Tooele, UT – The LoanMart Racing Team came to Tooele, Utah for rounds 7 and 8 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series prepared to give no quarter to the competition. The race marks the midpoint of the season. Opportunities to bank points towards the championship and to stand on the podium get fewer with every round. The fans were well aware of the stakes; they packed the grandstands both days to witness the action.
Sitting in fourth place in Pro-4 points coming into the weekend it was no time to take it easy for Corry Weller. “We were trying something new during practice on Saturday,” says Corry, “We were still making adjustments to the carb when we qualified; the truck still wasn’t working like we wanted.” Corry pushed the truck as hard as possible qualifying in the 8th spot. Ready to make her move early in the race on Saturday, the left front stub axle broke on the first lap leaving her with only three wheels pulling. She kept right on digging despite the unbalanced truck; fighting against the wheel for 15 laps until the checkered flag. The effort gave a 9th place finish and some valuable points.
In Sunday’s race Corry was battling to get up front. “It’s hard to pass on this track without a little contact,” said Corry, “I wound up with a bent rear trailing arm that bound up the rear suspension and eventually snapped a shock shaft.” She wound up with a broken truck and an 7th place finish. “It wasn’t the best weekend for us but the fans were great, the motor ran great and we are already making plans for Glen Helen.” said Corry.
In Pro-2, Austin Kimbrell had his own issues. He got tangled up with Robby Woods on Saturday and refused to back down. The officials thought it was too aggressive giving him the black flag. “I apologize to all my sponsors and crew for getting DQ’d,” said Austin, I should have taken it down a notch.” In Austin’s defense, it’s not easy to establish your place in the Pro-2 class. You are racing against the top drivers in the sport. You can’t afford to show any hesitation when trading a little paint.
Austin started in the back on Sunday and was charging to the front when his truck suffered a mechanical failure. “We were moving through the field when some major damage to the back of the truck took us out of the race,” said Austin, “We have some work to do to get it fixed but thanks to all the support we get from LoanMart, we’ll have the truck ready to go for Glen Helen.”
RJ Anderson was battling an illness the entire week before the event. He was still sick when he got to Tooele but his driving didn’t suffer. After arriving late, he got only two laps of xtpractice on Friday.
He then went out and took back-to-back podiums. He was running in second place when he pressured the leader into a mistake on the last lap picking up another victory on Saturday, his fourth win of the season.
He backed that up with a second place on Sunday. “I was really sick last week and flew out to the track at the last minute,” said RJ, “The crew had my LoanMart Prolite set up perfect for me.
It turned out to be our best weekend of the year. I’m anxious to take the momentum into rounds 9 and 10 in Glen Helen.”
Andrew Caddell was working hard to get Oscar’s LoanMart Prolite set up to his liking. He had a tough race on Saturday when he got mired in the pack dropping him to 16th at the finish. On Sunday he sliced through the pack and just missed the podium finishing behind Deegan in fourth place.
“The weekend went great,” said Andrew, “We were in contention both days. The team did a great job giving me a good truck. It was tough out there but I am so happy to have raced with the LoanMart Team and Kimbrell Racing.”
It was a rough race on everyone in Utah and with the season getting into full swing it’s not going to get any easier. The series heads to San Bernardino, California July 26-28 to do battle at the famous Glen Helen Raceway. The Glen Helen track demands constant attention from the drivers and gives non-stop action to the fans. Get your tickets early if you plan to attend.
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