The brand new Wild West Motorsports Park lies just ten minutes outside of Reno, NV. The 1.2 mile track features over 100 ft. of elevation with four turns, two massive jumps and three moto-style kickers, a new style rhythm section and massive custom built stands. The most spectacular short course track built to date, this track was specifically designed to showcase the incredible vehicle dynamics of Pro-4, Pro-2, and Pro-Lite. The stands were packed as The Monster Energy Off-Road Team entered the virgin course ready to wage war.
Casey Currie managed to win Saturday’s twenty vehicle Pro-Lite race in dominating fashion. “It feels good to finally have our truck dialed. We belong up front and on the podium at every race,” commented Casey. Casey’s teammate, young charger RJ Anderson, held onto second place despite mechanical issues during the race. “I had a MSD box fail and cut all the power to the truck. Fortunately we have two, so I just switched it over and got the truck going again.” In the Pro-4 race, Kyle Leduc charged through the field and battled off-road legend Carl Renezeder back-and-forth to take first. Leduc was able to hold onto first despite having a broken shock due to the massive jumps. Off-Road Ambassador Cameron Steele continued to show his driving acumen in battling the field of sixteen competitors to finish second in the Pro-Buggy class.
On Sunday, the massive field of Pro-Lites were reset and ready for battle. Once again RJ Anderson drove well all race in only his first full season in Pro-Lite battling back-and-forth for the lead ultimately finishing 3rd. Casey Currie fought mechanical issues during the race and was blacked flagged for exiting the hot pit without stopping. Cameron Steele put down clean laps and ran a clean race on Sunday, narrowly missing the top spot, finishing second and walking away from the weekend with two solid podiums. “I always want to finish first. It was a good battle, I am happy to be on podium,” stated Steele. During Sunday’s Pro-4 race Kyle Leduc got out front early and began running away with it until his back shock broke again due to the harsh flat landing jumps. Leduc still managed to finish forth in the wounded truck.
In Pro-2 Jeremy McGrath had a solid weekend of racing narrowly missing the podium finishing 5th both days. Class newcomer Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg finished 9th on Saturday and 7th on Sunday.
The Monster Energy Off-Road Team finished the weekend of racing with six podiums and two wins.
The next round of short course off-road will be at the legendary Crandon International Speedway August 30th – Sept 2nd.
Photography by Vincent Knakal of Mad Media