The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series made its way into the heat of Las Vegas Nevada for Round 3 of the 2013 season.
Pro 4 Unlimited racing kicked off the day at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a ten truck field and electrified the compactly crowd with a 4-wheel ballet of horsepower and finesse. With the latest improvements to the already technical track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the added features were sure to be an equalizer.
Greg Adler and Eric Barron led the field to the green flag and it would be Adler who would get the early lead on lap one. Sitting tight behind the leaders were the brothers of Kyle and Todd LeDuc. As the field made its way through lap 1 it was apparent that there was a definite mechanical issue with the Pro 4 #99 of Kyle LeDuc.
When asked what went wrong, LeDuc responded with “these parts some of the most innovative out there, you can’t just call your local parts store and order one up”. Kyle LeDuc was able to salvage a 6th place finish and avoid all potential carnage.
The true battle of the day was between Carl Renezeder and Rob MacCachren after race leaders Greg Adler and Eric Barron ended up taking themselves out of the lead just after the half-way caution. Renezeder and MacCachren were in an all out dog fight to the bitter end. Carl Renezeder would stand on top of the podium once again and leave Rob MacCachren to settle for a second place finish. Corry Weller would round out the podium and salvage a podium finish after nearly being taken out by the rear of the field.
The Pro Lite field was next to do battle at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. With 27 trucks in the track and RJ Anderson (2012 LOORRS Champion) sitting in the 21st position and some very fast guys up front; RJ and the rest of the field would have their work cut out for them.
Deegan, Beat and Creed led the pack into turn one and before the end of lap one Brian Deegan would soon lead the entire field. Lap 5 would bring out a full course caution and allow for Sheldon Creed to catch back up to Brain Deegan who had checked out from the rest of the field. When the green flag dropped Sheldon Creed instantly put the pressure on Deegan causing him to slip up in turn 4 and leave the door wide open for Creed to make the pass.
After a full course Red flag, Deegan would get the early jump and hold off Sheldon Creed. Creed stalked Deegan all the way to the final lap and made his move two turns away from the finish line. After setting up the pass, Creed ran the low line on the final corner and had the speed and momentum to steal the win. Unfortunately for Creed he got a little help from the back and caused him to spin exiting the final turn. Brian Deegan would go on to win the race followed by Casey Currie and Noah Fouch.
Hometown hero Rob MacCachren would qualify his Pro 2 and Pro 4 in the first place position for Round 3 of racing action. The Pro 2 race started right where the Pro 4 race left off. McCachren and Renezeder quickly went to battle and brought Brian Deegan right along with them. They were in a field of their own, the trio checked out from the rest of the field and would beat and bang their way to the mandatory caution half way through the race.
Shortly after the restart, young rebel Robby Woods wasn’t afraid to put a door on the season veterans. Robby’s fierce moves to the front of the field would soon pay off as he would find himself running in clean air and at the front of the field. As luck would have it, Woods would go end over end in turn two and let the trio of Deegan, MacCachren and Renezeder continue to wage war.
When the dust settled and the fiberglass body parts settled on the track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway; Rob MacCachren would end up on top of the podium followed by Pro Lite winner Brian Deegan and Pro 4 winner Carl Renezeder.
Round 3 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series was a scorcher in the Las Vegas heat. With one more day of racing action for the weekend, the season is still young and anything can happen… It’s Vegas, anything is possible.
NOTE: Rob MacCachren and Greg Adler immediately hopped on a plane and headed straight to Los Angeles for Round 2 of The Stadium Super Truck series pulling triple duty impressing the off road community yet again!
Words by Adam “Gunnslinger” Gunn
Photos by Jason Zindroski