Greg-Adler-Motorsports-4-Wheel-Parts-6-24-15Compton, California –  What could possibly be the final Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series event at  Miller Motorsports Park developed into a challenging weekend for Greg Adler and Team 4 Wheel Parts as they battled mechanical gremlins and attrition throughout Rounds 7&8 at the sprawling Tooele, Utah facility.

Adler had a strong performance during Saturday morning’s first practice session as the team fine-tuned the truck for the pre-race qualifying session. Unfortunately, track conditions changed drastically from the morning practice and as Adler took to the course to post his best time, traction was at a premium. Challenging for a quality starting position, Adler’s 900HP Pro4 slid wide and into the concrete wall known as “k-rail” surrounding the track. The damage was immediate and decisive and with a short window of time before opening ceremonies the veteran Team 4 Wheel Parts crew was immediately put to the test.

“We were running well in qualifying and we just had the one mistake,” said Adler as the crew thrashed to ready the truck for the start of Round 7. “These guys are pros though, and we’re confident they’ll get us on the track and ready to race.”  With Crew Chief, Mike Seat at the helm, the team did in fact perform all of the necessary repairs and Adler was on the grid to take the green flag. At the onset, he battled for a top 5 position on the technical Miller track. At any time, positions four through seven were up for grabs as the world’s best off-road drivers pushed their trucks to the limits. Late in the race with just one lap to go and track conditions deteriorating in the summer heat, Adler caught a rut that launched the truck into a roll. Fortunately, the truck bounced onto its wheels and he was able to recover from the impact and bring home a respectable 6th place result.

“That was a tough one,” said Adler. “We did quite a bit of damage to the truck earlier in the day, but the crew did an amazing job to get us ready to race. There aren’t a lot of spots to pass on this track and everyone is running hard so you have to fight for every inch. It was a rough day today and there’s still a lot of work to do but we’re going to come back tomorrow and give it our best shot.”

After working deep into the night conducting repairs, Sunday’s round 8 saw Adler and Team 4 Wheel Parts once again ready to take on the Pro4 field. That optimism quickly turned to disappointment as the roaring herd of trucks took off at the start. Adler, running with the field, rotated his truck into the third corner only to find himself blocked with nowhere to go by a competitor who had spun. The unavoidable contact into the side of the #11 was followed immediately by a hard impact from the back, breaking his rear suspension and taking him out of the race.

“It’s disappointing for me to see this team working incredibly hard and then get taken out of the race so early,” said Adler. “It’s tough, but sometimes there are things that happen beyond your control. That’s part of racing. I can only say that we have to keep things in perspective and know that we’re going to come back and give it our best shot at the next one.  Besides, it’s Father’s Day. I have my family and my kids here and I have a lot to be grateful for.”

The Miller Family Corporation’s recent announcement that they will be relinquishing control of the state of the art motorsports complex on October 31 of this year provided an air of an uncertain future to the event as Adler and the team acknowledged the possibility that this would be the Series’ final appearance at the facility.

“This is a beautiful place to race,” concluded Adler as he and the team wrapped up the weekend. “The track has its challenges, but the facilities here are top notch and we love coming out here. These fans are incredible. They get here early and stand and cheer throughout the day. It would be great if someone stepped up to take over the facility because it would be tremendous to come back next season. If not, despite this weekend’s results, we’re going to miss it.”

The 18-round Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series now comes home to Southern California’s Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino for Rounds 9 & 10 on July 18-19. This season’s 2015 Lucas Oil Off Road calendar will also include stops in Reno and Las Vegas Nevada and for the first time ever, Ensenada, Mexico before returning to Southern California for the season ending Challenge Cup. Follow Greg Adler Motorsports on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Lucas Oil Off Road Racing is broadcast all season long on CBS, the CBS Sports Network and MAVTV.

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