The Monster Energy Off Road Team headed to Las Vegas Nevada for Rounds 13&14 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series on the quest for a Championship.
Having won six straight rounds of racing in the 2012 season while only missing three podiums all year long, Monster Energy Pro 4 Unlimited racer #99 Kyle LeDuc was on a terror to prove that he indeed is the fastest driver on the track.
Never lacking intensity, LeDuc came to Las Vegas and put on an amazing show for the sold out crowd that could rival anything on the Vegas Strip.. While leading in Round 13, LeDuc suffered mechanical fatigue on the Monster Energy Pro 4 Unlisted #99. Although mechanical fatigue did slow LeDuc down, it would not take him out of the race. LeDuc continued to battle his way thought the field and was able to salvage a respectable 6th place finish.
In Round 14 LeDuc was back with a vengeance, and determined to retain his series points lead. When the green flag dropped Kyle LeDuc jumped out to an early lead once again, leading the competition by a minimum of 10 truck lengths at any one moments time. Coming in to the half way point in the race, the mandatory caution fag came out and the field of Pro 4 Unlimited trucks was reset and later unleashed for battle. LeDuc continued to dominate in his Monster Energy Pro 4 Unlimited until a slight slip up caused LeDuc to head straight for a k-rail on the outside of turn 4. Missing the wall by mere inches, LeDuc was able to compose himself just enough to retain the lead. Just 2 short turns later LeDuc would find himself down once again with mechanical failure. Kyle LeDuc was able to continue the fight to the finish and collect a hard earned 3rd place podium finish and would retain his series points lead.
LeDuc commented, “Third place isn’t where we want to be, we have the truck and the team to win every time and I’m bummed when we don’t get first”. Kyle LeDuc went on to say “ We are going into Firebird with the points lead and although we don’t have the gap that we had, we are still looking good going into the last round of racing, and hopefully we can take home this championship for Monster Energy”.
Pro Buggy Unlimited driver Cameron “PAB” Steele had an incredible weekend of racing walking away with a dominating first place victory in Round 13 and a controversial third place finish in Round 14.
“We’re pumped, we had an awesome weekend of racing and although we would have wanted a first place podium on Sunday, we’ll take what we can get at this point. The points title doesn’t mean anything to us because we had to miss the first round of racing due to the new addition in the family, so we’re going for broke, its all or nothing. All we can do is win at this point.” said Steele.
Pro Lite Unlimited racing action was by far some of the best racing that took place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Drivers Casey Currie and RJ Anderson proved once again that Monster Energy is at the top of the field in the Pro Lite division.
Coming off an amazing weekend of racing at Crandon International Raceway, Casey Currie was on a quest to continue his winning ways while Pro Lite Unlimited series points leader RJ Anderson looked to secure the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Championship.
Between the duo, they were able to go 4 for 4 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Currie continued his winning ways in Round 13 and Monster Energy teammate RJ Anderson could collect a respectable second place finish and increase his points lead to 54 in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.
Round 14 was monumental for Monster Energy athlete RJ Anderson. Anderson started the race in the pole position and at the drop of the green flag he took the lead and never looked back. Anderson would go on to finish the race in the first place position and secure the 2012 Series Points Championship and become the Pro Lite Unlimited Champion in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. Casey Currie would also see the podium, but Round 14 he would have to settle for second place, right behind fellow teammate RJ Anderson.
The Pro 2 Unlimited class saw three Monster Energy Off Road Team members; 7 time AMA Supercross champion Jeremy “Showtime” McGrath, Cameron “PAB” Steele (filling in for Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg) and Monster Energy newcomer Rodrigo Ampudia “Rod Amp”.
The stacked field of 900 horsepower Pro 2 Unlimited’s put on quite a show for the fans of Las Vegas. The twelve lap main event played host to some of the best racing we have seen all season long and took an incredible amount of skill and patients to battle though the carnage. Jeremy McGrath and Monster Energy were able to salvage one top ten finish for the weekend while Monster Energy newcomer “Rod Amp” and Cameron Steele fell just outside of the top 10 in Round 13.
The Monster Energy Off Road Race Team heads to Phoenix Arizona on October 27th and 28th for the last and final round of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at Firebird Raceway. All bets are off.
Words by Adam “Gunnslinger” Gunn
Photography by Vincent Knakal of Mad Media