Greenville, SC – Over a two weekend stretch, drivers on BFGoodrich Tires® claimed 12 wins in Pro Class short course off road racing. With seven wins and 22 podiums, BFGoodrich Tires took the weekend at Rounds 4-6 of the Traxxas TORC Series at Bark River, Mich. A week later, drivers on the tires claimed five more wins and 10 podium spots at Rounds 7 and 8 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah.
Team BFGoodrich members Rob MacCachren and Bryce Menzies were joined by Ricky Johnson, Mark Jenkins, Luke Johnson, and Sheldon Creed claiming wins in their respective classes over the past two weeks.
Near the midpoint in both series, BFGoodrich Tires sits atop the standings in three classes in the Traxxas TORC Series. Ricky Johnson has claimed three of six races and leads the Pro 4 class while Menzies holds the top spot in Pro 2, just ahead of MacCachren. Luke Johnson has a strangle hold of the Pro Buggy class, claiming all four race wins.
In the Lucas Oil series, MacCachren is atop the standings in the Pro 2 class with four wins and also sits second in the Pro 4 class. Others within striking distance for class championships include Sheldon Creed (3rd in Pro Lite) and Steven Grienke (2nd in Pro Buggy).
We are very happy to be part of the early season success for drivers on our tires in the off road short course racing,” said Peter Calhoun, BFGoodrich Tires motorsports manager. . “It is especially gratifying for BFGoodrich to see the top step of the podium in all four Pro classes not only with our long-time friends, such as Rob MacCachren, but also the young up and comers Sheldon Creed and Luke Johnson.”
The racing weekends were highlighted by an incredible stretch by MacCachren, who recently came off a seventh place finish at the SCORE Baja 500 desert race. At the TORC Series race in Bark River, MacCachren recovered from running in the middle of the pack in Round 3 on Friday to put in one of the most memorable Pro 2 races in recent memory. After taking a spill on the first lap that put his Traxxas Truck into an infield creek sideways, MacCachren took advantage of the caution and got upright, rolled into his pits and beat the restart. He then proceeded to pick drivers off one-by-one on the long course and took advantage of a battle for first between CJ Greaves and Menzies with just three laps to go for an incredible – “pond to podium” win.
“I lost vision there for a moment trying to grab the tear off, I was pretty far sideways, I tried to save it and I realized, I’m gone, I was headed toward the water! Next thing I know I am in the creek” explained Rob.
The next week, MacCachren dominated Pro 2 at the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series in Utah, claiming back to back wins.
In Pro Buggy, BFGoodrich Tires continues to run well behind Luke Johnson who claimed three wins in the Traxxas TORC Series at Bark River. In two of those races, BFGoodrich Tires swept the podium.
The next short course competition will occur at the Traxxas TORC race in Crandon, Wisc. on Jun 28-30.