Lucas-Oil-Logo-4-8-11CORONA, California – There’s a rumor going around that when the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series presented by GEICO opens the second half of its season July 26-28 with night racing at Glen Helen Raceway Park the trophies for the Pro Lite race winners will be shaped like brooms.

That’s because clean sweeps have been the rule for that class during the series previous visits to the multi-purpose motor sports facility in Devore, California, a few miles north of San Bernardino.

The world’s best short course off road drivers have raced on the 0.8-mile, 5-turn course at Glen Helen four times since 2010 and on three occasions there has been just one winner in the Pro Lite class.

Austin Kimbrell and his dedicated crew put in another solid effort at rounds 11 and 12 of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS). The LOORRS shortcourse event was held at the new Wild West Motorsports Park outside Reno, Nevada. This brand new 1.2-mile track that climbed and dropped with the rolling hills, promised to deliver door-to-door racing at top speeds.

The imposing track was filled with long straits, big drops and tricky turns. Turn four, Austin’s favorite, had a nice radius but dropped in elevation, which made it similar to the famous corkscrew turn at Laguna Seca. If the reaction from the jam-packed stands were any indication, Austin wasn’t the only one who liked turn four. Getting the track dialed in would be the same challenge for all the teams and drivers.

CBS Sports Spectacular will feature Lucas Oil Challenge Cup presented by Toyota showcasing the most chaotic racing action ever televised. Class on Class racing pairs ProLite VS ProBuggy and the culminating event of the Lucas Oil Off Road Series; PRO-2 VS. PRO-4 – the “Super Bowl” of Off Road Short Course Racing. This event puts up the richest payday in the sports history with $123,000 up for grabs.

ProLite VS. ProBuggy
A field of 26 vehicles made up of 13 Trucks and 13 Buggies racing for 19 laps on the same track for the same prize, sets the table for pure action oriented entertainment. #38 Brian Deegan coming off as the 2011 ProLite Champion and 2011 PRO-2 Champion is looking to cap off a marvelous season with a chance to win both Lucas Oil Challenge Cup Events. Can he pull off the impossible double-duty feat? Deegan barely edged out rival #82 Chris Brandt in the Championship who has been a serious factor all year. ProLite Truck drivers #19 Cory Sisler and #2 Casey Currie should be noted as a threat even though the Buggies have held the title for two years running. Be on the lookout for 2010 ProBuggy Champion, Cameron Steele, who parked his truck for the #17 Buggy, and then there is 2011 ProBuggy Champion #8 Mike Porter, the 2010 Challenge Cup Winner #96 Doug Fortin, and finally off road specialist #19 Justin “Bean” Smith who took the 2011 ProBuggy Rookie of the Year Title. All of these contenders will be driving their wheels off hoping to claim the $20,000 Winner’s Purse.

Anaheim Hills, CA – Casey Currie and his Monster Energy General Tire Nissan would make their final stop of the Lucas Oil Off-Road season this weekend at Arizona’s Firebird Speedway. Entering this final round 5th in Championship points, Casey set out to end this season with a bang. Casey drove with full head and heart in the game finishing Saturday’s race in 4th place, and landing a coveted 3rd place podium finish in Sunday’s Pro Lite/Buggy Cup.

Casey would face the challenge of starting toward the back of the pack due to some issues in qualifying, but nothing a driver of his skill couldn’t recover from, and recover he did. Casey tapped into that Monster Energy and advanced himself to 5th place by only turn three of the first lap, and by lap three Casey had torn through the pack to take 2nd place from Chris Brandt in turn four. It was an all-out battle for 2nd with Brandt for the better part of the first half, yet Casey stood his ground until the competition yellow tightened up the pack. Once the pack had regrouped, the pressure was on to maintain his ground. Positions one through four remained tight, and Casey was taking turns three-trucks wide fighting to keep that 2nd place position. Rounding turn four of the course, Casey was pushed out wide and over the berm, setting him back two positions to 4th place where he would fight to gain ground in the remaining laps. With little time left in the race, his competing drivers held their ground and Casey crossed the finish line in 4th—a respectable finish, earning him 5th place in Championship points for the Lucas Oil Off-Road series.

“Our finish today proved that the V8s can run up front,” said Casey of Saturday’s race. “We started in the back row and worked our way to 2nd, until I got a little help over a berm and two guys managed to get by; little changes for tomorrow and we will be good.”

