Rob Naughton And Team ReadyLift Racing Captures 5th Win Of The Season And 17th Career

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Rob Naughton And Team ReadyLift Racing Captures 5th Win Of The Season And 17th Career Win At Lake Elsinore, CA.

The heat was on in more ways than one when rounds 5 and 6 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) rolled into the newly-developed short course off road race facility in Lake Elsinore, CA.

The combination of an extra $10,000 purse for the Unlimited Lites and wanting to be the first to end Rob Naughton’s unbeaten winning streak, several former top Unlimited Lite drivers such as Kyle LeDuc and Rodrigo Ampudia along with TORC series top dog Marty Hart as well as LOORRS regulars Chris Brandt, Brian Deegan, Todd Cuffaro, Jimmy Stephenson and the rest of the Unlimited lites drivers took aim at beating the only undefeated driver in 2009 short course off road racing. The pressure was on in a big way with so much talent compressed into one highly competitive class.

Prior to the beginning of Round 5, Rob Naughton managed to pilot the Team ReadyLift Racing Ford into the lead spot after qualifying with a super fast time. But after drawing a number eight after qualifying the inversion order put Team ReadyLift Racing on the outside of row four for the start of Saturday's main event. When the green flag fell, “Fig” managed work the #54 ReadyLift Racing, Maxxis tires, Lucas Oil, KC HiLites, Edge Performance, RC10.com Ford into the number two position by the end of lap one. That was only the beginning of what would become a fierce battle for the lead. Rob kept the pressure on leader Brian Deegan while settling into a comfortable pace and waiting for the mandatory caution.

Following the mandatory caution it was time to take the seriousness up a notch. While jockeying for positions Rob dove inside of Deegan and took the lead in turn one. Drifting wide in turn two, Deegan managed to work back into the lead as Marty Hart made a charge to the front and joined the battle. Following a mistake and not making the 100ft triple into turn three, Hart got a run and moved into the number two spot as Rob fell back to the third position. Two laps later Naughton made a run at Hart diving inside on turn one with a bold, sweeping move. Hart dove down to protect the spot which resulted in contact that ultimately ended Hart’s day and damaging the rear end on the #54 truck. Despite the ill handling suspension from the contact, Naughton made a charge for Deegan. When the white flag was waved, Deegan and Naughton were bumber to bumper in front of a standing crowd. But a wheel stand by Naughton who was digging hard ultimately gave Deegan the cushion he needed to win his first Career Unlimited Lite race and allowed Rodrigo Ampudia to slip by for second.

Although slightly disappointed, Rob gave it everything he had with what he had to work with and a 3rd was the best we could manage. We anticipate that this won’t be the last time that Deegan and Naughton are both hunting for the lead against one another.

For Sunday's round 6 main event, Rob in a freshened up race truck managed to qualify in the 3rd spot and with another number eight drawn for the inversion. This put the Team ReadyLift Racing Ranger on the outside of row three in the number six position. When the green flag dropped Rob got a great jump and used the momentum to blow past several front runners while snatching the number two position exiting turn one behind Brandt. Exiting turn two, Naughton managed to pass Brandt taking the lead going into turn three. From there Rob worked on hitting his marks and sticking to his lines while maintaining a growing lead over second place Rodrigo Ampudia. With Ampudia on his tail there is no time to drop the guard and relax.

Following the mandatory caution Rob tried to sprint from the start and gap the field. Apparently the battle between 2nd through 5th was fierce and with two laps remaining, a series of events that are only short memories captured in his rear view mirror. The mayhem between Ampudia, Deegan, Hart and Brandt essentially sealed the deal and allowed Rob to race unchallenged to the checkered flags, securing Team ReadyLift Racing’s 5th win of the year. Without a doubt, Rob’s crew is responsible for this win as their work getting the truck fixed after Saturday’s collision is an effort that is second to none.

This unbelievable start to the 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 RC10.com, PosterHanger.com, 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.

Be sure to attend Rounds 7 and 8 which will return to the fast and furious Lake Elsinore race facility. After all the excitement that took place this past weekend, you can bet the Unlimited Lites racing will be the best racing of the entire weekend.

For more information:
www.robertnaughton.com
www.lucasoiloffroad.com
www.readylift.com

Upcoming LOORS Race Events:
July 25 – 26 Kal Gard Motorsports Complex, Lake Elsinore, CA
October 17 – 18 Speedworld Off Road Park, Surprise, AZ
November 14 – 15 Primm Valley Motorsports Complex, Primm, NV
November 16 Championship Banquet, Primm, NV
 

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