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Corona, CA (March 10th, 2010)
Fitzgerald Beats The Spread In Sin City
Any wise guy will tell you, play the odds and bet on the favorite. The action typically pays out even money and you can easily cover the wager. A well informed sports bet is closely related to a well prepared race car driver. Have your equipment in competitive order and hold a confident hand; you increase your odds of winning.
The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Limited Buggy division is full of top players that could cover the action and take home the pot, including 2009 defending champion Bruce Fraley, a very fast Kenny Freeman, and a highly competitive Curt Geer. Also new to the class and notable desert racer as a wheel-man for the Desert Assassins (Trophy Truck / Buggy) and COPS Racing (Class 1), Justin “Bean” Smith posed a major threat. The opening lap of the Limited Buggy Round 1 revealed that there were a number of fair bets that could wager a win. Everyone played their angles and jockeyed for position. Freeman took the holeshot, but by Lap 3 “Bean” had claimed the lead. Fitzgerald kept it cool starting from 6th and lap by lap knocked off his competition. By Lap 4, John had pressed up and acquired the 2nd position. In any game, strategy favors the experienced player. During the restart after the Mandatory Caution, Fitz went head to head with “Bean” and assumed the lead. John Fitzgerald collected the victory and took home the 1st place Mav TV Trophy Award also claiming the fastest lap time.
“After the red flag of the first start, I knew I had a flat tire from getting collected with another car,” Explained Fitzgerald. “I raced to the hot pits and borrowed a tire from the Freeman Team. The replacement tire was not even the same setup as on my car. It could have cost us the race but thanks to the Freeman Crew we made the restart and went on for win. You can bet we will have a spare next time.”
Due to unfavorable weather, Sunday’s start order was determined by Saturday’s race results inverted (first 3 rows).
Fitzgerald started Lap 1 in fourth, while Kyle Lucas, in Fitzgerald’s previous car, chased John in fifth. From there the #314 Mav TV Buggy diced up through the field and by Lap 2 had bullied his way into 2nd. For the next seven Laps, Fitzgerald held his hand. Again on the restart, John called “Beans” bluff who was fishing for the lead and upped the ante. Fitzgerald had the juice and beat Justin “Bean” Smith in the Menzies Machine straight up. John would run the table for the rest of the race and put #314 Hart and Huntington Buggy on top for a pair of snake eye wins sweeping the weekend and bringing home the third 1st place finish of the weekend for Premiere Motorsports Group.
John Fitzgerald has proven to be one of the most consistent drivers of the Lucas Oil Off Road Series. Betting on John to win at least one of the two 2010 LOORS opening rounds sounds like a sure thing. Winning both events sounds like a high roller doubling the action. By the end of Sunday’s Limited Buggy Race, it was clear that there is something more than beginner’s luck that pushes the Mav TV Hart and Huntington #314 to the winners circle. Fitzgerald beat the spread and a full field of talented drivers piloting competitive race cars to double up and sweep the weekend.
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 LucasOilOffRoadRacing.com
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