It was a beautiful day out at the newly renamed Wildhorse Pass Motorsports Park (formerly Firebird Raceway), and racers in all classes were eager to get back out in the dirt. For 2014 LOORRS decided to change from a 3 day event to 2 day, putting practice and qualifying in Saturdays schedule. The hope is to give the fans more things to see on the track and give them more bang for their buck.
Pro 2 was the first race after opening ceremonies and it looked as though Bryce Menzies would be a sure for the win after grabbing the lead early, but a mechanical problem in the rear suspension forced him to pull off. Rockstar’s Rob MacCachren and Brian Deegan were right there behind him waiting for a mistake and both capitalized on the problem. Both drivers would give it all they had but ultimately MacCachren finished first and started the season with a points lead. Greg Adler would grab the last podium spot and go into his Pro 4 race with some momentum.
In today’s Pro Buggy race the word of the day was Funco. Brother Garret and Chad George would step out to an early lead and go back and forth swapping the lead until Chad would miss a shift and let brother Garret get around him. They would cross the finish line 1-2 and celebrate together on the podium. Bradley Morris who is no stranger to the podium would round out your top three.
The theme for Prolite was the same as its been all last season. The now veteran Brian Deegan would grab the lead early and would have in tow the young guns of the sport. Rookie Myles Cheek (and defending Mod Kart champ) who at 16 years old showed he has respect for the sport as he raced Deegan cleanly and never took any cheap shots to get around him even though he had the chance. After qualifying second today he finished in the same position right after Deegan and only a car length behind. Friends and two other former Trophy Kart kids Sheldon Creed and RJ Anderson battled hard behind Deegan and Cheek for the last podium spot, and in the end Creed squeezed his way around RJ and got on the box.
After his third place in Pro 2, Greg Adler would push his Pro 4 even harder grabbing the lead early. Kyle Leduc would be right behind him and would finally get around him about halfway through the race and from there he found and extra gear and never looked back on the field. Eric Barron would do what he could to try and catch Leduc but in the end he didn’t have enough for him. After rolling earlier in the race Ricky Johnson would fight his way back through the pack and finish third behind Barron.
Tomorrow is another full day of short course racing so stay tuned!