The Mastercraft Safety Off-Road Team had both big wins and frustration during the Lucas Oil Off-Road series rounds 3-4 in Surprise, AZ. The team consists of off-road legend Rob MacCachren, Pro-Lite standout Matt Loiodice, and Mastercraft Safety President Robbie Pierce.
Pro-2 champion Rob MacCachren shook off the funk from Rounds 1-2 and came out swinging, treating the crowd to some wild door-to-door racing action against Carl Renezeder, and former Pro-Lite champion Marty Hart on Saturday. On Sunday, Rob took the lead off the start, and managed to stay out front until the checkered flag. With a renewed confidence in his vehicle set-up Rob is going to be hard to beat all season. “It felt really good to be back in front. Rounds 1-2 were frustrating so winning both days here feels great,” stated the exuberant MacCachren.
Team owner and driver Robbie Pierce weathered the storm with rear starts both days to finish a respectable top ten, 7th on Saturday and 8th on Sunday. “Sometimes off-road racing is about surviving. It wasn’t pretty but we got to the finish line both days. I didn’t come into short course thinking I could podium right away. These guys are the best. I just want to continue to improve and be more competitive,” stated Pierce.
Pro-Lite standout Matt Loiodice had a rough weekend as well battling vehicle set up issues and traffic to finish 9th on Saturday. On Sunday, Loiodice managed to improve to a 6th place finish even after hitting Cameron Steele after he spun in front of him. “We had some vehicle set-up issues on Saturday that we got through. Trying to get through traffic Sunday was just wild. Not terrible, but not the results we wanted. We will be ready for Glen Helen,” stated Loiodice.
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Photos by Vince Knakal of Mad Media