Riverside, California (September 26, 2012) – Stronghold Motorsports nineteen year old off road racing phenom, RJ Anderson became the youngest professional champion in Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series history when he captured the 2012 ProLite division championship on Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Anderson collected his fifth victory of the season in Round 14 along with a second place result the previous day in Round 13 bringing his total number of podium finishes to ten. Anderson’s impressive weekend performance solidified the ProLite title even while one round of racing remains in the season’s title chase. Cameron Steele made his fifth consecutive trip to the podium on Saturday after collecting his second ProBuggy win of the season in Friday night racing action under the lights in front of the capacity crowd in Las Vegas.
Beginning the weekend with a significant lead in the season long ProLite title chase, RJ Anderson entered Round 13 focused on victory while avoiding catastrophic contact in the largest field of vehicles in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. Maintaining his composure at the start of the race, he battled from his seventh place starting position to place himself into podium contention. In a race mired by caution flags, Anderson jockeyed for the lead until being passed late in the race. Not to be discouraged, he held his position through the checkered flag bringing home the second place trophy and further extending his lead in the division.
“I really wanted to win this race,” said Anderson after Friday night’s event. “But with so much bumping and banging on the track, I just knew that I had to be a little more defensive and think about the championship. We had to keep moving forward through the pack and stay focused. I do know that this finish has brought us one step closer to our objective.”
Starting Saturday’s Round 14 in the pole position, Anderson gave little doubt that this was to be his night as he raced uncontested while maintaining a sizable lead throughout the fourteen lap main event. Bringing home the win, Anderson and the team celebrated the history making victory that solidified his place in the record books. For Anderson, his ProLite championship represents the culmination of an off road developmental career that has included TrophyKart, UTV and the SuperLite spec series racing.
“When I was younger, I would watch ProLite races and imagine what it would be like to race against the best guys in the class. I’d look at the impressive list of names and the people that had won ProLite championships and many of them have since gone on to become icons of short course off road racing. Being so young and with my name now among these drivers, it just shows that with great support, hard work and dedication, you can accomplish your goals.”
Building on the team’s trophy count for the weekend, Cameron Steele continued his assault on the ProBuggy field that has netted him five straight podium finishes to bring his season tally to seven. While Friday’s race found Steele starting on the pole, the 2010 ProBuggy class champion quickly left competitors vying for the runner up spot as he shot out with the lead and never looked back for his second victory of the season.
Saturday night’s action was a different story completely as the entire ProBuggy field took on a seemingly no-holds barred approach to the main event. While Steele inserted himself into the fray and spent his evening dicing with competitors, caution flags and carnage continued to reshuffle the pack. When the dust settled, it was Steele finishing in third position taking his sixth opportunity to stand on the box in the last seven rounds of racing.
Other highlights from the weekend included seven time supercross champion, Jeremy McGrath racing to a 6th place finish in Round 13 before both he and the #8 Supercross.com/Loctite truck of action sports icon, Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg became caught up in an early crash eliminating them both from competition early in the next round.
Larry Job scored 12th and 10th place results in the eighteen car ProBuggy field to maintain his top ten spot in the class standings.
Garrett Poelman finished the weekend with fourth and sixth place results in the spec SuperLite class while eight year old Madix Bailey in his Kart finished round 13 and 14 in the 6th and 8th spots respectively.
The 2012 Stronghold Motorsports Monster Energy Off Road Racing Team
Jeremy McGrath (Toyo Tires)
Cameron Steele (Yokohama Tires)
RJ Anderson (Goodyear Tires)
The 2012 Stronghold Motorsports Supercross.com/Loctite/Toyo Tires Team
Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg (Toyo Tires)
Matt Cook (Toyo Tires)
Brandon Bailey (Toyo Tires)
Garrett Poelman (Toyo Tires)
Larry Job (Toyo Tires)
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