San Bernardino, CA – LoanMart Racing heads to Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, Ca. July 26-28 for rounds 9 and 10 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. In order to beat the summer heat, the races are run after the sun goes down. The darkness and cooler temps can cause a challenge for some drivers but it falls right into the wheelhouse of LoanMart Racing’s Oscar Rodriguez.
Oscar got his start racing dirt track ovals under the lights, he knows a lot about dirt. “A couple weeks ago I ran a Lucas Oil Regional Series race after dark at Glen Helen and I loved it,” says Oscar, “The track was like cake, nice and moist. The dirt had great traction; my BFGoodrich tires were really hooking up. We have my Prolite truck right where I want it; the suspension, the power, I’m looking to be aggressive this weekend. The cooler temperatures after dark make it much better for the driver, that’s another reason I like it. I’m much more comfortable and able to focus everything on driving.”
For Austin Kimbrell, the Glen Helen race can’t come soon enough. “I’ve had success at Glen Helen in the past,” said Austin, “The truck is together and I’m definitely excited about this weekend.” His luck in rounds 7 and 8 in Utah went from bad to worse. He was black flagged on Saturday and suffered mechanical failure on Sunday. You can bet his LoanMart Pro-2 will be ready to go; he’s anxious to get back on track in more ways than one.
Corry Weller had some tough rounds in Utah as well but it didn’t faze her in the least. She loves the tight racing in the Pro-4 class and like Austin, she never backs down when things get rough. “We’ve fixed the damage from Utah and have done some testing in the meantime,” says Corry, “We made further changes to our engine tune, gearing and shock set–up. We are looking forward to seeing the difference they make at Glen Helen.”
It seems RJ Anderson has been doing some testing to his truck also. “We did some shock tuning to handle the loamy track conditions we get after dark,” said RJ, “Racing in the dark can be tricky. It messes with your vision. The dirt stays soft; you can’t always see the holes. Glen Helen is my home track so there are always lots of friends and family at the race but I’ve never done well there at night. I’m hoping to break that streak this weekend.” RJ had one of his best weekends of the season in Utah taking a victory on Saturday and second place on Sunday. Hopefully he can keep that momentum going at Glen Helen.
Rounds 9 and 10 will be the first night races in 2013 and mark the beginning of the second half of the season. With each race, opportunities to make a charge towards a championship get fewer. The sense of urgency creates an even more intense level of competition. The temperatures might be a little cooler at Glen Helen but the racing will be getting even hotter!