With Rounds 13&14 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series less than a week away, a breaking point is inevitable for those looking for a championship in 2012.
As if there wasn’t enough drama in the points standings, there are multiple racers in each Pro Class that can snatch a championship at any one moments notice if the leaders have just one minor slip-up. Needless to say; Kyle LeDuc, Rob MacCachren, Brian Deegan, and Rj Anderson will be looking over their shoulder as others look to take the championship points lead.
Just when we thought that the screaming Toyota of Eric Barron was going to be able to make a charge at the championship, the Wild West (Reno track) wasn’t so nice to the charismatic Barron. Although Kyle LeDuc is sitting pretty in the championship points lead, older brother Todd LeDuc has been consistent all year long and is sitting just 23 points behind Kyle as he makes his own run for the Pro 4 Unlimited championship.
The closest battle for the championship comes from the Pro 2 Unlimited division. Last years champ Brian Deegan and 2010 champion Rob MacCachren are tied for the lead with Marty Hart (who has lead in points for the majority of the season) just a mere 13 points outside of the lead. 2011 came down to the final race at Firebird Raceway where Deegan unintentionally took out Rob MacCachren in the last round or racing and clinched the 2011 LOORRS Championship. Will the 2012 Pro 2 Unlimited championship bring drama between Deegan and MacCachren once again? We’ll have to see who goes “all in” in Sin City.
Without a doubt the biggest field and most entertaining racing of the 2012 LOORRS season has come from the Pro Lite Unlimited division. Anybody in the top ten can win at any one moments notice. The competition is so tough that the teams that have switched to the stock sealed V8 powerplant have had to find new ways to put the power to the ground while those with the fire breathing “4bangers” have had no choice but to convert to the stock sealed V8 powerplant in order to run up front. One lone wolf remains in the 4-cylinder configuration (Chris Brandt) after teams like Jimmy Stephensen’s Nissan and Kyle Lucas’s Ford went under the knife just after Round 12 in Reno in order to make way for the V8 powerplant. Coming off an absolutely monumental weekend for himself at Crandon International Raceway, Casey Currie looks to continue his hot streak and make a charge for the title in Vegas. Can points leader RJ Anderson hold the points lead, or will the youngster hit one too many times and bust?
No matter what the outcome is in Rounds 13&14 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, racers are going to run as hard as they can in order to win a championship and hope they just don’t crap-out in the process.
Words by Adam “Gunnslinger” Gunn
Photography by Vincent Knakal of Mad Media