Sunday’s Cup race combining the Pro Lite and Pro Buggy classes was an all-out, no-holds barred race, going for checkers or wreckers. With a solid three months before another race, and a $20,000 first place prize on the line, the drivers would bring out extra measures of aggression to let nothing get in the way of the win. Casey’s position varied throughout the race as he battled to gain positions, gaining and losing ground back and forth as the laps went on. Battling door-to-door with Rodrigo Ampudia throughout the race, Casey would ultimately pass Ampudia and take the 3rd place position with less than two laps remaining. Defending his 3rd place position, Casey’s hood flipped up and back over his windshield, leaving him with zero visibility. Yet Casey continued to charge the remainder of the lap to finish in 3rd place, later stating on the podium that he had only the wall to use as a guide.

“Sunday was awesome!! It was a battlefield,” exclaimed Casey. “I went to the back a couple times but to end up on the podium is awesome. The team deserves this and the truck is awesome. We had the hood blow up and land on my window so I ran the last lap blind.”

Wrapping up the season 5th in championship points for the Lucas Oil Off-Road Series, Casey Currie is already strategizing his plan of attack for 2012.

“We have the momentum going now,” commented Casey on where they stand in Pro Lite. “The truck is working good and pieces are coming together. I’m excited for the future of V8 Pro Lites and I feel our team is on point for next year’s season.”

Next up, Casey Currie will be switching hats and driving in Ultra 4 Racing’s part rock, part desert race, King of the Hammers in Johnson Valley, CA on February 10-11th of 2012. For more information on Casey Currie, visit CaseyCurrie.com, become a fan at Facebook/OfficialCaseyCurrie or follow Casey on Twitter at Twitter.com/caseycurrie

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA – Chris Brandt #82 BFGoodrich / Toyota Pro Lite Unlimited Truck will be at the final round of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series in Phoenix, Arizona at Firebird Raceway this Saturday, December 10th.  With 12 podium finishes Brandt has lead the points all season but fell 3 points behind Brian Deegan after the last Las Vegas rounds. “This weekends race is the last chance to determine the series champion.  With only 3 points separating Deegan and I, you know it will be the must see race of the season!” said Chris Brandt.

Sunday’s Pro Lite vs Pro Buggy Cup Race has a 1st place cash prize of $20,000, 2nd place of $10,000 and 3rd place will receive $5,000. “We are extremely focused on both races this weekend.  We have raced all year with great success and now it is time to finish the year with two wins,” said Brandt.

Chris Brandt has had an excellent 2011 season. Although the graphics on the truck have changed throughout this season, the talent behind the wheel and the desire to win has never faltered.  Chris Brandt was named the 2009 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing “Driver of the Year” and continues to prove his presence on the Pro Lite Track being coined as “Mr. Consistency” in 2011 with the 12 podiums during the season.  Starting in ATV Racing, he moved into trucks with great success as the Great Plains Off-Road Racing Association Champion from 1994-1997 where he would win multiple classes during the same weekend, earning him the title “Ironman”.  With multiple championships in PACE and CORR “Rookie of the Year” in 1999, he came into the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series with a history of success and a winning nature behind the wheel.  Chris Brandt manages to race competitively while running one of the largest concrete cutting companies in the Midwest with his father and raising his young daughter, Macy. Chris Brandt and the entire Brandt #82 Racing Team is looking forward to continuing the excellence into the 2012 season.

Chris Brandt Website: www.chrisbrandtracing.com

This Sunday, June 12th, at 11:00 AM Pacific (2:00 PM Eastern) don’t miss the exciting Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series on CBS Sports. The 4 Wheel Parts Off Road Nationals Presented by E3 Sparkplugs will feature intense racing action from the Pro-2 and Pro-Lite divisions from Round 6 at Glen Helen International Raceway in San Bernardino, CA.

The famous Glen Helen facility is known around the world for intimidating natural terrain features which forces its contenders to “sack up” and only the most daring and fearless are left standing after the dust settles. The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Pro-2 division shares many of the same challenges and is equally as competitive with the world’s best short course drivers facing off against name brand talent like Carl Renezeder, Jeremy McGrath, Rob MacCahren  and Brian Deegan all in this very exciting display of door-to-door racing competition.

Glen Helen’s Short Course Track is tight and fast. Five corners featuring tight hairpin corners, steep banked turns, and high speed sweepers to big air table tops and a deep un-rhythm whoop section, Every CBS Sports fans and motorsports enthusiasts tuning in will be treated to the best off road racing action and truck loads of carnage.

Get the Flash Player to see this player.


This special CBS Sports Presentation will also feature the Pro-Lite Truck Class where the lighter and smaller counterparts to the Pro-2 division battle and smash it out. A stacked field of wheel-men like Chris Brandt, Brian Deegan, Kyle LeDuc, Cameron Steele, and Rodrigo Ampudia race wide open and all out. The Pro-Lite competition is some of the fiercest racing in motorsports today.

Tune into CBS this Sunday at 11:00 AM PST. / 2:00 PM EST. for all the best action from Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Round 6.