deal on win number six for 2009!
While winning his sixth LOORRS Unlimited Lite race of the year is impressive, what is even more impressive is that Rob pulled off the win with only 2nd and 4th gear and an engine that was about to give up the ghost. An epic effort from a Champion driver that resulted in also extending the Unlimited Lite points lead.

This unbelievable 2009 season would not be possible without the support of the great companies supporting Naughton in his bid to be the first Unlimited Lites Champion of the new Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. Those supporting companies include ReadyLift® Suspension, Maxxis Tires, Lucas Oil, KC Hilites, Edge Performance products, Team Associated,, Fox Racing Shox, Raceline Wheels, MasterCraft Seats, Belts and Suits, Esslinger Engineering,Dirt-Tech, HJC Helmets, Ringers Gloves, Leatt Brace, Action Auto Gearboxes, and Coconino Auto Supply, BMC Media, Kartek, SignPros, WebCam, and BlueMedia.

Four more races remain in the 2009 LOORRS season. Next up will be rounds 9 & 10 at SpeedWorld Off Road Park in Surprise, Arizona on October 17-18.

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Rob is one of best off road drivers out there. He can drive anything. Last year he won a pro 1600 race with 42 cars in the race and had about 5 miles of seat time. Keep it up good things will happen.

Rock Donkey

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Go Rob! Way to show the competition how to drive onto the top of the podium!;)