2011 Lucas Oil Regional Series So Cal Finals

Saturday, October 1st saw a diverse and highly energized group of racers assembled for the final race of the Lucas Oil, Southern California Regional series at Glen Helen raceway in San Bernardino. Some came to increase their points lead and hopefully take home a championship while others, with nothing to lose, would be going all out for the win. The regional series has a run-whatcha-brung format that welcomes all types of vehicles from typical short course classes like super buggys and pro-2’s to 4 wheel drive, Ultra4 rock racers. The result is strange mix of vehicles on the track at times but the ultimate goal is to both help develop drivers for the professional short course ranks and to give everyone who can pass tech a chance to compete door to door on a groomed, purpose-built track.

To add to the already charged atmosphere the 1450 trucks would be back on the track for the Beehive Sports Bar 1450 classic II.  The classic would pit 25 long travel desert trucks against each other for bragging rights, trophies, cash and prizes. Whatever the motivation, the racing was intense in every class. You can’t get any closer than in the Black Rhino Unlimited UTV class where Tyler Winbury and Taylor George wound up tied for the season at 199 points each to earn co-champion honors. Andrea Pathiakis came from behind to take the Icon Vehicle Dynamics Mini Stock truck class over Garrett Goorsky by only 2 points. The competition in the Beehive Classic was tougher than ever and yet Ryan Desautels backed up his win in the inaugural event with another victory to remain undefeated. At the end of the day there were champions crowned, egos bruised and a few battered vehicles but not a bad time had by anyone. The happy hour and concert after the race was a chance to celebrate the winners and to make plans for the next season that won’t come soon enough for many.


The 2011 Lucas Oil, Southern California Regional Series champions

1600 Desert Buggy     Jason Helms

Alumi Craft Limited Buggy    Curt Geer

A.M. Ortega JR-1 Karts       Travis Pecoy

Black Rhino Unlimited UTV      Tie between Tyler Winbury and Taylor George

Camburg Mini Open Truck       Brian Cannon

CMI Jr-2 Karts     Myles Cheek

Desert Buggy     Michael Meachum

Full Stock       JJ Hanson

Icon Vehicle Dynamics Mini Stock Truck        Andrea Pathiakis

Lite Buggy/ Class 9    Steve Lang

Open V8       Kevin Sacalas

Pilots      Steve Bucaro

Pro Buggy       Randy Minnier

SR-1     Bryan Osborn

Superlite      Sheldon Creed

Synergy Electric Mod Kart    Sheldon Creed

Beehive Classic II       Ryan Desautels


Photos by Mike Ingalsbee & Kelly St.Clair, Mikes Race Photo.com

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  • October 4, 2011
Thank you so very much to everyone at Lucas Oil! The regional series gave me the chance to follow my dream of racing. I have started out racing a Pilot this year and won the Championship my first season. But it wouldn't even be possible if it weren't for the Lucas Oil Regional Series! Thank you Lee, Ken, Scott, Poppy, and everyone who made this possible. I plan on seeing you all in 2012!!!!

Thank you,

Steve Wheels Bucaro