The sun blared down on the track in Las Vegas for Round 13 of the Lucas Oil Offroad Racing Series. The desert heat slowly started too cool as the sun set behind the mountains giving cooler temperatures for the fans, but the racers made sure keep up the heat on the track. With hard battles all night, the Las Vegas locals witnessed some great battles on the track as championships are coming to a close and tensions rise.
In the Pro 4 race Ricky Johnson got out to an early lead grabbing the whole shot from Rob MacCachren, Carl Renezeder and Kyle Leduc. Johnson would hold on to the lead for the majority of the first half of the race but was forced to pull off for a mechanical issue. Points leader Kyle Leduc and Carl Renezeder had some contact in a turn causing both to lose some track position with Renezeder eventually pulling off. Leduc charged hard to gain position back and would eventually work his way back up to the lead group. With Johnson out of the way, Rob Mac took the lead but was short lived as he went a lap down, and Doug Fortin (coming off his first pro 4 win last round in Reno) stole the #1 spot.
Proving you can never count him out, Rob Mac worked his way back up through the field to hunt down Fortin, and in the last turn of the last lap would get by Fortin. Officials however felt the contact Rob Mac put on Fortin was excessive and black flagged him giving Fortin the win with Greg Adler and Todd Leduc rounding out the podium.
Pro 4 Results
1. Doug Fortin
2. Greg Adler
3. Todd Leduc
Prolite had one of the largest field of the year with TORC regular Jerett Brooks playing with the west coast boys and Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg returning to the series. The race started off cleanly with Brian Deegan making it through turn 1 out front with 20+ Prolites chasing him down. Casey Currie would be the first to come close to challenging Deegan and about halfway through the race got a little to close and helped Deegan spin out into a k-rail. A pumped up Deegan would back his truck up but with the whole field behind him and being on the downside of a blind jump a few trucks would make contact with Jeff Hoffman ending up on his roof. Before the restart Lucas officials made the decision to give Deegan back his position up front and while he held on to it a few more laps, motor issues would slow him down.
Behind him Jerett Brooke who was hanging in the top 4 most of the race took advantage and powered his Prolite to the front. Sheldon Creed who had to head to the hot pits earlier in the race because of a window net issue went from dead last all the way to second. RJ Anderson who started up front followed in Brooks shoes and took advantage of the carnage in front of him and managed to finish off the podium. All three started their offroad career in Trophy Karts, and now in Prolite they are a force to be reckoned with.
1. Jerett Brooks
2. Sheldon Creed
3. RJ Anderson
The final race of the show was Pro 2, and Las Vegas boy Bryce Menzies put on a clinic. From the start he took the lead and slowly gained position on the rest of the group making it look easy at his hometown track. With Menzies checking out the real battle was for the second and third positions. Another local Patrick Clark held off always fast Rob Mac and Brian Deegan for most of the race, but eventually Mac got around Clark, and with a few laps to go Deegan would put on a pass in turn 3 that would leave Clark out of a podium spot.
Pro 2 Results
1. Bryce Menzies
2. Rob MacCachren
3. Brian Deegan
Photos by Jason Zindroski of HighRev Photography