ReadyLIFT® Racing Driver’s Experience Mayhem, Madness and a Massive Winning Celebration Under The Lights At Glen Helen Raceway
On a hot August weekend, short course off road racing legends and elite gathered for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing rounds 9 & 10 at Glen Helen Raceway. Among the legion of racers and teams all looking to stand on the coveted podium were Team ReadyLIFT® Racing’s Stronghold Motorsports drivers Rob “Fig” Naughton, Jeremy McGrath, Cameron Steele and Brandon Bailey.
Glen Helen Raceway has become Southern California’s premiere off road racing facility, packing in thousands of fans excited to witness the high speed, dirt destroying action that is short course off road. History has revealed this is a harrowing and technical track that can destroy trucks and egos without warning. Team ReadyLIFT’s Stronghold Motorsports teams have been working extra hard over the season, honing the set ups and continuing to capitalize with multiple wins and podiums finishes this year.
The highlight of the weekend unfolded on Sunday night’s round 10 Prolite race where ReadyLIFT® veteran driver Cameron Steele seized his first ever Prolite win! Cameron and his team have work extra hard this season to improve his short course skills. A winner in the desert, champion of the pro buggy division and of course well known commentator of the everything from off road racing to the X-Games, Steele has shown he definitely can race a truck on a close quarter track. Cameron has continued to improve race after race, nearly winning in Tooele, Utah in June. Winning his first ever Prolite race was just a matter of time.
Cameron Steele flying high to his first ever ProLite win
On Saturday in his Monster Energy/ReadyLIFT/Yokohama Tires Stronghold Prolite Cameron battled for the lead numerous times before being taken out by Ampudia. With only a few laps left Steele managed to muscle his way back up to a 4th place finish. This position carried over for the start of Sunday’s race where the starting inversion put Cameron on the pole. From the drop of the green flag Cameron led the entire race even with a win hungry Corey Sisler chomping on his rear bumper for much of the race. The battle to hold the lead was beyond epic!
The scene on and around the winner podium was emotionally immeasurable. Months of overcoming the loss of close friend Jeff “Ox” Kargola who shared his competitive spirit, Cameron expressed just how big this win really is for him and his family. Calling it a triumphant leap in confidence is an understatement. Thousands of fans who on this night witnessed this huge win for Steele and Stronghold Motorsports couldn’t agree more. Team ReadyLIFT® Racing is extremely excited and happy for Cameron Steele achieving a huge milestone in his racing career!
Rob “Fig” Naughton battling with Rob MacCachern
Fresh off a complete domination and full sweep of the two races in Tooele, Rob “Fig” Naughton and his Stronghold Motorsports/ReadyLIFT/Maxxis Tire/Lucas Oil 800 horsepower Ford Pro 2 race truck looked to extend this winning streak beyond the three events he has won so far this season. After winning the last two races in June, Rob was clearly one of the favorites to shine on this highly technical track. From the drop of the green flag in round 9 on Saturday, Naughton battled fiercely with rivals Deegan, MacCachern, Woods, Renezeder and Ampudia, all of which muscled their way around in a high octane fender bending session of musical race positions. Rob held a second place position for a period of time before being shuffled to third. At that point a chrome horn move by Deegan in turn two put Naughton back to fourth. The bullring effect continued all the way to the end where Naughton had to settle for a fifth place finish.
Sunday’s race didn’t fair much better as due to a technicality Naughton was forced to start at the rear of the field. Being punted once and an eventual flat tire near the end of the race relegated Naughton to a fifth place finish. While not the wining way Rob has become used to, we were all able to witness the racing prowess required to race from the back to the front pack, numerous times. Few teams and drivers can muster that level of competitive moxie.
Jeremy McGrath dominating the rythym section at Glen Helen Raceway
Seven-time Supercross champion Jeremy McGrath and his Stronghold Motorsports Monster Energy/ReadyLIFT/Toyo Tire Ford Pro 2 set some personal best qualifying times and looked to have one of the best performing trucks on the track. Hopes were high for the weekend’s events and it appeared McGrath had found his “racing zone”. While racing with the leaders on Saturday a mechanical problem forced Jeremy into the pits and doused his hopes for a chance at the win. Looking for redemption in Sunday night’s main event, McGrath raced hard from the rear of the field up to as high as fifth place before contact sent him spinning in turn 5, not once but twice. Jeremy would have to settle for finishing right behind teammate Naughton, both of whom are within striking distance of the championship points lead.
Finally, in the Pro Buggy division where Brandon Bailey pilots the Stronghold Motorsports/Lamb Energy/ ReadyLIFT/Yokohama tire super fast race buggies, Brandon showed he has vastly improved this season and can hang with the lead veterans. If it weren’t for a failed shock, chances are we would have been cheering to Brandon standing on the podium.
Team ReadyLIFT® Racing is extremely pleased and excited for all of our driver’s and teams. The entire Stronghold Motorsports organization and teams have shown they are not just racers, but winners. In a season filled with multiple wins and podium finishes, the most memorable will surely be Cameron Steele’s emotional first ever Prolite win on Sunday. Ultimately an effort that not only resonates throughout the short course off road racing community but also one that now puts Steele solidly in contention for the 2011 Prolite championship!
Next stop for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series will be in Surprise, AZ at the Speedworld Off Road Park on September 24-25, 2011. If you’ve never been to an LOORRS race, you definitely do not want to miss this fall fender banging event. Be sure to stop by the Stronghold Motorsports pits and meet the Team ReadyLIFT® Racing drivers! Until then, look for coverage from this weekend’s race on CBS, the Speed Channel, Versus, and MavTV.
Team ReadyLIFT Racing congratulates StrongHold Motorsports Cameron Steele for leading every lap to his first ProLite Win!!!
The 2011 Stronghold Motorsports Team:
Jeremy McGrath – Monster Energy/ReadyLIFT/Stronghold Motorsports Pro 2 Unlimited (Toyo Tires)
Rob Naughton – Stronghold Motorsports/ReadyLIFT/Lucas Oil Pro 2 Unlimited (Maxxis Tires)
Cameron Steele – Monster Energy/ReadyLIFT/Stronghold Motorsports ProLite Unlimited (Yokohama Tires)
Brandon Bailey – Stronghold Motorsports/Yokohama/LambEnergy/ReadyLIFT Pro Buggy (Yokohama Tires)