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Ricky Johnson Wins Rick Huseman Cup

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Today was the day offroad race fans came to Primm Nevada to honor two special people. Rick Huseman and brother Jeff.

With emotions high and and memories in their hearts, each racer lined up today to pay tribute the best way they know how, and that’s put on exciting racing.

Before the two cup races some championships needed to be decided in Prolite and Pro 4. The Prolite race started off the day with Keegan Kincaid leading the points race ahead of CJ Greaves. Going into this race CJ would need to finish well ahead of Kincaid to grab the podium, but halfway through the race he was forced to pull off due to a mechanical issue. With that Kincaid needed only to finish and following in his father Jeff’s footsteps is now your 2013 TORC Prolite Champion. Brad Lovell would take the win in the race ending his points season on a high note.

Prolite Results
1. Brad Lovell
2. Bradley Morris
3. Kyle Hart

The Pro 2 championship was decided yesterday as Bryce Menzies won his third consecutive championship beating out CJ Greaves. Though the title had already been given away, both racers didn’t hold back as they battled hard throughout the race. Menzies would pull out to an early lead but CJ inched closer and closer each lap, and eventually would get past Menzies in turn one with a few laps to go. Rob MacCachren who off the lead lap drove over a k-rail which put him back to last, fought he way back and would grab the last podium spot.

1. CJ Greaves
2. Bryce Menzies
3. Rob MacCachren

As it did last year, the Pro 4 race came down to the final weekend with Johnny Greaves and Ricky Johnson battling for the title. Though we all hoped it would come down to the final turn, luck would be on Greaves side as Johnson had to pull off the course early in the race. Greaves would put a cap in the championship hat as he took the race win and secured another Pro 4 Championship.

1. Johnny Greaves
2. Scott Douglas
3. Rob MacCachren

The first cup race of the day would be the Prolite Traxxas Cup and it would set the tone for the rest of the day. Raphael Navarro would jump out to an early lead with Brad Lovell, and CJ Greaves close behind. Navarro would have to sideline his truck with some sort of issue which gave CJ the lead. Greaves would begin to put a gap on Lovell who had Jerrett Brooks and Kyle Hart hot on their tail. Eventually like Navarro, Greaves would have to pull of course which gave Lovell the lead and he never looked back. On the podium Lovell said, “I almost killed myself a few times out there but I wanted this so bad I wasn’t going to let it slip away.” Lovell credited his team who always put in a big effort and also Dan Huseman who helped with setting the truck up.

Prolite Traxxas Cup Results
1. Brad Lovell
2. Kyle Hart
3. Jerret Brooks

The Rick Huseman Memorial Cup began with Rick’s truck being paraded around the course by brother Kevin Huseman. Kevin took one solo lap, followed by another lap with the safety trucks and full field of Pro 2 and Pro 4’s behind him giving the legend tribute.

For this race there was a Lemans start, which meant all trucks would be lined up side by side and start from a stand still. The Pro 2’s left the line and 15 seconds later the bad boys of short course, the Pro 4’s would get a green flag. The question is always how long until the Pro 4’s catch the Pro 2, and for this race the Pro 2 leader Bryce Menzies held them off for quite some time. The final half of the race was a Redbull vs. Monster showdown with Bryce Menzies and CJ Greaves trying to hold off Kyle Leduc, Ricky Johnson, and Johnny Greaves. Leduc would eventually pick Menzies off and it took another few laps for teammate Ricky Johnson to get by Menzies.

Just like last years cup race in Antelope Valley it would come down to Leduc and Johnson. With 5 laps to go the right rear tire on Leducs truck was being held on by wires with all the tread being torn off, which slowed him down in left turns as he didn’t want to risk getting a flat. Johnson still didn’t have anything for him as he kept up his lead, but on the final lap with two turns to go Leduc’s truck would pop out of gear and while only slowly for a little, it was all Johnson needed to get by him. Leduc hammered down and tried to catch him but Johnson would cross the finish line first, and win his second Rick Huseman Memorial Cup in as many years.

Rick Huseman Memorial Cup Race Results
1. Ricky Johnson (Pro 4)
2. Kyle Leduc (Pro 4)
3. Bryce Menzies (Pro 2)

Photos by Jason Zindroski of HighRev Photography

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