Deegan-THUMB-Short-Course-4-8-14This past weekend Brian Deegan and the #38 Rockstar Energy Drink/Makita Power Tools Ford took to Wild West Motorsports Park for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series’ Rounds 11 and 12. This is the second time that the LOORRS has visited the Reno, Nev. track this season. Last time Deegan was here, he swept the podium in Pro 2. As the LOORRS season winds down, Deegan was ready to make every lap count toward his Championship run.

As the reigning Pro Lite Champion, Deegan would love nothing more than to make it two in a row. However, coming into Reno, he sat behind points leader Sheldon Creed. When the pressure is on, Deegan performs and that was clear in Round 11 of Pro Lite. He to the #38 Ford straight to the lead. After a restart, Casey Currie tried to make a run at first, but Deegan easily fended him off. While Deegan continued to pull away from the pack, another restart on lap 10 would give RJ Anderson a chance to battle the Rockstar Energy Drink machine. Deegan and Anderson ran side by side for much of lap 10, but again it was Deegan who pulled away in first.

Before the checkered flag flew, Currie tried, unsuccessfully to get a solid handle on the lead. Deegan was driving like the Champion he is and held him off for a hard-fought win.

The #38 Rockstar Energy Drink/Makita Power Tools Ford was on point in Reno. Deegan quickly took the lead in Round 11’s Pro 2 event. He led until lap 7 when Bryce Menzies made a sudden move to take over the lead. Deegan never let him get too far ahead, however, and regained the lead on the restart after a lap 13 caution. After that it was all Deegan as he drove to his sixth win of the season.

As the action returned under the lights on Saturday night, Deegan was looking to continue his sweep. In Pro Lite Unlimited, the fight was as fierce as always. As the frontrunners shifted positions, Deegan bided his time, waiting for the right moment to make his move. When he did, he did so in style, with an incredible mid-air pass to take over third from Sheldon Creed.

Deegan battled it out for second with Myles Cheek after Casey Currie passed Cheek for the lead. Deegan and Cheek swapped positions a couple of times before Cheek bicycled at turn two, relinquishing second for good. Currie was running in front unopposed, but wouldn’t stay that way long, as Deegan was watchful for his chance to take over the lead. As the white flag flew, Currie suffered a shredded right rear tire, leaving the position wide open for Deegan to motor past and take the checkered flag for his third win of the weekend.

As the night wrapped up with Pro 2 Unlimited, the #38 Ford was ready to rock and roll from the third starting position. Deegan moved up to second following the aftermath of an early battle between leaders Bryce Menzies and Patrick Clark. Deegan held onto second easily until lap 15 when Rob MacCachren began putting on pressure. However, Deegan’s intelligent defensive driving was giving MacCachren no chance. On lap 19, MacCachren made a gutsy move to pull alongside Deegan, pushing the Rockstar Energy Drink / Makita Power Tools Ford hard to the outside. Deegan stuck with it until turn two when the longer outside line allowed MacCachren to take over second. With two few laps left to make another charge at second, Deegan finished third in Pro 2, with his fourth podium in Reno.

“Our team continues to work hard and it shows,” Deegan said. “The weekend was a success and I’m going to give it my all to bring home two championships.”

After Rounds 11 and 12, Deegan continues to hold solidly onto the Pro 2 Points lead and is in prime standing for both the Pro 2 and Pro Lite Championships with just four rounds to go.

On Sunday, August 31, Round 9 of Pro 2 and Pro Lite will broadcast on CBS Sports at 7pm Eastern. Tune in to watch the event in which Deegan took his fifth win of the year in Pro 2.

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